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

Economy: Automotive Industry — Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Harrison for presenting us with this timely and very important debate. I declare an interest in that I work with the Sector Skills Council, about which I shall speak. The automotive sector in the UK makes a significant contribution to the economy. With an annual turnover of around £50 billion, the sector directly employs 158,000 employees on...

Health Bill [HL]: Second Reading (4 Feb 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I must admit that I was tempted to set aside my speech after listening to the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, and get into a dialogue with her about what, from my experience as chair of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, I think really happens out there. However, I have prepared for this debate and worked very hard with people inside my own trust to make sure that I get the...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am delighted to be taking part in this debate, which was introduced by the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross. It is always a pleasure to speak in a debate that she is involved in, but following her opening speech is a little nerve-wracking. I thank her for giving us this opportunity to debate this important issue. It is one that is very close to the Government's heart and one to...

NHS: Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust — Statement (18 Mar 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, as somebody who has been chair of two district general hospital trusts, I join in with the shame that has been expressed today. It is a shame which undermines and devalues all the good stuff that is going on in the health service. I have read the horrendous report and it is frightening and sickening, which is the word used by my noble friend on the Benches opposite. I plead, as did...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Second Reading (2 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, am delighted to participate in this debate, and I share the remarks that my noble friend made earlier in congratulating the Minister on her opening comments. The Minister has all my sympathy in trying to wind up the debate and address the many contributions made and the excitement and challenges expressed. I am particularly concerned to be involved in this debate because it...

Science, Technology and Engineering — Debate (4 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to take part in this debate and, like others, I thank my noble friend Lord Haskel for creating this opportunity. Before I move on to my contribution, I should say how impressed I was by the interesting speech made by the noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield, whom I had not previously heard. Her commitment was evident in the enthusiasm with which she spoke. I...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (16 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: As somebody who is very heavily involved in the sector skills councils, I support the final statement made by my noble friend; there are differences across the four nations in NVQs and other elements that sector skills councils deal with. I will make the arguments when moving my own amendment, but as regards a passport for employment, the certificate should be able to be read right across all...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (16 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I shall speak to Amendment 11 in my name. Before doing so, I congratulate all noble Lords who have so far contributed to this important debate. The quality of contributions, as ever from this Chamber, has been of a high calibre. It was fascinating for me as someone who spent many years working in the chemical industry, where apprenticeships were the norm, to listen to the debate around...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, and emphasise the comment made by the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley. The Government have assured us that sector skills councils will play an essential role in all of this. But that is hard for people to understand. I am not saying that people will not believe it, but the Bill does not appear to reflect the tremendous role that the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Perhaps I may assist my noble friend in some of his questions, although I obviously do not want in any way to circumvent what the Minister will be saying. I simply want to clarify matters, speaking as someone who is heavily involved in sector skills councils. These councils go across all four nations and will have the same role in Wales as they do in England. I shall not comment on the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Almost all sector skills councils have a presence in Wales, and that is certainly the case with the main sector skills councils that deal with apprenticeships. They have an office in Wales and an executive member of the sector skills council is present in Wales, and their relationship with the Welsh Assembly is extremely good. If anyone is worried, they should not be, because I am sure that...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Perhaps my noble friend the Minister will bear in mind our earlier comments on the sector skills councils to which he replied that he would take them into account but not let them alter the Bill. I think that we will be having this debate throughout our consideration of the Bill. He recognises the appropriateness of the councils and their status as defined by government, and it is crucial to...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Layard on the rigour with which he wants apprenticeships to be specifically defined, but I question the wisdom of two areas of his Amendment 59. Subsection (2) of the proposed new clause suggests that the, "framework must normally specify two separate qualifications". At the end of their training, apprentices are very proud of the qualifications that...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (24 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I shall speak to Amendment 68 in my name. The Government continually refer in their statutory guidance to impartial careers education as the solution to the current lack of impartiality in schools and the information that they receive. Many noble Lords have already spoken about this today, but the strength of argument needs to be reinforced. Under the Education and Skills Act 2008, schools...

NHS — Debate (25 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Walton, for the opportunity to take part in this very important and wide-ranging debate. Like other noble Lords, I pay tribute to his career, which, when you listen to it being described, is astounding. I declare an interest as chair of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, which delivers healthcare across north London. I think that I am...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I agree totally with the noble Baroness. This amendment deals with a situation where the ideal arrangements are not in place, but I worry because a lot of the work being done to ensure that employers engage with apprenticeships takes place through union learning reps, whom I know the party opposite also favours. They should be part of the ongoing arrangements or audit of the report. In the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I, too, have some sympathy with a number of the amendments raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp. However, I have an issue with Amendments 87 and 88. Most organisations have a very clear understanding of whether their performance is being detrimentally affected. Having "significant" in the amendment raises the dilemma of what this means and how it would be measured. It is usually how the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (29 Jun 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Perhaps I may suggest that Amendment 89 probably relates to new subsection (2), at the bottom of page 20, which talks about failing, "to complete the agreed study or training". Amendment 89 seeks to describe what that means whereas Amendment 90 refers to paragraph (c). I think that the Bill is strong enough. If a trainee—it does not matter whether he or she is in an apprenticeship—fails...

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...


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