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Results 241–260 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Student Support in Higher Education (8 Jan 2004)

Lord Rix: My Lords—

Disabled Facilities Grant (5 Jan 2004)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Audit Commission review of 2003 also highlighted the necessity for housing for parents caring for a disabled child?

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

Lord Rix: My Lords, first I must apologise for not being in my place this morning. I have explained my absence to both Front Benches and I am grateful to them for being so understanding and agreeing to my speaking in the gap. I should like to refer to the part of the gracious Speech which touched on higher education. In so doing, I must declare an interest, although not a financial one. Six years ago I...

Higher Education: Tuition Fees (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I declare an interest as Chancellor of the University of East London. Are the Government aware of the HEFC proposal that will take more than £1 million away from modern universities that serve people from racial minorities and that that will affect four out of five universities in the London area?

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (9 Jun 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, perhaps I may add my voice in support of these amendments. My name already enjoys third billing on Amendments Nos. 106, 107, 109, 110, 113, 114, 118, 119, 120, 121 and 172. Having reflected on the debate at Committee stage, I am inclined to think that the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, and the noble Lord, Lord Astor of Hever, have the balance about right. In response to my noble...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (9 Jun 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, my stance, and that of Mencap, on Amendment No. 143 is straightforward. It is that a sexual relationship between consenting adults is not in most cases a matter for intervention by others. However, where one party has a professional responsibility or duty of care towards the other party, that needs to end for the relationship to be legitimately a sexual one. Imagine the situation in...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (9 Jun 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, Amendments Nos. 135, 139 and 140 seek some measure of accountability towards a vulnerable person, which would enable us to distinguish the additional responsibility and hence the culpability of a care worker rather than an ordinary citizen. That explains the requirement of regular contact. However, one incident involving someone in a one-off support role can do a lifetime's damage....

Disabled People (30 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as president of Mencap, one of the country's biggest disability organisations, I welcome the initiative of the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester, in drawing attention to this European Year of Disabled People. We should not need special years but until equal citizenship for disabled people is implemented as well as being acknowledged throughout Europe, we shall need special...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I echo what the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch, just said.

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: My tinnitus is roaring away. I did not hear that the definition of a "care worker" included independent advocates. Can the noble and learned Lord perhaps calm my tinnitus and assure me otherwise?

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: In speaking to my Amendments Nos. 258, 260, 265, 271, 276 and 280, I am pleased that that definition of a care worker has now been extended to include a range of services and assistance whether provided by voluntary or paid staff. The Minister deserves credit for listening to our concerns, and I warmly congratulate him on so doing. However, I should be even more delighted if he would confirm...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I fear that the new offences which cover care workers are still seen in the noble and learned Lord's department as a fallback for action under other Bill headings, as has been stated by other Members of the Committee today, which provide for more severe penalties. I listened to the Minister and others and, indeed, to the arguments put by the Home Office, but that is not really how I see...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I listened carefully to the arguments put forward by the Minister but I am still not convinced. While I welcome the increase to 14 years, I support my noble friend Lord Adebowale in his amendments which would ensure that the offence carries a maximum life sentence rather than that proposed by the Government. I wholeheartedly welcome the willingness of the Government to listen, but I fear that...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (28 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I should like to join the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, in stressing the need for the Crown Prosecution Service not to take the softer option of a summary conviction. Unfortunately, Mencap has been only too aware of too many cases in which the criminal justice system has not been geared up to take seriously the evidence of those with a learning disability. A crime may be reported, but it often...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I thank the Minister for that response. I am obviously disappointed that he has not got his hand in the Treasury's pocket. I hope that he will allow me to make further overtures to his department so that we may discuss possible ways of increasing the funding from perhaps other departments which are wealthier and more inclined to be able to distribute funds.

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: Since the noble Lord, Lord Astor of Hever, has already spoken to Amendment No. 220, which seeks a different approach with a similar result, I shall keep my comments on Amendment No. 221 brief. I should say at the outset that I am not saying that sex between two adults, neither of whom knows what he is doing, is a good thing. I am saying simply that it is not a matter for criminal prosecution....

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: Originally I drafted an amendment which sought to insert a new clause after Clause 116. It was headed, "Orders of court: therapeutic or counselling services for victims". Unfortunately, I was informed that such a clause would not find a happy home in this Bill, and that the best I could hope for would be to receive assurances from the Minister by pursuing the route of opposing the Question...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: Before the noble Lord withdraws his amendment, perhaps I may respond to the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Alloway. He has put his finger on a particularly sore point so far as I personally am concerned. I have always realised that "learning disability" was a difficult definition of the condition of learning disability. But we want to get away totally from the use of the word "mental"....

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: The very point that the noble and learned Lord has just made was made in my briefing from Mencap. Although I wish to support my noble friend, perhaps it is because of loyalty to him as well as a belief that his description of people with a learning disability must commend itself to the Committee.

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: As the president of Mencap and the father and grandfather of a daughter and a grandson with a learning disability, I believe that I am somewhat qualified to add briefly to the discussion on the always vexed issue of terminology. The noble Lord, Lord Astor, has been kind enough to share his thinking and his briefing with me and I am happy to return the compliment. We are, if I may say so,...


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