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Results 1361–1380 of 1398 for speaker:Lord Barwell

Delegated Legislation: Clause 1 — Academy arrangements (21 Jul 2010)

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Delegated Legislation: Clause 1 — Academy arrangements (21 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman talks about a massive expansion, but surely the key point about this legislation is that it is permissive. Special schools and primary schools will become academies only if those schools themselves judge that they want to be academies. Does he not trust the judgment of those schools, their head teachers and their governing bodies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Kabul Conference (21 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: My right hon. Friend will not be surprised to hear that many of my constituents are sceptical about our prospects of success in Afghanistan. He warned both against over-optimism and over-pessimism. I appreciate the complexity of the subject, but does he think that there is the potential to provide a few simple metrics by which hon. Members and the general public can measure success in...

Business of the House: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (20 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Business of the House: Use of the Chamber (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) (20 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: After half an hour, we have come to the absolute crux of my hon. Friend's argument. He said that the work that all of us had done to get here was undermined by allowing other people to sit in this Chamber. Is he really suggesting that he, himself, and his status as an MP have been undermined by what happened last year, and that all other Members have been similarly undermined? To do him...

Equitable Life (20 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The Minister certainly has the reputation with EMAG members that he mentioned earlier, but an issue of concern is the Government's attitude to Chadwick. The Minister said that their response would be published imminently. Is there likely to be a statement before the summer recess?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The main issue before us in the Bill is whether we should have more independent state schools. I wish to consider the international evidence, the national evidence and a local example from my constituency. Internationally, the charter schools in New York have narrowed the rich-poor achievement gap by 86% in maths and 66% in English, thus addressing the point made by the hon. Member for Wigan...

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: That is a helpful clarification and answers some of the points that have been made by Labour Members suggesting a bias in favour of outstanding schools. The shadow Secretary of State tried to give the impression that the entire system of state education was being ripped up. If he really believed that, it is strange that we have not seen more Labour Members in the Chamber during this debate....

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I agree with my hon. Friend. I should like to address a couple of questions to the Minister. First, the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt), who has now left the Chamber, made some good points about the importance of academic qualifications, although they were rather at odds with the record of the Labour Government. I understand that the Government have now accepted an...

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Is the hon. Lady aware that academies receive none of the council funding for SEN administration, assessment or co-ordination?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Lady is repeating the line that the shadow Secretary of State started with, which is that the Bill is a perversion of Labour's academy policy. However, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair said on 24 October 2005: "We want every school to be able quickly and easily to become a self-governing independent...school." How is that inconsistent with the Bill?

Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

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Academies Bill [ Lords ] (19 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Gentleman is making a good point about the importance of studying academic subjects in our schools. However, in the figures that he quotes, were academies compared with other equivalent schools, with similar catchment areas, or with the whole maintained sector?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voluntary Sector (14 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I welcome what my hon. Friend said about the community grant fund, especially given the difficult financial climate that many local authorities face. Can he tell us more about the timing of that fund?

Written Answers — Transport: Roads: Lighting (6 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to inform Croydon and Lewisham councils of his decision on their joint bid for credit for their private finance initiative street lighting scheme.

Nato: Education Funding (5 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: My right hon. Friend is right to focus on teaching standards and value for money, but does he accept that there are some local authorities that have received hundreds of millions of pounds of public money, while others such as my own have received nothing? Will the review look to address that unfairness and, in particular, will he look at the case of the Quest academy, which takes over from...

Nato: Political and Constitutional Reform (5 Jul 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on an excellent statement. I ask him to look again at one issue-the timing of the referendum. I understand his arguments on cost and convenience to electors, but a further consideration is the perception that the referendum is fair. Holding it on a day when my constituents in London have no local elections, but people in Scotland and Wales are electing...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Gavin Barwell: I will try to limit the length of my remarks to five minutes so as to allow others to speak. The shadow Secretary of State set the tone for the debate. There was some good knockabout, but one got the impression that he does not actually understand the system that he was administering until very recently, and he had nothing to say about the fundamental problems with local government finance in...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Gavin Barwell: The hon. Lady asks for evidence: a report from Goldman Sachs looks at every fiscal correction in major world economies since 1975 and shows that those based on reductions in spending work and actually boost growth.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Gavin Barwell: Has my right hon. Friend been able to ascertain whether the room was given ministerial approval and, if so, which Minister gave that approval?


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