Results 1–20 of 159 for speaker:Baroness Bakewell

Lifelong Learning - Question for Short Debate (16 Apr 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I speak as a latecomer to this debate, but I am delighted to do so, for two particular reasons that are both topical. First, however, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Garden, for raising the debate. She and I have rehearsed many times together the reasons why we believe passionately in lifelong learning, and I endorse everything that she said. I also support the noble Lord, Lord...

Part-time Study - Question (20 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider further ways of promoting part-time study in the light of the findings set out in the report by the Sutton Trust, The Lost Part-Timers.

Part-time Study - Question (20 Mar 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: I thank the Minister for that Answer, but I would be pleased to hear more than warm words. I would like action on the serious report by the Sutton Trust, which found a fall of 50% in part-time study in the last five years. This is very serious indeed, particularly for the Government’s intended strategy, which is supposed to improve social mobility and encourage part-time study. Will the...

Role of Women in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (5 Feb 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I am delighted to join this already spirited and good-humoured debate—how could it be otherwise, when we have so much in common and so much to celebrate? I will take a rather oblique look at the occasion. I will do so by virtue of the suffragette colours: violet, white and green. I see that the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, is in her person acknowledging those colours, which...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Humanism (29 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: To ask Her Majesty's Government what protection is afforded to humanists seeking asylum in the UK on the grounds of religious persecution.

Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: The issue is not solemnisation but registration, which the Government have shown no opposition to. They merely ask for consultation; the consultation approves. They refer to the Law Commission; the Law Commission approves. It is not an issue on which the Government are offering any opposition; it is simply a matter of implementation according to their judgment.

Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I welcome the Bill wholeheartedly and congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans on sponsoring it. It is very welcome. How could one not have realised for so long that mothers’ names have not been on marriage certificates? What an extraordinary accident of history that that has not been acknowledged. I relish the idea of putting the 84,000 marriage...

Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: I will move the amendment when, as I hope, the Bill goes through to the next stage. It is time to legally recognise such sincere marriages where people come together with a shared set of beliefs that simply have not yet gained recognition in England and Wales.

BBC: Unfair Pay - Statement (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I speak as a long-term employee of the BBC, which, I have to say, has taken a long time to obey this law. The BBC is not above the law. It is good at arguing a very complicated case, which in fact is very simple: people should be given equal pay for doing an equal job. The BBC will say, “Ah, yes, we need until 2020 to sort it out. It is very difficult”, but it is not...

Pensions - Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, on raising this issue, and all the women who are attending the debate—and by that I imply a criticism of all the men who have decided to stay away. One day they will make a film about this issue. It will be a British film, made on a small budget and inspired by a sense of outrage that such an unfair treatment of British women...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (4 Dec 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I confine my comments on the shortcomings of this Budget to the two words: social care—a sin of omission, if you like. The subject has been raised by my noble friend Lord Tunnicliffe, and others have mentioned it. We are promised a Green Paper in the summer. How long do we have to wait? The social care budget and its policy was already a problem in 2008, when I took up the...

Future of Work - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wyld, on her speech and welcome her to the Chamber. Unfortunately, as far as I am concerned, she is sitting on the wrong side of it but, as far as I am concerned, she is the right gender. My welcome to you. I sit on the Artificial Intelligence Committee of this House, and we have already had several meetings and more than 200 submissions, so...

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

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice.

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

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, the situation in social care is deteriorating and the Government’s strategy to handle the challenge is inadequate. The situation is getting worse because of the fundamental change in the demographic of this country. Some 15,000 people are now 100 years old, and the size of that cohort is increasing. Surgeries are closing, hospitals are inadequate, and 1.2 million people are...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) (6 Mar 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: I wish to support the amendment for its reference to, “including those with experience of part-time, adult and distance learning”. I support it in the light of the changing demographics, which are probably more extreme than people realise in this country. We can now expect anyone born today to have a very high chance of living to be 100, and certainly to 90. The fall-out of this...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) (6 Mar 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment. We need to have a status of title that puts universities and higher education in an elevated place in our society. We know that “students” comes trailing clouds of all sorts of other implications that may not be appropriate. Education and universities are serious, hard-core activities on which this country depends, and they deserve respect.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness Bakewell: My Lords, I support this amendment and Amendments 32, 41, 46 and 172, to the latter of which my name is attached. I have already spoken on this issue several times, as it is of pressing importance to me. I am president of Birkbeck, which caters for part-time study. However, I emphasise the tenor in which this concept sits within the Bill. Constantly, amendment after amendment states the...


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