Results 101–120 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Voluntary Sector (9 Mar 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, for promoting this debate. It is as if he threw a very large stone into a pond which has turned out to be very deep indeed, causing many ripples. I want to add just one more small eddy towards the end of this debate. I have been involved in volunteering in a number of ways. In view of an earlier exchange with the noble Lord, Lord Phillips,...

Universities: Research Assessment Exercise (30 Mar 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Williams of Elvel, for initiating this debate. It is timely for all the reasons that have been given. I also congratulate my colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Rees of Ludlow, on an excellent maiden speech. He probes the farthest corners of the universe in his research and doubtless some of that light will shine in this place for years to come. We look...

Education and Inspections Bill (21 Jun 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I start my contribution with good news: we have reached the end of the first page of the speakers' list and moved to the second, rather shorter, page. However, there is also some good news in the Bill. I shall support a number of aspects, although I will raise questions about others. Specifically, I am pleased to see the attention being paid to the needs of looked-after children. I...

Education and Inspections Bill (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I also support the intention behind these amendments. I shall not attempt to repeat the eloquence of so many speakers around the Floor. The Committee clearly regards this as important. I simply ask a question of logic in supporting, for example, Amendment No. 24. Clause 4—which I warmly welcome—imposes a duty to identify children not receiving an education. The logic is that, if we were...

Education and Inspections Bill (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I, too, support Amendments Nos. 33 and 35, because they are essential safeguards if we are to go ahead with the Bill as it is roughly constituted. There may, however, be a better way, suggested in the other amendments in this group, by giving to the governing body responsibility for appointing a SIP. That body will know what its needs are and will have to live with the consequences. That is...

Education and Inspections Bill (20 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. Perhaps she could clarify the intentions of the amendment in regard to timing. I think that she used two expressions in her remarks: one was "in two or three years' time" and another was "somewhere down the line". The amendment is very specific and suggests that a body be set up within a year and that the report should come back to Parliament within...

Education and Inspections Bill (20 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: One cannot but be sympathetic to the amendment's intention and the arguments that lie behind it. Every school one visits and every teacher one talks to points to the increasing burden. The difficulty is that it is increasing. That being the case, I hope that we can have some sort of response that indicates a seriousness of mind and intention to find practical ways of reducing this burden....

Education and Inspections Bill (20 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I have two points to make on the amendments; one is in relation to that just raised by my noble friend Lord Dearing. I believe there is a need to ensure that academies are seen to be under the same measures and pressures as all other schools. I am not convinced, however, because of the way in which academies are set up, that going through the local authority would be the most appropriate way...

Education and Inspections Bill (25 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I sympathise with the amendment and the views of the two previous, eloquent speakers. For some parents, such an order would be not only punitive but potentially destructive and unhelpful. On the other hand, some parents would benefit immensely, as would their children, from having drawn to their attention the consequences of their children's behaviour in the class and their relationships with...

Education and Inspections Bill (25 Jul 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I shall speak to the three amendments under my name in this group, Amendments Nos. 248ZAD, 248ZAE and 248ZAF. I have some residual concerns about the process proposed in this part of the Bill. These are probing amendments that I hope will bring clarification of what the consequences and achievements of such a part of the Act would be as it becomes an Act. What is the added value of the office...

Education and Inspections Bill (17 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support all the sentiments which imply that we must focus on the child as a whole being with many forms of potential, and I certainly support all that leads to the enhancement of that. However, I would regret dropping "educational" in Clause 1, as the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, suggests, for two reasons. The first is that I have a very high view of education and I believe that...

Education and Inspections Bill (17 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, tempted as I am to speak about Scottish education, I shall resist. I support Amendment No. 4 and have three points to make. First, there is good empirical evidence of the contribution that schools which have been given additional powers of self-determination have made to some of the most difficult areas, including in this city, of which Peckham is an example. Such schools have made...

Education and Inspections Bill (17 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, gales of belief have been blowing around this Chamber tonight—the beliefs of those who are atheists and Roman Catholics and even a moderate wind from the Anglican Benches. It seems rather feeble then to say that one is an agnostic but, feeble as I am, that does not mean that I do not believe anything. It means that I share beliefs with many people. Like all noble Lords, I believe...

Education and Inspections Bill (19 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the first of these three amendments. I rightly applaud the Government's emphasis on the role of parents in education and in the shape of schools. Amendment No. 21 would give legislative endorsement to that general statement, which I think Members of the House have thoroughly supported. If this provision were not accepted, I would want to know in what circumstances it would...

Education and Inspections Bill (19 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, support these amendments on the ground that they are timely. There is no doubt that there have been benefits for many children from the switch of direction and the focus on moving into mainstream schools, but the momentum of the changes is now significant and it is timely to review the system. I have visited a number of schools and have seen that some perverse incentives are...

Education and Inspections Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, there are clearly educational needs for at least two kinds of course in this area. One is to provide an understanding of science for those who will not become specialist scientists. There is a desperate need for that in our culture. Many of the issues on which voters will vote in the next election and in subsequent elections have a scientific content that requires a basic...

Education and Inspections Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the amendment. We have made teachers' lives difficult, for good reason in almost all cases. On the other hand, teachers have a hard task to perform and, in the classroom, additional vulnerability, not least to this kind of allegation, should not be imposed. Affording the degree of anonymity proposed in the amendment is only just, because one is innocent until proved...

Education and Inspections Bill (24 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment No. 132. I have two or three points to make—I hope, succinctly. First, it is clearly important that, under the very significant changes taking place, both Ofsted and HMCI remain alive to their responsibilities. That is a given and, I think, is shared. I am not convinced that legislation is the best way to ensure that or to encourage it, for two reasons....

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 3: Page 7, line 21, at end insert- "(aa) state how the proposed school will promote community cohesion in accordance with section 38"

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, this group of amendments will, I hope, pave the way to greater responsibility from schools in their role in improving integration and cohesion in the community. Amendment No. 3 is a probing amendment to ensure that the proposers of new schools are expected to set out their plans for fostering community cohesion in their submissions under Clause 7. I am sure that, with the provisions...


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