Results 1–20 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Jobcentre Plus: Dyslexia — Question (14 Jan 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, what is the proposed timetable for the doubling of the Access to Work budget, which the Government have said will take place by 2013-14? Will this funding be provided incrementally or in a lump sum? Will it be in real terms?

Learning Disability: Bullying — Question (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as president of Mencap, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Morris, for asking that Question—entirely unsolicited, I assure the House. When do the Government plan to publish their proposals for a duty on schools to record incidents of bullying?

Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (13 Mar 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords,I welcome the Bill most warmly, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, on his ceaseless efforts to promote independent living for disabled people. As president of Mencap, which represents both people with a learning disability and their families, and through my own personal experiences, I am only too aware that such a disability ensures discrimination and denial of...

Care Services: Older Adults and Disabled People — Debate (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Fookes, on instituting this debate, and apologise for the fact that, as I am 16 years above the average age of Members of this House, I am afraid that I do not have the facility of being able to speak so freely without notes. Last Friday, there was the Second Reading of the Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill, which the Government...

Social Care — Question (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware that research by the Learning Disability Coalition has revealed a financial shortfall for the social care of people with a learning disability of over £200 million a year for the next five years? Will the Green Paper, due to be published in June, address that issue?

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am delighted to welcome the Bill to this House. I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Skelmersdale, and the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas of Winchester, for cutting my speech by quoting Mencap's worries about the number of regulations. I hope that that will enable me to stay well within my allotted 10 minutes. Since my earliest days as secretary-general of the Royal Mencap...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Second Reading (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am very grateful that the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, has left disability to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, otherwise there would have been very little for me to say. I am glad to welcome this Bill to the House, in particular for the attention that it pays to the wishes of learners with a learning disability, who will be entitled to education and training up to the age of 25...

Disabled People: Violence — Question (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware that in 2007 to 2008 there were approximately 7,000 prosecutions for racially motivated crime and yet only 141 prosecutions for disability hate crime? Does this mean that disability hate crime is much less of a problem, or is it simply that the CPS and the police are failing to take it as seriously as other hate crime?

Dementia — Debate (25 Jun 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am glad to have the opportunity to speak today. I thank the Down's Syndrome Association for its briefing in advance of today's debate and of course the charity Mencap, of which I am the president. I also thank my noble friend Lady Murphy for introducing the debate, even though she once or twice frightened the life out of me with her statistics—I am now well into my 86th year. I...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Rix: There appears to be a certain amount of cross-fertilisation between the amendments of the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, and my Amendments 94 and 143, which I hope will arrive this evening but will probably arrive on Thursday. Amendment 94 would get rid of lines 36 to 41, which the noble Baroness has been addressing, and make further substitutions available to your Lordships. I hope that my...

Disabled People: UN Convention — Question (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, when will the Government's reservations to Article 12.4 be reviewed, given that they have indicated that a review system of legal appointees should be introduced?

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: As your Lordships know, the Bill transfers the duty to secure learning provision for 16 to 19 year-olds from the Learning and Skills Council to local authorities. LEAs will specifically have regard to the learning difficulties of their population of learners in determining provision, including those under 25 subject to a learning difficulty assessment. Furthermore, there is a clear duty on...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: The Learning and Skills Council was a centralised funding programme with annual targets set each year by the Secretary of State. Local authorities are entirely different. They have complex structures, increasingly stretched budgets and political considerations. There will be far more scope for local variability and considerable risk that some disabled people will miss out, based on a local...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: I am most grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken in support of these amendments. I am very grateful to the Minister for saying that he will take the provision back, look at it and consult again with the SEC. I hope that I can be present at one of those meetings, which will probably take place during the recess as I cannot believe that we will reach Report before October. In that case,...

Disabled People: Toilets — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of Changing Places toilets available for use by profoundly and multiply disabled people in the United Kingdom.

Disabled People: Toilets — Question (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. Is it not possible to amend Part M of the building regulations to ensure that toilets for people with profound and multiple disabilities are fully in operation in the next year or two, rather than waiting for a further review?

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, Amendment 189 stands in my name. However, after the productive discussions that my colleagues and I had with the Minister and the department during the Recess, I will not be moving the amendment.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: I rise to speak to Amendment 201. Due to consultations that took place during the Recess, I believe that the Minister will be able once again to give the Committee clarification and assurances regarding disproportionate expenditure. I look forward to hearing those assurances.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, unfortunately the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, is not in his place, but I assure him that I learnt that brevity is the soul of wit the hard way in your Lordships' House. The first question I asked, nearly 18 years ago, was shouted down by the Conservative Government of the time as "making a speech". I was then severely ticked off by the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers. So I learnt in those...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in moving Amendment 204, I also speak to Amendments 205, 209 and 210. As I have reported, I and others have had the opportunity in recent weeks to discuss with the Minister and various officials within the department my ongoing concerns in response to the various amendments tabled in my name. These discussions have proven to be most fruitful and I thank the Minister for the...


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