Results 1–20 of 1836 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

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?

Migration - Question (6 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

Migration - Question (6 Jun 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that in the world today one in seven people is on the move? We have 7 billion members of the human race and 1 billion of them at any time this year are on the move. In those circumstances would anyone dare say that the problems of migration and movement can be tackled by a single country on its own?

EU Referendum: Voter Registration - Question (12 May 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

BBC Charter White Paper - Statement (11 May 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords—

China: Market Economy Status - Question (9 May 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: In welcoming the Minister to his position, I wonder whether he would like to comment on the potential effect on the north-east, which is the only region in the country to have a positive balance of trade, because of manufacturing. What effect does he think the suggestion yesterday that we can prosper outside the single market would have on the north-east of England?

Rural Schools - Question (28 Apr 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I wonder if the Minister will understand this. I have visited a local school in Weardale, up in the north Pennines, where we have several schools with fewer than 50 pupils. I spent the day at that school, and the involvement of the local community in it both as governors, including the chair of governors, and as parental support is absolutely critical to children there having a...

Council Tax: Social Care Precept - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, will the Minister reconsider dealing with this simply with a national perspective? Following Parliamentary Questions that I have tabled, if he looks at the north-east as a whole, he will see that not only is it that not a single local authority would raise through the 2% precept enough to cover the minimum wage for the number of people who are publicly dependent for social care, but...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016 — Motion to Approve (23 Mar 2016)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top: My Lords, I, too, intervene mainly on the Tees Valley order. I have great sympathy with what the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, said. I note that he talked about coming from the north-east. A real problem in all of this is that the previous Secretary of State did not want to hear the words “regions” and banned it for a while. Nobody was allowed to mention a region. In doing so, he...


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