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Results 21–40 of 4264 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Education (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sixth-form colleges in England were converted into 16–19 academies in 2018.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Education (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial benefits of an institution converting from a sixth form college to a 16–19 academy; and if so, what are those benefits.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Education (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils attended (1) sixth form colleges, and (2) 16–19 academies in England, broken down by academic year, in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sixth Form Education (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current state of sixth form education and the future financial prospects of sixth form colleges.

Northern Ireland (Extension of Period for Executive Formation) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I very much support this Motion. It is necessary and it means that we can move ahead over the next few months to try to get a resolution. It is not about a no-deal Brexit situation, but it is about Europe in many ways, because we could have resolved the issue of the backstop if there had been an Assembly and an Executive in place. I believe that the nationalist and unionist parties...

Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is estimated that 3 million to 4 million people are currently watching BBC Parliament. I rather fancy that today their attention will be drawn to the other place, and that they will have to listen to our proceedings, as they generally do, at about 2 or 3 am. If those insomniacs—who occasionally include myself—switch on, they would I suppose be bewildered that we are...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 - Statement (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I join the Minister in extending my sympathies to the families of the three young people who tragically died at Cookstown. I see the point of the secondary legislation that the Minister described, but I deplore the need for it. Northern Ireland has been without its institutions of government for more than two years. The failure to restore them must rest with the Government, whatever...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I support the amendments in the names of my noble friends Lord Empey and Lord Rogan. I call them both my noble friends of over 20 years, despite the eccentric seating in place today. This is a sorry business, all of it—a terrible mess. The whole situation in Northern Ireland for the last two years started with the collapse of this appallingly planned scheme. We cannot get away...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, I very much agree with the noble Lord, Lord Rogan. Where there is an absence of democratic government, particularly in Northern Ireland, that gap will be filled by the men of violence. That is an interesting point on which to start this final but one speech in your Lordships’ House. There has been a theme throughout this evening’s short debate concerning the way in which we...

Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Election Expenses) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (5 Mar 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Harris, and others have referred to the transparency of election donations. I hope that the Minister can give an answer—whether he sings it or says it. One issue before us, in respect of local government in Northern Ireland, is on giving disabled people the opportunity to stand for election to local authorities— obviously, these Benches completely...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, this debate has been short but important. This statutory instrument is not about Brexit. It is not a dry, uninteresting, bureaucratic instrument that needs to be passed on the nod—although of course we on this side will support it. But it is symbolic of what is wrong in Northern Ireland. Of course, the instrument is important; these ministerial appointments must be made, otherwise...

Northern Ireland: Devolution - Statement (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, the failure to restore the political institutions in Northern Ireland is a catastrophe. It is catastrophic for the people of Northern Ireland, British-Irish relations, the Good Friday agreement and Brexit. Had the Assembly and the Executive been restored, between them they could have dealt with the backstop issue. I ask the Minister, and hope he answers positively: is there a plan...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Owen, who has very interesting ideas. In 1978 I was the treasurer of the Labour “No Assembly” campaign in Wales. Over 20 years I changed my mind on devolution—which was fortunate, otherwise my future jobs as Secretary of State for Wales and for Northern Ireland would have been very uncomfortable. I did so because...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Asylum (7 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help improve the educational attainment of asylum-seeking unaccompanied minors at (1) Key Stage 4 level, and (2) all other key stages.

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Language: Education (7 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they monitor and assess on students studying English as an additional language.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (7 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote character education in schools.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: My Lords, it is interesting to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hunt. We faced each other across the Dispatch Box 25 years ago, but I rather fancy that he should be directing his comments to his own party instead of at us, because of the civil war that has occurred within the Conservative Party over the past number of years. However, I want to speak briefly on Northern Ireland. Members of your...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Apprentices: Rural Areas (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those undertaking apprenticeships are from isolated communities, as defined in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, published on 14 March.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Vocational Guidance (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, published on 4 December 2017.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Vocational Guidance (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the Careers Strategy pilot scheme for routes into careers for vulnerable groups.


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