Results 1–20 of 630 for speaker:Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Young Adults: Public Service Funding - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I begin by thanking my noble friend Lady Massey for securing this important debate. I echo the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Storey, that we have an entitlement to expect that more noble Lords should have made the effort to be here to contribute to the debate. None the less, that does not detract from the quality of the debate we have had. Local authorities have a statutory duty...

Relationship Education Lessons in Schools - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. On 25 February, the Government announced the new regulations and guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education. As the Minister said, they were warmly welcomed by all sides of both your Lordships’ House and the other place, but words of caution were part of that welcome. It was clear...

Multi-academy Trusts - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the rather blithe dismissal of concerns by the Minister runs counter to the Public Accounts Committee, which reported six months ago that financial controls in schools needed to be strengthened and that, “the Department for Education’s … oversight and intervention needs to be more rigorous” The fact is that the Government have virtually no powers to rein in those academy...

Migrant Children: Welfare - Question for Short Debate (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the consequences for children of the hostile environment created in a cold and calculated manner by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary are laid out in Project 17’s powerful report, and they are deeply concerning. We should all be grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham for securing this timely debate. The report provides a stark insight into how the...

Migrant Children: Welfare - Question for Short Debate (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the consequences for children of the hostile environment created in a cold and calculated manner by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary are laid out in Project 17’s powerful report, and they are deeply concerning. We should all be grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham for securing this timely debate. The report provides a stark insight into how the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Finance (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had on funding priorities for post-16 education in the forthcoming spending review.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Teachers (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the recent teachers' pay award on the financial sustainability of further education college budgets.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to implement the recently-announced changes to the School Admissions Code introducing priority admission-status for inter-country adopted children.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Standards (5 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the effectiveness of multi-academy trusts in delivering improvements in academic performance in schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: Adoption (4 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the availability of Pupil Premium Plus funding for adopted children among parents and schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: Adoption (4 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the use of Pupil Premium Plus funding for adopted children is properly scrutinised.

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Language: Education (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills on 18 March (232096), when they expect to publish plans for the additional funding they will make available to support their English language strategy beyond the current English Language Coordination Fund.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: Adoption (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many adopted children currently receive pupil premium plus.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Teachers (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made ahead of the spending review of the effect of trends in the level of (1) pay, and (2) workload, on the recruitment and retention of teachers in the further education sector.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to mitigate the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the economic sustainability of the further education sector.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Centres (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to receive the Early Intervention Foundation's review Children's centres and beyond: understanding the changing face of integrated local early years support.

Statistics: Accuracy - Question (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, “lies, damned lies and statistics” is a phrase generally accepted to have been coined by a former Tory Prime Minister. Modern Tory Ministers seem to have misinterpreted it, because Benjamin Disraeli was not advocating it as party policy. The UK Statistics Authority’s latest rebuke of the Department for Education over misleading statistics to support claims of generous funding...

Education: Music A-level - Question (24 Jun 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, despite what the Minister said, the Government’s commitment to music education is very much in question, not just because of the falloff in A-level entry that we have heard about. When I met the Secretary of State two weeks ago to discuss music education, he was unable even to give me a commitment that the national plan for music education, which finishes next year and to which...

Children’s Homes etc. Inspection Fees, Childcare Fees, Adoption and Children Act Register (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: That is exactly the point: some 257 matches were made in 2018-19, and hard-to-place cases are the ones that we are concerned about. The Minister has not so far mentioned hard-to-place children. I hope that he will come on to that.

Children’s Homes etc. Inspection Fees, Childcare Fees, Adoption and Children Act Register (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, due to the announcement in Part 4 to close the national adoption register for England, these regulations are subject to a regret Motion in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Russell of Liverpool, on which I congratulate him. I should also say that we do not believe that the negative procedure is appropriate in this case. It should be used for routine matters; by no stretch of the...


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