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Results 141–160 of 5786 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the anticipated date of publication of their review into democratic engagement.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 - Question (24 Oct 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I put my name to none of this. I simply say to the Minister, who is a very reasonable person, that if there are 46.8 million people on the register but a substantial number of them are not counted in the reconfiguration of boundaries, that would be unacceptable to any political party.

Railways: Capacity - Question (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords—

Railways: Capacity - Question (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, many travellers in the north of England would welcome a pop-up café. The Minister is committed to this area, so my question to him is: what guarantees can we have that the announcements, which have been reinforced today, will actually be carried through given the stop-start nature of all the announcements about investment in the northern powerhouse?

Mental and Physical Health: Insurance - Question (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that mental and physical health conditions in the health insurance market are treated equally.

Mental and Physical Health: Insurance - Question (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, in asking this Question, I draw attention to the fact that I have a personal interest.

Mental and Physical Health: Insurance - Question (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister. This is a Question not about private health provision for individuals but about cover for primary care professionals indisposed by illness or accident, where alternative staffing is required. Does he agree that it is totally unacceptable for a policy to be enunciated or, as in this case, unilaterally altered so that requirements for the practice...

Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection Sentences - Question (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I have already acknowledged in this House and elsewhere the role I played in the introduction of the original programme and sentence and how we got part of it wrong. I wonder whether the Minister accepts, as the head of the Parole Board does, that the new 10-year licensing period is leading to recall of prisoners on a very large scale, to the point where it is clogging up the role...

Vulnerable Children - Question (6 Jul 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I welcome this very substantial report from an excellent Children’s Commissioner. Will the Minister reflect on the fact that one missing category from the report are the children of families where one of the parents has been sent to prison and where, after lengthy prison sentences, the impact on the children will have not just a concern for us morally but a societal impact down...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments (27 Apr 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I draw attention to my declaration of interests in the register. It is not my intention to repeat the excellent contributions that have already been made, but I want to put on record my commendation for Chris Husbands, the vice-chancellor of what some unwisely call the university in which I am involved “the other university in Sheffield”. Chris Husbands’ work is of an...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Citizenship: Education (7 Apr 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been provided in respect of citizenship education and related issues, including British values, over the last 12 months; to which bodies that funding was provided; how much has been specifically allocated to individual projects; what is the timetable for the spending of that funding; and how much funding is available for 2017–18.

Written Answers — Home Office: Citizenship: Education (6 Apr 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what national or local (1) organisations, and (2) agencies, have been funded in the last 12 months in respect of the promotion of British values and associated work; and what guidance has been given to the Office for Standards in Education in relation to (a) inspection reporting on citizenship, British values and character building, as part of the national...

National Citizen Service Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I declare my registered interests in this area as a board member. The noble Baroness, Lady Barker, has raised some rational points in relation to the Public Accounts Committee, and they should be taken seriously. But to say that these matters have not been addressed and then to say in the next breath, “I have addressed them throughout the passage of the Bill and did not receive...

Television Broadcasts: Audibility - Question (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, atmosphere is fine if you can lip-read but when you cannot, the mumbling which is indecipherable to most people becomes not just an irritant but an impossibility. I hope the Government will lean on the new regulator, Ofcom, to bring a bit of common sense so that when somebody whispers to you, it is expected that you will hear the whisper, and when someone talks to you on television,...

Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England) (Amendment) Order 2017 - Motions to Approve (30 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I was waiting to see whether anyone else would intervene. I will not detain the House very long. Will the Minister, either now or in writing—I promise I will not talk about Sheffield this afternoon—be kind enough to reflect on the juxtaposition of the existing Data Protection Act 1998 with the Digital Economy Bill in relation to data sharing and, crucially, with the general data...

Electoral Fraud - Question (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: I wonder whether the excellent Minister will reflect on a practice which involves freepost by a political party, encouraging those who have signed a postal vote to send it back to the party’s local headquarters. Does he feel that that is totally inappropriate, as I believe it was in the 2015 general election, practised on behalf of the former Deputy Prime Minister?

Education: Nursery and Early Years - Question (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, leaving aside the tragic demise of the Sure Start local programmes, can the Minister comment on how we can implement better the report by Sense, the organisation for deafblind men, women and children, which was published last year, in terms of early years settings and the training not just of professional staff but of volunteers, which is absolutely crucial in ensuring that those...

NHS: Sustainability and Transformation Plans - Question (20 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, will the Minister share with us whether the department has provided advice or best practice in the localities on the first test of the service reconfiguration? A great deal of disquiet has emerged about a lack of engagement of key partners, never mind mobilising the support of the wider community.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) (Amendment) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I have a great deal of sympathy with the points just put by my noble friend Lady Hollis and the noble Lord, Lord Cormack. I shall address the order before us in relation to the Sheffield City Region. I obviously have no objection whatever to the order that is being laid. It makes sense in the light of the decision of Derbyshire County Council to take the judicial review. In this...

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