Results 141–160 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

Mental Health Bill [HL] (28 Nov 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the journey towards a new Mental Health Act over the past eight years or so has been a long one. I cannot help feeling that, although there have been some interesting steps along the way, the journey has taken us back where we started, with a rather disappointing Bill. It fails to take into account the concerns of most people who work in mental health services and of most people who...

Children and Young People: Bullying (27 Nov 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does the Minister accept the recent findings of the Children's Commissioner for England, Professor Aynsley-Green, that children or young people with disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers and that those with learning disabilities are bullied even more? If so, what do he and the Government propose to do about them?

Education and Inspections Bill (19 Oct 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I fear that much of what I have to say may already have been touched on, but perhaps the rule of three that applies in comedies to happy endings will apply if I repeat what has already been said, as it might lead to the Minister agreeing to Amendment No. 81 when he sums up. The vast majority of children with special educational needs—all but 100,000 out of 1.4 million...

Education and Inspections Bill (25 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: In view of what the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, said, guidance is not statutory. Exactly how much notice do authorities really have to take of guidance without some remedial action being taken by the Government?

Education and Inspections Bill (25 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: Although I have third billing here—a position I never enjoyed in the theatre, I am glad to say—my noble friend Lady Darcy de Knayth has indicated that perhaps I should speak next. All I would like to add to the wise words of the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, is that DfES guidance recommends that where all else fails, the school should seek a statutory assessment or, for a pupil with a...

Education and Inspections Bill (25 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: I support Amendments Nos. 216 and 219, to which my name is attached. The noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, has shot my fox because she said everything that I had intended to say, so there is no need for repetition, especially as we are trying to get through Committee stage today. I add my support to the amendments and hope that the Government will either accept them or make the necessary...

Education and Inspections Bill (20 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: I added my name to Amendment No. 148; for some inexplicable reason, it is not attached to Amendments Nos. 148A or 148B. That is a serious omission from my point of view, because obviously the needs of disabled children and those with special educational needs have to be tied to the obligation for proper inspections and reports on how they are treated by local education authorities. However, I...

Education and Inspections Bill (5 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: I thank the Minister for seeing me and members of the Special Educational Consortium yesterday afternoon in time for a refreshing cup of tea, which was much needed in yesterday's heat. I am sure that he will understand when I say that I should like to read his response in tomorrow's Hansard, together with my colleagues from the SEC, before we decide whether to take any action on Report. In...

Education and Inspections Bill (5 Jul 2006)

Lord Rix: I speak to Amendments Nos. 6 and 9, both tabled in my name and in the name of my noble friend Lady Darcy de Knayth. Amendment No. 6 would correct an anomaly between academies and other publicly funded schools in the admission of pupils with a statement of special educational needs. At present, with an LEA-maintained school, parents can expect that, if the LEA agrees with their expressed...

Education and Inspections Bill (21 Jun 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, following the noble Lord, Lord Baker, and the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, I realise that they are indeed true parliamentarians, while I, a mere ex-actor, still have to speak to a script—although I may have written the script myself. I must first declare an interest in the debate as president of the Royal Mencap Society, which is a member of the Special Educational Consortium. I...

Childcare Bill (12 Jun 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I do apologise—I simply could not get the lift, so I have been raving around on the second floor. I thank the Minister very much indeed for the amendments, which all at Mencap and, I am sure, all organisations concerned with disabled children will welcome with gratitude. I am slightly out of breath, but I can assure noble Lords that my thanks and those of all my colleagues are...

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [HL] (24 May 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in Committee I asked the Minister if it would be possible to see him, as it were, in the department to discuss the read-across or whether there should be a single board. I realise that my amendment was unacceptable because of the Human Rights Act, but I am happy to say that I did attend the meeting with the Minister and members of his department, as did the noble Lord, Lord Carter,...

Electoral Administration Bill (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 118: After Clause 69, insert the following new clause— "Legal incapacity to vote ABOLITION OF COMMON LAW INCAPACITY: MENTAL STATE (1) Any rule of the common law which provides that a person is subject to a legal incapacity to vote by reason of his mental state is abolished. (2) Accordingly, in section 202(1) of the 1983 Act (general provisions as to interpretation), in...

Electoral Administration Bill (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, in moving Amendment No. 118, I shall also speak to Amendments Nos. 132, 139, 148, 151, 152, 154 and 156, which are consequent upon it. I am supported in these amendments by my colleague in the disability field, the noble Lord, Lord Carter. I am delighted to see him in his place this evening. The amendments all relate to what some might call an anomaly and others an outrage in...

Electoral Administration Bill (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, all I can say is how grateful I am to you all. This is a historic moment for people with a learning disability and people with a mental illness. They will feel a lot better on reading tomorrow's Hansard. I thank you all very much.

Electoral Administration Bill (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 132: Page 106, line 38, at end insert— :TITLE3:"Assistance for persons with disabilities 64A In rule 35 of Schedule 5 (votes marked by presiding officer)— (a) in paragraph (1)(a) for "physical cause" substitute "disability"; (b) after paragraph (5) insert— "(6) In this rule and in rule 36, reference to disability, in relation to voting, includes a short term...

"Tendered ballot papers (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 139: Page 110, line 22, at end insert— :TITLE3:"Assistance for persons with disabilities 71A In section 202 (general provisions as to interpretation), in subsection (1) after the definition of "Common Council" insert— ""disability", in relation to doing a thing, includes a short term inability to do it;". 71B In rule 38 of Schedule 1 (votes marked by presiding...

"Tendered ballot papers (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 148: Page 113, line 32, at end insert— "88A In section 10 (maintenance of registers: annual canvass), in subsection (4B) for "any incapacity" substitute "blindness or any other disability". 88B In section 10A (maintenance of registers: registration of electors), in subsection (1B) for "any incapacity" substitute "blindness or any other disability"." On Question,...

"Tendered ballot papers (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendments Nos. 151 and 152: Page 117, line 31, at end insert— "114A In section 6 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (absent vote at parliamentary elections for an indefinite period), in subsection (2)(b) for "physical incapacity" substitute "disability"." Page 117, line 32, leave out "the Representation of the People Act 1985" and insert "that Act" On Question, amendments...

"Tendered ballot papers (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 154: Page 118, line 15, at end insert— "( ) In paragraph 3(3)(b) after "by reason of" insert "blindness or other disability or, in the case of local government elections in Scotland, by reason of"." On Question, amendment agreed to. Schedule 2 [Repeals]:


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