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

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?

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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?

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 (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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Leaving Age (17 Dec 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial provision has been made in forward estimates to cover the costs of raising the school leaving age to 18.

Schools (6 Dec 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, for initiating the debate. I shall not engage with the broad perspectives of the Green Paper, but I can reassure her that if she were to walk into a classroom in which I was a pupil I would certainly behave myself very well. I shall focus on the words "action plan" in the Motion. I believe that many things need to be done and I will perhaps...

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] (25 Jul 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I rise to comment on the amendments coming from the other place. The Bill left this House in considerably better condition than when it arrived. It has now returned to this House in a condition that I regard as satisfactory. That means that I cannot support the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness on behalf of the Opposition. I report that my noble Lord Dearing cannot be with us...

Schools: Grammar Schools (4 Jul 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, one of the issues that underlies the question of grammar schools is discipline in schools. Will the Minister tell the House what steps the Government are taking to improve the prospects for good discipline in all schools?

Older People: Abuse (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the sad conclusions of this report indicate that we must increase the value we place on family carers in particular, and the support we give them? Are the Government prepared to look at the volume of support for respite care, for example?

Elections (23 May 2007)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Minister is doubtless aware of the dangers of trading statistics in these matters, but is she aware of one in particular: in the recent Scottish elections, one minority party, the Greens, lost 70 per cent of its seats, five, but now has more influence than it has ever had in the history of the Parliament, at a time when energy and nuclear energy will be debated very seriously?


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