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Results 1–20 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Rix: My Lords, autumn has brought a windfall of reports on services and opportunities for people with learning disabilities: Facing the Facts from the Department of Health; Building Expectations--Three years on from the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; and An Ordinary Home from the Local Government Association. And this morning I had the pleasure of chairing a conference on...

Care Standards Bill (13 Dec 1999)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I hope that my voice stands the course. I believe that this is a landmark Bill to drive up standards in social services and to offer new safeguards to service users. Children and adults with learning disabilities are typically frequent and intensive users of social services. They have been at the sharp end of the...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: For 10 years I was a patient across the water at St Thomas' Hospital while my aortic valve, which was busily closing, was examined. Although taking advantage of the private facilities at York House across the road from St Thomas' Hospital, I was sent all the time to the national health testing beds in the hospital. Eventually I became an emergency patient and was admitted to the private rooms...

Influenza (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does the Minister agree that self-diagnosis with NHS Direct could lead to mistakes of that nature being made?

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 8: Page 3, line 2, leave out ("suffering from illness") and insert ("ill").

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: At the Second Reading of the Bill, befuddled though I was by the dreaded lurgy--although I was one of the 8 million who had the jab--I hope I made it clear then how much both I and Mencap, of which I am president, welcome this landmark Bill. For that reason, noble Lords may wonder why I have tabled so many solus amendments. Quite simply, I want to make certain that the improvements in...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: I shall be happy to accept the proposal of the Minister so long as we agree that one word should be used rather than three. I am sure that this marks the beginning of a happy new year so far as concerns the Care Standards Bill and I hope only that my other amendments will be accepted as speedily and with such aplomb by the Minister. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Before speaking to my Amendment No. 17 which is included in this grouping, perhaps I may say to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, that I hope, if he proceeds with Amendment No. 13, he will take the advice of his noble friend Lord Addington, so that the subsections appear in plain English and use one word instead of three. Amendment No. 17 seeks to provide a definition of day services to...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Perhaps I may intervene on the question of the inspection of day care services. Obviously, I am disappointed that for the moment the Committee cannot obtain from the Minister a direct promise. The Minister used the expression "in time". That fills me with slight perturbation. It may mean when I am dead and gone. I believe that the need to regulate and inspect day care services at the very...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Surrounded by the praetorian guard of the noble Earl, Lord Howe, and the noble Lords, Lord Astor of Hever and Lord Clement-Jones, I feel secure in supporting Amendment No. 45. I welcome the emphasis on maintaining and improving quality, as must all Members of the Committee. However, without the direct control exercised over directly provided services, and without incorporation in contracts of...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 28: Page 4, line 30, at end insert ("; and ( ) the provision of services for particular categories of service user").

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Amendment No. 28 is grouped with my Amendment No. 75, and Amendments Nos. 69 and 77. At the suggestion of the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, Amendments Nos. 47, 48, 76, 121 and 147 have been added. There is a difference between the needs amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, and my amendment which refers to particular categories of service users, although they could lead...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: I am grateful to the Minister for the comprehensive response which he has given all four of us who have moved amendments this evening. To a certain extent I am assured that at least his intentions are honourable and I hope that they will be fulfilled. However, it was such a comprehensive answer that I am sure he will understand if I consult with my noble friend Lord Northbourne, the noble...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: I support my noble friend on this issue. Noble Lords may recall that the national development team for learning disability--mental handicap in those days--had to keep its reports secret. About 10 years ago, there was a tremendous row about that. The then Minister for Health, the right honourable Kenneth Clarke, accepted that such secrecy was totally inappropriate and the necessary...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment 40: Page 6, line 14, at end insert-- ("( ) Notification of applications for registration shall be published in such form as shall be prescribed by regulations.").

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Amendment No. 40 is grouped with Amendment Nos. 42, 43, 44 and 107, to which other noble Lords will speak. As registration is to be, in effect, some guarantee of respectability, service providers will have to be registered to be used by their local authority. The decision to be registered should be soundly based. We have a tradition in this country of giving interested parties the opportunity...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: My heart is not in this amendment; I am inclined to sympathise with the Government. Planning permission has been posted outside my house three times in the past seven years saying that I was going to make a large extension. My house is numbered eight; the permission was being sought for numbers 10, three and four. I am aware therefore that mistakes can take place. Also, our local paper is of...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Before speaking to Amendment No. 70, which is included in the group, I, too, want to clear up a point which arose in the report of Hansard on Monday this week. In col. 437, it was reported that I said: "For that reason, noble Lords may wonder why I have tabled so many soulless amendments". I remember once many years ago, when I was an actor, an unkind critic once accused me of not knowing my...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: Perhaps I may thank the Minister, first, for his very kind words about my past life and my present occupation and say how grateful I am for the recognition of the need for regulations in regard to restraint. I am happy to accept those assurances and I know that Mencap, too, will be delighted.

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 67: Page 11, line 50, at end insert ("and other residential provision for children living away from home").

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