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Results 1–20 of 1940 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Shephard of Northwold

Social Mobility - Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2020)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, on securing this debate. I also congratulate my noble friend Lord Choudrey on his excellent maiden speech. I am delighted to take part, not least because I think I may be the only Member of this House to have served on the Social Mobility Commission between 2012 and 2017. Very briefly, here are some of the lessons we learned, in the...

Sure Start - Statement (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister comment on the need for Sure Start centres to be accessible? Clearly, if they are well targeted, they bring great help to children born in a disadvantaged area. Many of those areas are rural, however, and while it is one thing to provide accessible Sure Start help in closely populated urban areas, it is quite another to do so in rural areas, as I...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, before I make my brief remarks in this debate, I would like to share with noble Lords the truly inspirational experience I had this morning, in connection with my non-pecuniary interest as a visiting professor at King’s College London, in its widening participation unit. Noble Lords will be aware of the truly shocking fact that only 8% of care leavers progress to a university...

Apprenticeships - Question (7 Jun 2016)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that while the availability and quality of apprenticeships is one thing, their potential for young people is quite another? What careers advice is being given to young people from the age of 14—because age is key in this—in order to enthuse and inform them about apprenticeships as an alternative to university?

House of Lords: Domestic Committees - Motion to Take Note (9 May 2016)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Leader of the House for her kind remarks and congratulate her on her initiative to introduce some practical and modest reforms to the domestic governance of this House. I give my warmest thanks to the noble Lords who served on the committee: the noble Baronesses, Lady Taylor, Lady McIntosh and Lady Doocey, and the noble Lords, Lord Kirkham and Lord...

Council Tax: Social Care Precept - Question (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, my noble friend described the situation for local authorities as challenging, which indeed it is. What encouragement are the Government giving at local level to social services and health departments to merge their services? My noble friend will know that an extremely successful initiative along these lines has been going for at least a decade in Torquay. I feel, and I think that...

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I have just three points to make. I shall be very brief, because many other noble Lords want to participate in this important debate. First, many here will well remember the anxiety that many of us felt about the possible effects on student participation rates in higher education in 1998, when students became responsible for paying upfront tuition fees, and more recently—there...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2015)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I am very grateful to have been a member of the Select Committee on Affordable Childcare under the expert chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Sutherland. I am delighted, too, that parliamentary time has been found for the committee’s report to be debated in this House. It is a privilege to follow the noble Lord. As ever, he has given a wonderful tour d’horizon, which does not...

Childcare Payments Bill — Question (17 Dec 2014)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific estimates they have made of the impact of the Childcare Payments Bill on maternal employment rates and the level of income tax paid by working mothers.

Childcare Payments Bill — Question (17 Dec 2014)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: I thank my noble friend for his typically detailed reply. I wonder whether he is aware that the Select Committee on Affordable Childcare, on which I serve, has been requesting an answer to that question from the Treasury for some months. The committee has been deeply disappointed by his department’s apparent inability—refusal, even—to provide a Minister to give evidence before it, even...

Vocational Qualifications Reform Plan — Statement (5 Mar 2014)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, might I press my noble friend a little more on the question raised by the noble Lord, Lord Young, on careers advice in its widest meaning? I welcome the Statement today, of course, but I am sure that my noble friend accepts that this is another layer of confusing rearrangement for the young people whom it is meant to benefit. What interest are my noble friend and his department...

Employment: Young People — Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2013)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, there are a few minutes left in which I can thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. There has certainly been no lack of advice or ideas for the Government, and a great deal of agreement across the board about what is necessary, what is admirable and what is less successful. That is often the case in the House of Lords, which is why it is such a useful source of...

Employment: Young People — Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2013)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I am honoured to move this Motion. I should declare two relevant interests. I chair the council of the Institute of Education and I am deputy chair of the Social Mobility Commission, set up by Government in January this year. Noble Lords present need no persuading that education is one of the most important responsibilities of any Government. One of its key objectives must be to...

Entrepreneurship Opportunities — Question (24 May 2012)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, following the extremely helpful suggestions from the noble Lord, Lord Sugar, I would like to ask my noble friend-as there has been quite a lot of questioning about advice for young people-what plans the Government have for developing the careers service which I believe is beginning to get under way. It seems to me that quite a lot could be achieved by giving useful advice to young...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 May 2012)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong. She said that the noble Lord, Lord Denham, came into this House when she was two and a half, but I remind her of a much more recent date: 25 years ago, nearly to the day, she and I entered the other place as newly elected Members. I declare an interest as a member of the Joint Select Committee on Lords reform. I am also...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2012)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I have two rather narrow points to make in this valuable debate so brilliantly introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy. First, it is obviously in the interests not only of historical accuracy but, I would add, of transparency in the democratic process that there should be access to Cabinet and other government papers. Secondly, if such access is not well structured and...

Children: Secure Children's Homes — Question for Short Debate (7 Nov 2011)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I am more than grateful to slip in for two minutes at the end of this debate. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Linklater on securing the debate and my noble friend Lady Shackleton on her moving maiden speech. The House will be aware that some secure children's homes are used for emergency admissions in cases of extreme family breakdown or other circumstances, which can sometimes...

Reform of Social Care — Statement (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: My Lords, I, too, welcome the political consensus that is bathing us in its glow this afternoon. Several noble Lords have spoken, and so has my noble friend, of the importance of engaging individuals in taking responsibility for their own care. I am sure that he is very aware of this, but does he realise how important it is for there to be a clear financial framework so that individuals and...

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2010)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: I intend to make very brief comments because a lot of noble Lords obviously wish to come in and a lot of arguments have already been aired. I welcome the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, as I have not had the chance to welcome him to his present position. I note that the same silky tongue is at work and I am certainly one of those who in the past had very cordial relations with the noble Lord, Lord...

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2010)

Baroness Shephard of Northwold: Who does the noble Baroness think is responsible for the situation that we are in? It is her party, the party opposite.


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