Results 181–200 of 679 for speaker:Baroness Howarth of Breckland

Children and Families Bill — Second Reading ( 2 Jul 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I say to the noble Lord, Lord Storey, that I hope that this is not the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to debate the progress of childcare issues for the future. I have been in the House for 13 years and have lived through a series of different Bills. Each Bill has brought progress and movement forward, just as this Bill will. However, it leaves huge gaps which, I hope, will be...

Food: Food Banks — Question ( 2 Jul 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: Given that there is so much uncertainty about the figures, the noble Baroness asked whether the Government were going to monitor this. What kind of research or monitoring can the Government undertake to be sure of the figures and the impact of the various factors?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (1st Day) (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: If that was the definition, would the Church of England be prepared to marry couples in church? The great difficulty with civil partnership marriages for Christians—those who love the Lord deeply—is that there is no religious content. From the speeches just made, would the Church of England change its position if the amendment of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, was agreed?

Autism — Question (17 Jun 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, one of the great concerns of people with autism is the transition arrangements between young people and adults, particularly the difficulties created now that education and social care provision are separated in adult education centres for these children and young people. What is intended to ensure that this does not continue to disadvantage these young people?

Health: Children's Heart Services — Statement (12 Jun 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I speak as the patron of Little Hearts Matter, the organisation that represents a large number of families who have children with heart conditions, particularly hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is extremely serious and needs highly skilled intervention. Who does the Minister think is most disappointed about the failure of the review? I probably meet more families and children...

Adoption: Adoption Legislation Committee Reports — Motion to Take Note (16 May 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I, too, had the honour of being a member of the committee, although for a large part of the time I was being looked after by the National Health Service, so I can thank the chair for her excellent work more objectively than the other members of the committee and, indeed, I can thank my colleagues. Between them, they have made a superb contribution to the thinking around the needs of...

Childcare Ratios — Statement ( 9 May 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I was a social worker of some years, having begun my career in children’s departments. At that time, more children were cared for by minders than are now—the ratios were different. Certainly, the ratios have swung back and forth. Will the Minister look carefully at the evidence which shows that children need a certain ratio of carers of good-quality training in order to gain the...

Human Trafficking — Question (25 Apr 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I hear what the noble Lord says, but is it not true that having escaped rape and misuse, these people then find themselves without jobs or finance? What is the Minister doing to encourage local authorities to support those individuals, who are often alone, without any language skills or advocacy, and who cannot get back to their homeland but cannot survive in this country?

Procedure of the House — Motion to Take Note (24 Apr 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, with due respect to the committee chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, and as someone who does not usually speak on these issues, as a very ordinary Back- Bencher, I should like to make my views known. I fundamentally disagree with the previous speaker, because why should I, as an ordinary Back-Bencher, not be allowed to challenge the report by the committee chaired by the noble...

NHS: Leeds General Infirmary — Question (23 Apr 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the people most affected by this are the children and many of the families who do not understand and cannot comprehend what is going on at the moment across these services? I declare an interest as the patron and trustee of Little Hearts Matter, which deals with hundreds of children who have half a heart and therefore all have surgery across the country....

Human Trafficking — Question (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, as the Minister will know, and as my noble and learned friend Lady Butler-Sloss mentioned, children who are accommodated in care are not made the responsibility of the local authority. When they then go missing, the police often do not follow them up with great astuteness. I have just read in the newspaper that there are to be two categories of missing person for the police. There...

Care Quality Commission — Question (14 Mar 2013)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that while the examples of good practice are very welcome, what was most surprising was the comment on safeguarding, which noted that many services are not meeting the requirements of good practice in relation to reporting to local authorities and have out-of-date procedures? Bearing in mind the plethora of advice from the Department of Health, what...

Crime: Victims — Question (13 Jun 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, does the Minister agree that this point is particularly true of children and young people who appear in court as witnesses when they are the victim of crime? Will he look into whether progress is being made on the work done previously? Although that work moved the position forward a long way it seems to have stalled, and children are still being revictimised in court.

Education: 16-19 Bursary Fund — Question (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, the parents of young people with severe disabilities are extremely anxious since funding has transferred to local authorities. There is uncertainty that funding will remain not only for travel, through bursaries, but for places. Can the Minister assure me that local authorities will be required to ensure that those young people-some of the most vulnerable-are given the opportunities...

Taxation: Plastic Bags — Question (28 May 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the amount of plastic we are saving from the shops has been overtaken by plastic bags that purport to collect clothing for various charities? Have the Government looked at this? They are very useful for recycling in rubbish bags but I am sure it is another unnecessary use of plastic.

Care Homes — Question (28 May 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the greatest inhibitors of long-term, consistent care is funding for individual placements? I speak and declare an interest as the president of Livability, which delivers long-term care for some elderly and a large number of younger disabled people. The great difficulty is ensuring that local authorities will commit to funding in the long term at...

Entrepreneurship Opportunities — Question (24 May 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, following the Minister's comments in relation to families, does she agree that young people's initiative can be either stifled or encouraged by their family background? In the past, there have been initiatives on family learning. Does the Minister know where the initiatives have reached and will she encourage them in the future?

Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question (26 Apr 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, I have spent a great deal of time working in governance with professionals from many different groupings and, however experienced professionals are in their own trade, they are not always very clear about governance issues. This is often true of trustees in voluntary organisations as well as in clinical governance in the health service. What plans does the Minister have for training...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendments (23 Apr 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: On 17 April, the Lord Chancellor said to the House of Commons: "There is no doubt that the present level of legal aid provision is on any measure unaffordably expensive ... Even after our reforms have been carried ... we will still have by far the most costly legal aid system in the world. It is almost twice as expensive as that in any other country per head of population".-[Official Report,...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (7th Day) (13 Mar 2012)

Baroness Howarth of Breckland: My Lords, if the noble Earl thought I was being unkind to the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, he may think that I am being even more unkind when I come to address him. I want to make it absolutely clear that I was asking the noble Baroness whether she had seen the defect in her amendment. Delegated powers would go from health professionals to the social care professionals and not from the...

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