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Homelessness: Young People — Question (7 April 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests as chair of Changing Lives. Is the Minister really content that enough is being done to help these most vulnerable people? Is she aware that many homeless organisations are now getting increasingly concerned at the number of younger people who are coming on to the streets and into services with severe mental health problems and for whom it is then...

Alcohol: Calorie Labelling — Question (13 March 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder whether the noble Earl is aware of quite how much this costs the NHS. Abuse of alcohol is very damaging to families and to individuals but also costs the NHS a fortune. Is it not about time that we, and the Government, took responsibility by backing the consumer, the patient and the taxpayer rather than siding with the drinks companies? Is it not about time not only for...

Women: Inequality in Political and Public Life — Question (6 March 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of two international development NGOs. Does the Minister accept that the Government have a responsibility to set a good example when two-thirds of those in poverty around the world are female and when the voices of women are simply not heard in the decision-making places around the world? What will the Government do to make sure that they lead in...

Economy: Manufacturing — Question (10 February 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, the Minister recognises that the north-east is a very strong manufacturing area but has continuing unemployment. Will he guarantee that the Government will eventually support the UTC that Hitachi wants to sponsor in Newton Aycliffe in order to get a highly skilled workforce for train building in the north of England?

Employment: Young People — Question (5 February 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, can the Minister tell us how many young people in the north-east have benefited from the measures that the Government have put in place to tackle youth unemployment?

Employment: Private Sector Jobs — Question (30 January 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister accept that in the north-east there is still a long way to go? Last week’s figures on unemployment showed that the north-east is the region where unemployment has not gone down. The Government’s action in local government finance—putting more money into the least deprived areas and taking it from the most deprived areas—means that the most...

Employment: New Jobs — Question (27 January 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister reconsider his views about all of the regions? I come from the north-east and I go back to the north-east every week. I have invited him to the north-east to see what is actually happening. The north-east has lost a significant number of public sector jobs. Yes, it has seen the creation of part-time and full-time private sector jobs, but it still has double-figure...

Girls’ Education Challenge — Question (20 January 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I am sure the Minister recognises that even at primary level it is frequently difficult to keep young girls in school, partly because poverty means that they are needed at home. What will the Government be doing to make sure that this issue is really addressed in the post-2015 agenda and that we do not assume that, because it has been part of a millennium development goal so far,...

Health and Social Care Act 2012: Risk Register — Question (4 December 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, if the reforms are going so well, why does the Secretary of State, who now presides over an Act that said that the health service would be at a long arm’s length from Ministers, now see the key people in the health service at least once a week? Why does he take it upon himself personally to interfere in ways that during the passage of the Bill the Minister here told us very...

Education: Proficiency Levels — Question (3 December 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for her replies. I am interested that she acknowledges that the only way to enthuse young people is with a committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. The Government need to do more to recruit the very best. We know that if you get the top 10% of graduates into education, you will do much better. I ask the Minister to look again at the messages that...

Children: Temporary Accommodation — Question (11 November 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister really think that bed-and-breakfast accommodation is ever suitable for children?

Mental Health: Cost of Living Support — Question (7 November 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that when dealing with people with complex needs, which include mental health and also usually addiction, expecting them to get back to work within three months is absolutely unrealistic? I know a man who is working exceptionally hard to get ready for work; he volunteers with our organisation. Twice in the past year he has been denied benefit, then a...

Housing: New-build Homes — Question (31 October 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

NHS: Keogh Review — Statement (16 July 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that Sir Bruce Keogh made it absolutely clear that over the past decade there has been significant improvement in mortality rates across the National Health Service? He said that, because of the increasing complexity of the patient, that improvement is probably greater than the 30% that is measurable. Will he therefore congratulate those...

Food: Food Banks — Question (2 July 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister really think that people want to go to food banks or that those who are providing them really want to do so? I visited the food bank in Consett recently, and the person running it said to me, “Please, please, tell the Government that this is because the benefits system is now inadequate and people are desperate. That’s why they’re coming”.

Future Investment — Statement (27 June 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister accept that the north-east has suffered most since the last general election? Our unemployment is higher than any other region’s and the prospects coming from the spending review yesterday mean it is likely to increase rather than decrease because of the push on public-sector employment. The change in benefits will also have a significant effect in the...

Homeless People: Night Shelters — Question (11 June 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interests stated in the register. I know that the Minister understands that many homeless organisations are trying to move as many people as possible from hostel accommodation in to independent living. However, does he realise that that is now being put at threat because of the changes to the benefits system and, of course, the bedroom tax? In Newcastle, the local...

Planning: Onshore Wind — Statement (6 June 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, are the Government thinking of doing the same with open-cast coal, which they do not seem to be interested in at all? I would welcome the Minister to Durham, where I am surrounded by wind turbines, which are so much more attractive than the coal mines and the open-cast mines that we had, and still have, in our locality. There are a lot of myths around this. The Government need to...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (20 May 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: I, too, welcome the intent of this Bill, but I am afraid that the devil may well be in the detail; that is what we will discover in the days and weeks to come. It would be rather disingenuous of me not to welcome much of the intent, because such things were being worked on in the previous Government. Indeed, I tremble to confess, particularly to my own Front Bench, that I was probably the...

Adoption: Adoption Legislation Committee Reports — Motion to Take Note (16 May 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I thank the House for appointing me to this committee. It was my first Select Committee at this end of the building, and I enjoyed being part of a very thorough piece of work with a very interesting and varied group of people, with very different expertise and experience. Of course we were expertly chaired by the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss. I had the enormous...

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