Canlyniadau 161–180 o 7944 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Smith of Basildon

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 54 (14 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I can add to the Minister’s embarrassment. We are pleased to see these amendments brought forward. I have two questions. I think I understand why it is different, but it might be helpful if the Minister could put on record why one amendment refers to the Department of Finance in relation to Northern Ireland yet in the other, for Scotland, it is Scottish Ministers. It seems slightly odd....

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 40 (14 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, in some ways, the amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer—she has done the House a service in tabling them—go to the heart of some of the issues that we have with the Bill as a House. It is that tension between recognising that the Bill is inadequate in many ways and recognising its necessity and why we are passing it today. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 40 (14 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I asked not what the Government had done but what they were going to do.

Belarus - Question (10 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his answers today. I think the whole House stands alongside the people of Belarus. As somebody who also sponsors a political prisoner, on behalf of our side of the House, I welcome the leader of the opposition. As a leader of the opposition myself, I think she has to face things that nobody in this country ever has to. The Minister’s answers today have...

Lobbying of Ministers - Question ( 1 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I come back to the point made by the noble Lords, Lord Clark and Lord Stunell. The Minister will have seen the Upholding Standards in Public Life report, which says that, in a liberal democracy, lobbying is an integral and sensible part of making views known to government but that trust in the integrity of our democracy is undermined when it is “associated with money, undue...

Ukraine - Statement (24 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for repeating today’s Statement. I think the mood of the House is sombre but also very angry. We welcome the new measures announced in today’s Statement and assure her of our support to ensure their speedy implementation. Could she pass on my thanks for the briefings I received on this issue? This morning, as Ukrainians woke to the sound of sirens,...

Ukraine Update - Statement (22 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement. I also want to put on record my appreciation for the Privy Council briefings that I have had from the Government. As we have watched events unfold and diplomatic efforts intensify, we have moved between hope that those efforts will succeed and despair that this could end in war. We should not underestimate that this...

Living with Covid-19 - Statement (22 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Prime Minister was clearly very upbeat throughout his Statement yesterday, announcing an end to all legal Covid restrictions in England and setting out part of the Government’s living with Covid plan. The pace and the efficiency of the vaccine programme, the justification for the changes, has been extraordinary. I again commend and thank the scientists, staff and volunteers of...

State Pension Underpayments and Arrears for Women - Question (21 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, that was quite a long response, but I think the short version is no—the Government are not going to make any special arrangements. The point was made very clearly by the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, that these people, particularly women, were in very straitened circumstances and suffered and paid a high price for not receiving the pension to which they were entitled. Can the...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Report: Amendment 6 ( 9 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I remind the Minister that there was a Constitution Committee report on the Cabinet Manual and I think the Government have yet to respond. Could he give an update on when a response is likely to be? As it would cover these issues, it would be helpful when we have the opportunity for a longer debate in your Lordships’ House, given that we do not have the time today.

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Report: Amendment 2 ( 9 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I will start where I started in the previous debate, with the parliamentary TARDIS: the Government say that we can set things back to where they were before. Ministers in the other House and in your Lordships House said that this Bill brings clarity, but it is clear that it does not bring clarity. That is why the Government have insisted on Clause 3. The elephant in the room, as has...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 9 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I find the noble Lord’s comments quite offensive. He is suggesting that it is inappropriate for your Lordships’ House, having debated this issue for significantly longer than the other place, to suggest an alternative. That is perfectly reasonable and normal. The arrangements that he says should be in place are in the Bill. They are also untested, because it does not return us to the...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 9 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is the third time in your Lordships’ House that we have had a debate focused on this issue. At Second Reading, it was a key issue, as it was in Committee. It comes down to a fundamental point. In the other place and, indeed, in your Lordships’ House, Ministers asserted from the beginning that bringing in this piece of legislation takes us back in some kind of parliamentary...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 9 Chw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am listening to the noble Lord with care and I think that there is a fundamental flaw in his argument. On that basis, does he not accept that a simple majority is used for every piece of legislation in the House of Commons? Why should calling a general election be any different? A simple majority is a sensible bar and a sensible test of whether the country should have an election.

Ministerial Code - Private Notice Question (27 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I do not want to prolong this unnecessarily, but I think the noble Lord may have missed the point. The only point my noble friends Lord Collins and Lord Browne were raising was that if the noble Lord, Lord Goldsmith, made a statement to this House that appears on the face of it to be at odds with a statement in an email from his private office that is now public, can he not come to...

Ukraine - Statement (26 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is one of those occasions where we start with questions because the Statement is not being repeated. I am sorry not to have the Statement repeated today because it is perhaps one of the very few occasions these days where there is, rightly, a very high degree of agreement between the Government and the Opposition, so the noble Baroness may have enjoyed repeating it on this...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I think that we have had a slightly longer and more interesting discussion on this than we anticipated at the start. The noble Lord, Lord Wallace, made a very valid point, not least because we have spoken a lot tonight about the normal conventions and practices of parliamentary politics. It remains to be seen whether the actions of this Government and this Prime Minister, in...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Committee: Amendment 7 (25 Ion 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I rise briefly, if only to remind your Lordships’ House that the Labour Chief Whip, the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and I were not able to vote in 1974, but that is probably not a good reason for rising to the Dispatch Box at this time of night. I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Rooker for raising a number of issues that have concerned this House as a whole. I think it was my...

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

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister, and I am grateful for the detail that he is going into. I am not a lawyer, but I am not the only person in your Lordships’ House tonight who is not. Can the Minister say, in lay man’s language, what he understands a “purported decision” to be? Can he give an example?

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

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I suspect that those words are sufficient for lawyers, but I think the Minister’s understanding of this might be as great as mine at the moment, so I will perhaps take advice between now and Report so that I fully understand the implications of what he saying—because I do not think he is able to give me further detail either.


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