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Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, this is a very timely debate. I welcome it enormously. I particularly welcome the fact that it comes from someone else from the north-east. The case for more economic opportunity for our cities is irrefutable. The intellectual case is there and has been made in different ways by people from different sides of the House already. I want to come at this in a very different way. As many...

Trade Balance — Question (11 December 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

Trade Balance — Question (11 December 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that in the north-east we still have the highest proportion of manufacturing in the country as part of our economy? However, the large companies there, such as Nissan and now Hitachi, see membership of the European Union as absolutely critical to their ability to trade, particularly with Europe. They want to be in the north-east because of the quality of...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 December 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, largely because since this House last discussed secure training colleges, two secure training centres have been given notice of closure by the Youth Justice Board. One of those, Hassockfield, was in my constituency. What lessons have the Government learnt from the introduction of secure training centres? My recollection is that I opposed...

Income and Wealth Inequality — Question (26 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, has the Minister read the recent report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission? Its central conclusion is that, because of the rise in the number of working poor, unless very different policies are pursued, by 2020 the challenge will be that we will be a much more divided nation between north and south and between rich and poor. What are the Government going to do in...

Alcohol: Sale to Children — Question (19 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, is not the issue that there was a general consultation, which asked, “Do you have any ideas for deregulation?”. That is how, on licensing, the idea of deregulating liqueur chocolates came into being. That is the issue and the truth. The truth is that the idea of carrying out this precise measure was never put to anybody else. Health authorities would probably never even...

Adoption — Question (18 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House what the Government are doing to support kinship care? That is overwhelmingly the most successful means of looking after children who are very vulnerable.

Olympics 2016 — Question (10 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, what will be the effect on this programme of a decline in lottery receipts?

Ebola — Question for Short Debate (6 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, this is a very important debate, and I regret that we have only one hour. The Ebola crisis is already a medical and humanitarian disaster. Thousands of lives have been lost, and tens of thousands are at risk if we do not act more effectively now. It is particularly tragic because over a decade of progress in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea is under threat. In recent years, for...

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, welcome the debate initiated by my noble friend Lady King. I also welcome the contributions in their maiden speeches from my noble friend Lady Rebuck and the noble Lord, Lord Farmer. They both brought very different, but very particular contributions, which we can all learn from and think about. I come to this debate with a long history of being involved in this sort of...

Sport: Funding — Question (4 November 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister acknowledge that sport is an incredible way of motivating disadvantaged children, not just in terms of their self-esteem but actually of their attainment? Do the Government want to see a situation where we are not sending 40% of our competitors to an Olympics who have come from the public school sector but are making sure that children who are disadvantaged get...

Ebola — Question (23 October 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister recognises that this is not just a humanitarian crisis. These three countries in west Africa are all fragile states, and Sierra Leone, in particular, is emerging from conflict. It has now had several stable elections, but all of that will be under threat unless we get on top of the health crisis. We must recognise the support that will be needed...

Tata Steel — Statement (16 October 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement. Does she share with me the real concern that there is among the workforce? They went through a terrible time in 2009 before Tata took over in 2010. I know that they and the unions were very constructive in encouraging and enabling Tata to go into the Teesside site. This is devastating for Teesside and threatening for the economy of the...

Birmingham Schools — Statement (22 July 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Does the Minister recognise that the department has to take its fair share of the blame and be accountable? It is not possible to put all the responsibility on to Ofsted for knowing what is going on in schools day in and day out. With academies, the department has the responsibility through its newly imposed regulatory system. How could it miss what was happening to girls in those schools,...

Railways: High Speed 3 — Question (21 July 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Can the noble Baroness reassure us that the Government understand that there are great northern cities that lie north of Leeds? The north-east is never mentioned, yet the country depends on the north-east for manufacturing output. We have the only mainline railway on which running times have become slower over the past 10 years, not faster. It looks like the Government are trying to cut us...

Child Abuse — Question (15 July 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, the evidence now is very clear that many more children are abused within their own families—physically, sexually or both—in a way that was simply not uncovered in the past. The answer to this is really early intervention and much better support for parents on parenting. I believe that the Government need to go much further than they have proposed to do so at the moment....

Rough Sleeping — Question (19 June 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current number of rough sleepers in England; and what proposals they have for tackling rough sleeping.

Rough Sleeping — Question (19 June 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I remind your Lordships of my interest as chair of Changing Lives. Is the Minister aware that a recent survey from Homeless Link shows that 3% of claimants in general are sanctioned but that 33% of homeless claimants are sanctioned? Will she commit to working with her colleagues across the Government—I know that they have a working group—to ensure that the road from the...

Council Tax: Support Schemes — Question (12 June 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that there are some areas of the country, such as the one I come from, where there is no increase in employment—or at least no decrease in unemployment—and where councils know that the greatest cuts are yet to come? Next year and the year after the election will see every local authority having to find much greater cuts. In areas such as mine,...

Living Wage — Question (9 June 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder if the—

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