Results 1–20 of 350 for speaker:Baroness Perry of Southwark

Women: Literacy — Question (8 Mar 2016)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: What are we doing with very young children coming into education to strengthen their literacy skills so that we do not have a repeat of this generational problem?

Bus Services: Local Government Funding — Question (13 Jan 2016)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that it is unfortunate that some local authorities are making cuts in services when they are sitting on substantial reserves?

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day)(continued) (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I listened carefully to the noble Lord, Lord Watson, as I did to the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, in the earlier debate about consultation. A question which seems not to have been answered in what they ask for is: what would happen if the staff and parents decided that they did not want the change? Let us suppose they decided that they did not want anything to change and that this...

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Will the noble Baroness accept that the appointment of the regional schools commissioners has very much changed the landscape? The regional schools commissioners, who will be responsible for finding suitable sponsors, will know their patch, so to speak; they will know the sponsors that are available in the area and will be much quicker. There will not be the long delay there was in a very...

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the introduction of the English Baccalaureate has had on the number of young people studying science and mathematics.

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: That is very good news indeed. Would my noble friend not agree that given the importance of these STEM subjects to the future careers of young people and, indeed, to the economy, it would be very profitable to continue the expansion of maths and science as compulsory subjects into the 17 and 18 year-old age group?

Education and Adoption Bill — Second Reading (20 Oct 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I shall speak briefly only to the education clauses in this Bill, although I warmly welcome the provisions relating to adoption. I have long welcomed the programme of academies and free schools, and I declare an interest as the unpaid chair of the Wandsworth Academies and Free Schools Commission. There is ample evidence that thousands of young people have had their life chances...

Education: Initial Teacher Training — Question (14 Oct 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Will my noble friend agree that probably the most important gift that teachers bring to their pupils is their knowledge of the subject they teach? Can he assure us that the new way of training teachers—through the school route—will still ensure that they have a strong mastery of and enthusiasm for the subject they teach?

Child Development — Question (16 Sep 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Does my noble friend agree that this Government have done more to help very young children to have the maximum opportunity in their education than any Government in the past?

Apprentices — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Does my noble friend agree—

Apprentices — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Does my noble friend agree that the shortage of skills in the general population is probably one of the most serious problems that this country faces, and that this Government’s attempts to build up the skills base through this increase in apprenticeships should be warmly welcomed by everyone in the House?

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill — Committee (13 Mar 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, perhaps I may reply briefly to the point that my noble friend Lord Taverne made. It is historically not the case that the progress of democracy has been linked to the separation of church and state. The most egregious examples of the lack of democracy have been where religion or, indeed, its lack has overtaken the state and replaced it. This is what ISIL is trying to do—to...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I want to follow the powerful points made by my noble friend with a small point which has occurred to me while listening to this debate. We heard the very moving thoughts of the noble Baroness about the single mother on a zero-hours contract who has to pay her babysitter when she turns up and then cannot afford her the next day. I, too, have been a working mother who has needed to...

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

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I add my thanks to my noble friend Baroness Jolly for introducing the debate so well and giving us the opportunity to hear some quite astonishing speeches. I start by congratulating the five brave men who have spoken in the debate. What a pleasure it was to hear them. But sitting here, I have also been reflecting on what an astonishing collection of women we have heard from in the...

National Curriculum: Animal Welfare — Question (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Does my noble friend agree that when topics such as the use of animals in scientific experiments are dealt with in schools they should be dealt with in a balanced way, and that children should be able, as he has just said, to balance the various arguments on different sides?

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Second Reading (12 Feb 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, it is with great pleasure that I add my wholehearted support to the Bill. In welcoming the provisions for women diocesan bishops to take their place in this House, I add my voice to those who have paid tribute to the generous spirit in which that has been accepted by the male bishops who are affected by the provision. It is never easy to stand aside and let someone else get in front...

Voter Registration: Students — Question (11 Feb 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, there is a real problem with student hostels, where a number of young people live together and the delivery of post to individual students is not the easiest thing in the world. What are the Government doing to try to address the problem of group registration?

Schools: Substance Abuse Education — Question (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Does my noble friend agree with me that schools cannot be expected to do everything on their own, and that it is vital that parents also play a part not only in monitoring what their children are doing when they are out in the evenings but in discussing these issues with them in an open and frank manner?

Schools: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I begin by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part in what I think has been an extremely interesting and very positive debate, with an especial thank you to my noble friend, whose summary has been superb. She has managed to cover so many topics covered in our debate and answered so many of the questions that she has been asked. I thank her very much for that. I am particularly...


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