Results 1–20 of 1844 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top

Surrey County Council: Financial Issues - Private Notice Question (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder if the Minister understands that there is real concern that Surrey had less need of the additional money for social care than any other authority in the country because it has the lowest proportion of population with entitlement to publicly funded social care. I know that the Minister is coming to the north-east soon, and I hope that before he does so he will put pressure...

Male Abusive Behaviour - Question (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I declare my interests in Changing Lives and the Lloyds Bank Foundation. We are doing a lot of work with perpetrators, but also in making sure that commissioners know and understand what is needed in this area. May I remind the Minister that it is becoming increasingly clear that virtually 100% of those women who end up on the wrong side of the criminal justice system or homeless...

Brexit: Options for Trade (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Verma, and my noble friend Lord Whitty who, as the chairs of the two sub-committees that came together, guided us very carefully to as clear a report as possible. I saw this inquiry as a straightforward attempt to set out the myriad relationships that there are currently between the European Union and other countries and the costs...

Homelessness Reduction Bill - Second Reading (24 Feb 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests in this matter. I chair an organisation called Changing Lives, which is active in this area of work and based in the north-east of England, although we work way beyond the north-east. I am also involved with Lloyds Bank Foundation. We fund a number of small charities which work with the homeless. I am delighted to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord. I came into the other place when he was a Minister in the Government and I was able to listen to him with great interest and great learning then. I am now privileged to be a member of the EU Select Committee and I am learning a lot there too. I do not intend in this short speech to dwell on the knotty issues that the committee is dealing...

Brexit: Economic Impact on North-East England - Question (10 Jan 2017)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that there are very different economies in the different regions of this country? The economy of the north-east is fundamentally different from that of the south-east and London. There are also social challenges that are not found elsewhere in the country. Does she recognise that many people in the north-east feel that the divisions in this country now...

Independent Schools: Free Places - Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister realise how unrealistic this is for areas such as the north-east? That is one of the prime areas where there needs to be improvement in educational outcomes and in social mobility, and it will not have much effect. We have very few independent schools in the north-east for historical reasons, because there has never been enough money around to support them. On that...

Immigration: International Students - Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister think that areas that have been left behind are not relevant here? I remind her of somewhere she and I know well: Sunderland. Its university has recently had to make significant cutbacks, which means less money in the local economy and many local people losing their jobs. One of the reasons for that is its inability to get visas, particularly for India but also for...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (8 Nov 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I thank everyone who has taken part in this short debate. I think it is clear to the Minister that concerns about this matter are felt around the House. I am pleased that he is committed to thinking more about those concerns and to action. I mentioned Pause. That is not the programme we use, partly because women are not entitled to become part of the programme until they have...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (8 Nov 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I know the Minister will think that I go on about the issue I am about to raise, and in a sense I am not apologising. I remind the House of my interests as chair of Changing Lives, a charity based in the north-east of England. Children who are removed and placed in care are overwhelmingly from economically and socially deprived backgrounds. There has been a lot of evidence on this,...

Children: Local Authority Care - Question (7 Nov 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge that, for every child who goes into care, their trauma is added to because they want to know and understand what has gone wrong, and they want help to find the way forward? The more work is done with the family they have come from, the better the outcome will be. Some of the best outcomes come when children are placed in kinship care. Will the...

Nissan: Sunderland - Statement (31 Oct 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister acknowledge the centrality of manufacturing to the north-east of England? Nissan is very important. I am probably the only person in this House who was born and brought up in Sunderland, and I well remember the challenge when Nissan was eventually persuaded to invest. It is a loyal company. I have just seen the Japanese ambassador, and that is precisely what he...

NHS: Health and Social Care Act 2012 - Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a pleasure to be involved in today’s debate, although it is a troubling area of policy. The Minister has heard me on this before. The introduction of this legislation and the way that things have gone have not been a happy tale for the National Health Service—and, most importantly, for too many patients who look to the National Health Service and rely on it. We...

Homelessness - Question for Short Debate (7 Sep 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I again refer Members to my interests. I am chair of an organisation called Changing Lives, which is based in the north-east but operates in other parts of the country, too. I was Minister for homelessness—among other things, including local government—from 1997 to 2001, which was when we introduced the real drive around rough sleeping and reduced it by more than...

Iraq Inquiry - Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, along with colleagues who were in Cabinet at the time of the decision in 2003, I take responsibility for my decisions. I have had the sort of upbringing that would never allow me to do anything but take responsibility for them. Of course, I associate myself with the expressions of gratitude to all those who served in Iraq, and especially to the families of those who paid the...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, this is a very timely debate. As a fairly new member of the European Union Committee, I thank the chair, the noble Lord, Lord Boswell. He makes sure that we approach these things in a measured way and has been incredibly inclusive and supportive of all members, particularly the new members. I thank him for that. I will concentrate on the short report on the process of withdrawing...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: I wonder if the noble Lord will reconsider what he has just said. Nissan in the north-east exported 800,000 cars in 2014, largely to the EU and all of them through EU agreements. It exports one in three of the cars exported from this country, so he has his numbers wrong somewhere. Nissan may well be thinking, given that its major owner is actually Renault, that if we in the UK are not in the...

Economy and Finance - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate and to congratulate my noble friend. Not only did he make a really good speech, he has shown over many years a real consistency in terms of good business, making sure that business is supported and seen as part of the nature of our society and our communities. In a sense, that is what I should have liked to pursue in my remarks, but...

EU: UK Settlement - Question (8 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

EU: UK Settlement - Question (8 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: Will the noble Baroness confirm that if the British people decide to leave the European Union none of the provisions agreed on 19 February will prevail and, until our membership is finished after the negotiations over our exit route, none of the aspects in the deal will apply?


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