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Results 161–180 of 2395 for speaker:Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

Living Wage — Question (9 Jun 2014)

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

Living Wage — Question (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: I wonder if the Minister would say more about the report today from the social—

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill — Motion to Agree (8 May 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I will intervene very briefly. I continually argued in the Commons, when I was involved in the usual channels, that we needed to find a different procedure for this sort of highly technical and potentially extremely lengthy Bill, which involves and engages a small number of Members for an inordinate amount of time. It is not quite so bad in this House, because we do not have...

NHS England: Health and Social Care Act 2012 — Question (7 May 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder whether the Secretary of State now regrets supporting those aspects of the Bill—now an Act— that put him at a distance from interfering in the National Health Service and its agencies. Will the Minister nudge his colleague the Secretary of State to show that the level of micromanaging he is indulging in disempowers and disables the very people and organisations that his...

Homelessness: Young People — Question (7 Apr 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests as chair of Changing Lives. Is the Minister really content that enough is being done to help these most vulnerable people? Is she aware that many homeless organisations are now getting increasingly concerned at the number of younger people who are coming on to the streets and into services with severe mental health problems and for whom it is then...

Alcohol: Calorie Labelling — Question (13 Mar 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder whether the noble Earl is aware of quite how much this costs the NHS. Abuse of alcohol is very damaging to families and to individuals but also costs the NHS a fortune. Is it not about time that we, and the Government, took responsibility by backing the consumer, the patient and the taxpayer rather than siding with the drinks companies? Is it not about time not only for...

Women: Inequality in Political and Public Life — Question (6 Mar 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of two international development NGOs. Does the Minister accept that the Government have a responsibility to set a good example when two-thirds of those in poverty around the world are female and when the voices of women are simply not heard in the decision-making places around the world? What will the Government do to make sure that they lead in...

Economy: Manufacturing — Question (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, the Minister recognises that the north-east is a very strong manufacturing area but has continuing unemployment. Will he guarantee that the Government will eventually support the UTC that Hitachi wants to sponsor in Newton Aycliffe in order to get a highly skilled workforce for train building in the north of England?

Employment: Young People — Question (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, can the Minister tell us how many young people in the north-east have benefited from the measures that the Government have put in place to tackle youth unemployment?

Employment: Private Sector Jobs — Question (30 Jan 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister accept that in the north-east there is still a long way to go? Last week’s figures on unemployment showed that the north-east is the region where unemployment has not gone down. The Government’s action in local government finance—putting more money into the least deprived areas and taking it from the most deprived areas—means that the most deprived are...

Employment: New Jobs — Question (27 Jan 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister reconsider his views about all of the regions? I come from the north-east and I go back to the north-east every week. I have invited him to the north-east to see what is actually happening. The north-east has lost a significant number of public sector jobs. Yes, it has seen the creation of part-time and full-time private sector jobs, but it still has double-figure...

Girls’ Education Challenge — Question (20 Jan 2014)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I am sure the Minister recognises that even at primary level it is frequently difficult to keep young girls in school, partly because poverty means that they are needed at home. What will the Government be doing to make sure that this issue is really addressed in the post-2015 agenda and that we do not assume that, because it has been part of a millennium development goal so far,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Charity Commission (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which persons were shortlisted for the post of Chair of the Charity Commission when it was most recently filled.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Charity Commission (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister for the Cabinet Office met any of the candidates for the post of Chair of the Charity Commission, and if so when, prior to the appointment of the successful candidate.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Non-governmental Bodies (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 October (WA 27–8), how many women have been shortlisted for appointments in non-governmental bodies for which the Minister for the Cabinet Office has been responsible.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Ministerial Meetings (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions, and on what dates, the Secretary of State for Health has met (1) the Chief Executive of NHS England, (2) the Chair of NHS England, (3) the Chief Executive of Monitor, (4) the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, and (5) the Chair of the Care Quality Commission, since the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Health and Social Care Act 2012: Risk Register — Question (4 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, if the reforms are going so well, why does the Secretary of State, who now presides over an Act that said that the health service would be at a long arm’s length from Ministers, now see the key people in the health service at least once a week? Why does he take it upon himself personally to interfere in ways that during the passage of the Bill the Minister here told us very...

Education: Proficiency Levels — Question (3 Dec 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for her replies. I am interested that she acknowledges that the only way to enthuse young people is with a committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. The Government need to do more to recruit the very best. We know that if you get the top 10% of graduates into education, you will do much better. I ask the Minister to look again at the messages that...

Children: Temporary Accommodation — Question (11 Nov 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister really think that bed-and-breakfast accommodation is ever suitable for children?

Mental Health: Cost of Living Support — Question (7 Nov 2013)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that when dealing with people with complex needs, which include mental health and also usually addiction, expecting them to get back to work within three months is absolutely unrealistic? I know a man who is working exceptionally hard to get ready for work; he volunteers with our organisation. Twice in the past year he has been denied benefit, then a...


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