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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...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a real pleasure to take part in this debate. I remember when we had to argue very hard to have a debate on International Women’s Day and to persuade the usual channels—of, I have to say, the party of the noble Baroness—that this was a noble topic to take up. I am thrilled that now we all take it for granted but it was a real struggle in those early days....

Voter Registration: Students — Question (11 Feb 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister realise that in many areas of the country his answers will seem very complacent? Much of the problem arises because for many young people it is the first time that they are registering. I will give another example, involving, admittedly, not a young person but my husband. Having moved, he was asked to go to the town hall with his passport to prove who he was before...

Council Tax: Low-income Taxpayers — Question (9 Feb 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that there are some areas of the country where incomes are now so low that even the market is abandoning some services in smaller towns? In those areas, the public sector has a particular responsibility. Indeed, the social mobility task force, which was set up by his Government, is saying that it is people in work with the lowest incomes who will be the...

Alcohol Consumption — Question (27 Jan 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Is the Minister satisfied that supermarkets have done enough—it is voluntary, as she said—to reduce the amount of high-value alcohol products being sold cheaply as loss leaders?

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to join in this debate. I congratulate my noble and very good friend Lord Beecham, who is from a neighbouring authority. When my noble friend was leader of the old AMA, and then of the new LGA, I was Local Government Minister during the first Labour term from 1997. We did not always agree, but we always had a good relationship. His absolute passion for local...

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

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 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 Dec 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 Nov 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 Nov 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 Nov 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 Nov 2014)

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


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