Parliamentary Speeches, Debates & Questions

APRIL 2017

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review – Question for Short Debate (24 Apr 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, my noble friend’s report states that it is now time to act and after spending more than a decade working with many of Britain’s wonderful black and minority ethnic communities, action and even legislation is now needed. It is young people’s lives that are being affected here. As outlined, the first priority has to be data collection, as effective policy or law…

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – Question (6 Apr 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister has outlined the design and creation of an appropriate programme. I declare an interest as the leader of a Commonwealth initiative on freedom of religion or belief. Will she consider meeting, as she has done in the past, parliamentarians and representatives from CPA UK, the Youth Parliament and the Commonwealth Youth Parliament so that everyone can play…

MARCH 2017

Debate — Alcohol Abuse (30 Mar 2017)

A national piece of work, looking at the evidence and policies in Yorkshire mill towns, city centres such as Birmingham, Chinatown and boroughs such as Lambeth is well overdue. It would show how much ethnic minorities save the National Health Service ​but also any deficiencies so that people could then access services they need. Perhaps religious leaders could also help bring down the barriers for communities when they need to access other professional services.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom (30 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy will be allocated in 2017–18 to projects on freedom of religion or belief.

Commonwealth – Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: I raised a specific point about Commonwealth apprenticeships. It is really important that we have this as government policy. If my noble friend could agree to investigate this and write to me, that would be very helpful.

Commonwealth – Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I, too, join with noble friends to thank my noble friend Lady Anelay for this debate. The Commonwealth is a 21st century, ahead of the curve multilateral, as its modus operandi is network. Over the last few years, we have heard of networking lunches, networking the room and of course virtual networks, so I join my noble friends Lord Howell and Lord Goodlad in assessing this as part…

Brexit: Commonwealth, Trade and Migration – Question (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of future trade and migration from and to Commonwealth countries after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Brexit: Commonwealth, Trade and Migration – Question (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Berridge: I thank my noble friend the Minister for his Answer. Within the trade that was outlined, there are many British citizens of Commonwealth heritage who run businesses that trade incredibly effectively with those countries of heritage. Many want to see renewed opportunities for migration between the United Kingdom and those Commonwealth countries as free movement within the EU comes to an end….

Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka – Question (28 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend the Minister will draw to the attention of fellow Commonwealth Trade Ministers the recent research which revealed that it is about 19% cheaper to trade within Commonwealth countries. But, as the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, outlined, could we please have an assurance that human rights will also be raised at the meeting? If not, we face the same…

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Religious Hatred: Christianity (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a Christian hate crimes unit, additional to the Jewish and Muslim hate crimes units in the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Lay Magistrates – Question (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that 10% of magistrates are from a black and minority ethnic background, but can my noble and learned friend the Minister outline whether there is a specific recruitment drive that also addresses the need for young people from those communities? When black and minority ethnic young people come before a youth justice panel, it is very important that…

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic: Politics and Government (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current security situation in the Central African Republic.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central African Republic: Armed Conflict (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Berridge: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of a new armed militia group, 3R, operating in Cameroon and the Central African Republic border region; and of the capacity of that group, the weapons they possess, the impact on the distribution of aid in that region, and whether they control any territory in that border region.


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