Results 1–20 of 148 for speaker:Lord Dormand of Easington

Student Loans (19 Nov 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: What public financial assistance is available to students applying for admission to university.

Student Loans (19 Nov 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, I appreciate the Government's attempts in this difficult matter, but does my noble friend agree that having to borrow money from the state to undertake a degree course, which is the present situation, is a considerable deterrent to poorer families? That is one of the most important aspects. Have the Government given any thought to changing the system? Are they giving full...

Higher Education: Tuition Fees (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords—

Higher Education: Tuition Fees (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, despite what the Minister says and despite what the Government say and do, does the noble Baroness agree that in the present circumstances there are literally hundreds of young people who are capable of taking a university degree who will simply not be able to afford to go to university? Unless there is a fundamental change, a very serious situation will arise affecting young people...

Secondary Schools: Selection (29 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they intend to take to change selective secondary schools to comprehensive schools.

Secondary Schools: Selection (29 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. After so many years of exposing the inadequacy of the 11-plus examination, why do we still permit some local education authorities to continue with it? At least two LEAs still do so. I say this to my noble friend in particular given that Labour governments have made the abolition of this examination their clearly stated objective. If the...

Secondary Schools: Selection (29 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, will my noble friend now answer my specific question—who is responsible for the failures? He will readily accept that, where there is a selective system, for every child who passes the 11-plus there will be at least five or six who do not. Who is responsible for the failures, the LEAs or the Government?

Schools in Disadvantaged Areas (15 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, does my noble friend not agree that the biggest single factor which would improve conditions in disadvantaged areas is much smaller class sizes? To do that there would need to be more teachers. Can he confirm, as was reported in the Guardian today, that there are thousands fewer teachers now than a year or two ago? As regards the main Question, surely the Government should make...

Religious Education in Schools (9 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: How their decision to set up a faith communities liaison group will affect the teaching of religious education in schools.

Religious Education in Schools (9 Oct 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, have the Government changed, or do they have it mind to change, the financing of church schools? I am not clear from what my noble friend said whether that aspect will be considered. Can the Minister confirm that the capital costs for a new school or the expansion of an existing church school would allow LEAs or schools to apply for a fixed-rate incentive of #400,000, payable on...

Directors' Remuneration (9 Sep 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce legislation to deal with excessive payments to company chairmen and executives.

Directors' Remuneration (9 Sep 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, I assume from what my noble friend says that there will be legislation on the matter. If there is, will he do all he can to expedite the introduction of the legislation? Would he agree that the Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations to which he referred in some detail, and which were introduced over a year ago, have had little or no effect on the excessive payments being made?...

Directors' Remuneration (10 Jul 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made with their proposals to deal with excessive awards to company chairmen and directors.

Directors' Remuneration (10 Jul 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. Is he aware that in recent months there has been a noticeable increase in the number and type of payments and perks in this field? My noble friend mentioned consultation. If I am correct, we have now been consulting for at least two, possibly three years. Can he say, or hazard a guess on, when the Government might come to a decision? Will that...

Specialist Schools (1 Jul 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the progress being made by specialist schools is satisfactory.

Specialist Schools (1 Jul 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, given the massive and continuing growth in the number of specialist schools, can my noble friend tell me how many schools wishing to become specialist schools have been unable to do so because of the shortage of certain specialist teachers? Can my noble friend also confirm that the specialist schools receive much more in the way of grants than do non-specialist schools? In those...

Specialist Schools (1 Jul 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, can my noble friend comment on the view of the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills that the expansion of specialist schools is taking place without any evidence to show that they are successful?

Unemployment (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present unemployment rate for (a) England, (b) the southern region and (c) the northern region.

Unemployment (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: My Lords, as my noble friend says, I am aware there are not specific southern and northern regions but she has given figures for those areas. Can she confirm that the figure for the northern region that she has just given is the highest of any region in the country and that that region has had the highest unemployment ever since figures were kept? Despite all that the Government have done for...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Death Certification and Coroner Services (4 Jun 2003)

Lord Dormand of Easington: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish a report of the fundamental review of death certification and coroner services.


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