Results 81–100 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I understand that psychologists explain both ancient and modern Sisyphean insistence on pushing boulders up mountains, only to see them roll down again, by a deeply-rooted conviction that a little ground is gained each time and the labour has not been therefore wholly in vain. Like my noble friend Lady Greengross, who is to follow me, whose labours I support, I am pushing once more...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, did I hear her say that organisations will have the opportunity to see draft regulations before they are laid?

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, there has to be some logic in rolling boulders up hills. If one is persuaded that the chances of getting further are remote, the logic is to call a halt. The Minister has helpfully gone as far as the Government are prepared to go at the pre-regulation stage. I appreciate and welcome her assurances--particularly the opportunity to study and comment on the draft regulations before...

EU Proposals to Combat Discrimination: Select Committee Report (30 Jun 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I apologise to your Lordships and to the Minister for the fact that I shall probably not be in my place when she responds to the debate. The reason is a double booking. It is particularly appropriate that it is a theatrical charity that has an earlier claim on my time this afternoon. I am making my contribution to this debate on discrimination in the field of disability, as...

Disabled People: Worldwide Charter (14 Jul 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, appalling descriptions of institutions and conditions for disabled people are sadly commonplace around the world. They make us only too aware of the importance of charters such as Rehabilitation International's Charter for the Third Millennium which, as we have heard, was presented by the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester, to the Prime Minister last week and which he and my...

Lords Amendment (26 Jul 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I apologise for being late. I saw on the annunciator what was taking place, but unfortunately the lift appeared to be engaged. I noticed that when Lords Amendment No. 17 was being debated in another place Dafydd Wigley made reference to me and the regulations on which we had received assurances from the Minister at the last stage of the Bill in your Lordships' House. Reference was...

National Lottery Commission (16 Oct 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, even though I am surrounded by the current and past chairmen of the lottery commission, I have the temerity to ask the Minister why the Government do not say farewell to the lottery commission, to Camelot and to the People's Lottery and appoint a government agency culled from the best management brains of the current operator and the putative operator? They could pay Civil Service...

Pension Credits and Benefits Uprating (9 Nov 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as president of Mencap, I was both amazed and delighted that the very first part of the Statement on the annual uprating of benefits was concerned with families who have children with disabilities. It then went on to a subject which is often well below the title--those disabled people who are unable to work and their carers, which unfortunately includes many people with a learning...

Transport Bill (9 Nov 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I add my voice to the "heavyweights" in your Lordships' House who have tabled these amendments. The quality of life of many disabled people is, as we all know, dependent on their ability to travel independently. If disabled people are able to access employment, education, leisure and other everyday activities, it is essential that they must have the means to reach them. They must...

Speech and Language Therapists (22 Nov 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the extreme difficulty faced by adults, as opposed to children, with a learning disability in accessing the services of people concerned with speech therapy? If the Minister is so aware, can he suggest solution to the problem?

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech. (11 Dec 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am sure that all present in your Lordships' House would like to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Morgan, on his excellent maiden speech. Following the noble Lord makes me feel rather like the proverbial dustcart after the Lord Mayor's Show. The noble Lord is festooned with academic honours, all of them earned in a truly academic way, whereas mine, as a chancellor of a university,...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (19 Dec 2000)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it is with great pleasure that I too welcome the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill into your Lordships' House. Proposals for this Bill have existed in a number of incarnations over the past 12 months. It is gratifying to have before us a final framework for legislation upon which we can all concentrate. I am also grateful for today's announcement from the Secretary of...

Elderly and Disabled People (17 Jan 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I have been vexing the Minister with imponderable questions on the subject before us in the debate this evening, and I have the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, to thank for a further opportunity to be a nuisance. I should add that the Minister has, as always, been courteous and helpful, but I regret that I am not yet able to add the epithet "convincing". Those of us who have...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000 (22 Jan 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it is impossible to spend most of a lifetime working with and for people with disabilities without having views on this issue. Those like myself who have views but do not have scientific expertise harbour the perhaps unrealistic hope that science will enable us to do good to people without undermining their dignity or the dignity of humanity in general and without falling foul of...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I hope that no one in your Lordships' House will have any doubt about my concern to support the needs of the child. However, at the risk of alienating many of my friends now present I feel that I am unable to support these amendments which will not achieve that for which we are all striving. I fully support the desire to take into account the needs of the child in determining the...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, for some inexplicable reason, Amendment No. 26 regarding early intervention services tabled in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, has been coupled with my Amendment No. 66, which is about nursery education. I suppose that a certain osmosis is discernible, but I should like to join the noble Lord in stressing the importance of early intervention services for people...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I echo the sentiments of the noble Baroness, Lady David. I recognise and welcome the Government's attempts to strengthen the voices of children within the code of practice. But I believe that a greater degree of precision is necessary to link the wishes of the child to statutory assessments and the drawing up of a statement. Without doubt, this would benefit young people, families...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, perhaps I may ask a question. Recently the DfEE released a video which shows parents attending a tribunal. Does not the Minister believe it appropriate to withdraw that video, for the child is not present at the moment? If the child is to be present under the terms of this Bill, then I assume that the video should be brought up to date.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I, too, support the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch. There is very good reason for parents to be totally confused by the present wording. I hope that if the noble Baroness's amendment cannot be accepted, the Minister will come back with suitable wording at Third Reading.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [H.L.] (20 Feb 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister. As the time of night is late and I agree with everything that was said by the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp of Guildford, it would be better if I shut up and sit down, but offer my entire support for her amendment.

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