Results 1–20 of 81 for speaker:Lord Bichard

Post Office Horizon: Compensation and Legislation - Statement (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, the Minister said that this is unprecedented, which of course it is in many respects. However, we are seeing a number of examples at the moment of the state finding it very difficult to deal with its failures, so I wonder whether we can be reassured that some lessons are being learned. In May of this year, we will see the publication of the infected blood inquiry’s report, which...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 133A (26 Feb 2024)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I too speak in support of Amendment 134. I have to apologise, for I am afraid I was unable to attend Second Reading. I speak on this amendment as someone who has spent a good deal of time in the last couple of years chairing one of the expert advisory groups for the infected blood inquiry, looking at public health and administration. As a result, like some other Members of this...

Education: 11 to 16 Year-olds - Question ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Bichard: Is the Minister not especially concerned—maybe even embarrassed—that in 2023, some 35.2% pupils in state schools left without a grade 4 or above in English and maths? Has not the time come, as the Select Committee suggests—and what an excellent report that is—to look to again at whether those subjects as currently defined are the route to ensuring that children leave school with...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Dec 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I begin by welcoming, with others, the noble Lord, Lord Stevens, and congratulate him on his maiden speech. To use an analogy that I think he will understand, in my experience maiden speeches are like kidney stones: they are much better when you pass by them. I too welcome the emphasis that the Bill belatedly places on collaboration, integration and partnerships, which is something...

Child Safeguarding - Statement ( 6 Dec 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I associate myself with comments from other noble Lords about the tone of today’s Statement, which I think is a major step forward. However, will the Minister ask the two reviews if they will specifically look at the issue of sharing information and data? I ask that for two reasons. First, those of us who have been involved in these sorts of cases—I am afraid over decades—too...

Social Care in England - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I am proud to count myself as one of the usual suspects that the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, referred to earlier. In that capacity, I congratulate her on winning this debate and on a quite brilliant opening speech. As we all know, social care has been in need of urgent reform for a decade or more. When history is written, I think it will be one of the greatest failings of...

Covid-19 (Public Services Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, as a member of the committee I welcome this debate, partly because it gives me an opportunity to warmly thank both the noble Baroness for the way in which she has chaired the committee and the staff for the quite exceptional way in which they have supported us. Some of us have spent many happy hours down the years talking to empty rooms about the need to reform government, not...

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I know that we are all grateful to the noble Baroness for this debate and for her outstanding speech. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of our society and of our economy will be defined by the way in which we educate, support and safeguard this generation of children. Nothing matters more, and nothing is more deserving of public investment, if we are to build back...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Jun 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I welcome the Bill because it acknowledges the importance of skills and vocational learning to the economy, productivity and, let us not forget, the capacity of people to fulfil their personal potential. I hope it will be a significant step towards reversing the huge decline in adult learning we have experienced in recent years which, as some of us believe, is overdue. But whether...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lebedev, and the noble Baroness, Lady Blake, on their maiden speeches and bid farewell to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth, whose contributions I have always enjoyed. He will understand that, as a Southampton man, I am not easily persuaded that anything good can come out of Portsmouth but, today, I will happily make an...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Bichard: Even worse, it suggests that the Government think we have to decide between the arts and science in the way we allocate our resources.

Post Office: Prosecution Powers - Question ( 4 Feb 2020)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, a large corporate organisation such as the Post Office can always point to the fact that it has changed its ways and things will be better in future. Some of these people have lost their lives; £12 million compensation does not seem enough. In fact, no financial compensation would seem enough. Is the Minister satisfied that these people are getting due recompense?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) ( 9 Jan 2020)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, it is a new year with a new Government and there is new energy with new ideas and new policies, and even, we are told, some money. There is a sense of anticipation and, in the words of the Prime Minister, the dawning of a new golden age. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot could go wrong because, on past evidence, Governments in this country have found it very difficult to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I was delighted to see that the gracious Speech included a commitment to publish a White Paper, “to enable decisions that affect local people to be made at a local level”, and to unleash regional potential. The word on the street is that we can expect to see that White Paper before Christmas. If we do, it will not be before time, because our current system of governance is close...

Offender Management and Treatment - Motion to Take Note ( 3 Oct 2019)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, we are all indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, for initiating the debate and for his powerful opening contribution. In a recent article in the New Statesman, Rory Stewart, recently a Minister with responsibility for prisons, said that we should rediscover a sense of anger and shame at the state of our prisons, which should, in turn, be the spur to action and reform. He was...

Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Jul 2019)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett—which is just as well because I have spent quite a lot of time doing just that. There is a danger that we in the wider world and the educational establishment in particular will spend so much time debating the detailed recommendations in this review, not least the fees issue, that we miss the opportunity to promulgate...

Children and Young People: Digital Technology - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I too thank my noble and formidable friend Lady Kidron for securing the debate but also for keeping people aware of the issues we have been talking about today. Everyone who has spoken today has pointed out that digital technology and the web are not risk-free, especially for young people, and we have a responsibility to safeguard our children and to bring some order to what the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, many Peers here and many Members in the other place have referred to this as a technical Bill. In its current state, it is anything but a technical Bill, because it has serious implications for our constitution and for our system of democracy. We should recognise this. Since the referendum, we have heard a great deal of the need to respect the democratic mandate which the result...

Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society (Charities Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I refer to my interests as set out in the register. It was a privilege to serve as a member of this Select Committee under the redoubtable chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, who, as your Lordships have heard, has now been installed as the president of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She is therefore formally confirmed as queen of the sector—but...

Work: Lifelong Learning - Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Watson, for securing this debate, partly because it turned out to be so timely and partly because lifelong learning is something that I have been passionate about for more than 20 years, ever since I was Permanent Secretary of the then merged Department for Education and Employment. In many ways, lifelong learning was the very raison...


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