Results 161–180 of 500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Deech

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords I appreciate the kindness of the House in allowing me to speak to my Amendment 166, which is a little different from the others in the group. I make no apology for returning to the issue of academic freedom. When it was discussed in relation to Amendment 65 on the first day of Committee, the Government’s response was that academic freedom is already enshrined in Clause 14 as one of...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (4th Day) (18 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: I declare an interest as former principal of St Anne’s, Oxford, and former independent adjudicator of higher education. I am speaking in support of Amendment 122. I have three very brief points to make. First, it has been alleged that the whole purpose of the Bill is to enable universities to raise fees, and that all the contortions that we are going through in relation to the Bill is...

Children: Safeguarding - Question (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Wood review of local safeguarding children boards, what steps they are taking to assess the risk to children in unrecognised school settings or receiving home education.

Children: Safeguarding - Question (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, in the first Question the House expressed its very worthy concern for the learning ability of primary school children. What about the children who are never sent to school at all? The Wood review, Ofsted and Dame Louise Casey have all drawn attention to the lack of power to make parents co-operate in ensuring the quality of home education. The local authorities do not have the power...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: Before the Minister sits down, may I take him back to his statement that there cannot be any interference by the OfS and the Government in the governance of universities because they are autonomous? However, as has often been mentioned this evening, under the 1988 Act university commissioners were sent to rip up the charters of Oxford and Cambridge colleges, and perhaps of other universities...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I will speak in support of Amendment 65 in the name of my noble friend Lord Kerslake. The most relevant interest I have to declare is that I was the first Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. I dealt with student complaints, which gave me a great deal of insight into what was going on. Twenty-nine years have passed since the late Lord Jenkins—Roy Jenkins, the...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: I take it upon myself to answer the noble Lord. Amendment 469, when we get to it, deals with precisely that point.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I made my maiden speech some 12 years ago on the overregulation of universities and I cannot resist returning to that subject. Our worldwide success is now under threat: the Government are risking killing off the goose that lays the golden eggs, instead of cherishing and fostering university autonomy. The autonomy of higher education is not only valuable to the universities and...

Brexit: Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, unlike other noble Lords, I am no expert. I am just a citizen who has felt increasingly anxious over the last 20 years. Brexit must mean that the UK’s influence in international affairs will increase and our reliance on our Armed Forces will be even more vital. We will no longer be one voice among 28 countries with different foreign policy aims. We will have our independent voice...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I know that the Minister is sympathetic, but I still find the arguments unpersuasive. The Licensing Act is already used to enforce other Acts, for example, about children. If there is a cost to business, or a cost that is going to be passed on, are we to say that we can never make improvements for disabled people because it might cost somebody something? That simply will not do. I...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am sorry to say that the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell, whose name is also on this amendment, is unwell. Her eloquence will be sorely missed this evening. These five words which the amendment would insert would provide a simple and effective improvement in life for disabled people, and would fulfil one of the key recommendations of the Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, given that we are probably educating, in a wide range of higher education institutions, as many young people as can be expected—31% of 18 year-olds—one wonders why the Bill proposes more private universities. They will dilute the quality and spread too thinly the available funds. One has but to look at the lists of vacancies in clearing in universities in August to see that we...

Disabled People: Employment - Question (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities use their powers to remove the barriers that stop disabled people getting to work.

Disabled People: Employment - Question (30 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, it is not enough to be committed. The Green Paper sets out complicated inducements and a target for reducing disability unemployment which is for ever receding into the distance. Right now, the Government could require local authorities to, for example, mandate disability training for bus and taxi drivers and have a certain percentage of accessible taxis available for disabled...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (5th Day) (16 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I did not put my name to this amendment because there were enough people already, but I used to teach family law, including the law of marriage. In this country, it is very easy to get married in a registry office or in a properly registered religious place. You can get married in a hotel if you want to or you can have a civil partnership. There are all sorts of official unions that...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lords who supported our Amendment 210, but clearly I am disappointed with the Government’s answer, which has not moved from the response issued several months ago, before the change of Administration. I thought that we were convinced: given that this Government have a target of halving the unemployment rate of disabled people and that the Prime Minister...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 210 withdrawn. Amendments 211 and 212 not moved. Amendment 213 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Baroness Deech: Amendment 210 is in my name and the names of the noble Baronesses, Lady Thomas, Lady Pitkeathley and Lady Campbell—all former members of the Lords Select Committee on equality and disability, which reported in March this year. The report found many areas of transport, employment, education, communication and law enforcement failing in their impact on disabled people. We made recommendations...

Prevent Strategy - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Baroness Deech: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, inquiry or not, universities need to be trained in how to ensure that extremist speakers are challenged and to be reminded of their public sector equality and diversity rights? It has been responsibly recorded that many extremist speakers are coming on to campuses—people who preach what is anathema to our human rights and equality law. The campaign...

Unemployment: Disabled People - Question (20 Oct 2016)

Baroness Deech: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards creating the conditions necessary to halve the unemployment rate of disabled people.


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