Results 1–20 of 463 for speaker:Baroness Berridge

Written Answers — Department for Education: *No heading* (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: The UK has a world-class reputation, with globally renowned teaching and cutting-edge research and innovation. We want to deliver better outcomes and value for students, employers and taxpayers who underwrite the system. The Office for Students (OfS) is now fully operational and puts students and student choices at the heart of the higher education (HE) sector and its regulation. By...

Brexit: No-deal Tariff Schedules - Statement (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, as we have three Urgent Questions to follow, I remind the House that the procedure for Urgent Questions is as a Private Notice Question so there should be questions rather than speeches.

Brexit: No-deal Tariff Schedules - Statement (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, as we have three Urgent Questions to follow, I remind the House that the procedure for Urgent Questions is as a Private Notice Question so there should be questions rather than speeches.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Office for Students: Registration (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: There is no meaningful average time for higher education establishments receiving an outcome on their Office for Students (OfS) registration application. This is because the time taken from initial receipt of the application to a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors. These factors include the completeness of the application initially submitted, the scale of the...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I congratulate the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, on securing today’s debate, which comes at such an opportune time—a time of continuity and exploration. I thank noble Lords for their contributions to this informative debate on human rights and future trade deals. As a former project director for a Commonwealth initiative on freedom of religion or belief, as a...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: On the process for trade agreements, I can only say that there will be direct communication. The Government agreed in relation to trade agreements that there would be the outline approach, the round report and a close relationship with a specific parliamentary committee in each House. It is obviously not for me to dictate what role Parliament will take and what that arrangement ends up being,...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: I agree with the noble Lord that an apology is not enough. There has been an apology, but we must await the outcome of the independent review within the department to know fully how this happened and whether any permanent changes to the systems need to be taken going forward. I have outlined the interim changes that have been made. In relation to the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, I have...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: Yes, the GSP+ eight. There is also the GSP, which will be transferring into UK law. I say to the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner, that we intend to use all the levers at our disposal. I am grateful for the outline and the positivity from the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, in relation to the role of business. One can see from what happened, for instance, with workers in Bangladesh that companies...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I congratulate the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, on securing today’s debate, which comes at such an opportune time—a time of continuity and exploration. I thank noble Lords for their contributions to this informative debate on human rights and future trade deals. As a former project director for a Commonwealth initiative on freedom of religion or belief, as a...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: On the process for trade agreements, I can only say that there will be direct communication. The Government agreed in relation to trade agreements that there would be the outline approach, the round report and a close relationship with a specific parliamentary committee in each House. It is obviously not for me to dictate what role Parliament will take and what that arrangement ends up being,...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: I agree with the noble Lord that an apology is not enough. There has been an apology, but we must await the outcome of the independent review within the department to know fully how this happened and whether any permanent changes to the systems need to be taken going forward. I have outlined the interim changes that have been made. In relation to the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, I have...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: Yes, the GSP+ eight. There is also the GSP, which will be transferring into UK law. I say to the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner, that we intend to use all the levers at our disposal. I am grateful for the outline and the positivity from the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, in relation to the role of business. One can see from what happened, for instance, with workers in Bangladesh that companies...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Rents (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 09 September 2019. The correct answer should have been: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member. Higher education providers are autonomous bodies, independent from the government. The department plays no direct role in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Rents (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member. Higher education providers are autonomous bodies, independent from the government. The department plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation. The department assesses student accommodation rent levels through the...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, while there has been grace because of interventions, I remind the House that the advisory speaking time is six minutes.

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Saatchi is here.

T-levels - Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, it is anticipated that 16 year-olds who undertake the new T-levels will mostly then go on to work. However, Her Majesty’s Government also expect that T-levels will be acceptable as entry requirements to our most selective universities. I assure the noble Baroness that this issue was on the agenda at the last meeting of the higher education advisory group in the department in May....

T-levels - Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: The noble Baroness is correct that this is a moment where we can raise the parity of esteem. The selection of the name “T-level” enables us to raise the consciousness of there being parity with A-levels; that it is easily understandable. Industry has been involved intimately in developing the curriculum of these qualifications, which will begin in September 2020. Universities have been...

T-levels - Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: The new T-levels are part of the overall reform. It has been clear to noble Lords on all sides of the House that 16 year-olds who do not want to follow the traditional path into university have to make very complicated decisions. Outside of A-levels and GCSEs, there are more than 12,000 different qualifications to choose from. T-levels are part of bringing some crystallisation and clarity to...

T-levels - Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Berridge: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord and am aware of his interest in this area. I will have to check but there is a £60 million capacity fund, and some of that money will enable students to do the industry placement. There are also plans for a transitional programme at 16, to enable students who need an extra year in order to succeed to do a T-level over three years. However, I will...


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