Results 141–160 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am aware of the noble Lord's commitment to the debate involving the young people, which was absolutely wonderful. However, does he agree with me that the debate we are now having will be very important to the primary school children who have been observing it and are about to leave the Chamber?

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: We have talked a lot over the last 15 hours about the supremacy of the other House. How will that be maintained when we have people in this House who are elected, and who will say, very vociferously, that they have the same rights as the people down the corridor?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I have listened very carefully to my noble friend. There was a lot of history that I found very interesting. What struck me most was the issue of localism. I find very confusing the position of the Government. They say that they are all about the big society and that people will decide locally what schools they would like and how their hospitals are run. Local issues are presented by the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I have sat, like many other people, for many hours and have only just decided to contribute. There are several reasons that have been given by noble Lords on this side of the House why this is absolutely unacceptable. For me the most moving and convincing argument was that of my noble friend Lord Boateng, who talked about the role we play when we are asked to go out to Governments who are...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Would my noble friend describe for us what he means by an "independent commission"? I cannot understand why the Government would resent that and be opposed to it. My noble friend is suggesting that they would establish it and it would be independent. Can he give us some reason why he thinks that they may not want it?

NHS: Prebiotics — Question (17 Nov 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, is the noble Earl aware that there are more trials on probiotics than on the prebiotics mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Masham? Although there are no Department of Health trials that I am aware of, was the Minister suggesting in his earlier response that he is seeking the opportunity for such trials to take place?

Healthcare: Costs — Question (15 Nov 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the noble Earl agree that that is an opportunity for us to look at saving costs in the health service by ensuring that we think of methods to persuade people to attend their day clinics? The cost of people not attending-DNA, as it is called in the health service-is huge, particularly in day surgery.

Health: Cancer — Debate (11 Nov 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, for giving us the opportunity to debate this important subject. It is a subject which, in one way or another, touches the life of every member of our society. My husband was diagnosed four years ago with an aggressive, inoperable tumour on his tonsils but manages to have quite a good life and is looked after very well within the...

Healthcare — Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, for giving us the opportunity to debate this subject. The contributors to the debate will know just how important it is to everybody. I declare an interest as the chair of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, an acute trust delivering general and highly specialised healthcare to a large area of north London. The policies of any...

Education: Lifelong Learning — Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for this absolutely superb opportunity to participate in this important debate. I think that it reflects all her views and her understanding of the issue. The benefits of adult learning are researched and well known. Perhaps the best summary is provided by the respected Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning. Its synthesis...

Apprenticeships — Debate (14 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate this afternoon. I anticipated that it would be very interesting, but even I have been surprised by the things that I have learnt. I thank the Minister for her suggestion that she has learnt something today. I always take the view that if you participate in something but do not learn something, what was it all about? That applies to me...

Apprenticeships — Debate (14 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I am verbally making the application, and I will make sure that I follow it up in writing. Again, I thank everybody who has spoken; it has been a tremendous debate, with lots of good suggestions. To refer to a comment by my noble friend Lord Young in response to the suggestion of the apprentices' day, he was being a bit humble, because he has supported me on a request on several occasions to...

Apprenticeships — Debate (14 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am delighted to have the opportunity to open this important debate on apprenticeships. What, at heart, is an apprenticeship for? It is meant to take an individual to an entirely new level of skills and competence through a coherent programme of study and practice. It should provide a company with a skilled employee who has demonstrably developed their abilities. Indeed, businesses...

Charitable Sector — Motion to Take Note (5 Oct 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I do not know how we can carry on with the superlatives in response to today's maiden speeches. As the noble Lord who has now left his seat said, we have a number of maiden speakers today, and among them is a superb woman, the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler. I have known Margaret for a number of years. Our backgrounds are similar in terms of trade unions and the work that we have done...

Health: Prostate Cancer — Question (19 Jul 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords-

Health: Prostate Cancer — Question (19 Jul 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that the recording and quality standards around prostate cancer ought to be considered by the Care Quality Commission? Does he also agree that it is a shame that the CQC has decided not to report at the end of this year on the state of the hospitals that it has been working with across the piece? My own hospital, Barnet and Chase Farm, is predicted to be...

NHS: White Paper — Statement (12 Jul 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords-

NHS: Patient Targets — Question (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the noble Earl agree that it would be appropriate for hospitals such as Barnet and Chase Farm to carry on with our internal stretch targets, which we do not declare anywhere, but which ensure that our patients are aware that it is a good hospital to go to? They are not arbitrary-trust me, they are not; they are real-and they make a big difference.

NHS: Budget — Question (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, will the noble Earl assure the House that in looking for economies in the health service-I am sure that there are opportunities to do that-he will safeguard the vanguard policy of the last Government, which is fortunately retained by this Government, to ensure that patients' experience comes first and foremost? Would he also perhaps take an idea from me to look at how we deal with...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (continued) (3 Jun 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, through a very croaky voice-my voice box has just given up, forgive me-and after more than 30 previous speakers, I, too, welcome the noble Lord, Lord Hill, and congratulate him on his maiden speech. However, I particularly want to focus on the noble Earl, Lord Howe, and say how delighted I am that he has received the reward we all hoped he would receive by becoming a Minister on the...


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