Canlyniadau 41–60 o 7944 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Smith of Basildon

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (21 Med 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her introduction to the debate. She apologised for the noble Lord, Lord Ahmad, not being here, but noble Lords know her personal commitment to this issue and her speech showed this. We have waited a long time for this debate, as I am sure my noble friend Lord Robertson will say, but it is a welcome opportunity to discuss some of the most serious issues...

G20 Summit - Statement (12 Med 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Lord Privy Seal for repeating the Statement. It helps the House when Statements are repeated; I am grateful to him for doing so. As the G20 got under way, the scale of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco was becoming evident. Today, the death toll continues to rise towards 3,000, with almost as many reported injuries. I entirely concur with the noble...

Security Update - Statement (11 Med 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Lord Privy Seal for repeating the Statement in a timely way on the same day as it was made in the other place. I have often said from this Dispatch Box that the first duty of any Government is to ensure the safety and security of its citizens, but, when you look at it, it is more than that. In doing so, we must ensure that we uphold the integrity of our democracy and...

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete: Public Buildings - Question ( 6 Med 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the test of a good Government is not whether a crisis pops up on their watch that they have to deal with but how Ministers respond. There are two options—you can roll up your sleeves and get on with it or you can dither, delay, cut funding and blame others while expecting to be thanked. As the scale of the schools problem emerges, and given that the Government cut Building Schools...

Electoral Commission: Data Breaches - Private Notice Question ( 4 Med 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, if I am honest, the Minister’s answers are quite unsatisfactory and do not answer the question the noble Lord asked. She will recall consideration of the Elections Bill, during which many of us considered that the Government unnecessarily put in place measures to make it harder to vote. Now, it seems that the backdoor was open to hackers and perhaps more alarmingly, nobody noticed...

Rhodes Wildfires: Repatriation of Holidaymakers - Private Notice Question (25 Gor 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, can I ask the Minister to rethink this matter in the light of the information from the noble Lord, Lord Young? It seems quite poignant. We are all ready to go off on our summer holidays—last year I went to Rhodes for a week; it is a marvellous place—and our hearts go out to those people who are there and struggling, or are about to go and are worried about the consequences, and...

Rhodes Wildfires: Repatriation of Holidaymakers - Private Notice Question (25 Gor 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I bring the Minister back to a point I made at the beginning, which he did not respond to. If individual insurers and independent travellers are looking for travel advice, does he think that the Minister’s comment that he would not travel to Rhodes will assist them in any claims they make?

House Of Lords: Appointments System - Question (19 Gor 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the noble Lord will understand that this is the fifth report of the Lord Speaker’s Committee. I am sure he senses the huge exasperation that so little has changed since the first report. Those of us who value—and I concur with him on this point—the work of this House and believe that it matters are frustrated that the two most serious and justified complaints are ones that...

Vetting Social Media Accounts - Question (21 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I have read the document concerned—Due Diligence and Impartiality – Supporting and Protecting our Diversity Networks—the guidance and the forms that have to be filled in. I wonder whether many Members of the party opposite who have spoken in this House would be eligible to be invited to events under that guidance. The Minister said that this applies only to cross-departmental...

Hereditary Peers By-election - Announcement (14 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Grocott for raising this issue with his customary good humour, used to make a very serious point. We all welcome our new colleague, the noble Earl, Lord Russell, to his membership of your Lordships’ House and we will make him welcome. But that does not mean that we approve of this method of entry into your Lordships’ House. The laughter around the...

Business of the House ( 8 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, it is quite clear that, while some Members may be looking fresh-faced, bright and breezy this morning, others are looking a bit bleary-eyed. The difficulty with very late—or, I should say, early morning—sittings is that they exclude Members who have contributions to make who cannot remain as late. This is a complex and controversial Bill that we are discussing, which needs...

Covid-19 Inquiry - Question ( 8 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I raised this issue of the timing during the Minister’s Statement earlier this week. The amount of information that the Government say is relevant is enormous. They have said that 20 million documents may be relevant to the inquiry and, so far, something like 55,000 have been submitted. Why were the terms of reference of exactly what was required, and a timescale, not agreed...

Covid-19 Inquiry: Judicial Review - Statement ( 6 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: It was me.

Covid-19 Inquiry: Judicial Review - Statement ( 6 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Minister has addressed a number of issues tonight but, looking back, I am not sure that she answered many of the questions that I asked at the beginning. I shall check Hansard. To press her on one point, she was clear that the inquiry was under the Inquiries Act 2005 and all parts were being complied with. I asked her about the judicial review, and she did not really respond to...

Covid-19 Inquiry: Judicial Review - Statement ( 6 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, before I start, I will just emphasise the point made by the noble Lord that it is unusual when business says “at a convenient time after 7.30 pm” to be starting closer to 8.30 pm. I wondered whether the Government were trying to delay it because the Minister did not want to answer questions. Where I suspect the Government and I would agree is that Ministers, politicians and...

Covid-19 Inquiry: Judicial Review - Statement ( 6 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: The Minister misunderstands. It is difficult to ask the questions, but it should be easy for her to answer them.

Scottish Government: Expenditure - Question ( 6 Meh 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the questions asked by my noble friends Lord Foulkes and Lord McAvoy related specifically to the Minister for Independence. There are two issues here. One is the cost, particularly in times of constrained public finances, and what budget the money comes from. There is also a practical point. The Minister has spoken previously in this House about the independence of the Civil...

Ministerial Code: Investigation of Potential Breach - Commons Urgent Question (25 Mai 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Prime Minister alone is the guardian of the Ministerial Code. The Prime Minister alone appoints the ethics adviser. The Prime Minister alone decides whether an alleged breach should be investigated; and whatever the outcome or conclusion of any report that is produced on a possible breach, the Prime Minister alone decides if a breach has actually occurred. The Minister will be...

G7 Summit - Statement (24 Mai 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Lord Privy Seal for repeating the Statement. It is very helpful to the House, and I am grateful to him for doing so. I reinforce the comments that he made about the Manchester Arena bombings and the murder of Lee Rigby. There are certain events that, when they happen, all of us remember where we were when we heard about them. I certainly think we still feel the emotions...

Israel: Palestinian Civilian Casualties - Question (10 Mai 2023)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, may I bring the Minister back to the UN and his role as Human Rights Minister? He will be aware that this month the UN Human Rights Council is looking at Israel’s human rights record as part of its universal periodic review. Our permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Simon Manley, has referred to the progress made by Israel and called on it to reverse its policy of...


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