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Results 161–180 of 5788 for speaker:Lord Blunkett

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...

National Identity Cards - Question (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to agree with the noble Lord, Lord Green. If biometrics are so easily attacked and discredited, why have the Government introduced them for passports?

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I shall be very brief. I did not intend to speak but when I hear the noble Lord, Lord Green, I understand that what he believes to be fact, others perceive to be opinion. It seems to me that we need to get this straight. We are not talking about bogus colleges in this amendment at all. The noble Lord has drawn attention to the example of 2012. I do not normally go out of my way to...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Dormant Assets Commission (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Dormant Assets Commission will publish its report.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Dormant Assets Commission (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Dormant Assets Commission last met; when it is due to meet again; which stakeholders the Commission has consulted; and what is the scale and scope of the Commission’s investigation.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Dormant Assets Commission (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial resources, including salaries, have been made available to establish and run the Dormant Assets Commission.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: In light of the Minister’s response and, with respect, the fact that things have got worse rather than better with the words “ineligible for a teaching excellence award”, it would be wise to test the view of the House and give the Government time to think again. Ayes 280, Noes 186.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. I shall speak to Amendment 72 in my name and in the names of the noble Baronesses, Lady Garden and Lady Wolf. I thank them for their support and for the work that they have done on the Bill. This is the first time in my life that I have been wedged between a duke and a viscount, and it is appropriate to know my place as a baron in...

Solicitors: Professional Qualifications - Question (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register. Perhaps I could tempt the Minister to reflect on the question raised by the noble Lord, Lord Low, about the narrowing of the curriculum. I accept entirely that the SRA and the Legal Services Board are independent, but would it not be of national concern if family law, disability rights and social welfare law were to be...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: M1 (1 Mar 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 February (HL5019), whether there is now a revised date for concluding the works to be undertaken between Junctions 16 and 19 of the M1 motorway and fully re-opening the motorway.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: M1 (1 Feb 2017)

Lord Blunkett: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect junctions 16 to 19 of the M1 motorway to be fully operational.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (7th Day) (30 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: This will probably be the shortest speech I have made, or ever will make, in the House of Lords. I have a registered interest as a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and would like to reinforce what the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, has indicated this afternoon. Given that the Minister is respected as someone who does not just listen and reflect but is actually prepared to give and to come...

The Process for Triggering Article 50 - Statement (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, following that question from the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, my heart and emotions are with Edmund Burke, but my political head tells me that we are in 2017, with an extraordinarily delicate situation in terms of the way in which the British people regard politicians of all ilks and the establishment. Would it not be foolish in the extreme if this House, as an unelected body, placed...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (23 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: Would the Minister be kind enough to ask his staff to include me in his letters? Although I have not spoken in this debate, I would be very grateful if he could include me in the communication.

Principle of Comparative Advantage: Bicentenary - Question (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, given the mention a moment or two ago by my noble friend Lord Rooker of American hormones, could the Minister also arrange to circulate Malthusian principles at the same time as Ricardo’s?

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: I welcome this brief debate. It is crucial that we should turn our attention to different forms of access and to lifelong learning in its widest sense. The publication from the four years that I was Education and Employment Secretary that I remain most proud of is The Learning Age Green Paper. I am proud of the commitment of the then Government to the whole range of opportunities for lifelong...

Social Enterprise - Question (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, it may be that the Minister is not able to answer this question this afternoon, but it would be very useful for your Lordships’ House to have an update on what has happened to the substantial pool of unclaimed assets which originally assisted social enterprise but which now seems to have been put on the back burner.

Local Government Finance Settlement - Statement (15 Dec 2016)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I do not have a registered interest but I do have an elderly mother-in-law in her mid-80s who has been in hospital for five weeks, so I have a personal as well as a more general interest in this area. I shall be brief. I want to explore the short-termism of the announcement, leaving aside the post-truth nature of the Statement that the Minister has had to read out to us today. The...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (3rd Day) (12 Dec 2016)

Lord Blunkett: My Lords, I will not detain the House for long. I was the Home Secretary back in 2003 when, as has been referred to this afternoon, many of these issues were debated, and I was responsible for the justice system at that time. We struggled with it then and we struggle with it today. I commend the debate and the very substantial arguments that have been made on both sides. I am struggling to...


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