Results 41–60 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I may be a Scot. I worked for 20 years in England and London. I was Chief Inspector of Schools here for England and vice-chancellor of the University of London. I think that that opens the door a tad.

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Williams, for giving us the opportunity to debate this very important topic. I also congratulate him on securing a debate that does not have the usual constraints of time limits on the speeches. I will come back to that, as I may come to regret it as I look down the list of speakers, but that is my initial thought. I have one regret, however, about the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 28 July (WA 247) what specific estimates they have made of the expected “positive impact” of the childcare element of Universal Credit on work incentives for mothers and corresponding employment rates and tax receipts from mothers paying income tax and national insurance.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 28 July (WA 247), in addition to the “qualitative assessment of the economic impacts” of the Childcare Payments Bill provided in the impact assessment, what specific estimates they have made of the impact on the maternal labour supply and productivity. To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether direct subsidies to parents to assist with childcare costs as proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill are intended to improve child development outcomes, free up parental time to work, or both.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the impact of directly subsidising childcare costs as proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill on maternal employment rates, and the level of income tax paid by working mothers.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the impact of the childcare element of universal credit on maternal employment rates, and the level of income tax paid by working mothers.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 Jul 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of HM Treasury officials in the co-ordination of childcare policy across Government.

Birmingham Schools — Statement (22 Jul 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, there is much to welcome and to ponder in today’s report. There is an underlying issue of knowing what is going on in schools to which I will draw attention by asking two related questions. I suggest that one of the key sources will always be responsible teachers and head teachers. Is there any way of devising a route that they can follow to raise questions about serious...

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 Apr 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I do not wish to break the rules of the programme “Just a Minute” so I shall try to avoid repetition, and will not talk about my days at Cambridge; nor will I retreat to talk about my time at Aberdeen University, both of which served me excellently well. The first-rate opening speech by the Minister was followed by an excellent speech by my noble friend Lady Morris. Both...

Immigration Bill: Report (2nd Day) (3 Apr 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in support of the excellent and measured speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and of the other signatories to this amendment, I offer not a speech but a quotation. It runs as follows: “One of the biggest categories of ‘immigrants’ is overseas students—176,000 last year, over a third of the total. They are not immigrants but they are defined as such because they are here...

Education: Social Mobility — Motion to Take Note (13 Mar 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I will be the 18th to thank the Minister for ensuring that we have this debate, although my thanks are none the less heartfelt for that and are very sincere. This is such an important topic and it is much appreciated that he succeeded in finding a slot that gave us more time than the usual two or three minutes. The debate has focused on a wide variety of things. I have agreed with...

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (3 Feb 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that Ofsted must be judged on the basis of the quality of its evidence and of the surveys that it carries out in schools and the implications for a policy such as this, rather than on political matters?

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Goldie, on a perfectly turned maiden speech. I look forward to many more. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lang, for giving us the opportunity to debate this important topic, and particularly for the focus he placed on the United Kingdom. This is the unexplored area of the national debate that we must pursue. I also thank him for his analysis of...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the previous speaker has made very plain that the ingenuity of young people is very considerable. I admire greatly his technical knowledge and understanding of the issues before us now. However, I draw attention to a very important point made by the noble Baroness: that it seems appropriate in the non-internet sphere to have regulations to do what we can; yet the ingenuity of young...

The Future of the Civil Service — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, we had a splendid opening to this debate and that has been carried through, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Hennessy on that. A number of years ago when I was serving what I suppose was, in a university context, an apprenticeship for this kind of thing, I was the junior member of a senate and had to sit on an appointment panel for a very senior administrative post—university...

Ofsted: Annual Report 2012-13 — Question (8 Jan 2014)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, would the Minister agree that, while the use of the word “lucky” is good shock tactics—and, possibly, good politics—the primary responsibility of Government, and all of us who are involved in education, is to improve the quality of schools and teaching and to take luck completely out of the picture?

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and Philippines — Statement (18 Nov 2013)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, it is clearly good that the Prime Minister’s visit to the north had the impact that it did in the wider world and among the Tamil community in the north. Will the Leader of the House tell us anything about how this was reported elsewhere in Sri Lanka, where perhaps sympathies were rather different? It is important that there is impact there as well.

National Curriculum: Violence against Women — Question (28 Oct 2013)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the two topics mentioned in the Question clearly refer to abhorrent sides of our society; we all agree on that. However, does the Minister agree that dealing with all those problems by inserting them on a statutory basis into the national curriculum is almost a confession of failure and that there have been many other interesting suggestions made from around the House today?

NHS: Keogh Review — Statement (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, one thing that is very positive in the Minister’s Statement, and in the way in which he responds to questions, is that he clearly understands that this is a multifaceted problem and that there is no single way in which to deal with the whole set of issues. That being said, there is, of course, a “but”. The “but” is that one element of the government response—already...


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