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Results 81–100 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Census (14 Dec 2018)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the next census, due in 2021, will include questions asking about respondents’ (1) main language, and (2) proficiency in English, as was the case in 2011; whether, when using census data to inform public policy, they consider a person’s main language to be the (a) first language learnt, or (b) language used most frequently; and what discussions they...

Special Educational Needs and Funding - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I support the thrust of the Question and ask the Minister whether the department could be proactive in two ways: first, on the back of the local government settlement and the Chancellor’s Budget at the end of October, in relation to additional money for children’s services; and secondly, in trying to get the education and health services to join up, so that, in particular, young...

Hereditary Peers By-election - Announcement (28 Nov 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I am undoubtedly in favour of congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Carrington, and I am sure he will make a tremendous contribution to this House. But, as we said on Friday—and I am very pleased that Committee has been completed—the whole argument about this is so arcane that, if people really knew what we were saying and doing, they would think we had lost our marbles.

Local Government - Question (27 Nov 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, as the Minister knows, this is an incredibly complex area in which there is great misunderstanding. I have an enormous amount of time for the Minister. Perhaps he would explain to the House how there is going to be a fair distribution formula when the whole system from 2020 depends on local council tax and revenue raising locally and the distribution of the business rate, which...

Local Authorities: Children with Special Needs - Question (22 Nov 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, everyone in this House will be familiar with the pressures on local government. Nevertheless, there is no excuse for the way in which, too often, local authorities and their local health providers fail to implement the education, health and care plans, and for the fact that the Children and Families Act is not working in the way that was originally intended. Will the Minister give a...

Citizenship and Civic Engagement (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, first I must declare a non-pecuniary—although I can never say the word—interest in a number of areas relating to this debate and to the Select Committee report. One is the National Citizen Service which I shall be leaving in a matter of weeks as it becomes a royal chartered body. I will spend a little of my short time paying tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, whose...

Johnston Press - Statement (19 Nov 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, would the Minister acknowledge that the £220 million debt run up by Johnston Press over a number of years was a scandalous mismanagement, which led to its mortgaging the operations, including the work of local journalists, for reasons other than for delivering what we want—and what I am sure the Government would want—in terms of the revitalising of local democracy that we will...

Border Force: Heathrow Airport - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the Border Force failed to achieve service level agreement targets for the maximum waiting time for passengers at Heathrow Airport during the months of (1) July, (2) August, and (3) September; what was the percentage shortfall in each case; and what action they intend to take to improve its performance.

Border Force: Heathrow Airport - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I draw attention to a tangential interest on the register.

Border Force: Heathrow Airport - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I had intended to congratulate the Minister, first, on the delphic way in which she responded to my previous Question without giving me an Answer—she has managed to do that again today—and, secondly, on the fact that there was an improvement in August although then a catastrophic drop in September. Given the National Audit Office report this week and the genuine concerns about...

Yorkshire: Devolution - Question (17 Oct 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Sheffield City Partnership board. Does the Minister agree that, to move on from the Sheffield city regional deal, it is important to establish that deal and provide money for both the elected mayor’s office and for the regional policy to move forward? Does he agree that any future incremental move from the Sheffield city regional deal is...

Department for Education: Use of Statistics - Question (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I am quite happy to believe that the Minister and the Secretary of State have not behaved improperly, but that noble stance cannot be said to have been taken right across the department. Will the Minister give the House an absolute assurance that no pressure has been brought to bear by either Ministers or special advisers on any civil servant in the department to act outside the...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committed to Committee (12 Sep 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Grocott and will say, in a slightly lighter vein, that it was not just the reputation of this House that was damaged last Friday, when I was present—it was the attractiveness to those across the world who wish to use the British private education system, because I have never heard such a load of rubbish in my life coming from those who benefited...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Sep 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, to address the issue that has been put before us and to avoid prevarication, there is a new phase 2: it is Burns. There may be a phase 3—who knows? If a Jeremy Corbyn-led Government were elected, there would a phase 3 which might disturb the Benches opposite slightly more than not having by-elections for hereditary Peers. Burns is a phase 2, and it has consequences. Unless the...

Railways: Timetables - Question (17 Jul 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, here is a bit of a googly but the Minister will be well up for it. Given that the rationale for the substantial worsening of running times from Sheffield to St Pancras and intermediate stations was the large increase in train availability for London and the south-east, will she ask the inquiry now to restore the running times from Sheffield to London so that we can have a service back?

Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition - Statement (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I declare an interest—

Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] - Committee (29 Jun 2018)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I shall not hold up the Committee. As a Methodist, and having sat through Second Reading and heard the right reverend Prelate this morning, I just wanted to say how grateful I am for a masterclass in how the Church of England operates.

Airports: Border Force - Question (26 Jun 2018)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to (1) improve the performance of the Border Force at United Kingdom airports, and (2) reduce delays in clearing EEA and non-EEA passengers through immigration.

Airports: Border Force - Question (26 Jun 2018)

Lord Blunkett: I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I draw attention to my declaration of interests.


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