Results 81–100 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: The noble Baroness is doubly kind to the Cross-Benchers. I must support the line offered by the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, in support of the Government, by sharing my experience of having to declare the first "failing school" in England. In that school there was, effectively, a collusion of ignorance and lack of aspiration between the local authority, the school and those who were responsible...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I speak in support of these amendments for two reasons: first, the set of arguments already given in support of them; but, secondly—a point made earlier in debate from all sides of the Chamber—the Bill seems to be moving in the direction of downgrading the involvement of both parents and governors in how schools are run. There may well be practical problems about organising parents'...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 147: Page 54, line 15, at end insert— "( ) The Chief Inspector shall agree with the Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency the pattern and form of inspection appropriate for such courses."

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I say at the outset that I welcome the opportunity that this part of the Bill gives schools to extend their provision towards higher and further education. However, if the provision to be made is genuinely at the higher and possibly tertiary level, the patterns of inspection should be appropriate to that. Thus, I believe that there is a need to seek an agreement between HMCI and the Quality...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I thank the noble Baroness for her helpful reply, although there is still a question of quite how the QAA will be involved. I would hate a situation to develop where personalities made it difficult. At the moment that would not be the case, and the advantage of having something either written down or on the record is that personalities would have to overcome any such risks. However, I shall...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Fuel Oil (26 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: How much virgin fuel oil is saved in the United Kingdom by the use of reprocessed fuel oil.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Reprocessed Fuel Oil (4 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19 January (WA 116), in the event that operators of installations currently using reprocessed fuel oil switch to a non-waste alternative fuel, whether the residual used oil will be disposed of in an environmentally acceptable way.

Education Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the three amendments, to which my name is attached, and pay tribute to the willingness of the Government and the chief inspector to be available for discussion before this debate. Things have moved on, as the character of the amendments suggests. None the less it is important that the amendments were tabled, because ultimately all three relate to the quality of inspectors....

Education Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I simply want to reassure the Minister that he was not listening in vain and his response has not been in vain. The amendment is helpful, and we appreciate it very much.

Education Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I do not need to repeat comments that I made in Committee, because the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, has done that well and succinctly. I wish to add a further comment. This clause refers to the duties of the Chief Inspector. In the process of keeping the Secretary of State informed, a list is provided. A large part of that list properly concerns the outcomes of education and the kind...

Education Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I do not feel that I can support either this amendment or the suggestion at this point that the Select Committee should be involved in the appointment of the chief inspector. I can think of many good reasons for involving parliamentary committees in major public appointments but, to put it in terms, I would not start here. If this were a general provision regarding appointments, it...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I wish to support the remarks that have just been made. I have had experience of the very high quality work that can be found in special schools. I stress the point made about the variety of needs. The implication is that provision will be in small pockets, whether in individual schools or across the country. Therefore, the logistics of a very sensible policy of inclusion where...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I agree with much of the core business of the Bill. However, I should add that I agree with the main range of points made in the speeches of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, the noble Lords, Lord Lester and Lord Baker, and the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza. I begin by asking for the indulgence—and possibly the forgiveness—of the right reverend Prelates who are normally in...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (25 May 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am very happy to stand shoulder to shoulder with my colleague, propping up the end of a long list of speakers, but I hope that he will indulge me for two or three minutes longer. I congratulate the noble Lords, Lord De Mauley and Lord Adonis, on their maiden speeches. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, on his ministerial appointment. I assure him that in my limited...

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (11 Oct 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, following the noble Earl is always interesting but never easy. He mentioned in passing the Free Church in Scotland. I recount an argument that was going on in the readers' letters columns of the Stornoway Gazette between the Free Church and Free Presbyterian Church. It was on an obscure point of doctrine. One of the contributors made the mistake of referring to the views of the...

Elections: Arbuthnott Commission (19 Jan 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that my noble friend Lord Foulkes shows perhaps less prescience than a taste for the pre-emptive strike? Nonetheless, he has raised a number of important questions and it would be good to have the opportunity to debate them in this House in due course.

Education (19 Jan 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Shephard, for finding time to introduce this debate and for doing it so well. For all the reasons given, we are in her debt. It is also the reason that this, if I may say so, motley crew of party politicians, education gurus and specialists and, as in my case, the odd education "anorak", are here enjoying once more the sharing of insights, and...

Older Workers (9 Feb 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Mobility and Inclusion Unit is running a research programme on the design of motorcars, with a view to making it easier for older drivers with impairment to travel. When are recommendations expected; and, if not soon, can they be hurried up?

Civil Service: Specialists (16 Feb 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, can the Minister tell us what percentage of permanent secretaries have degrees in science or engineering?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits: Attendance Allowance (28 Feb 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many older people in Scotland were receiving attendance allowances at the time of the introduction by the Scottish Executive of care for the elderly free at the point of delivery; and What was the net saving to the responsible government department which resulted from the elimination of eligibility to claim attendance allowances as a consequence of the...


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