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Commons Amendment (17 Nov 2004)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I break the silence that I have kept for 10 months in this House, but I must tell the Minister that her cheap jibe against my noble friend, who made all his comments in the utmost seriousness, deserves an apology.

English Grammar and Punctuation (15 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, can the noble Baroness tell the House what proportion of marks are awarded for GCSE English and History, respectively, for grammar, punctuation and spelling?

European Union Accounts (10 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking on behalf of the United Kingdom about the Court of Auditors' refusal to sign off the European Union Accounts for the ninth successive year.

European Union Accounts (10 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, why do the Government not consider the situation an absolute scandal? If this had been a private company, no doubt by now it would be out of business and, probably, the directors even imprisoned. What is the Government's response to the Chief Internal Auditor, Jules Muis, who appeared on the "Today" programme yesterday? He said: "We as an internal audit service have been advocating...

European Union Accounts (10 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there is an air of intimidation among the workforce in the European Union? If we take the Chief Internal Auditor's word for it, the workforce is judged more on the degree to which it does not rock the boat than on whether people expose what is occurring. For nine years, the accounts have not been written off. The air of complacency is palpable.

Business of the House: Summer Recess 2004 (8 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: Shameful.

Business of the House: Summer Recess 2004 (8 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, does the noble Baroness the Leader of the House accept that we have frequently risen one week later than the Commons and come back one week earlier? The noble Baroness has rested her case predominantly on the need for us to sit at the same time as the Commons, but I have no recollection—I have been here since 1987—of that arrangement causing any difficulty between the two Houses.

Business of the House: Summer Recess 2004 (8 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords—

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (4 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. That was not my question. My question was: what is the threshold on which the 9 per cent will be based in the salary of the graduate when he or she comes to pay it back? Students will pay 9 per cent of a certain amount. It is not described as "gross income" or "post tax income". It is 9 per cent above a certain threshold and I want...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (4 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, in relation to the figures that the noble Baroness has just given, does she realise that someone who earns up to £18,000 will never pay off the loan? At present, both the loan and the tuition fees increase by 3.1 per cent each year. That is the neutral level of interest—we know that it is not real-terms interest. If that is the case, a £20,000 loan would increase by £600, which...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (4 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I have always thought it a privilege to open or wind up in a debate on the gracious Speech. However, today is even more special, as it is the first time that I have had the opportunity to wind up for the Opposition on the final day. There have been many excellent speeches in the past five sitting days, covering all areas of interest that will be the subject of our work in the rest...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (4 Dec 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, will she not accept that a sizeable number of graduates are doing menial jobs? Not long ago, I was in the north east and saw three graduates on the assembly line at the Samsung factory. My son is an academic in science research at Cambridge University and at the age of 36 he is earning £26,000 a year. The notion that graduates automatically coin...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (27 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, but the purpose of that phrase, which is conventional and usually adhered to, is for Bills that come up during the course of the year that have not been anticipated. I believe that it is unprecedented for a Bill not to be included in the Queen's Speech and to be introduced the following day.

Student Loans (19 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, is the Minister concerned about the rise in drop-out rates of students? Does the department believe there is any correlation between that and levels of debt?

Criminal Justice Bill (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, do I understand correctly that the provision of proposed Section 29B would allow the courts to revisit the Sadowski case? My understanding of what the Minister said at the beginning was that, from hereon, in the case of anyone sentenced where the courts omitted to consider and/or to award in appropriate cases a disqualification order, the courts could return at any time subsequently...

Criminal Justice Bill (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: My Lords, I am enormously grateful to the Minister for introducing these amendments today. Three years is a long time. I know it has been difficult to get the clauses right but they are now pretty well where I want them to be. I personally thank the noble Baroness because she and her colleague, the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General, have both been sympathetic to the points raised....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iraq: Gender Experts (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what are the names and qualifications of the two gender experts who have been assigned to Iraq; (b) what is the length and purpose of their assignment; and (c) what is the cost of sending them and supporting their work.

Written Answers — House of Lords: London Student Pledge (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the London student pledge; and from what source the money will be found to fund the project.

Written Answers — House of Lords: London Student Pledge (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: asked Her Majesty's Government: What, in practical terms, the London student pledge means for each London student.

Written Answers — House of Lords: London Student Pledge (17 Nov 2003)

Baroness Blatch: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils will benefit from the London student pledge.


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