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Results 181–200 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

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...

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...

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.

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: 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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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] (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,...

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: 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: 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] (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] (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...


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