Results 21–40 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for giving us the opportunity to debate these issues, but I have to add the word “again”. My noble friend Lady Pitkeathley smiles at that. She coined a lovely expression in a previous debate; she referred to “the usual suspects” turning up. They are mostly here again; one is even on the Woolsack. The usual suspects are turning...

Education and Adoption Bill — Second Reading (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in view of the immediately previous remarks, I have to declare an interest. I was involved in founding Ofsted, and therefore in bringing in a type of accountability that some have reservations about. So be it. So be it. Twenty-three years ago this year, the first school to be declared “failing” in England was named. That was 23 years ago. I had to sign the order in question, so...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I do not often listen to myself in debates but I did so earlier on and began to wonder if I was sitting on the right set of Benches, on a Cross Bench. However, I am now reassured that I am, on two grounds. First, I welcome the report of the Delegated Powers Committee very warmly indeed: somewhat more so than the Minister. Secondly, I support the amendment on a belt-and-braces basis....

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, none of us would disagree with the importance of quality of staff; that is the fundamental thing that will make a childcare centre work, and work well. I have sympathy with all these amendments, because they point to particular features that may be part of ensuring, or giving reassurance, that quality is present—for example, qualifications. The evidence that we had in our...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I very much support the spirit of Amendment 20A. This is one of the key points that the Bill seeks to address. However—continuing in my pessimistic mode, I fear—I think this is one of the hard choices that may have to be made. I can see how large providers might well be able to do this and how in large centres of population this kind of provision will be possible. But asking...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome the progress that has been made during the Recess and the various meetings the Minster has had, not least yesterday’s briefing session, which I think all of us present found useful and informative. It did not give us all the answers that we want. I shall come back to that in a moment. I also welcome the report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. It...

Children’s Centres — Question (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Minister rightly stressed the role of children’s centres in dealing with the special needs of families and children. Will the same principle of targeting inform the Government’s plans for rolling out the extra 15 free hours of childcare?

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I promise to be very brief and offer one comment and one suggestion. The comment is that there is a huge range of possible needs under SEN and we need to unpick them at some point. This is not the time to do that, but it leads to my second point. Many of the issues covered by these amendments are of a practical nature and I wonder how far study of them could be incorporated into the...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I want to focus briefly on one word in the amendment proposed by my noble friend Lady Massey—the word “paramount”. It will make a huge difference as to how choices are made when it comes to implementing this Bill. There will be hard choices of a financial nature, about commitments to manifestos and about the kind of care provided. As a principle, it may read like motherhood...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I believe we are in a much better place now than we were during Second Reading and I thank the Minister for the part he has played in that. I also thank the usual channels, who I am sure were not silent when critical issues came up. That being said, there are still some major issues and some of these amendments deal with them very well. Pro tem, until we see how much information we...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Minister’s statement has been described as unusual. I welcome unusual statements, especially from Ministers; it is normally a sign that some thought has been given to what is happening, which is much appreciated. The messages are clear. The Delegated Powers Committee has produced an absolutely vigorous report and comment which mirrors much of what was said at Second Reading....

Childcare — Question (30 Jun 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Bill before the House could well expand educational expenditure in this area to over £6 billion annually. What steps are the Government taking to be sure that this money is well spent, and that it benefits those most in need in terms of increasing their educational opportunities?

Childcare Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 Jun 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, many of us are very pleased to see the Minister back in his place. Following a time of new Governments and reshuffles, we are reassured, and the evidence of that showed last evening when we had a very good discussion, which the Minister chaired, on how we might take things forward. I welcome the Bill, just as the Minister generously welcomed the 2006 Bill from the previous...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her detailed and, in places, reassuring reply and look forward to further comment in due course. I also thank all noble Lords who took part in the debate, not least those who are not members of the committee. We appreciate their interest and their presence, and what they bring to us that we did not find on the committee. I also thank our special advisers,...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, it will not have escaped noble Lords’ notice that today is the day of the Budget. Noble Lords who have a speech will doubtless be pleased to know that there will be no jokes about two kitchens and that the financial statistics that I quote will be unambiguous, clear of criticism and contradiction and absolutely pellucidly in the forefront of what we may accept. I thank the usual...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (3 Feb 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I understand the good sense of legislation taking account of the modern digital world in which we live. However, in the present context, relying on that for safety and security has two major problems. One has already been mentioned, that many older people—who are among the most vulnerable—are not particularly good at this. That is a generational thing that will change but it is...

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I am afraid that the Minister misunderstood what I said. The recall provision can be triggered only if one of the three things is invoked—there is no question about that. It then goes to the petitions commissioner—no question about that. However, the Minister and I, and indeed all noble Lords in this place, know that the discussion that takes place during the 20 days or however long it is...

Early Years Intervention — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I would suggest “child carer” as an alternative to “childminder”, but that is for further discussion. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, for securing the debate on this very important topic. I also pay tribute to her for what she does in this area, which is much appreciated, in this House and far beyond. Just for the avoidance of doubt, I have the privilege of chairing...

Higher Education: Funding — Question (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, since the changes in the funding of universities have taken place, one of the problems which has come to the surface is the funding of postgraduate students. That is because undergraduates graduate and leave with a fairly large debt, which makes them unready, unwilling and perhaps unable to fund further postgraduate work. Will the noble Baroness go back to the department and look at...


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