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Results 161–180 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I wish to speak to Amendment No. 200, which stands in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp of Guildford. There will be some children for whom some schools at particular times can provide an appropriate education without risk of prejudice to the education of other children. However, it is easy for an admissions authority to use this escape clause to deny admission to children who...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Lord Rix: No. I shall obviously have to read the Minister's words tomorrow morning, when my mind is a little clearer.

Education Bill (23 May 2002)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 204: Page 134, line 14, at end insert— "(8) After subsection (9) there is inserted— "(10) "Ability" and "aptitude" shall be interpreted to include among selected children those children with special educational needs who require additional support in displaying and developing the relevant ability and aptitude.""

Education Bill (23 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I rise to move Amendment No. 204 which stands in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp of Guildford. It is somewhat surprisingly grouped with Amendment No. 204A which stands in the name of my noble friend Lord Listowel. My amendment is about children with special educational needs and/or disability, while his is concerned with children in care. This clearly, in theatrical terms,...

Education Bill (23 May 2002)

Lord Rix: I thank noble Lords in all parts of the House for their support for the amendment. I am also grateful to the Minister for the courteous way in which she assured me that my amendment was not necessary. Unfortunately, I do not have the benefit of having a brief quoting all the Acts and guidance, as the Minister did. I shall, therefore, read what was said in Hansard tomorrow, consult my...

Education Bill (17 Jun 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as president of Mencap I am delighted—although, I am glad to say, not speechless—by the generous amendments that the Minister has just offered to the House, especially Amendment No. 6. Indeed, all that Mencap requested is contained in that amendment, coupled with the statement that the Minister made afterwards about the need for taking explicit account of the interests of...

Learning Disability (11 Jul 2002)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to implement the commitment made in the White Paper Valuing People: A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century (Cm 5086, paragraph 7.16) to promote supported living for people with a learning disability living with older parents aged 70 and over.

Learning Disability (11 Jul 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Can he confirm that the Department of Health and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will issue joint guidance to local housing authorities and social services to ensure that they increase their efforts to provide such services and such housing for people with a learning disability who live at home with parents or a parent aged 70 or over?...

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill [HL] (17 Jul 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to amend the law relating to sexual relations with persons lacking capacity to consent to sexual relations, and with vulnerable adults to whom a duty of care is owed; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.—(Lord Rix.) On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be...

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill [HL] (11 Oct 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. First, I must declare my long-standing interest in the world of learning disability as the president of Mencap. The Bill seeks to improve the outdated laws governing sex offences with vulnerable adults, particularly people with a learning difficulty. Its message is that urgent reform is needed to protect them from abuse and...

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill [HL] (11 Oct 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it is clear that if the Bill ever reaches the statute book, it will be a team effort. The decision will be based on medical evidence and a team will decide on the required definition.

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill [HL] (11 Oct 2002)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am most grateful to all your Lordships for turning up on this Friday morning and being so eloquent, thoughtful, and indeed thought-provoking. You have all contributed to a wonderful debate on the Second Reading of this Bill, and you have offered many practical suggestions on how the clauses could be implemented or improved. I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Astor, that...

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...

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...

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?

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...


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