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Results 221–240 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Children Bill [HL] (24 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I do not really believe that it is necessary to differentiate between learning disability and disability because both are disabilities. One is talking about children with disabilities. I am delighted that my noble friend Lord Northbourne has suggested that learning disabilities should be in a separate category. But in the context of this amendment I do not believe that it is necessary....

Children Bill [HL] (24 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I suggest, if the amendment is withdrawn or no Division is called, that in paragraph (a) of the amendment we look at the possibility of inserting the words "equality of opportunity", because, after all, that is what we are after. It is not just "welfare"—that means one thing. "Equality of opportunity" means something else and for disabled children it is vital, as it is for ethnic minorities...

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I suggest that the Minister goes to see The History Boys at the National Theatre, the new Alan Bennett play. In that play, it is only too clear that six or seven boys in the class are going to Oxford entirely because of the thrust and enthusiasm of a very unpleasant headmaster.

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 66: Page 31, line 29, at end insert— "( ) Each such report shall include the Director's analysis of whether or not provision for part-time undergraduate European Union students is developing at the same rate as provision for full-time undergraduate European Union students."

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: Before moving Amendment No. 66, I must first declare an interest as Chancellor of the University of East London, where we have 6,232 part-time students, and also that my younger son, Jonathan, is a lecturer on inclusive education at the Open University, which has considerably more. I must also apologise for my absence last Thursday afternoon. As I explained to the Minister and others...

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I shall try to answer the noble Lord. The information I have received is that anti-discrimination legislation enables universities actively to discriminate against overseas students if they are so minded. In this sense, "overseas" does not have its natural meaning of "Fog in the Channel, Continent cut off", but relates to outside the borders of the newly enlarged European Union. I gather that...

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: If I change the amendment on Report and drop the words "European Union", would that be acceptable to the Government?

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: Would Amendment No. 77 meet the Bill more accurately than my Amendment No. 66?

Higher Education Bill (17 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I would like to thank the Minister very much indeed for that warm invitation and I suggest that I try to put together the "A team" to see if we can push through the open door of her office to discuss this matter further. I am also very grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate and to those who took part in Thursday's debate. There has been a very good airing on part-time...

Higher Education Bill (13 May 2004)

Lord Rix: My amendment, Amendment No. 86, is grouped with Amendment No. 37, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, so I hope that this is an appropriate time to intervene. I shall speak in support of the noble Lord's amendment, and I shall speak also to Amendment No. 86. Both amendments are about bursary schemes, and both are capable of standing by themselves. The principal tasks of...

Television Programmes: Subtitling (11 May 2004)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that, sooner rather than later, television programmes should be interpreted in all accessible formats?

Children Bill (6 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I thought that I had bagged paragraph (f) on Tuesday just before 10 p.m. I suggested that paragraph (f) would look at the relationship of children with families. Perhaps I may suggest that the noble Baroness's suggestion becomes paragraph (g).

Children Bill (6 May 2004)

Lord Rix: The noble Earl, Lord Howe, has made an argument for not delaying the report. Until last week, I served on the Joint Committee considering the draft Disability Discrimination Bill. We have delayed our report to both Houses of Parliament—that is the choice of the committee—because we wish it to be available in all accessible formats before it is laid before Parliament.

Children Bill [HL] (6 May 2004)

Lord Rix: Mencap was mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Byford. As President of the Royal Mencap Society, I must not only add its enthusiastic support for Amendments Nos. 30 and 33, I must also express my personal support for them. This is not just because I am president, but because I am the grandfather of a little lad with Down's syndrome who is aged three. The amendment, which refers to...

Children Bill [HL] (6 May 2004)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I apologise for being a little late and missing the beginning of my noble friend Lady Howe's Amendment No. 25. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that Starred Questions were cut rather short. Mind you, the first time I was ever off in the theatre when I was a junior actor, the Theatre Royal Nottingham cut the interval because it was a very poor house, and I was busy ogling the girls at...

Children Bill [HL] (4 May 2004)

Lord Rix: May I make a rather wild suggestion at this late hour? Clause 2(3), which is on page 2, states: "The Children's Commissioner is to be concerned in particular under this section with the views and interests of children so far as relating to the following aspects of their well-being". It then lists those aspects in paragraphs (a) to (e). Could we not add, in a paragraph (f), "their relationship...

Children Bill [HL] (4 May 2004)

Lord Rix: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, for including the word "all". As she well knows, I represent those with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. They are included in "all children". I say to the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, that I would be much happier about Amendment No. 41 if it included at the end "in all accessible formats". That would make it available to people with all...

Children Bill [HL] (4 May 2004)

Lord Rix: Perhaps the noble Baroness will answer one simple question. Why in Amendment No. 17 is the word "all" before "children" omitted, and yet in her Amendment No. 23 the word "all" is inserted, which is two lines later?

Children Bill [HL] (4 May 2004)

Lord Rix: In supporting Amendment No. 2 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, and others, I must first declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society. Furthermore, I am not certain that the amendment as currently drafted goes quite far enough. Amendment No. 2 suggests that: "The Secretary of State must take reasonable steps to involve—(a) children". I would have liked that...

Higher Education Bill (19 Apr 2004)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before I speak at Second Reading I must declare my own interests as Chancellor of the University of East London, as President of Mencap and with a close family member who is a lecturer with the Open University. All three interests ensure that supporting widening participation in higher education is an objective close to my heart—and that is very close at the moment, having had a...


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