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Results 21–40 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the difference in the number of people covered by personal health care budgets or Independent Living Fund payments in Sheffield between (1) January and June 2019, (2) January and June 2018, (3) January and June 2017, and (4) January and June 2015.

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Lord Blunkett: I am grateful to the Minister. Can she help me with a very practical question relating to the county council’s publication last week, and that of the Institute for Government today, in respect of the funding of social and the interim grant that was due to run out at the end of March next year, which constituted a third of government spending? Can we presume that the amount announced by the...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (3 Sep 2019)

Lord Blunkett: I should apologise to the House because my lack of surefootedness, if I might put it that way, has resulted in Amendment 6 coming back to the House this afternoon. As Members will recall, we discussed it in Committee and I inadvertently did not press it to the vote, so I had better make it clear from the beginning that I am doing so this afternoon. It is a very simple amendment that fulfils...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (3 Sep 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, understandably, over the summer and this afternoon the minds and hearts of parliamentarians have been somewhere other than on debating the restoration and renewal Bill. However, I congratulate the noble Earl on his new appointment and role, and I want to put it on the record that, if we were able to conduct wider business in the way that I have experienced negotiations with the...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, it is getting even later. I am very grateful for the contributions and for the Minister’s response. I think we will return to some of this on Report. I shall reflect on what has been said. I want to pick up two things. The noble Baroness, Lady Byford, rightly drew attention to the fact that the Joint Committee was exercised about the almost dismissive nature of the renewal, as...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I will speak also to Amendment 13. I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Stowell of Beeston and Lady Byford, for their support in this. Without delaying the House, because we have been over quite a lot of this ground, this is about future-proofing and future connectivity: the way in which we foresee in the future the important element of building in the way in which we will be able to...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, my mother told me never to look a gift horse in the mouth. I never quite understood what that meant—especially in my case. Anyway, I am grateful to the noble Baroness and am happy not to move Amendment 17 and to agree Amendment 7, on which we now have consensus. Amendment 7 agreed.

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: I am grateful to the noble Baroness; until I was nudged along, I did not know anything about this. I am enlightened by it, and it is all the more reason why we should have absolute clarity that we are going to tackle the issue. I will give noble Lords one example: there are steps currently that are completely unusable by certain members of staff and parliamentarians. The problem looks really...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: I thank all noble Lords for their contributions and their support. I say to the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, that one reason that I have worded things as I have was spelled out by the noble Lord, Lord Norton, in respect of the original Long Title and the scope of the Bill—to ensure that my amendments are in scope. I shall just say what I said at the beginning. I am very keen to gain...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: Amendment 7 is grouped with Amendment 17, which would insert a new clause into the Bill. I will be brief, as we have been over this issue tonight. There is a really important message to the world out there, as we said a moment ago, and it is on accessibility. We discussed this briefly at Second Reading. It is not a question of access to but access within the building for staff,...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: For the record, Mr Gladstone came on to the scene for this particular building a bit late, did he not?

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I will also speak to Amendments 6 and 10 and will endeavour to be brief. Rather than repeating myself later, I will set out here why it is important that this amendment should be in the Bill. I suspect that I will have a slightly more uphill struggle than on the amendment we debated before the Statement, but I hope not, because I am seeking consensus. Once again, I am deeply...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 9. I am grateful for the understanding and commitments made by the Leader of the House, and that we have consensus. In the light of that and the fact that we have taken a very long time on the first clause of the Bill, and in order not to hold people up, I shall be incredibly brief. I think there has been a real collaborative effort to put together the...

Mount Everest: Safety - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, now that the Minister has lightened the atmosphere a little, would she be kind enough to recommend to the incoming Conservative Party leader that he has a go at Everest? Getting to the top of Everest will be easier than getting a new deal with the Commission.

Multi-academy Trusts - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree that mistakes have been made in allocating knighthoods by Governments of all persuasions. But would he not acknowledge that the greater transparency and probity in academies and schools today builds confidence and trust in the system as a whole, and that when he and I gave evidence to a House of Commons Select Committee a year or two ago we...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Second Reading (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: I do not normally do this but I cannot resist just pointing out that, in the early part of his speech, my noble friend Lord Adonis said that he would advise any new Member that it was quite unlikely that anything revolutionary would ever happen here. I just point to my noble friend that the idea of moving the whole shebang is an exercise in total futility.

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Second Reading (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, it is my privilege to follow the Leader of the House and to reiterate her appreciation for the enormous work and commitment that have gone into getting to this stage of the programme, including by those who undertake the thankless task of serving on the shadow sponsor body. I was privileged to serve on the Joint Committee scrutinising the draft legislation. I went on it out of a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Graduates: Pay (5 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that longitudinal education outcomes data take account of regional variations in salaries across the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Graduates: Employment (5 Jul 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage the regional retention of graduates.


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