Results 161–180 of 2791 for speaker:Lord Filkin

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I would genuinely welcome a proper and full debate on special education needs at some stage in the Chamber, mainly because it is one of my day job responsibilities, which I am pleased to have, but also because that would be more appropriate than having it on a passing Education Bill which is essentially about the inspection system. I shall have difficulty in being brief, given the...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I beg to move that further consideration on Report be now adjourned. In moving the Motion I suggest that the Report stage begin again not before 2.45 p.m.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, these are important issues, which were touched on earlier in our proceedings. I am glad to have the opportunity to set out the Government's position. As the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, will not be surprised to hear, we would not in principle or practice want to adjust policy in a way that would lead to the very tight convergence of practice and procedure between academies and...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I have not as yet succeeded in my endeavour to persuade the opposition parties to clear their amendments with me before tabling them.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for speaking clearly to what is, in a sense, behind the amendments. I will not simply respond to the amendments—they are more of a peg, to probe whether there will be adequate continuous professional development in the future. The noble Baroness is right that it is an important issue. The Government have to be concerned about CPD, as it is a critical...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am glad there is unanimity. We always do what the opposition parties tell us to do when we think it makes sense. We have put the word in a different place only because parliamentary counsel thinks that that makes even more sense.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: moved Amendment No. 92: Page 41, line 23, after "moral," insert "behavioural," On Question, amendment agreed to.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am glad to say that I substantially agree, and that we will bring forward an amendment at Third Reading that will add the desirability of securing that the school workforce is fitted and trained to contribute to children's well-being—within the meaning given to the word by Section 10 of the Children Act—in those things that the agency is obliged to do. I am doubly delighted...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: moved Amendments Nos. 97 to 102: Page 120, line 27, leave out from "State" to end of line. Page 120, line 31, leave out from second "the" to "may" in line 32 and insert "Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as the Minister may direct, such sums as the Minister" Page 120, line 37, leave out "Treasury" and insert "Minister for the Civil Service" Page 122, line 14, leave out from...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I can support the objective behind the amendment but I hope to persuade the noble Lord, Lord Hanningfield, that it is not literally needed. As the noble Lord will recollect from Second Reading, behind this Bill lies the new relationship with schools. A central part of this new relationship is a recognition that schools need the freedom and space to get on with their core job. Part...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, has made some interesting suggestions. I shall not reply to them fully, but we will reflect on them in the department.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I shall read Hansard with interest to see exactly what are the arguments being put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, on behalf of the LGA. A little like the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, at an earlier stage, I would raise half an eyebrow at some of the assertions that it makes. Methinks there is a danger of protesting too much on some of these issues. It is certainly not...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I am not certain that it is clear how much the amendment was focused on our previous debates about activity-led models for constructing funding formulae proposed by the NUT and how funding streams are handled. Let me just put some points on record. In Committee, we considered an amendment that would have required school funding regulations to specify that factors relating to the...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, in Committee we had a debate about the importance of the utility of targets, and I believe there was broad acceptance, although I have heard what the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, has said about the wider context of the targets following the Children Act measures. We talked about the ability of the local authority to carry out its job of providing a challenge function to schools in...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, the noble Lord is right. I have been chided by him at earlier stages to keep my responses crisp, but he is absolutely right. Intelligent conversation cannot just be about the average of the total of what is happening in a good authority such as Essex. There also needs to be a dialogue about where the ambition of schools needs to be raised across the piece on particular...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I shall respond to Amendment No. 111, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Hanningfield, as well as to Amendment No. 110, so that we can have a more collective discussion. The short answer to the examination question posed by the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, in her amendment—I sought to make this point when debating with the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, the other day—is that it is...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I gave the rodomontade that I did at the beginning because I was describing that we are in the middle of a policy process in which we are considering by what processes we stimulate the system to go further—much further—into the future. That is what I was saying in the Lord Northbourne debate. I am beginning my candour in opening up to the House. It is always a mistake.

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I was seeking to say that we are not minded to change the removal of the annual meeting. According to evidence we have seen, that is a superfluous obligation and we should remove superfluous obligations. I was trying to treat the House seriously in indicating that and was not making a debating point by saying "No, we won't do that". I was signalling that there is some pretty serious...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for giving way. The reason that I am not now leaping at that with both hands is because I clearly signalled that we are in the middle of a policy process. We have not concluded that process. Also, while I see its almost cosmetic attraction, that amendment would be difficult to enforce or police. It is difficult to know exactly what it would...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Filkin: My Lords, I thought they were like immigration and asylum Acts; we are guaranteed one every year.


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