Results 1–20 of 73 for speaker:Lord Wei

Pupil Mental Health, Well-being and Development - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I extend my gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, for initiating this vital debate, and declare my interests as a parent of home-educated and state-educated children and as a board member of an organisation committed to providing private education. We are at a critical juncture, where the mental health challenges facing our youth have intensified—notably since the...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (10 Sep 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, what else is there to say after so many heartfelt, excellent and eloquent tributes both in this Chamber and beyond? Upon her passing, as ever in life, our late Queen brings out the best in us, inspiring us to be our better selves and to fulfil our duty, despite the turbulence around us. Her departure has stopped time, as we mark the end of an era, and united the world as leaders...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 80 (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 119, and am generally supportive of a lot of the other amendments relating to mental health. Amendment 119 is conceived as a means to cut through what I believe will be quite a lot of court cases and judicial reviews. As we have discussed on this grouping, there will be instances in which local authorities make a judgment about home education, whether in...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 74 (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 118 and in support of Amendment 74. As I said before, I have real concerns. I accept the intentions of the Government as stated by my noble friend, and I hope that this summer will provide an opportunity to come up with independent appeals processes which are not operated just by local authorities or the Government. The current regime, where something...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have participated in discussing these amendments and thank the Minister, who I pay tribute to, as many others have done, for her long-suffering forbearance with all our discussions on various aspects of the Bill. I accept that the Government are taking, and are planning to take, account of some of the concerns that have been raised today. My main issue,...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: The law already places a requirement on parents to educate their children to the standards that the law requires; therefore, I would just refer to the law. It is not for me or for us here to specify in detail in the Bill what that looks like, and the moment we do so, we will have overstepped the mark. I am more satisfied by the Minister’s response on Amendment 85A, that greater care is...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: Thank you, I will wrap up. I have two final amendments in this group. Amendment 86A in my name relates to a refusal to provide info not being sufficient reason to impose a school attendance order on a family. In this instance, the fact that the teacher or home educator did not provide information was seen as evidence that they were not educating their children properly. If you do not provide...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: I beg to move.

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: Just to clarify a few of my remarks, I want to credit the noble Lord, Lord Soley, the Minister and the Government for doing research. That is important and I hope that the research and consultations that will take place, moving forwards, will bring out more of the data and evidence that we sorely need. I feel that the most recent consultation, which was very short, did not get enough of the...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 64B (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, in moving Amendment 64B I shall also speak to other amendments in my name. I declare an interest, as I have before, that I am from a home-educating family, which I am proud of. I wish there were more noble Lords in this Chamber who had the privilege of being part of home education. As was discussed earlier, the Bill really should not exist in its current form. It has been thoroughly...

Schools Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Motion (12 Jul 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I support both propositions of delay, particularly not giving the Bill a Third Reading. Not only are there legislative problems with the Bill now not being a Bill in any substance, as originally intended; many measures in it give a future Education Minister the power to provide guidance and put in place statutory instruments—but we do not even know who that Education Minister is...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 112A (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Wei: I think that my amendment might have been missed out. I would be grateful if my noble friend the Minister had any thoughts on Amendment 171X and the idea of an ombudsman with the expertise to adjudicate and mediate to prevent any expensive court cases that might otherwise occur.

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 112A (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Wei: I am sorry to interrupt again, but the point about Finland is important, because many of us in education policy—I helped to set up Teach First—have studied this material and I do not believe Finland is as exceptional as people make it out to be. I brought Professor Hattie over 10 years ago, who is a researcher who studied 15,000 randomised control studies on education—the noble Lord,...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 112A (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I will clarify my position. A number of noble Lords have mentioned—and perhaps implied—that what I was trying to say was that we do not go after these bad actors and do not pursue those using home education as an excuse to provide a poor, non-existent or abusive context for learning or non-learning. That is not what I am saying. I am actually in favour of strengthening the use...

Schools Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 112A (22 Jun 2022)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I shall speak to my Amendment 171X on the proposal for an ombudsman to provide protection for home educators. I support many other amendments in the group. I pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Lucas for putting this focus on the need to provide protection from overzealous local authorities. I also need to apologise for not speaking at Second Reading due to a variety of home and...

Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I declare an interest as an adviser to Future Planet Capital, a sustainable investment firm that has a stake in Vaccitech, the start-up that licensed the intellectual property and original R&D relating to what is known as the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which I have received two doses. I begin by congratulating the Minister for running the marathon of this past year or so, managing the...

Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy - Motion to Take Note (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I am thankful that we can have this crucial debate today and I declare my interests in the register. For some time, it has been clear that we are in the midst of an epochal shift, in which the old certainties of the post-war era are being eroded. In their place come times that are much more volatile and unpredictable, and in which our historical approaches may need to be adapted. I...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Trikafta (15 Feb 2021)

Lord Wei: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Kaftrio is available to cystic fibrosis patients in England; if not, why not; if it is available to such patients, whether there are any restrictions on that drug's availability; and if so, why.

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Jan 2021)

Lord Wei: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Wharton of Yarm on an excellent maiden and declare my interests in the register. In view of the time, I will focus on what we now need to do given that the PM has kept his promise to leave and has agreed a deal. Brexit and many other cataclysmic events in recent times, including Covid, have highlighted several things. First, the biggest...

Schools: Exams - Private Notice Question ( 6 Jan 2021)

Lord Wei: My Lords, given that the history of pandemics has shown that there are often many twists and turns, and given that even with the vaccine there may be further disruption for the rest of this year and possibly even next year, can the Minister share some of the plan Bs in the event of future lockdowns pushing out the exams further? For example, are there plans to explore taking exams virtually,...


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