Results 161–180 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

Jobseeker's Allowance (Work for your Benefit Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (30 Mar 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for bringing forward these regulations. I should like to add a little more optimism to the debates. I recognise that there are many complexities in the jobseeker's allowance Work for your Benefit pilot scheme, but does my noble friend accept that, in working with DWP, as many of the sector skills councils are, there are opportunities for private...

Education: Teaching Excellence — Debate (4 Mar 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Shephard, on securing this debate. The issue surely goes to the heart of education and learning. Before I offer you my insight into how important it is, perhaps it is worth reflecting for a few moments on how we might define the concept of excellence in teaching. What makes an excellent teacher, whether they are in school, college or...

Economy: Enterprise and Innovation — Debate (4 Feb 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Sanderson, for initiating this interesting debate. It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate, during which many contributions will surely provide food for thought as the UK comes out of its current economic difficulties. It is time for Britain to look not only at the inventions and research which get major headlines across the world-as...

Unemployment — Question (26 Jan 2010)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the investment in skills that this Government have made over the past two or three years has made a big difference to the unemployment figures, and has most definitely made a difference when comparing redundancy figures and the number of people being placed in other jobs?

House of Lords: Titles — Question (14 Dec 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords-

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (26 Nov 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am delighted to participate in this wide-ranging debate. I intend to focus my contribution on the health element of the debate. I declare an interest as chair of an acute trust, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, which delivers healthcare to people across north London. I do not recognise the health service mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Freud, in relation to an 18-week...

Skills for Growth — Statement (11 Nov 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I join many other noble Lords in welcoming the Statement. I follow the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, on sector skills councils. However, I share my noble friend's disappointment at the broad-brush response from the Conservative Benches. That does not do justice to noble Lords who sit on those Benches and who made many important contributions on the apprenticeships Bill....

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, my experience of working with sector skills councils and employers directly is that when an individual comes out of an apprenticeship and stands before an employer, that employer not only looks for accredited qualifications but wants to ask, "Actually, Margaret, where can I put you now so that you can do this work?". That is the whole point of the pattern of apprenticeships and 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...

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: 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...

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 (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...

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: 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: 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: 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 (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 (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...


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