Results 1–20 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (16 Jul 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I hope that I can be as romantic and imaginative as the noble Lord has suggested in making my maiden speech. I would first like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their kindness and support since I entered this House four weeks ago. I also express my gratitude to the staff, who have been professional to the extreme. They are efficient and are kindness itself to a new...

Iraq: Elections (13 Oct 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, would my noble friend the Minister agree with me that, although the trade union movement in Iraq is still very much in its infancy, it is being supported by the TUC and by UK unions and has a tremendous role in delivering democracy during the elections and supporting the activity of our troops?

Education: 14-19 Reform (18 Oct 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the Tomlinson report reinforces the Government's agenda on building skills that is already in place? In fact, as has already been suggested, the critical comment from the CBI this morning was that the priority for employers is building on basic skills. We are already trying to work together with business to do that, which is reinforced by Tomlinson. I...

Pensions Bill (4 Nov 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, perhaps I may contribute to the debate as someone who has come late into the House and not been party to the whole discussion, and as someone who has negotiated on pensions for many years as a trade union official, including with Norwich Union, ICI and other organisations. They would be concerned about implementing the amendment. Clause 236(1) states: "Regulations may require...

Pensions Bill (4 Nov 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, may I share—

Pensions Bill (4 Nov 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, before my noble friend sits down, may I elaborate on the experience that I have already shared with your Lordships?

Pensions Bill (4 Nov 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that experience in industry is such, as the noble Lord said, that the management of the board of trustees wants employee representatives to be trained and to understand what they have to do? In a way, the proposal formalises what already happens. For example, a trade union pension expert may, by invitation from the management, advise members on issues. The...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (30 Nov 2004)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, am delighted to address the House in this debate and, in particular, to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, who was so kind to me when I made my maiden speech and made delightful comments about my performance. However, I disagree with her view that the terror you feel in speaking in this House applies only to your maiden speech. I can assure your Lordships that in...

Network Rail and Train Operating Companies (21 Feb 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, would my noble friend like to hear a different story? In the past two months I travelled to Manchester from London Euston and last week I went to Liverpool from London Euston. On both occasions, I booked on the Internet, reserved a ticket and paid less for a first-class ticket than I would have paid for what used to be called second class.

Cancer Treatment (9 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that within statistics there are also individual experiences? I wish to share one with my noble friend and seek his view about the sad news in my family that my brother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer on 10 February and yesterday received radiotherapy treatment for the first time. That is a good news story and I hope that the treatment will be...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the noble Lord appreciate the opening statement of my noble and learned friend the Lord Chancellor, when he described the whole of this process as about protecting the people of our nation? Like many of us in the Chamber, I have sat through three days of debate. I intervene early today on the basis that I am not a lawyer and will not make legal points, but I am someone who is...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that noble Lords opposite who have any involvement in business will know that in a partnership relationship in any business wherever we have an agreement we have a review clause. We do not renegotiate the whole of the agreement but we look at the consequences of the agreement into which we have entered and we review the effects. I find it bewildering. I am talking to...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I appreciate the opportunity to speak in this important debate this evening. I wrote the words "this afternoon" in my notes, but this has been a very long and interesting debate. This is an issue that already touches every aspect of our lives. The maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Ballyedmond, was absolutely tremendous. I made my maiden speech not very long ago but the...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for those comments. I noticed that she removed her identity badge when she entered the Chamber. I now know that I ought not to wear mine regularly in the Chamber. I was going on to say that all the staff who look after us, the police who protect us, our researchers who facilitate these speeches, and our families who visit us here regularly, not only have...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Scientists and Engineers (24 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the 2004 science and innovation public service agreement target, what have been the total numbers of scientists and engineers employed in government departments and public sector research establishments, including post-doctoral and other training contracts, in each of the past 10 years; how many of these employees were recruited in each of the past...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Scientists and Engineers (24 Mar 2005)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the 2004 science and innovation public service agreement target, what information is held across government on their scientific and engineering skill base; and what assessment has been made of the science and engineering skills needed to enhance Her Majesty's Government's contribution to the science and innovation investment framework.

Skills Base (28 Jun 2007)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am delighted to contribute to today's debate and to join colleagues and noble Lords who have congratulated the noble Lord, Lord Leitch. He suggested that, although the report took him two years to produce, it felt like 10. For those of us who were waiting for it and its implementation, it felt like much longer than that. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments of the noble...

Economy: Manufacturing (31 Mar 2008)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, when looking at and assessing the state of British industry, will my noble friend take into account the figures of the SBAC, the Society of British Aerospace Companies, which show a 20 per cent increase in productivity and growth this year, due to the Government's initiatives on skills and investment in those companies—British Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and others?

NHS: Hospital Feeding (15 May 2008)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, on giving the House the opportunity to discuss this important issue, which has such an effect on the quality of care for patients in our hospitals. I declare an interest as chair of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust. It is a two-district general hospital trust, so the position is quite challenging. I was delighted that the noble...

Health and Social Care Bill (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I support the comments of my noble friend Lord Harris and the noble Baroness, Lady Howarth, in particular around the argument that there is never a good time for change. They both spoke about the changes that they have been involved in, and I too could relate the events involved in several changes. My noble friend Lord Harris gave us a good flavour of the effect of such changes....


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