All 3 Debates between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Barker

Mon 14th Jun 2021
Tue 29th Sep 2020
Trade Bill
Grand Committee

Committee stage & Committee stage:Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard) & Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard) & Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard): House of Lords

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Barker
Baroness Barker Portrait The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Baroness Barker) (LD)
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I have received a message from the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, who wishes to speak.

Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes (Con)
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Could my noble friend the Minister explain why, in Clause 1, which we know will be applied largely to the medical professions—we are therefore dealing with patient safety—it is adequate for medical professions if

“a specified regulator of the specified regulated profession has made a determination that the overseas qualifications … demonstrate substantially the same knowledge and skills”,

but, somehow, a different standard is implied when the much more mundane activity of auditing is involved? I do not quite understand how the Minister can have one view of the medical professions and another of what happens in the accounting profession. Can she explain that contradiction?

Trade Bill

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Barker
Committee stage & Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard) & Committee: 1st sitting (Hansard): House of Lords
Tuesday 29th September 2020

(3 years, 9 months ago)

Grand Committee
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Baroness Barker Portrait The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Baroness Barker) (LD)
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My Lords, in response to the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, I note that the guidance from the Procedure Committee says:

“Members have the permission of the House to speak from a seated position when participating remotely”—


which is standing order 26—

“and they must do so when participating physically in a hybrid Grand Committee”.

So there.

Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes (Con)
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That is what I said.

Baroness Barker Portrait The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Baroness Barker) (LD)
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Yes. I now call the next speaker, the noble Baroness, Lady Stroud. My noble friend Lady Smith of Newnham will not be participating, so she will be followed by the noble Lord, Lord Judd. I call the noble Baroness, Lady Stroud.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Baroness Barker
Monday 8th July 2013

(11 years ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes
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I accept what my noble friend says about his position, but I do not think it is the position of those who put forward the amendment.

Baroness Barker Portrait Baroness Barker
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My Lords, I want to draw to the attention of the House something which has not been mentioned so far in all these debates. I listened with great care when the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, introduced the amendment. She drew the attention of the House to subsection (7) of the amendment:

“Nothing in subsection (6) shall affect the duty of a relevant registrar to carry out any other duties and responsibilities of his employment”.

Registrars do not just officiate at weddings. They register births and deaths. If this amendment were passed, it would mean that for a generation we would continue to have acting as registrars people who could not bring themselves to extend the full respect and dignity to same-sex relationships that they do to others.

It may be the case that it is wrong to ask them to perform what is, in the end, not a religious ceremony in any way but a public ceremony. However, to me it is utterly intolerable that a gay person going to register the death of their partner in life should have to do so in the presence of somebody who cannot bring themselves to extend the respect to them that they would to anybody else.