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Young Care Leavers — Question for Short Debate (12 March 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 March 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 March 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 February 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 February 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 January 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 January 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 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)

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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...

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