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Academies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (6 Jul 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, two important points weigh with me in considering these amendments. The first is the principle of whether primary schools should have a place as academies in the future. I assent to that: I think that they should have the option of becoming academies. The second is the practical point of whether all primary schools are capable of operating under such a system. The answer is clearly...

Visas — Question (22 Jul 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in view of the supplementary point made by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, about academics, is any check being made of the impact of the points system on academic appointments?

Higher Education: Funding — Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I begin by congratulating my noble friend Lord Boswell on an excellent maiden speech. It brought to mind years past when he was the gamekeeper as the Minister for Higher Education and I was the poacher as one of those wretched vice-chancellors who tried to wheedle money out of him. I suspect that we spent a large amount of time arguing over the terminological point of when an...

Higher Education: Funding and Student Finance — Statement (3 Nov 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the foundation years that were mentioned are one of the few ways that have been shown to work in dealing with the gaps in school education that sometimes afflict our young people. That being so, who will pay for these? Will there be a Government grant, or will there be an additional year's burden on the student who has to contribute towards the costs?

Higher Education: Funding and Student Finance — Statement (3 Nov 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I ask permission of the House to restate the question. Courses that are foundation years often involve an extra year's study. Who will pay for that? Will it be the state or the student who will incur an extra year's debt?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Olympic Games 2012 (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the medals to be awarded at the 2012 Olympics will be designed by British craftsmen or craftswomen.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Olympic Games 2012 (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the medals to be awarded at the 2012 Olympics will be manufactured in the United Kingdom.

Parliament — Question (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in the interests of accountability, would the Government consider attaching where appropriate measurable numerical targets to legislation-for example, numeracy and literacy targets to legislation affecting primary schools?

Local Government: Big Society — Question (28 Feb 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Does the Minister accept that the provision being made to charities by local authorities falls short of the standards that we might reasonably expect? Can the Government do anything to regulate the process or do they simply stand back and wash their hands of what is not part of their brief or responsibility?

NHS: Reform — Question (6 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the NHS makes a considerable contribution to the health of patients through its participation in major research projects, working with drugs companies and those concerned to improve the quality of care in hospitals and outside. What protection is there for this continuing?

Research: Science and Technology Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (8 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Setting priorities for publicly funded research (3rd Report, Session 2009-10, HL Paper 104).

Research: Science and Technology Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (8 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, it is often said that the future success of this country depends on our continuing success in science and technology. Although I am not a scientist, I fully agree with that comment. There are clearly a number of other determinants of national well-being, not all of which are in our control. However, success in science and technology is significantly within our control. It is with...

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for a characteristically humane and civilised introduction to the debate today. That is always appreciated. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Edmiston, on his maiden speech. It prompted me to recall my own days playing truant from schools. Mine were nothing as prodigious and ambitious as his six months, just the odd day to see the Australian cricket team...

Schools: Well-being Education — Question (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister accept that although it is not a matter of either/or, in the matter of curriculum design, the fundamental contribution that a school can make to the well-being of pupils is numeracy and literacy?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Private Institutions (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 26 April (WA 67), what criteria are used by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in order to designate, for student support purposes, specific courses at private higher education institutions in England.

Southern Cross Care Homes — Statement (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the way in which the Minister's Statement has given reassurance to those in care homes and their families. It is immensely important that we continue to do that. There is, however, a further area of reassurance that I hope the Minister will be able to say something about. We have reassured staff through TUPE that perhaps there is some protection for their terms and...

Health: Animal Testing — Question (4 Oct 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, following the direction of questioning from my noble friend Lord Willis, what encouragement are the Government giving to public bodies in receipt of public funds for medical research to engage in educating the public on these matters? That is very important.

Education Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Oct 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I wish to comment briefly on Amendments 8 and 10, and to give my warm support to Amendment 8. We had an important debate on that amendment in Committee and the Minister pointed out the difficulties with primary schools. The difficulties have been met in a reasonable way, I believe, and I hope that in the spirit of good compromise all round we might move with the amendment and see it...

Education Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Oct 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the movement that there has been on the principles of Amendments 19 and 29 because they are sensible principles. The moves of the Government go some way to reassuring me there but I want to comment on Amendment 21, which is clearly a crux amendment in terms of overturning the powers that are specifically included under subsection (1) of the proposed new clause in Clause...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I warmly welcome the Government amendment, and not only for the reason it means that one's words do not always disappear into the ether forever, although it is nice to see a bit of thought being given to them. Examining boards do an extremely difficult and complex job. Over the years, we have built for them a system that requires too much, and too much complexity. We are now rolling back from...


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