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Results 61–80 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Access to Cash - Question (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, in fully supporting the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Low, I draw attention to the corollary, which is the denial of choice as the financial institutions gradually seek to eliminate the use of cheques. I believe it is important for the Minister to take this issue alongside the cash issue so that people have genuine choice in the way that they pay their bills.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Vocational Education: Qualifications (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 19 March (HLWS1393), what part the BTEC National Diploma will play in the future examination framework and the current proposal to rigidly differentiate T levels qualifications from academic options.

Special Educational Needs - Question (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, there is no doubt that there is a serious problem across the country. Has the Minister had a chance to talk to the Secretary of State and his colleagues about holding a round table with local authorities and other stakeholders to try to get to the bottom of the disparity between areas of the country where this is working well and those where it is working extraordinarily badly?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (25 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the review of the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), what plans they have to (1) ensure the protection of whistleblowers, (2) take action to restore confidence in the operation of that CCG, and (3) refresh that CCG's decision-making structure.

Terrorist Attack: New Zealand - Statement (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: Are we out of time?

Local Authorities: Fair Funding Review - Question (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: Will the Minister, for whom I have a great deal of time, admit to the House that it is impossible to have a fair funding formula if you are dealing only with the specific grants that he outlined in his Answer and the business rate arrangements now being put in place? With the removal of the revenue support grant, it is impossible to have the distribution to which he has just referred.

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Curriculum Tests: Visual Impairment (5 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government which institution or body within the current education framework is responsible for the prompt availability of past SAT papers in formats such as Braille and large print and to ensure that such papers are available without charge.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Visual Impairment (1 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made for students with visual impairments undertaking GCSE and A Level examinations to ensure that they have their chosen reading format available.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Visual Impairment (1 Mar 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have provided to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation to monitor the consistency and accuracy of examination papers transcribed into other reading formats such as Braille.

Flybmi - Statement (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I have a tangential interest. I know that the Minister, for whom I have enormous respect, has an interest in what are called in technical jargon passengers with reduced mobility; that is, those who require assistance. Is she satisfied that the industry and government are doing enough to help those who will be stranded? Quite a number of them are extremely worried.

Education, Health and Care Plans - Question (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, there is a danger of us asking similar questions on this issue and goading the Minister into getting his fists up. I propose that he might talk to his Secretary of State about what is clearly a growing problem. While resource is fundamental to it, so is the process adopted by local authorities. Would he suggest to his Secretary of State that all English upper-tier local authorities...

Yorkshire: Devolution - Question (12 Feb 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it would be perverse in the extreme for a group of authorities that agreed to a devolution deal and an elected city mayor, then reneged on it and found out that authorities to the north were already talking about working together on their own deal, not to go back to their original commitment and draw down tens of millions of pounds of public money to...

Universities: Financial Sustainability - Statement (11 Feb 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I declare an interest as listed in the register. Perhaps the noble Viscount would contemplate how we can provide much greater certainty as a global player in higher education. It is not just a question of the Augar financing review, Brexit, the pension fund or even the very temporary drop in the demographic in relation to early entry to university; it is also a question of our...

Female Offender Strategy - Question (31 Jan 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, if my noble friend Lady Corston were here, she would be enthusiastically supporting the right reverend Prelate in pressing for the review to be implemented as quickly as possible, not just on moral grounds but because the additional investment that the Minister has referred to is “spend to save”. We could save an enormous amount of money by diverting into prevention and early...

Child Sexual Exploitation: Grooming Gangs - Question (24 Jan 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I commend the comments that have already been made in the House this morning, and I commend the work of the police and crime commissioner, the chief constable and the MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion. However, perhaps I may raise a small issue that follows through on the point raised earlier by the noble Baroness, Lady Cox. Will the Minister talk to his colleagues about taxi drivers...

Children: Special Educational Needs - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the resources allocated in the October budget to support children’s services will provide sufficient additional funding to meet the needs of children with special educational needs who are not currently in receipt of support through Education, Health and Care Plans.

Children: Special Educational Needs - Question (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I welcome the £350 million over the next two years, which the Minister decided not to mention—God bless him. But when we think back to the passage of the Children and Families Act under the coalition, there was all-party and no-party support for the idea that those who did not actually need to get a statement would be supported both in open education and in special schools. Now...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Blunkett: I rise to support the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown, and once again to accept my responsibility for the failure of Parliament to be clear enough about the intention when laying down this law back in 2003. It is absolutely clear now that people are serving way beyond their tariff in an unacceptable fashion under the IPP—but also under previous legislation. I have been trying to help an...

Student Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, will the Minister responsible actually confirm that should the Augar report recommend a reduction in the amount of student loan to £6,500, the amount that the ONS reclassification would result in would thereby be much smaller, but the majority of students would actually pay exactly the same amount, thereby disadvantaging universities without advantaging students?


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