Results 1–20 of 66 for speaker:Lord Bichard

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...

Adult Social Care in England - Private Notice Question (10 Oct 2017)

Lord Bichard: Will the Minister reassure the House that the long-delayed Green Paper will address not just resources but some of the other points that have already been raised, and maybe one or two others? For example, how do we recruit, retain and motivate a high-quality workforce? How do we provide urgent support for many small providers, which are struggling to survive, let alone improve the quality of...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I want to talk about business and skills. In doing so, I am conscious that this contribution could just as easily have been made in the education debate—indeed, given the hour, it almost was. However, I am equally conscious that the education debate will probably once again be dominated by finance, “Do schools have enough money?”, and even more by structure, “Do we have...

Social Care - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, for giving us this opportunity to discuss a desperately important issue and I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Cavendish, on a maiden speech that was well-informed, challenging and constructive. I would have expected nothing else; I know that she will be a real asset to...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Second Reading (14 Jun 2016)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and as a vice-president of the LGA. Inevitably, we have reached a stage of the debate when I shall be adding my voice to others already heard on some of these issues. Therefore, I will try to be brief. However, it is important that the Minister understands the weight of feeling that exists across the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (19 May 2016)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I will talk about social care and will share my disappointment that the gracious Speech did nothing meaningful to address the problem—some might say the crisis—that faces social care and therefore millions of some of the most disadvantaged people in this country. I declare an interest as the chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. I do not think that many people would...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, given the length of today’s manuscript amendments, I propose that the House dispense with the usual requirement to read it out in its entirety, unless any noble Lord objects.

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL]: Report (15 Dec 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, in declaring my interest as chairman of the National Audit Office Board I hope that I will not be precluded on this occasion from thanking the Minister for bringing forward the amendments to Clause 11, which I am happy to support. In large part, the amendments deal with the concerns which the NAO had with the original draft, in particular by deleting the Bank’s power of veto over...

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I want to begin, as others did, by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for giving us the opportunity to have this debate. It is not only timely; many of us probably feel that it is long overdue. I hope my new-found friend on these Benches,...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords,if I might be allowed a moment of personal explanation, I was advised earlier today by the clerks that the Addison rules of 1951, of which I have to admit I was not previously closely informed, might be argued to preclude someone who holds the position that I do of chair of the board of the National Audit Office from speaking on these issues or indeed from moving the amendment. I do...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL]: Second Reading (26 Oct 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I should declare an interest as the chair of the board of the National Audit Office and it is in that capacity that I want to address the audit proposals contained in Clauses 9 to 11. I should say at the outset that, unlike the previous speaker, I have major reservations about these proposals. Those reservations are shared by the Comptroller and Auditor-General, as has been...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Bichard: If Amendment 12 is agreed, then Amendments 13 to 16 cannot be called by reason of pre-emption. Amendment 12 Moved by Lord Nash 12: Clause 1, page 1, line 19, leave out subsections (4) to (7) Amendment 12 agreed. Amendments 13 and 14 not moved. Amendment 15 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List. Amendment 16 not moved. Amendment 17 Moved by Lord Nash 17: Clause 1, page 2, line 36,...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, I had not intended to speak in this debate but am encouraged to do so by the contribution from the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, because I agree with it. If you give my former colleagues in Whitehall and their political masters an opportunity to be more specific, they will do so by being more prescriptive and will constrain—we should avoid that. However, my former colleagues are a...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (3 Jun 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, a new Government and a first gracious Speech provide an opportunity for us to revisit some of the most intractable of our problems. My particular hope is that the Government think long and hard now about how better to reform our public services, especially those which we are debating today. Few people do not believe that reform is still needed. Successive Governments have tried, but...

Child Exploitation in Oxfordshire — Statement (3 Mar 2015)

Lord Bichard: My Lords, will the Minister reassure the House that, as a result of this further appalling tragedy, we will not just be placing the blame at the door of a local authority, local authorities or social workers but that government departments and Governments will examine their own conscience, look at their own practices and policies, and play their part in ensuring that, so far as possible,...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Bichard: In calling Amendment 13 I advise the House that, if the amendment is agreed to, I cannot call Amendment 15 for reasons of pre-emption. Amendment 13 Moved by Lord Carlile of Berriew 13: Clause 2, page 1, line 13, leave out “a registered medical practitioner” and insert “at least two registered medical practitioners, with one of whom the person has been registered for medical care for at...


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