Results 61–80 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Schools: Special Needs and Disabilities — Question (15 Jul 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response, but I would ask for a few more details. The home access programme, as I am aware, ceases to be funded after March 2011. Can the Minister guarantee that it will continue beyond that time? On the question of local authorities being made more responsible for technological services for people with disabilities, is he aware that the House of Lords'...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I should like to take this opportunity to say how much I welcome the fact that the Bill requires mainstream academies to have characteristics which include teaching a balanced and broadly based curriculum, and provide education for pupils of different abilities. I trust that that includes pupils with a learning disability. However, I am concerned that the Bill does not appear to...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I cannot believe that I was placing restrictions in this amendment. I believe that I was trying to ensure that the teaching for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities would be of the highest quality and of the broadest possible range. However, I will take the noble Lord's answer back to the Special Educational Consortium, which acts as my consultants on this, and I...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, perhaps I may jump the queue and say a few words about Amendment 55. I am afraid that I cannot support it with any degree of warmth, but it raises a number of questions that I want to put to the Minister. In contrast to funding for mainstream schools, most funding for special schools is place-led, with the number of places agreed with the local authority and reviewed every year on...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 75 in my name. The possibility of charging is apparent in this clause. The Minister will be aware that children with SEN have additional needs that sometimes require additional resources. It is the responsibility of the school and local authority to meet those needs. I would be extremely concerned if there were moves to charge parents for special...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (continued) (21 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: I had intended to thank the Minister for the letter that he sent to many of the Peers who spoke at the Second Reading of the Bill and to ask that he at least acknowledge some of these points. The Minister has already done this, which means that he has shot our fox to a certain extent, because a lot of us have a lot more amendments to make. I trust that the Minister will take them in the...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (continued) (21 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, as the grandfather of a splendid little lad with Down's Syndrome who is nine years' old, perhaps I may say that the massive support that my noble friend Lord Low has received from around the Committee is music to my ears. I should like to add my support to the amendments.

Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970: 40th Anniversary — Debate (17 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I speak in this debate to celebrate the Private Member's Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester, which, with the support of both Houses, became an Act of Parliament some 40 years ago. As I said during the debate 10 years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Morris, the years 1970 and 1971 were particularly good for advancing the interests...

Academies Bill [HL] — Second Reading (7 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I am motivated to speak out today because of my concern about certain elements of the Academies Bill. If the end of my speech echoes much that other noble Lords, especially my noble friend Lord Low, have already said, I can only apologise, but as it concerns children with special educational needs and disabilities, I trust that a second helping will inspire the Minister, whom we of...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (continued) (3 Jun 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, it was just over 18 years ago that, during the debate on the gracious Speech, I made my maiden speech from this side of your Lordships' House, from this very Bench, flanked by Lord Allen of Abbeydale and the noble Earl, Lord Snowdon. I must say that the House was somewhat better then than it is today. I made reference then to the labels-often unacceptable and hurtful-which apply or...

Probation Service — Debate (21 Jan 2010)

Lord Rix: My Lords, first, I express my appreciation for the many years of dedication and hard work my noble friend Lord Ramsbotham has shown in the pursuit of reforming our criminal justice system and reducing levels of reoffending. His work is an endeavour to ensure that the actions of the prison and probation services to turn rehabilitation into a reality are recognised and, I hope, improved. My...

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (26 Nov 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before I begin my contribution on the gracious Speech, I should like to take this opportunity to comment briefly on the significant progress that has been made over the past 10 years or so in promoting the human rights of people with a learning disability and improving their quality of life. Listening to the two noble Lords who have just made their excellent maiden speeches, I am...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in speaking to Amendments 33, 73, 95, 96, 102 and 128, which are in this group, I take the opportunity to thank the Government for their decision to remove references to "disproportionate expenditure" and the unintended consequences that this may have had for learners with a learning disability. Many local authorities may have been tempted to use disproportionate expenditure as a...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the purpose of my intervention is to speak to Amendment 18 in the names of the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas, and the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood. Mencap, of which I am the president, has always been clear on this point. We have no problem in principle with the idea of a "rights and responsibilities" agenda, as long as we can be sure that the rights of people with a learning disability...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: I shall speak to Amendment 17. I very much welcome the Minister's amendment on good cause, which will place on statute that any failure to comply with regulations must take into account a person's physical or mental health condition. I want to underline several points. The definition of good cause was extremely important in relation to safeguarding people with a learning disability, as has...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in this debate on government Amendment 36, on work-related activity for claimants of the employment and support allowance, I bring to noble Lords' attention the importance of the monitoring-by-impairment group. The Minister and the Bill team have been very helpful in improving the Bill, although I fear that their help has not extended as far as the monitoring-by-impairment group as...

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

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the Minister and the Bill team for their co-operation in this matter. I am most grateful and I look forward to reading these amendments when they are forthcoming. I hope that we will be able to agree them. With those good wishes, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 204 withdrawn. Amendment 205 not moved. Amendment 206 Moved by Lord Layard 206: Clause 90, page...

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...

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.


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