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Care Services: Older Adults and Disabled People — Debate (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I add my thanks to those given to the noble Baroness, Lady Fookes, for securing time to debate these very important questions. I shall confine my remarks to the long-term care of older people. The disability case was so well put by my noble friends Lord Rix and Lord Tenby that I shall focus on the older section of the community. I declare two interests: I am president of Alzheimer...

Swine Flu — Statement (27 Apr 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister warmly for his prompt and appropriate repetition of the Statement prepared for the other place. Reference has been made to the fact that the Science and Technology Committee of this House has been engaged in detailed discussions on these matters, and I bring forward two questions which arise from the issue of treating symptomatic patients. This first is this: do...

Health Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (28 Apr 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I support the eloquence of my various colleagues, my noble friends, who have put forward Amendment 6 in particular. I declare a disinterest; I am not and never have been a member of any healthcare profession, which may not be true of all the other noble Lords who have spoken, but I have some relevant experience as the head of universities which have incorporated medical and nursing...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Second Reading (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I apologise; I had the benefit of the Minister's introduction, for which I was grateful, but thereafter I had to chair a Select Committee that was taking evidence and, regretfully, missed a number of the earlier speeches. I declare my interests. I chair the Chartered Institute of Education Assessors, which inevitably has interests in some of the issues in the Bill. I was also the...

Schools: Primary School Places — Question (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, are there contingency plans in place to provide additional funding, be it for staff or for finding premises that may be necessary at short notice?

Schools: Drop-out Rates — Question (24 Jun 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, granted that the pupils to whom this Question refers could be the most significant beneficiaries of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, what steps are the Government taking to deal with the fact that these individuals will be conscripts rather than volunteers under the new provision?

Swine Flu — Statement (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement by the Secretary of State, which I welcome, because it helps to clarify government thinking and intentions on this important topic. The Minister will be aware that the House's Select Committee on Science and Technology this morning met the Minister of State for Public Health to take evidence on this and related matters. The first...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am pleased to welcome this section of the Bill. I agree with those who have spoken so far that an independent regulator is essential for public confidence, as well as for the quality of education that pupils in schools have available to them. All seven of the current group of amendments are, like the curate's egg, good in parts. I will now—briefly, I hope—give my version of...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I happily support Amendment 225. In fact, I think that Ofqual simply could not do its job fully without engaging in forms of research, which would probably include sample testing. I assume that it would be in train to do this but let us be reassured that it has the power, the capacity and, where appropriate, the budget to do so. I wholly agree with the spirit of Amendments 230 and...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am happy to support "must" over "may" for the eloquent reasons given. It is important that we signal clearly that we have an interest in what employers want. If there is an overall lack in the Bill, especially in relation to Ofqual, it is that insufficient overt mention is made of learners, learning and education. One way of dealing with this would be Amendment 237. Finally, it is...

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...

Universities: Bursaries (29 Jan 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the questions here is not simply for universities but for schools? The encouragement of aspiration in schools should be a fundamental part of the solution to this problem.

Health and Social Care Bill (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his clear and helpful introduction to the debate and to this Bill. I also apologise to those speakers who followed immediately thereafter, as I had to leave to chair an evidence-taking session of a Select Committee; I have since been back and benefited from many fine speeches. It is late at night and I will try to be brief, but I would like to tell a little...

Financial Inequality (27 Mar 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I congratulate my noble and right reverend friend Lord Harries of Pentregarth, first, on securing this debate on such an important topic and, secondly, on providing us with a stimulating introduction that has already provided a lively debate and no doubt will continue to do so. I wish to address my remarks for the most part to a particular group in the population where there is...

Education and Skills Bill (10 Jun 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his characteristically clear and cogent introduction to the Bill's issues. I listened with great interest to the other two opening speeches and look forward with equal interest to seeing amendments being tabled, which I shall assess dispassionately from the Cross Benches. The good news for the Minister is that I welcome the extension of educational...

Schools: Teacher Training (17 Jun 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, what steps are being taken to analyse and monitor teacher retention among those increasing numbers who are coming into the profession to ensure that they remain there?

Education and Skills Bill (21 Jul 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: In the light of that interesting exposition, will the Minister tell us whether the department knows of cases where this measure is likely to be needed to be invoked so that inspection can be carried out?

Internet: Personal Security (S&T Report) (10 Oct 2008)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Broers, for introducing this debate and also for the seminal part that he played in the work of the committee in this area. We were very fortunate to have him and others in our team. Sometimes the House of Lords is represented as being at some distance from real life. That is the perception that many have of us—they see pictures of ermine and all...

Education Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I support the thrust of the amendment. I think that I remember correctly that the original legislation in 1992 provided for the chief inspector to be accountable to Parliament. The introduction of the Secretary of State was, in part, a technicality. The chief inspector is, of course, not a Member of Parliament and there had to be a mechanism for laying the chief inspector's report before...

Education Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I want very briefly to support this amendment, for two reasons. The first is that the philosophy of the inspection system that this Bill encapsulates requires a confidence in the capacity of schools to evaluate themselves. The system will not work unless that is present. Secondly, the beginning of Clause 2(1) says: "The Chief Inspector has the general duty of keeping the Secretary of State...


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