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

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the Minister for a characteristically humane and civilised introduction to the debate today. That is always appreciated. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Edmiston, on his maiden speech. It prompted me to recall my own days playing truant from schools. Mine were nothing as prodigious and ambitious as his six months, just the odd day to see the Australian cricket team...

Research: Science and Technology Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (8 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Setting priorities for publicly funded research (3rd Report, Session 2009-10, HL Paper 104).

Research: Science and Technology Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (8 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, it is often said that the future success of this country depends on our continuing success in science and technology. Although I am not a scientist, I fully agree with that comment. There are clearly a number of other determinants of national well-being, not all of which are in our control. However, success in science and technology is significantly within our control. It is with...

NHS: Reform — Question (6 Jun 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the NHS makes a considerable contribution to the health of patients through its participation in major research projects, working with drugs companies and those concerned to improve the quality of care in hospitals and outside. What protection is there for this continuing?

Local Government: Big Society — Question (28 Feb 2011)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Does the Minister accept that the provision being made to charities by local authorities falls short of the standards that we might reasonably expect? Can the Government do anything to regulate the process or do they simply stand back and wash their hands of what is not part of their brief or responsibility?

Parliament — Question (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in the interests of accountability, would the Government consider attaching where appropriate measurable numerical targets to legislation-for example, numeracy and literacy targets to legislation affecting primary schools?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Olympic Games 2012 (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the medals to be awarded at the 2012 Olympics will be designed by British craftsmen or craftswomen.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Olympic Games 2012 (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the medals to be awarded at the 2012 Olympics will be manufactured in the United Kingdom.

Higher Education: Funding and Student Finance — Statement (3 Nov 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the foundation years that were mentioned are one of the few ways that have been shown to work in dealing with the gaps in school education that sometimes afflict our young people. That being so, who will pay for these? Will there be a Government grant, or will there be an additional year's burden on the student who has to contribute towards the costs?

Higher Education: Funding and Student Finance — Statement (3 Nov 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I ask permission of the House to restate the question. Courses that are foundation years often involve an extra year's study. Who will pay for that? Will it be the state or the student who will incur an extra year's debt?

Higher Education: Funding — Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I begin by congratulating my noble friend Lord Boswell on an excellent maiden speech. It brought to mind years past when he was the gamekeeper as the Minister for Higher Education and I was the poacher as one of those wretched vice-chancellors who tried to wheedle money out of him. I suspect that we spent a large amount of time arguing over the terminological point of when an...

Visas — Question (22 Jul 2010)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in view of the supplementary point made by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, about academics, is any check being made of the impact of the points system on academic appointments?

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

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, two important points weigh with me in considering these amendments. The first is the principle of whether primary schools should have a place as academies in the future. I assent to that: I think that they should have the option of becoming academies. The second is the practical point of whether all primary schools are capable of operating under such a system. The answer is clearly...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...


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