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Results 181–200 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Mental Capacity Bill (17 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I would like to clear up a point with the noble Lord, Lord Patten, and with my noble friend Lord Alton. Of course, I am aware of the eugenics movement and I am aware that 70,000 people were sterilised in Sweden. My noble friend Lord Alton failed to mention that, at the same time, 75,000 people were sterilised in North America. Is sterilisation seen as research? In my view it is not...

Mental Capacity Bill (17 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I warmly support particularly government Amendment No. 80, and all the associated amendments which change the name and function of what was once the Independent Consultee Service and will now be the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate service. I am sure that I was not alone in my surprise and— it has to be said—frustration that the Government initially appeared to be sticking...

Mental Capacity Bill (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I realise we are getting near closing time, but I would just like to say a few words to add my wholehearted support particularly to Amendments Nos. 5 and 7, and to stress to your Lordships how important it is that we get this vital Bill onto the statute book before the prophecy of a forthcoming election comes to pass. In this, as the Minister has already said, I am fully supported...

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 4: Page 8, line 22, at end insert— "( ) In determining their duty under subsection (1), public authorities which provide health care services shall pay particular attention to the need to eliminate discrimination against persons with a learning disability."

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the amendment follows on from a recent exchange of letters between the Minister and me. It is an opportunity for her to put on the record the Government's desire to tackle the inequalities faced by people with a learning disability when trying to get access to healthcare. The Minister will know that research shows that preventable mortality for people with a learning disability is...

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the opposition Benches for joining this short debate and, in effect, supporting me. Obviously I am not going to press this amendment to further debate or to a Division. I am exceedingly grateful to the Minister for her warm-hearted and fully fleshed-out response. It is exactly what I was hoping for. We now have a statement in Hansard, which the Disability Rights Commission...

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (3 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Carter, I warmly welcome the government amendments. They supersede our amendments which were debated in Grand Committee. As president of Mencap, I am particularly pleased to see our more than four years of campaigning on the issue of bullying and harassment, particularly of people with a learning disability, brought to a successful conclusion. Once again I...

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (3 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, perhaps I may add a personal note. I have a daughter with Down's syndrome, aged 53, who now is totally incapacitated and has to be hoisted literally out of bed into an armchair to feed and so on. She has always to be lifted or hoisted. Therefore, I fully support the amendments. Unfortunately, my daughter is a frequent visitor to hospital. The one that she attends is very good in...

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: I say to the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, that this is not a precise science. Many of the people with a profound intellectual multiple disability, who number about a quarter of a million in this country, have parents struggling at home to give them care 24 hours a day. Those people could do with independent advocacy to support them through all the vicissitudes of benefits, and so on....

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: The noble Earl, Lord Howe, said that we would get a sympathetic reaction to our amendments. I am sure that the aura of sympathy and understanding which arose from the Dispatch Box percolated to every corner of your Lordships' House. There is no doubt that the Minister fully understands our concerns, and I am sure that she will take them away and come back on Report with amendments that may...

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 143: Page 20, line 31, leave out paragraph (b).

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: In moving Amendment No. 143 I wish to speak also to Amendments Nos. 146, 155 and 156 with which it is grouped and which stand in the name of my noble friend Lord Adebowale. Amendments Nos. 143, 146 and 155 seek to broaden the range of circumstances when independent advocates should be available to include befriended people as well as unbefriended people, or perhaps we should say non-supported...

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: In that spirit, I am very happy to beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: Best boy.

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 130: Page 19, line 34, leave out "advice" and insert "support"

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: I rise to speak to the amendments which were to be moved by my noble friend Lord Adebowale, who unhappily cannot be in his place this evening. The amendments are Amendments Nos. 130, 131, 136, 139, 144, 145, 147, 149, 151, 153, 157, 158, 160, 162 and 186. Noble Lords will note that in theatrical terms my noble friend Lord Adebowale is top of the bill with these amendments, while I am merely...

Mental Capacity Bill (1 Feb 2005)

Lord Rix: Before the noble Baroness sits down, perhaps I may say that all people with a learning disability—referred to just now as mental handicap—do not necessarily lack capacity.

School Transport Bill (31 Jan 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I support the broad principles behind the Bill for the reasons that the Minister outlined with his usual eloquence and clarity. He made no direct mention of disabled children and those with special educational needs. However, the noble Lords, Lord Hanningfield and Lord Berkeley, produced trailers of their concerns, while the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, presented a fully-blown...

Mental Capacity Bill (27 Jan 2005)

Lord Rix: I apologise for my late arrival at this very important debate. I am celebrating my birthday today, so perhaps am one year nearer having to make an advance decision. What the noble Earl said was correct. The person making the advance decision can ensure—perhaps in writing on the advance decision—that the witnesses are not beneficiaries in any shape or form.

Mental Capacity Bill (25 Jan 2005)

Lord Rix: Speaking from a personal point of view, I have a grandson with Down's Syndrome who also has dyspraxia. It is possible that he may have to go through life only signing; words are coming, but he is not yet making sentences. It is essential that such boys, who grow up to be reasonably intelligent adults—but perhaps with a lack of ease of communication—should be given the right to communicate...


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