Canlyniadau 181–200 o 7944 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Smith of Basildon

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, in this debate I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with almost every speaker—agreeing with something they said and disagreeing with something they said. I start with the point made by my noble friend Lord Stansgate. If the Bill is merely returning to the status quo ante, as was said, I am not quite clear why we need a clause such as Clause 3. I think it was the noble...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this has been a long and really interesting discussion, and it sums up the very reason for this amendment. When I spoke on the amendment from the noble Lord, Lord Norton, at the beginning, I said that one of the reasons I thought he had brought his amendment forward was to bring some clarity, and it is the same with this amendment in so many ways. When I looked through the Hansard...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I rise to speak only briefly. This short debate shows how, although we have five groups of amendments, they are all quite interdependent: they are all involved with the same issue. The noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, has done us a service tonight. He has indicated what the Government say they are trying to achieve: to reset the clock to where we were prior to the Fixed-term...

Downing Street Parties: Police Investigation - Commons Urgent Question (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I know the Minister to be an honourable and decent man. I just have to wonder how many more times he will be comfortable coming to the Dispatch Box to defend the indefensible to your Lordships’ House. So I thank him for being prepared to answer questions today. I have to say that defending this Prime Minister is a tough gig, particularly now it is the Metropolitan Police asking...

Coronavirus Grants: Fraud - Private Notice Question (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this Question might seem familiar because it is the third time that we have asked it. I thank the noble Viscount, Lord Younger, for coming to the House to answer this today.

Coronavirus Grants: Fraud - Private Notice Question (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I hesitated because I was not sure if the noble Viscount had finished—because, again, he did not answer the Question. Whistleblowing is vital in exposing undesirable or unlawful conduct. The Government rightly expect others to operate to high standards but do not seem to be able to meet those standards themselves. Yesterday, the serious frustrations of the noble Lord, Lord Agnew, finally...

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (24 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I add our thanks to the Minister. As we have just heard in the drama a moment ago, a Minister’s life is not an easy one. I think that we are all still reeling from the shock resignation of the noble Lord, Lord Agnew, who clearly cared a great deal about his work. His colleagues will mourn his loss from the Front Benches, and this House will admire his integrity. He may go down in...

Coronavirus Grant Schemes: Fraud - Commons Urgent Question (24 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I think we have just witnessed one of the most dramatic moments we have ever seen in your Lordships’ House, from a Minister who felt his integrity meant that he could no longer ensure he remained a member of the Government. I do not know if the noble Lord on the Front Bench wishes to comment; there is nobody else to take questions, so he may wish to just move to the next business.

House of Lords: Appointments - Question (24 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I return to the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, about the Burns report. When the Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House reported on 31 October 2017, it made some judgments on what the relative size of the political parties would be in 2022. It suggested that the Official Opposition Benches should have about 166 Peers as the number in the House reduced,...

Covid-19 - Statement (20 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this pandemic has taken a huge toll on the physical and mental health of the nation, on businesses, on leisure and on our economy. Across the UK, people have made heroic efforts to care for, serve and protect others, from the staff and volunteers who have delivered an amazing vaccination programme to the NHS and to those who have kept schools, shops, hospitality and public services...

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (19 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I accept that point. It was a huge detriment to Northern Ireland that the Assembly was not meeting at that time. However, there were still businesses and elected representatives. It would have been so helpful if the Government had just been a bit more thoughtful about Northern Ireland during those negotiations.

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (19 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, when this amendment was first tabled at short notice in Committee by the noble Baroness, Lady Hoey, and the noble Lord, Lord Dodds, as I know it had to be, I have to say that I struggled to understand how it was in scope, and I still feel that it is slightly outwith the Bill. Having said that, I am really pleased that we have had this debate, which has been extremely powerful. I...

Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (19 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, we have had perhaps a lengthier and more wide-reaching debate than originally anticipated on these amendments, which we also discussed in Committee. That serves to indicate just how much these issues hang together in people’s minds and concerns, as well as how deep some of these issues go. As the Minister will know from his discussions with me outside this Chamber, it goes back to...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (6th Day): Amendment 132 (17 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: Would it be appropriate for the usual channels to meet for five minutes or so to see whether we need to have a Division on this issue? It may be of guidance to the House if we could adjourn for five minutes. Sitting suspended.

Downing Street Event - Commons Urgent Question (11 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, whenever I hear Ministers talk about “in due course”, the ghost of Sir Humphrey arises. But let us be clear: lockdown was tough. Throughout it, most of us stuck to the rules, despite personal sacrifices. Noble Lords will have heard some of the examples and testimonies from around the country, and some of those stories are absolutely heart-breaking. But for those who did not...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Mental Health Services (10 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients present as a suicide risk; and what steps they are taking in response.

Legislation: Skeleton Bills and Delegated Powers - Motion to Take Note ( 6 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, let me first say how grateful we are to the noble Baroness, Lady Cavendish, for the opportunity to debate these two reports today and for the excellent way in which she introduced this debate, which set us off in the right direction. She mentioned the House of Commons having its own committees; one of the things I always say to new MPs about the things that I wish I had known as a...

Covid-19 - Statement ( 6 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, to most of us, it was obvious that plan B restrictions had to remain in place. As the Labour Party, we fulfilled our responsibilities to act in the national interest to support these when the Prime Minister faced such strong opposition from his own Benches. No one likes or enjoys these restrictions, but when they are needed to protect public health and the delivery of health and...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Children (13 Rha 2021)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to the NHS on contacting (1) a parent, (2) a family member, or (3) a carer, in cases of young people under the age of 18 who are considered to be a suicide risk by (a) the NHS, or (b) another health professional.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Mental Health Services (13 Rha 2021)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued for health professionals regarding patients who are at risk of suicide.


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