Results 1–20 of 48 for speaker:Baroness Platt of Writtle

Employment: Graduate Women ( 8 Jul 2008)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, is the Minister aware of our Science and Technology Committee's report on science teaching in schools? I speak as patron of Women into Science and Engineering. One of the big problems is that most careers advisers are humanities based and are therefore not giving young girls particularly good advice on the excitement and rewarding nature of careers in science and engineering. That...

Construction Industry: Capacity and Skills (11 Mar 2008)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, I declare an interest as an honorary fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also as the patron of the WISE campaign. The Minister mentioned the UK Resource Centre for Women but I hope that he will also back the WISE campaign. More than anything, we need more scientists and engineers as careers advisers. Does the Minister agree?

Families, Community Cohesion and Social Action (28 Feb 2008)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, I, too, am very grateful to my noble friend Lady Gardner of Parkes for initiating this debate. Its aim is crucial to the future of our country and I am very struck by the sense of agreement on all sides of the House. For generations, all over the world, the family has always been the basic unit of a stable society. Having enjoyed a happy marriage and the loving support of my...

Schools: Science Teaching ( 3 May 2007)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, there can be no doubt of the importance of today's subject if Britain is to retain its economic success in today's competitive world. There are few areas of industry and commerce in which a sound and innovative knowledge of science, technology and maths is not essential. That means attracting young people into careers in those fields who have a good understanding of those subjects...

Waste Management: Recycling ( 5 Feb 2007)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, are the Government aware of how important it is to recycle aluminium cans because aluminium can be recycled infinitely? It is a more economical process than bauxite mining. Therefore, I hope that the Government are putting great emphasis on the importance of collecting and recycling aluminium.

Energy: Future Marine Energy (21 Mar 2006)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, we had a presentation in the House about a lagoon off Swansea that did not interfere with navigation. Is that going ahead?

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (20 Mar 2006)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Sir David Attenborough and several other fellows of the Royal Society have described the decision as scientifically flawed, particularly given the need for research into climate change, as has been mentioned—they deal particularly with fresh water, which a Select Committee of the House is also addressing—and bearing in mind the quality of the research...

Climate Change (10 Nov 2005)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, there is no doubt in my mind that I agree with the noble Lord, Lord May, and am grateful to him for raising this debate on climate change; that debate is vital, as so many speakers, who have greater knowledge and expertise about it than me, have said. It is up to all of us in the UK and world-wide to reduce the use of fossil fuels. First, I believe that we need to do it at home with...

A-levels and GCSEs ( 5 Jul 2005)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been grade inflation in A-levels and GCSEs in recent years.

A-levels and GCSEs ( 5 Jul 2005)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, I do not entirely share the Minister's confidence, although I thank him very much for his Answer. Do the Government have plans to encourage the development of the international baccalaureate or to enable universities more accurately to choose students by allowing optional, more challenging papers so as to reduce the number of drop-outs, which is such a tragedy for the student and a...

Renewable Energy (S&T Report) (23 Jun 2005)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, our committee was very disappointed with the Government's first response to our report. Since then, we have received a much better response from the new Minister for energy. On a number of matters, we are in agreement in principle with the Government. The threat of climate change is a real one and we need to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, which leads to greater production...

Hospital-acquired Infections (15 Jul 2004)

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Railway Franchises (11 Mar 2004)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there is disappointment in the eastern region that First Great Eastern has not been awarded the franchise for a second time after a very good track record? It is not perfect—there is no perfect railway company—but it is very good. What are the reasons for that, given that the company has a good track record?

Combined Heat and Power (23 Feb 2004)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, what arrangements are the Government making to allow for the CHP installations, which are small and will probably connect to the distribution system rather than the transmission system, sometimes to put power in and sometimes to take power out? That has not been the case in the distribution system in the past.

Vocational Courses (11 Feb 2004)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, does the noble Baroness agree that some young people who occasionally have kicked the dust of school off their heels, but who have very good practical skills, are far better off in a college of further education than either staying at school or going to university? In fact, that is much more likely to lead to a well paid job that uses those skills.

VAT: Listed Places of Worship (12 Nov 2003)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, it was very encouraging to hear what the Minister just said, and I wish them well in Brussels. Does he agree that it is better to have zero VAT if possible and not to resort to grants because that is double bureaucracy? After all, churches are used for entertainment, tourism, education and so many valuable things that they are worth a zero VAT rating.

Secondary Schools: Selection (29 Oct 2003)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, is the Minister aware that, in Essex, the 11-plus examination is voluntary and no one needs to take it if they do not want to do so? Indeed, the vast majority of children do not take it. We are very proud of our comprehensive schools as well as our selective schools.

Academic Dentistry ( 8 Oct 2003)

Baroness Platt of Writtle: My Lords, is the Minister satisfied with the standard of careers advice being given, in particular that being offered to girls, on scientific careers such as dentistry? It is known in this House that I am patron of the WISE campaign—Women into Science and Engineering—so I declare an interest. The same is true for engineers. However, very rarely do careers advisers offer advice to girls to...


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