Bringing people and services together to make communities safer

13 May 2011

Government Champion for Active Safer Communities, Baroness Newlove led a debate on her report ‘Our vision for safe and active communities’ in the House of Lords on Thursday 12 May. Lord Noon (Labour) and Lord True (Conservative) gave their maiden speeches in the Lords during the debate

The report details what all sections of society and central government can do to tackle activism and neighbourhood crime and calls for a change of culture in the way services and communities work together to resolve the issues of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder.

The House of Lords Library note examines the content and recommendations included in the report, as well as the wider context of government policy on anti-social behaviour.

Contributions to the debate

Issues discussed included:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • integration within communities
  • balance between rights and personal responsiblities
  • role of agencies, including police authorities and local government.

Use the links below to watch/listen to their contributions.

Baroness Newlove (Conservative), who gave her maiden speech in the House of Lords during the second reading debate on the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, opened the debate.

Maiden speeches

Gulam Noon is founder of the Indian cuisine food company Noon Products and a director of Indian media and entertainment company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

Nicholas True is the Leader of the Council of London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.

Other Members who took part included the following:

  • Lords Brooke of Sutton Mandeville former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science (1983-85); Treasury Minister (1985-87); and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1989-92)
  • Lord Rosser (Labour), Opposition Spokesperson for the Home Office
  • Lord Addington (Liberal Democrat), who has a strong political interest in education and prison reform
  • Bishop of Norwich, who has a strong interest in education and training

Lord Wallace of Saltaire responded on behalf of the government.

Read transcripts of the individual contributions in Lords Hansard: Lords debates by Member.

Further information

The term ‘maiden speech’ refers to the first time a new Member gives a speech in the House of the Lords. A maiden speech usually takes place during a general debate and is uncontroversial.

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