Results 1–20 of 1829 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, this is a very timely debate. As a fairly new member of the European Union Committee, I thank the chair, the noble Lord, Lord Boswell. He makes sure that we approach these things in a measured way and has been incredibly inclusive and supportive of all members, particularly the new members. I thank him for that. I will concentrate on the short report on the process of withdrawing...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: I wonder if the noble Lord will reconsider what he has just said. Nissan in the north-east exported 800,000 cars in 2014, largely to the EU and all of them through EU agreements. It exports one in three of the cars exported from this country, so he has his numbers wrong somewhere. Nissan may well be thinking, given that its major owner is actually Renault, that if we in the UK are not in the...

Economy and Finance - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate and to congratulate my noble friend. Not only did he make a really good speech, he has shown over many years a real consistency in terms of good business, making sure that business is supported and seen as part of the nature of our society and our communities. In a sense, that is what I should have liked to pursue in my remarks, but...

EU: UK Settlement - Question (8 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

EU: UK Settlement - Question (8 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Will the noble Baroness confirm that if the British people decide to leave the European Union none of the provisions agreed on 19 February will prevail and, until our membership is finished after the negotiations over our exit route, none of the aspects in the deal will apply?

Migration - Question (6 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

Migration - Question (6 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that in the world today one in seven people is on the move? We have 7 billion members of the human race and 1 billion of them at any time this year are on the move. In those circumstances would anyone dare say that the problems of migration and movement can be tackled by a single country on its own?

EU Referendum: Voter Registration - Question (12 May 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

BBC Charter White Paper - Statement (11 May 2016)

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China: Market Economy Status - Question (9 May 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: In welcoming the Minister to his position, I wonder whether he would like to comment on the potential effect on the north-east, which is the only region in the country to have a positive balance of trade, because of manufacturing. What effect does he think the suggestion yesterday that we can prosper outside the single market would have on the north-east of England?

Rural Schools - Question (28 Apr 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder if the Minister will understand this. I have visited a local school in Weardale, up in the north Pennines, where we have several schools with fewer than 50 pupils. I spent the day at that school, and the involvement of the local community in it both as governors, including the chair of governors, and as parental support is absolutely critical to children there having a...

Council Tax: Social Care Precept - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister reconsider dealing with this simply with a national perspective? Following Parliamentary Questions that I have tabled, if he looks at the north-east as a whole, he will see that not only is it that not a single local authority would raise through the 2% precept enough to cover the minimum wage for the number of people who are publicly dependent for social care, but...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016 — Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, intervene mainly on the Tees Valley order. I have great sympathy with what the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, said. I note that he talked about coming from the north-east. A real problem in all of this is that the previous Secretary of State did not want to hear the words “regions” and banned it for a while. Nobody was allowed to mention a region. In doing so, he...

Schools: Funding — Question (22 Mar 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister accept that deprivation and need must be part of fairness?

Homelessness: Rough Sleeping — Question (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, given the Minister’s Answer, is she able to tell us why rough sleeping has more than quadrupled during the period of this Government and why you are now unable, particularly in London, to find beds for rough sleepers?

Trade Union Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Feb 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Is the noble Baroness therefore questioning ballots such as the one in Durham, which finished last weekend, on whether the population want to accept the Northern powerhouse? Is she saying that such ballots, because they include online voting, are not legitimate and should be rejected?

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 — Question (1 Feb 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister understand that one of the big problems out there is the very steep rise in rough sleeping? There are not enough beds, either hostel beds or other sorts of beds such as detox beds, for them to go into. There has been an unprecedented rise since before 1997 in the number of people sleeping rough on our streets, which is giving local authorities and others massive...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (27 Jan 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I want to intervene briefly. I spoke in Committee about kinship carers. Therefore, I support Amendment 40, which relates to kinship carers and adopters. One reason I take such a strong interest in kinship carers is that the north-east, where I come from, has one of the highest proportions of kinship carers in the country, along with London. I meet, and have met, numerous kinship...

Vulnerable Children: Kinship Care — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of kinship care as a means of support for vulnerable children.

Vulnerable Children: Kinship Care — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I welcome and appreciate the opportunity to have this debate. I thank all noble Lords who are interested in this issue and have indicated that they want to speak tonight. During our deliberations on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill last night, we had a useful debate on the challenges for kinship care that will arise from some of that legislation. I hope that the Minister has had the...


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