Results 141–160 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Drugs Prescribing: NICE Advice (5 Dec 2001)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I have before me a report that Edwina Hart, AM, Minister for Finance in the National Assembly for Wales, has already set aside #1.7 million a year to assist with the funding of the proposed scheme. If that is correct, why is funding not available to other parts of the United Kingdom?

Disability Discrimination (Amendment) Bill [HL] (23 Jan 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, first, I must declare my long-standing interest in the world of learning disability as president of Mencap. We are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, for giving us a further opportunity to fine tune the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. I know that he will have many allies, for your Lordships are among the foremost advocates for disabled people and none more so...

State Pension Credit Bill [HL] (12 Feb 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I speak as president of the Royal Mencap Society. I hope that noble Lords notice our new name. I support Amendments Nos. 2, 13 and 14, which were spoken to by my noble friend Lady Greengross and the noble Lord, Lord Higgins. Although the Bill concerns those in receipt of the state pension, it embraces others, too, inasmuch as the hospital downrating rules, about which we have heard...

State Pension Credit Bill [HL] (12 Feb 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, will she kindly write to me regarding the disability benefits that would be affected?

Education Bill (11 Mar 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, bemoaned the fact that he had hit the tea-break. I can only bemoan the fact that I seem to have hit the dinner hour. Having listened to four and a half hours of debate, I have heard a great deal of discussion of faith schools. I realise what a terribly mixed-up childhood I must have had. My prep school in Hornsea in Yorkshire was a Church of England...

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (3 Apr 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it is my privilege as president of the Royal Mencap Society to pay tribute to our late royal patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and to support the Motion so splendidly moved by the noble and learned Lord, the Lord Privy Seal. This privilege could have been claimed by my predecessors as president, the noble Lord, Lord Renton, who is in his place, and my noble...

Tax Credits Bill (23 Apr 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, those who were present at the extremely helpful meeting in the Moses Room last week, conducted so courteously by the Minister, will be all too aware that in discussing the Bill I shall focus my attention on childcare in the home and the effectiveness of the new working tax credit in supporting people with a learning disability who wish to work. It is slightly unusual for me to be...

Mental Incapacity Law Reform (25 Apr 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that a working party is to be set up to make proposals for legislation and is to include such parties as Mencap and Age Concern? Will the Minister ensure that when the working party finally meets it always considers the difference between mental illness and learning disability and also the difference between those who have a temporary inability to make...

Education Bill (2 May 2002)

Lord Rix: Having been absent from the House of Lords for the first three days of this week owing to a sudden family bereavement, I was unaware of the opening amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch, until rather late in the day when I took my place in the Committee. I apologise for that. I feel that I must give Amendment No. 1 my full support, in particular subsection (5). The Marshalled List...

Education Bill (2 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I echo the sentiments expressed by the triumvirate of noble Baronesses who have spoken. I recognise and welcome the Government's attempts to promote innovation in classrooms. I am not against innovation; to stifle it is to lose possibility. I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to discuss the issue with the Minister and I thank her for the assurances that she has given. However, my...

Education Bill (2 May 2002)

Lord Rix: Is the noble Lord, Lord Peston, satisfied that the wording of Amendment No. 19 does not provide yet another excuse for excluding pupils with special educational needs with a particular aptitude for a particular subject?

Education Bill (2 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I am inclined to agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch, on her last statement. It would be splendid if there was a catch-all clause at the beginning of the Bill to encompass all people with special educational needs and disability. The references could then be few and far between in the rest of the Bill, because the issue would be covered in statute for all time. Once more, I wish to...

Education Bill (7 May 2002)

Lord Rix: As the father of a daughter with a learning disability who was denied any schooling because she was born in 1951, many years before the Education (Handicapped Children) Act 1970, and as the grandfather of a one year-old boy with Down's syndrome, I am obviously extremely interested in the future of special educational needs provision. It is vital that parents are linked with the special...

Education Bill (7 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I know that my noble friend Lord Northbourne is especially anxious to ensure adequate support for young children who may suffer mental, emotional and cognitive disabilities as a result of their early upbringing before entering school. That concern is laudable, and as such I support Amendment No. 89. However, I am sure that Mencap and the Special Education Consortium would want to add to the...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: had given notice of his intention to move Amendment No. 142: Page 19, line 9, leave out paragraph (b)

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: Shall I be able to return to my amendment in some form or another on Report? If that is possible, I shall want to do so.

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 176A: Page 30, leave out line 6 and insert— "( ) The authority shall make available to the forum information about the views on and experience of admissions policies and practices of disabled children and children with special educational needs and their parents. ( ) The authority may establish sub-committees of the forum to assist the forum in preparing advice on...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: Even though we are now approaching the Ten O'clock News, before I speak to the amendments standing in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp of Guildford, I should like to thank the Committee for the generous way in which it accepted my enforced absence last Thursday. I should especially like to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp of Guildford, for moving the amendments in my...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I fully understand that admission forums could well become talking shops; all I am interested to ensure is that if they do become talking shops, they talk sense.

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I thank all Members of the Committee who have spoken so cogently and splendidly in support of, or at least have commented upon, the amendment which I have just moved. I am most grateful to them all. I am grateful, in particular, to the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, for bringing up the question of my Amendment No. 182. I shall, of course, go away and seek advice from Mencap and the Special...


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