Results 161–180 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I wish to speak to Amendments 158 and 165. My initial inclination is to follow the line proposed by my noble friend and colleague Lady Perry to the effect that we should minimise, as far as possible, reference to fee-capping powers and so on in the legislation. If we were to go for one or other of those, I prefer government Amendment 165 because it does not mention specific sums of...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, it is very seldom, if ever, that I have the temerity to disagree with my noble friend Lady O'Neill, but there is a first time for everything and this may well be it. I refer to the comments that she and the noble Lord, Lord Bew, made about government Amendment 172. Perhaps overnaively I simply read this, first, as a partial compromise but, secondly, as a way of ensuring that we know...

Dementia — Question (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that dementia is an illness, not a social malaise, and that the levels of support available for those suffering from dementia should be comparable to those for people being treated for other illnesses under the National Health Service?

Pandemic Influenza: S&T Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (7 Dec 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I shall speak about the report of the Science and Technology Select Committee on pandemic flu and the Government's response to it. I propose to take the House through the main points, knowing that my colleagues will be eager to participate on specific issues. I thank the Government for a careful and, I have to say, at points a helpfully detailed response. That done, I of course...

Pandemic Influenza: S&T Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (7 Dec 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank all who have taken part in the debate, including my colleagues from the Select Committee and the noble Lord, Lord Patel-my friend and a Knight of the Thistle, as was properly recognised in the discussion.

Pandemic Influenza: S&T Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (7 Dec 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Yes, hear, hear. I also thank the two opposition Front-Bench spokespersons, the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, and the noble Earl, Lord Howe. I particularly appreciate how there is, on the Front Benches opposite, a non-party-political approach to the issues as reports come from this committee. That is true of the Government, too. There is no point-scoring; we are concerned with real issues....

Personal Care at Home Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (1 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I confess to a number of interests. I am president of Alzheimer Scotland and of Scottish Care, and I do some work with the English Community Care Association. That being said, some of us have waited 10 long years. We looked for a response from the Government to the royal commission report on The Funding of Long-Term Care for the Elderly, and response had we little. Indeed, it was so...

Personal Care at Home Bill — Committee (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the amendment for the reasons already given. One of the great dangers in providing care services is that we move inevitably towards a "one size fits all" approach to suit the institutional providers of care. This is a welcome corrective and I support the principle of the amendment.

Personal Care at Home Bill — Committee (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I understand and accept the validity of the points that have just been made. One of the lacunae in the Bill is the uncertainty about the relationship between care in residential contexts and care at home. For example, what happens if someone comes from a care-at-home situation and needs care in a residence, which could well happen part-way down the system? So there are lacunae in the Bill,...

Personal Care at Home Bill — Committee (Continued) (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, not surprisingly, many of us had anticipated that as we probed into the details of the Bill we would find ourselves in a bit of a quagmire. It is quite a small Bill and quite a small area of quagmire, but my impression is that the depth is considerable and one gets out of one's depth very quickly. However, I want to support Amendment 29 put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady...

Personal Care at Home Bill — Committee (Continued) (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the noble Lords who have proposed Amendment 7 make a very important point-that one of the great dangers of the Bill is that it drives an even deeper wedge between so-called care at home and care in residential contexts. As the noble Baroness, Lady Murphy, made plain, all the efforts of those working in detail in this field have been devoted to trying to break down a very rigid...

Personal Care at Home Bill: Committee (Continued) (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support many of the amendments in this group: Amendments 17, 38, 44, 46 and, with some modification, Amendment 47. The important thing about all these amendments is that they would require further interrogation by both Houses of Parliament on the content of the Bill and on the much wider range of issues in which it is enmeshed. I have a specific point on Amendment 44. When...

Personal Care at Home Bill: Committee (Continued) (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I want to support the probing in relation to housing and dementia. I will say no more about it, other than that I hope it will continue. I will comment briefly, I promise, on Amendment 42. I admire the thoroughness with which the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, conducts herself in proceedings such as this, but I wonder if she has perhaps gone a step too far in this amendment. Despite...

Personal Care at Home Bill: Report (17 Mar 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I wish to support this amendment for all the good reasons given by my noble friend Lord Best and others, but I do not wish to see this Bill sunk. I wish to see some handcuffs on the Bill and of the options among the amendments, this seems to me the most elegant set of handcuffs. It has the advantage that it will have, at least, a way of dealing with the initial-and real-concerns of...

House Committee: Third Report: Motion to Agree (22 Mar 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, when I first mooted the possibility of living in more than one place, I was given interesting practical advice which adds to the point just made: that is, if you live in two houses you need at least three toothbrushes. However, I should like to ask a specific question about the definition of "principal residence" Is it assumed that the address given for the principal residence for...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (continued) (3 Jun 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I add my welcome and congratulations to the new members of the government Front Bench, and look forward to jousting with them both today and next Monday at Second Reading of the Academies Bill. I congratulate also those who have given excellent maiden speeches. A new political dawn; a new style of government; a new shape to politics; youth at the helm; old ways banished to history;...

Academies Bill [HL] — Second Reading (7 Jun 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, this is an important Bill which I look forward to supporting. The direction of travel is right. It is a further extension on the journey from the city technology colleges of the noble Lord, Lord Baker, through the changes that have been achieved over the years to complement the work of the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, and I pay tribute to them both. I make two initial points in...

Genomic Medicine: S&T Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Patel and his colleagues on producing an excellent report. I also congratulate my noble friend on a judicious, clear and dazzling introduction, not least to those of us who are not specialists in the field. As chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee I had the privilege of ex officio and visiting membership of the...

Education: Funding — Statement (5 Jul 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, there is support around the House for the emphasis laid, both in this House and in the other place, on the importance of the quality of teachers and teaching. We all support that warmly. I also associate myself with the positive comments about the initiative made on Teach First and the way in which new recruits to the profession have been brought in. Teach First is one of those...

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

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I wish particularly to support Amendment 20 in this group, the direction of which seems to be just and fair for future academies and for schools choosing to remain under the direction of local authorities. Any clarification that the Minister can give us would be very helpful.


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