Results 1–20 of 23 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Scott of Bybrook

Schools: Cadet Expansion Programme - Question for Short Debate (18 Jun 2019)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I add my thanks to my noble friend Lord Lingfield for bringing this debate to the House. At a time when, more than ever, young people need positive activities in their lives, the cadet forces provide opportunities for them. As he said, research on the social impact of cadet forces, most recently from the universities of Northampton and Southampton, clearly records that they deliver...

Victims Strategy - Statement (10 Sep 2018)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I also welcome this strategy from the Government. I will ask the Minister about major incidents and their victims: places such as Grenfell, of which I have some knowledge, but also Manchester and even Salisbury. I hope that in the strategy the Government acknowledge the role of local government in supporting the victims but I also hope that they challenge local government and look...

Bombardier - Statement (10 Oct 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I draw your Lordships’ attention to my entry in the register of interests as leader of Wiltshire Council. Could the Minister confirm the Government’s continued support for the important project between Boeing and QinetiQ at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire?

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Order of Commitment Discharged (26 Apr 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (6 Apr 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords across the House who have spoken today and who have shown such great interest in this little Bill and welcomed it so warmly. It is a small Bill but, as has been said a number of times, it is symbolically a very big Bill. Thank you for your support. I ask the House to give the Bill a Second Reading. Bill read a second time and committed to a Committee of the...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (6 Apr 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I am very pleased to bring this Bill to the House. It will bring clarity and certainty to our statute book on the law on discrimination in employment. The Bill was piloted through the House of Commons by John Glen, the Member for Salisbury. It received a very full debate on Second Reading, with 11 Back-Bench speakers. The Bill is extremely straightforward and consists of a single...

Local Government: Women in Leadership Roles - Question (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to local government to increase the number of women in leadership roles to be more in line with those in central government and the private sector.

Local Government: Women in Leadership Roles - Question (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, only 14.7% of local authorities are led by women. I do not think that is enough. We can compare that with the Government, where we have our second woman Conservative Prime Minister, whose Cabinet is 35% women. How can Her Majesty’s Government support local government with initiatives to increase the number of women in senior roles in local government, particularly with lessons...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (1st Day) (23 Feb 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I cannot help but stand up at this moment. It seems to me that the solution to this whole problem is unitary authorities.

Armed Forces Covenant - Question for Short Debate (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, our country is rightly proud of and grateful to our Armed Forces, both those serving and those retired, as well as their families, and I thank the right reverend Prelate for bringing this debate to the House. First, it is not enough for us just to be proud and grateful; we need to give the covenant the attention that it deserves, and we have a moral obligation, at both a national...

National Funding Formulae for Schools and High Needs - Statement (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I bring the attention of the House to my entry in the register of interests as leader of Wiltshire Council. I welcome the review, which has been long awaited by all our schools. I particularly welcome the fact that it has been noted that there are issues with rural schools, and that the Government suggest that we protect those schools and particularly look at the sparsity factor and...

Improving Lives: Green Paper - Statement (31 Oct 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I welcome this Green Paper not just for myself but for my daughter, Sarah. My daughter has worked for many years since she left college but has been out of work for the last four months. The majority of disabled people really want to work. It is demoralising and lonely not to be working for any length of time. They do not want to be on benefits; they want to be, like all the rest...

National Citizen Service Bill [HL] - Second Reading (Continued) (25 Oct 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I also welcome and support the Bill. Of more than 70,000 people who took part in the National Citizen Service this summer, 401 were from Wiltshire: an impressive growth from the 239 who took part in the summer of 2015 and the 137 who took part in the summer of 2014. NCS is already doing a remarkable job, reaching out to young people. Having seen these figures, it comes as no...

Bus Services Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (12 Oct 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, as my county was mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for which I thank him, I thought that I should respond. I do not think this amendment is necessary. Many counties such as Wiltshire already know exactly what is happening with bus services in their areas and the importance of them to their communities. Wiltshire has just finished a review which took place over the last six...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, has mentioned Wiltshire and Dorset fire authority, I should make it clear to the House that the joining up of those two fire authorities was made under the previous coalition Government, not this Government. A different view has been taken by this Government on this Bill. That is why I asked the Minister whether we could decouple them. The most...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (1st Day) (14 Sep 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: First of all, I make the House aware of my job as a leader of Wiltshire Council, which is on the register of interests. I have looked at these clauses on collaboration of emergency services and I would have preferred the Government to have been stronger. On considering the opportunities to collaborate, I quite agree with the noble Lord, Lord Harris, that there is a lot of good collaboration...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I declare my interest in the register as leader of a unitary authority. It is a great privilege to be speaking for the first time in a debate on the humble Address, especially in this year of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. The gracious Speech included many issues that will be delivered or influenced by local government. The adoption Bill is welcome to ensure that any...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued) (20 Apr 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I support in principle the Government’s view on this change of use from offices to housing and do so because over the last three years, more than 7,500 much-needed houses have been delivered for this country. However, I have sympathy for my noble friend Lord True’s amendment, not for the same reason as he and many other speakers gave, and certainly not from a London-centric...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, I was not going to speak on this, but I would like to say a few words. Nobody can disagree about the importance of people with specific needs having specific housing. I know about this personally as my eldest daughter is in a wheelchair. She is very lucky: she has an accessible house with an accessible bathroom and kitchen—you and I could not use that kitchen; I can assure you, I...

Local Authorities: Budget — Question (22 Mar 2016)

Baroness Scott of Bybrook: My Lords, Wiltshire council became a county unitary in 2009. Since then, we have saved £25 million every year in efficiencies from that move. We have used that money to keep council tax down in a difficult time through a recession but have also protected the services which people in Wiltshire consider are important, including investing in others. If that model was replicated across the...


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