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Results 1–20 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords—

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, as I was about to say a moment ago, this is a strange position that I find myself in. I feel a bit like an academic who has been conducting a really quite polite seminar and, as he finishes, he looks round and sees a herd of buffalo charging towards him full of fine thoughts and great wisdom. I want simply to make the point that I support very warmly the issues that have been raised...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, this amendment has two themes: transparency and accountability. I have to say to my colleague the noble Lord, Lord Willetts, that there is a degree of scepticism out there. He is right to have identified it but I think he is not right to have overly easily dismissed it. There is a degree of scepticism in the Committee and, indeed, in the academic community. It may just be the usual...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, we are effectively talking about the criteria that will be used by the relevant offices to register, deregister and reregister universities. There is not much in the Bill that tells us what the criteria are—I have an amendment later that will bear on this question. If, for example, a university puts considerable and unusual effort into access provision, or indeed does nothing at...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, many issues have come up in the debate on which I agree with the speaker, but the difficulty is that not all the speakers agree with each other, which results in a bit of a patchwork. However, on one or two points, not least the point about definitions, this illustrates something. The risk with a definition is that you can get the detail wrong and thus invalidate much of what you...

National Funding Formulae for Schools and High Needs - Statement (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, of course it is right to put at the centre of policy the raising of standards in schools. Members in this Chamber now are to be congratulated on setting this ball rolling a number of years ago, as is the Minister on continuing that in the school system today. That is fundamental—it is principle number one. All is not well in schools, and we know it. In fact, the Statement accepts...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, a number of years ago—probably three decades ago—I found myself in Ohio at 8 am on a cold January morning with two feet of snow, yet the class were all there to hear my first lecture as a visiting lecturer. At the end of the lecture, a large Texan student—and he was very large—stood in front of me, produced a digit that was the size of a small pumpkin, pushed me in the chest...

NHS Funding - Statement (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the Minister rightly referred to the realities that are required of a fundamental redesign of care. The point has just been made, and was made in the report from the House of Commons this morning, that that must include looking, at last, at the connection between social services budgets and the health service budget. This is one of the major factors. It will not solve all the...

Grammar Schools - Statement (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, does the Minister agree that progress over the last few years in schools—and there has been significant progress—has owed nothing to the argument about whether we should have grammar schools? That is a political argument, which unfortunately some on each side would like to resurrect. The issue is excellence in schools. There is already selection; setting takes place in schools....

Grammar Schools - Private Notice Question (7 Sep 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, would the Minister agree that the question of excellence in schools runs the risk of being diverted into the question of whether we have grammar schools? That applies to both sides of the argument. The question of quality in schools is much wider and broader than that. In fact, the advantages given by being able to coach students to go to grammar schools is equally to be found in...

Poverty - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I, too, congratulate and thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for securing this debate. Clearly, the impact of his personality and talent outside this House will be mirrored by a similar impact within the House, and we look forward to that over the years. I also congratulate my good noble friend Lady Sharp on her farewell speech. It summed up much of what we value in the contribution...

Brexit: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus - Question (7 Jul 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords—

Poverty - Question (29 Jun 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, one of the Government’s more successful innovations in dealing with the long-term implications of poverty has been the introduction of the pupil premium. I have to tell the Minister, from conversations I have had with headmasters in some of the most benefited schools in this area, that they are concerned that changes in the rules about how entitlement to benefit is calculated in...

Education: Academies - Statement (9 May 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I welcome much that is in the Statement repeated by the Minister. As a good Cross-Bencher I have no interest in being drawn into any frisson or hint of triumphalism perhaps coming from the other Benches, nor even a collective sigh of relief from the Benches behind the Minister, because that is there as well; both apply. There are many things in the Statement which I am sure that I...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, before the noble Baroness finally sits down, perhaps I may indulge myself with a comment on procedure. This is not my patch, which I am here to learn, but we have been here before. There was a very similar procedural wrangle and difficulty over the Childcare Bill. The Bill came forward without sufficient detail to allow the House to debate fully some of the very important issues in...

Adult Education: Part-time Attendance — Question (9 Mar 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, two of the main providers of higher education for part-time students are the Open University and Birkbeck College, both of which do exceptionally well. Have the Government carried out any consultation with them about the impact of the new fees regime on applications for such courses?

Scotland’s Fiscal Framework — Statement (24 Feb 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I live on the other side of the border from my noble colleague Lord Beith but not far from the border. I share his perception from that side of the border of the impact of not talking about Barnett. Will the review’s terms of reference include looking at the consequences of retaining the Barnett formula?

Four Seasons Group — Question (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, the problems of care home residents through the demise of Southern Cross was dealt with very significantly by the rest of the care home sector; a condition of that happening was that it was in “robust condition”. Can the Minister reassure us that the care home sector is currently in equally robust condition?

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I do feel challenged as no fewer than three speakers have indicated that there is something wrong with my views. I wish to reassure my colleagues that I know of good maintained schools. I could take your Lordships to some now on a short Underground ride. I know of them and I know what they are doing, and they do excellent work. I know that some local authorities provide excellent...

Education and Adoption Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am very happy to have my name on the amendment headed by the noble Earl, Lord Listowel. I support this because I think it is the right item to emphasise in such a process. I am not sure I would want to see legislative details on this in the Bill, but I would hope to see something in regulations that would take account of the force of this amendment. If I may step back for a moment...


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