Lord Laidlaw

Former Conservative Peer

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Recent appearances

  • Schools: Reading Initiative 4 Dec 2006

    My Lords, at a secondary school with which I am associated, no less than 40 per cent of the children entering the school read inadequately and have to have foundation classes. I am told by the primary school teachers that this is because they have insufficient teachers in year 6. Will more funding be available for primary schools to increase the number of teachers or teaching assistants for...
  • Secondary Schools: Citizenship 12 Oct 2005

    My Lords, I thoroughly commend the teaching of citizenship and, if the curriculum that I have seen is anything to go by, it will be a very worthwhile activity. However, is the Minister aware that the teaching of citizenship can happen only if the rest of the curriculum is squeezed? Are the Government considering any extension of the school day in order to be able to teach citizenship adequately?
  • Public Finances 28 Jun 2005

    asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to make any changes in policy following publication of the May public sector borrowing figures.

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Former Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 21 June 2004

Left the House of Lords on 15 April 2010 — Resigned

Positions held at time of appointment: Chairman, Institute for International Research. (from Number 10 press release)

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