Results 1–20 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Bakewell

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, this is indeed a juggernaut of a Bill, seeking as it does to restructure the relationship between the university sector and the state, bringing in direct government control, setting up prescriptive ways of measuring success and installing government appointees as arbiters of new providers. I have concerns about all these matters, but I will save them until Committee stage. I want...

Pensions: Women’s State Pension Age - Question (2 Nov 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the concerns of the Women Against State Pension Inequality about changes to the state pension age for women.

Pensions: Women’s State Pension Age - Question (2 Nov 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the Minister for that Answer. He clearly does not acknowledge the scale of the injustice and the growing scale of the protest: 2.5 million women have been affected by the botched plans to align the pension ages and it is bringing increasing hardship to women who are now retired and have no income and no pension. These are women who have paid into their pension plan for decades, often...

Lifelong Learning - Question for Short Debate (12 Sep 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, lifelong learning should be the central element of our future educational strategy. It would apply to every citizen and constitute a completely new way of rejuvenating and perpetuating knowledge in the present and bringing fulfilled lives to all our citizens. I declare an interest as president of Birkbeck. Lifelong learning exists already in London’s only specialist provider...

Schools - Statement (12 Sep 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, does the Minister acknowledge, when he speaks of the great support there is for an increase in grammar schools, that most parents who support them do so in the belief that their own children will get in? How will he deal with the disappointment of the parents whose children fail?

Carers over 80: Support - Question (13 Jun 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, can the Minister tell us how much the group of people who are carers over 80 is saving the economy by offering their services?

National Living Wage: Social Care - Question (5 May 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, when these situations have arisen before and there has been a crisis with care homes, there has been a lack of response which has resulted in old and frail people being virtually turned out of the door. This is a crisis and there is going to be a crash—the care sector has warned us that it is coming. The Government have made concessions—the precept and so on—but...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Membership of EU (27 Apr 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which institutions and postholders are prohibited by law from expressing views on the EU referendum and the UK membership of the EU.

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the Communications Select Committee, under its excellent chair, the noble Lord, Lord Best, on having delivered an exemplary report that is both focused in scope and wise in its conclusions. I concur with and support much of what has already been said in its favour. It is to be commended to all parliamentarians, especially those who are eager to see the BBC...

State Pension Age — Statement (2 Mar 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I welcome this Statement from the Minister and the setting up of an independent inquiry. I can only offer my sympathy to the chairman because, as she knows, pension age is a hot potato politically. There was a debate in the Commons last week about the whole case of the baby-boomer, or WASPI, women, and a Motion, which was lost by only a few votes, calling for action from the...

Immigration: Students — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, on once again championing the interests of higher education in this country. Universities and academic bodies appreciate her dedication and expertise; I speak as the president of Birkbeck in saying as much. I also look forward to the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Brown, on such an important topic. This subject of international...

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the valedictory speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Williams. Appropriately, of course, it was about education but ranged wider, across the whole sphere of public life, to which she has contributed so much throughout her illustrious career, committing her warmth and humanity to one of its finest causes, education. We also owe her thanks for a...

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I speak from two perspectives on this Bill. My title comes from Stockport, where I grew up and where some of the earliest trade unions were active and powerful. As long ago as 1829, textile industry employers there reduced cotton spinners’ wages and brought in substitute labour, provoking strikes in Stockport that got violent. Troops were called in and there was one hanging...

State Pension: Women — Question for Short Debate (3 Dec 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the new single-tier state pension, what provision they have made for informing women in their 50s of their pension expectations.

State Pension: Women — Question for Short Debate (3 Dec 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am delighted to launch this topical Question for Short Debate arising from issues that have currently swept the country and the media involving the transition to new pension arrangements. This is a small gathering, but a distinguished one, and I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response to the issues that we have to raise. The population is ageing; we know that. Life...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Deech on introducing this very important debate, which is enlightening us all as we go along. I speak as president of Birkbeck in the University of London. It is the home of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism—the only centre in the UK and one of only two in Europe whose mission is to promote the understanding of anti-Semitism....

State Pension: Equalisation — Question (23 Nov 2015)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to compensate the women deprived of their expected pensions by the increase in the state pension age under the Pensions Act 2011.

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