Results 161–180 of 452 for speaker:Lord Rix

"Tendered ballot papers (15 May 2006)

Lord Rix: moved Amendment No. 156: Page 121, line 21, at end insert— "Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989 (c. 3) In section 10(1), in the definition of "legal incapacity", the words "or of any subsisting provision of the common law"." On Question, amendment agreed to.

Disability: Medical Assessment (18 Apr 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, how will the proposals in the Green Paper affect medical assessments for people with a learning disability, who, of course, have a lifelong disability?

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [HL] (28 Mar 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society and as a father and a grandfather. Those are three roles that have allowed me to spend a great deal of time with some of the people this Bill is intended to protect; namely children and adults with a learning disability. I welcome the Bill as an important step towards increasing the protection they, and other...

Childcare Bill (21 Mar 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, reference was made to disability by practically every speaker in the House. The Minister made reference to a possible meeting between now and Committee stage with him and his department, but I am slightly surprised that no reference whatever was made to disabled children in his response.

Childcare Bill (21 Mar 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society. I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate, in which I want to highlight one issue in particular; namely, the care provided for disabled young people over 16 and their families. I am delighted that the Minister has indicated his willingness to discuss the matter fully some time after Second Reading. I was also...

Disability: Welfare Reform Green Paper (20 Mar 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the noble Lord, Lord Carter, was the chairman of two Joint Committees looking at the draft Mental Incapacity Bill and the draft Disability Discrimination Bill, on which I also served? Both the lengthy reports produced were available in accessible versions on the day of their publication. If it is possible for lengthy reports such as those, why is it not...

Employment: Pathways to Work (13 Mar 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does the answer that the Minister has just given with regard to percentages and figures for mental health problems apply to people with learning disabilities as well?

Electoral Administration Bill (13 Feb 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society. I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate, as this Bill presents the Government with a perfect opportunity to remove from electoral law some of the most offensive language used to describe disabled people, and to make a statement that such language is unacceptable. I hope that the Government will take...

Higher Education: Part-time Students (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I must declare an interest as Chancellor of the University of East London. Thanks to the additional funds that have been promised by the Government we have a record number of enrolments for our part-time courses. However, details of the process by which students will be able to claim help in September this year remain unclear. When will the forms and the necessary guidance notes to...

Welfare Reform Green Paper (24 Jan 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, a few weeks ago I asked the Minister whether he knew the numbers of people with learning disabilities who had got back to work through Pathways to Work. Does the Green Paper envisage the splitting of the numbers of people with mental health issues and those with learning disabilities? The boxing together of those numbers makes it impossible to know exactly whether a learning...

Family Fund (10 Jan 2006)

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Family Fund (10 Jan 2006)

Lord Rix: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there is a need for short breaks for every family caring for a person with disabilities, whatever the age of that person?

Benefits Uprating (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, perhaps I may add my voice to the question put by the noble Lord, Lord Addington, on the winter fuel payment. I do not think that the Minister answered it. The noble Lord asked about the possibility of the payment being extended to those with severe disabilities. All noble Lords who have relatives or know of people with severe disabilities will recognise that they suffer from the...

Airlines: Disabled Passengers (31 Oct 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Ryanair's attitude towards disabled people was made clear when it made it difficult for people with a learning disability to enter its aircraft several years ago? Allowing for the fact that Ryanair is not a UK airline, what can the Government do to ensure that UK airlines do not have that attitude towards learning-disabled people in particular and disabled...

Children (13 Oct 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important debate on safeguarding all children and thank my noble friend Lord Listowel for instigating it. I must declare my interest in this subject, of course, as president of the Royal Mencap Society and also as the grandfather of a little lad aged four with Down's syndrome. Although I also welcome the joint inspectors' recognition...

Equality Bill [HL] (15 Jun 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, before I start, I declare an interest as president of the Royal Mencap Society and joint chairman of the All-Party Group on Learning Disabilities. Like the majority of noble Lords—I exempt the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers—I warmly welcome the Bill as another significant milestone towards the creation of a truly inclusive society. I trust that the noble Earl will support me a little...

Disability Discrimination Bill [HL] (7 Apr 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Morris, talked about both sides of the House. I hope that I may represent the third party, the Cross Benches, in thanking all concerned in ensuring that this most important Bill goes through this afternoon. I am particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Skelmersdale, for not in any way holding up the Bill and I am also extremely grateful to the Minister for...

Disabled Facilities Grant: Review (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current disabled facilities grant review will consider the full costs and benefits of abolishing the means test for families with disabled children.

Disabled Facilities Grant: Review (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Is he aware that there is an Early-Day Motion in another place, with nearly 150 signatures attached, asking the Government not merely to review the disabled facilities grant means test but to abolish it altogether? Will that cross-party parliamentary statement have any effect on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the good of those who...

Mental Capacity Bill (17 Mar 2005)

Lord Rix: My Lords, I want to express my disquiet that the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, persists in describing people with a learning disability as "mentally handicapped". That is now a discarded description. I am also concerned at her assumption that all 1.5 million people in this country with a learning disability do not have the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. That is untrue and I...


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