Results 121–140 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware—he may take reassurance from the fact—that in Scotland, as a result of an inspector's report, a private faith school was closed down because it was failing to provide an adequate education in the terms in which we have been speaking? It can be done, but I accept his point that it requires a will at ministerial level.

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 7: Page 28, line 24, at end insert- "( ) The governing body of a maintained school shall, in discharging their functions relating to the conduct of the school- (a) promote the well-being of pupils at the school, and (b) in the case of a school in England, promote community cohesion." On Question, amendment agreed to.

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, for the reasons that I gave at Report, which have been so cogently underlined by the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, I continue to support the amendment in its new and, I believe, improved form.

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 19: Before Clause 153, insert the following new clause- "DUTY TO REPORT ON CONTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN SCHOOLS TO COMMUNITY COHESION In section 5 of EA 2005 (duty to inspect certain schools in England at particular intervals), in subsection (5) (which lists matters on which the Chief Inspector is under a general duty to report)- (a) omit the word "and" at the end of paragraph...

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: moved Amendment No. 24: Page 11, line 6, leave out "lawful" and insert "reasonable" On Question, amendment agreed to.

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (1 Nov 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, further to the Minister's earlier answer, can he estimate how much it would cost to implement this proposal?

Health: Specialist Nurses (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, are there sufficient training programmes and places for specialist nurses to meet foreseeable future staffing needs?

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] (13 Dec 2006)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I shall address a number of points on Clause 19. I shall start by underlining the point made by a number of speakers—including the noble Lord, Lord Sawyer, the noble Baroness, Lady Warwick, and my noble friend Lady Murphy—about the dangers of putting at risk the achievement that is already in the system: the good partnerships between universities and FE colleges. There is a myth...

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] (6 Mar 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I apologise for not being in the House at the start of this short debate. There were good reasons for that, but they are not sufficiently good for me to detain noble Lords by elaborating. I apologise and hope that I may make two comments. The first is to thank the Minister for the characteristic thoroughness and courtesy with which he listened to points made and dealt with them in...

Schools: Allocation of Places (7 Mar 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, can the Minister tell us whether the local authority in question accepts any responsibility for the fact that there are undersubscribed and presumably underperforming schools in its area? If it does, what is it doing about it?

Schools: History Teaching (21 Mar 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in view of the exchanges we are having, and doubtless will continue to have, does the Minister think that involving more politicians in the construction of a school syllabus is a sensible idea?

Higher Education and the Economy (19 Apr 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in my youth an Australian comedian called Bill Kerr used to open his radio routines by saying in droll tones, "I'm only here for four minutes". I now know how he felt. I want to use my four minutes to take noble Lords through two examples of lateral and innovative thinking in the university sector that boosts UK plc and contributes significantly to our economy. On the first example,...

Stem Cell Research (3 May 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Patel, my friend, for introducing this debate. It is an exercise in education and I am delighted to follow the previous two speakers, both of whom have stressed the importance of public understanding of the issues. I appreciated the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Carnegy, who introduced that theme into the debate. I shall speak from a particular...

Elections (23 May 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Minister is doubtless aware of the dangers of trading statistics in these matters, but is she aware of one in particular: in the recent Scottish elections, one minority party, the Greens, lost 70 per cent of its seats, five, but now has more influence than it has ever had in the history of the Parliament, at a time when energy and nuclear energy will be debated very seriously?

Older People: Abuse (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the sad conclusions of this report indicate that we must increase the value we place on family carers in particular, and the support we give them? Are the Government prepared to look at the volume of support for respite care, for example?

Schools: Grammar Schools (4 Jul 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, one of the issues that underlies the question of grammar schools is discipline in schools. Will the Minister tell the House what steps the Government are taking to improve the prospects for good discipline in all schools?

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I rise to comment on the amendments coming from the other place. The Bill left this House in considerably better condition than when it arrived. It has now returned to this House in a condition that I regard as satisfactory. That means that I cannot support the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness on behalf of the Opposition. I report that my noble Lord Dearing cannot be with us...

Schools (6 Dec 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, for initiating the debate. I shall not engage with the broad perspectives of the Green Paper, but I can reassure her that if she were to walk into a classroom in which I was a pupil I would certainly behave myself very well. I shall focus on the words "action plan" in the Motion. I believe that many things need to be done and I will perhaps...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Leaving Age (17 Dec 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial provision has been made in forward estimates to cover the costs of raising the school leaving age to 18.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the amendment before us is one that will close a door to certain forms of research. If we are to do that, we must take note of two or three different points. The first is that this is a well regulated door already and in the Bill there is additional regulation. I was very grateful to my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern for spelling out the details of which doors...


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