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Results 1–20 of 1813 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

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...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I understand where the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, is coming from and, indeed, I talked about the outcomes for the individual children. On the financial side, have the Government considered the expenditure that other departments will now—or would probably—have to make if this provision goes through as it is currently drafted? My noble friend Lady Sherlock asked the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, support these amendments, although as I have a debate tomorrow in the dinner break on kinship care, I will not detain the Committee at great length. As my noble friend on the Front Bench said, both the outcomes for kinship carers and the financial issues point to the Government needing to think again. Kinship care is, by any measure, the most successful means of looking...

Sex-selective Abortion — Question (7 Dec 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, has the Minister yet had the opportunity to consider the judgment made last week about abortion in Northern Ireland? What advice and work are the Government going to do with the devolved Administration to ensure that women in Northern Ireland get the same human rights as women in the rest of the United Kingdom?

Domestic Abuse — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, first, I remind your Lordships of my declaration of interests, because I work with two charities that are involved, among other things, with victims of domestic violence. I have worked for over 40 years on this issue and even I am shocked at the number of women I meet now who are homeless, whose lives have been riven with addiction and who are on the edge of the criminal justice...

Northern Powerhouse: Airports — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Does the Minister recognise that the north has already lost out because of slow decision-making over an airport in the south-east? Teesside’s Durham Tees Valley Airport no longer has any connectivity with London and the connectivity at Newcastle has been severely reduced. This affects our economy. The north-east is still the largest manufacturing region in the country, but much of our...

Employment — Question (4 Nov 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, perhaps I can assist the Minister by giving her the opportunity to acknowledge that the Labour Government actually introduced the minimum wage—let alone anything else—and when we introduced it, we were told it would finish off industry because companies would not be able to afford it. However, I want to push her on other things she has been talking about. I agree that...

Redcar Steel — Statement (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, the reality is that there was an offer from a local company, Hargreaves—which ironically is based just outside Consett and is essentially now a coal-mining and haulage business—to put money in and maintain the coke ovens. The coke ovens produce a new form of coke called foundry coke, which is much more value driven and therefore raises a much higher cost because it is...

Redcar Steelworks — Statement (13 Oct 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that the north-east has faced issues like this before? When I became the Member of Parliament for North West Durham in 1987, Consett steelworks had closed. Ironically, one of the reasons that we were given for closing Consett was to keep things going in Teesside. We then faced a male unemployment rate in the region of 20%. It took years and years to begin...

Kids Company — Question (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register, as I am involved with a number of charities. I hope the Minister recognises that the sector is highly regulated, and that it is largely well regulated. The vast majority of charities pay attention to good governance, make sure that they have reserves and fully accept that they are accountable to those who fund them. Will the...

Football: Women’s World Cup — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister welcome, as I do, the fact that five of the squad were from the north-east? One of the reasons that football is at the centre of our culture for men, women, girls and boys is the historic strength of the grass-roots game. That is enormously under threat at the moment. Some noble Lords will know of the real power historically of Crook Town, for example. It is under...

Local Government Funding — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister rethink what she has being saying? It is not that local government has been dependent on grant, but that the Government have stopped them from raising any further money locally and cut the grant. Also, areas that she and I know very well have lost in the reassessment of the deprivation index. Those are still the areas that have the most people who are the most...

Fracking — Question (7 Jul 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister recognise that the Government have given considerable comfort to local residents who object to wind farms? Are the Government going to give the same comfort to residents who object to fracking?

General Practitioners — Question (22 Jun 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister to the Dispatch Box. I wonder whether he agrees that the Government are being very complacent on this issue. I passed my GP surgery in a small ex-mining town in the north-east this weekend. On the door I read that there were 11 or 12 sessions in the next month when the GP practice would not be open—that is, from Monday to Friday. Is it not true...

NHS: Seven-day Working — Question (8 Jun 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Is the Minister perhaps being just a little complacent about just how difficult things are? In the small ex-mining town where I live, in the north-east of England, I discovered on Friday that the GP practice that normally has seven to eight doctors now has three, two of whom are salaried. They are simply not able to offer any decent service, let alone a seven-day-a-week service, to patients...

Young Care Leavers — Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, first, I declare my interests as an ambassador for Action for Children and as chair of a charity called Changing Lives, which works with adults and some children with complex needs. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton—I nearly called her “my noble friend” because she is a friend. I knew her when she was leader in Bradford and leader of the LGA. She has...

Soft Power and the UK’s Influence (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, as a member of the committee, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell, for his chairmanship. It was a very enjoyable committee, which I felt privileged to be a member of, and much of that was down to his chairing. The number of noble Lords who are down to speak in the debate today is real testament to the work of the committee and the report, and to the importance of this topic. In a...


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