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NHS: Hospitals — Question (8 Sep 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the Minister agree that there are dangers in sweeping statements on how NHS hospitals perform and that they perform badly, because that is not the case? In many instances, not just in my own hospital-Barnet and Chase Farm-the improvement in hospital services over the past years has been incredible. Does he also agree that there are already strong and widespread relationships with the...

Sellafield — Question (7 Sep 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Will the noble Baroness and the Government do all that they can to encourage the creation of new jobs in these areas, as my noble friend has suggested in her Question? Will she also confirm that the number of apprentices already at Sellafield is the way forward in creating those new jobs and building a future for that area?

Localism Bill — Report (1st Day) (5 Sep 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, will the noble Lord read again what the amendment of my noble friend Lord Whitty calls for? I, too, had not intended to speak, but need to react to what he has just said. Subsection (2) states: "All local housing authorities must draw up an analysis of housing supply and demand"- that is to say, need- "in their areas and the neighbouring areas as far as is relevant". Therefore,...

Schools: Funding Reform — Statement: 7 52 pm (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I want to highlight a couple of things in the Statement, but first I must say that I think it was quite a mean-spirited Statement in its very negative description of the approaches taken by the previous Government. Even in the paragraph on academies, there is no recognition of the success of the academies programme, which started under the previous Government and has carried on...

Dyslexia — Question (18 Jul 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I support the noble Lord, Lord Addington, in the plea that he has just made. As somebody who is involved in apprenticeships at many levels, this has been an issue for me as well. The sector skills councils have been looking at how they will overcome this and I think that some of them have been giving advice to government on it. The parallel which the noble Lord, Lord Addington, mentioned is...

Southern Cross — Statement (16 Jun 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I am sure that the noble Earl will be assured that my noble friend did not imply or say what the noble Earl thought he said. It is really important for us to focus on the business side of this issue and the economics of how it is run. The noble Earl is absolutely right to say that there is no complaint at all-in fact, all the carers of residents in those homes are distressed because they may...

Contracting Out (Local Authorities Social Services Functions) (England) Order 2011: Motion to Approve (13 Jun 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I wish to pursue a matter that has already been discussed and emphasise a couple of concerns that have been raised, which I share. My noble friend referred to the treatment offered by a private consortium being threatened by the financial situation, as has just occurred. If we allow the contracting out to occur-I do not disagree with that-how can we ensure that that does not happen...

Winterbourne View — Private Notice Question (8 Jun 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I agree with the Minister about the response around the Care Quality Commission. When such a result as this comes out, the undermining is quite damaging right across the whole spectrum of its work. In hospital trusts and everywhere else, the CQC's inspection and report are held in great esteem if they are good and are very worrying if they are not. I wonder whether that is denigrated by this...

Education: Vocational Subjects — Statement (12 May 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I, too, welcome the report, and may be keener on it than others. I chaired a seminar yesterday in this House with 25 employers, including British Airways and some other big employers, but also some small ones. We started off by talking about schools and what happens in the curriculum. Every one of those employers had the same concern which we have all heard over and again about the lack of...

Postal Services Bill: Report (1st Day) (4 May 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I shall speak to my Amendment 11 in the group. Like other amendments, it requires the Secretary of State to lay a report before Parliament detailing his decision to dispose of shares in a Royal Mail company. This must be done within a reasonable and practicable time, as we have discussed. My amendment seeks to strengthen the reporting requirements of Clause 2 and to make sure that...

Manufacturing: Economic Policy — Question (4 May 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, we have heard from employers about the importance of apprenticeships and the way in which they are encouraged in economic policy. The Minister referred to the skills which come from apprenticeships. Does she agree that apprenticeships are very important?

NHS: Waiting Times — Question (3 May 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, will the Minister reflect on the discussion that he and I have had in the past around how important waiting times are to patients? Despite the new six-week "more quality" input into how the analysis is done and the processes to which my noble friend Lady Finlay has just referred, there is still an issue when people leave hospital. They say they waited longer. We need to rethink what...

NHS: Consultation on Reform — Question (26 Apr 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the noble Earl agree that the pause and the mechanics that he has talked about have to be dealt with-there are lots of issues around that-but that the pause or gap is causing great concern to people working in the health service? Pause is an incidental word as regards the feelings of people who are going through this process and are caring for patients but are not sure what...

NHS: Joint Replacement Procedures — Question (5 Apr 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Is the noble Baroness aware that there are still choices in hospitals and that orthopaedic surgeons can use whichever joints they want to? She makes the point about using the best and that is something on which they have discretion. However, there is always a question about what is the best: some people use different prostheses and find that they work well, but some people have to return for...

Further Education: 16 to 19 Year-olds — Question (30 Mar 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the Minister agree that, in addition to the issues that have been raised by the noble Lord, Lord Willis, one of the key issues is having teachers who understand what trades and skills are required for apprenticeships? Most employers who are very keen on apprenticeships have this dilemma, as teachers do not understand and do not take young people through this route. We have a lot of...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (16 Mar 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I, too, support the amendment. In my experience, where employees have a stake in the business-such as being shareholders-the greater the influence they have in that business, the bigger the responsibility they take. It is a win-win situation. The presence of employees on the board means that they react differently. The evidence from when that has happened where I have been involved as a trade...

NHS: Hospital Patient Maltreatment — Question (16 Mar 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does my noble friend agree that what the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, said is very worrying? The Minister said that the Care Quality Commission is making unannounced visits to hospitals. My own hospital had two visits-one to Chase Farm and one to Barnet-just last week. Fortunately, they each received a very good report. That is the only way to ensure that there are no opportunities to hide...

Apprenticeships: Network Rail — Question (3 Mar 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the noble Baroness recognise the importance of apprenticeships across big organisations, as the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, has said-not only Network Rail-and where the Government's funding is focused. Will she ensure that the quality of those apprenticeships is maintained and not in any way diluted to ensure that the speed of getting people through does not in any way denigrate...

Health: Cancer — Question (2 Mar 2011)

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Tourism — Question (2 Mar 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the Minister agree that the skills that are required in this industry are well catered for in the sector skills councils, in particular by People 1st, of which she has knowledge? Will she encourage government to ensure that apprenticeships are also made available within that industry?

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