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Results 261–280 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (10 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I shall be on my feet a number of times in the next few minutes, so all I shall say is that I fully support the amendment that my noble friend has tabled.

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (1 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: I thank the Minister for proposing Amendments Nos. 216, 219, 222, 223, 228 and 237. It saved me the trouble because they apply to learning disability. I am grateful to the Government for listening to our pleas. I have the greatest possible pleasure in supporting these amendments.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Tizard Centre, University of Kent (1 Apr 2003)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the future funding of the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.

Children and Parents (26 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as a parent and grandparent and, at some distance, a child, I welcome the initiative of my noble friend Lord Northbourne. My particular experience of parenthood is coloured by having a disabled daughter and a disabled grandson. I want, if I may, to focus on that disability dimension. My noble friend Lord Northbourne asserts that 50 years ago the role of parents was clearly...

Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill (17 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 8: Page 5, line 15, at end insert— "(12A) In the case of any person having a learning disability, irrespective of the age of the person and of whether or not that person has other disabilities, the NHS body and the responsible authority shall take account of that person's learning disability in ensuring the person's supported return to their previous home or, where this...

Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill (17 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, according to St. Matthew, Chapter 20, the would-be grape-pickers who presented themselves at the eleventh hour received rather a good deal. My eleventh hour amendment which is designed to protect the position of people with learning disabilities, who are being discharged from hospital, is tabled in hope of similar treatment. Helpful conversations have taken place with the Minister....

Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill (17 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in the world of farce, which I once inhabited, you soon find out that the feed line is as important as the laugh line which follows. Without an audible and well-delivered feed, the audience will sit in glum silence, totally unaware of why they are supposed to be rolling about with laughter. I am glad to say that the Minister has heard my feed line—Amendment No. 8—and has...

Written Answers — House of Lords: School Nurses (17 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many school nurses there were in each of the past five years, identifying separately nurses working in mainstream schools and those working in special schools; and Whether the number of school nurses has been increased in recent years to reflect the increasing numbers of school children with profound and multiple disabilities.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sen (14 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: To assist statementing and meeting special educational needs, whether they will commend to local education authorities the Oxfordshire Local Education Authority approach to monitoring support for children with special educational needs.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children with Disabilities and SEN (10 Mar 2003)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate a joint inspection by Ofsted and the new Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection to establish whether health and education authorities are adequately addressing children's health needs in a way which meets their educational needs.

Equality Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity provided by the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, for this dry run of comprehensive equal treatment legislation. The noble Lord and his advisers deserve our warmest congratulations. I should begin by making my usual declaration of interest as father and grandfather of disabled persons, and as President of the Royal Mencap Society. Like many others in...

Sexual Offences Bill [HL] (13 Feb 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it seems that the noble Earl, Lord Russell, is unable to be in his place today. I trust that he is not unwell. I send him, as I am sure does the whole House, my kind regards. We shall sadly miss his contribution. As president of the Royal Mencap Society, I am reminded that shortly after he had retired as Mencap's chairman, way back in the early 1960s, the late lamented Lord Longford...

Disabled Children (3 Feb 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, we need from time to time the opportunity to peep into the lives of families with disabled children, and I am glad that the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, has provided such an opportunity. As president of Mencap, I am particularly grateful. We are looking at ordinary families trying to enable children with exceptional needs to live, as far as possible, an ordinary life. They are not...

Special Education (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I begin by thanking my noble friend Lady Warnock for providing another opportunity to discuss such an important issue. As president of Mencap, as the father of a daughter with Down's Syndrome and as the grandfather of a grandson with a like syndrome, it is an issue close to my heart, as it is to the hearts of many other noble Lords present. In one sense, it has all been said before,...

Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill (27 Jan 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I begin by declaring a personal interest in that today I entered my 80th year, so this Bill is of some considerable interest. While I have much sympathy with the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and its truncated clone proffered by the noble Earl, Lord Howe, I believe that their Bill blocking, to coin a phrase, is perhaps regrettable for the basis of this Bill...

House of Lords Reform (22 Jan 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I suspect that the thrice made speech has the edge on the thrice told tale when it comes to the competition for the wooden spoon of tediousness. However, this issue is both too important for the country, and too close to my own heart for me simply to sit and listen, valuable and pleasurable though that has been, particularly hearing the kind reference made to me by the noble Lord,...

Higher Education (22 Jan 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I must declare an interest as Chancellor of the University of East London, a university that follows the criteria apparently favoured by the Government. It has many students from poorer and non-academic backgrounds, from ethnic minorities and mature students. However, being a new university, it receives approximately 50 per cent less funding than universities that are only a few...

Hepatitis C (13 Jan 2003)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does that mean that there is a lack of conviction about the cost or about the treatment?

Mental Health (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I must first declare my long-standing interest in the world of learning disability as president of Mencap, as the father of a severely learning-disabled daughter and as a grandfather of a learning-disabled grandson. I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke— I wish that I could call him my noble friend for he is indeed a noble friend to people with disabilities—for...

Sex Offenders (19 Nov 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister and thank him for his prognostications when replying to the Second Reading of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill which I moved on 11th October last. In that reply, he went as far as he could in hinting that we might well hear something of a similar nature in the gracious Speech. Well, we did and today we have the Statement on the same subject. I am both...


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