Results 1–20 of 82 for speaker:Baroness Blower

Schools: Examination Assessments - Question (12 Oct 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I have confidence in teacher-assessed grades, but the systems used in 2020 and 2021 were, frankly, not well planned by government—unlike the systems of teacher assessment in, for example, Finland, where there is a vanishingly small private sector in education. Given that government data shows that 204,000 pupils were out of school for Covid-related reasons on September 30, what...

Status of Workers Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is a pleasure to speak in this Second Reading debate on a Bill which is so urgently needed to create fairness and coherence for workers. As the TUC has said, our legal framework for workers’ rights is not fit for the 21st century. Indeed, it has not really been fit since well before the turn of this century. My noble friend Lord Hendy has outlined with clarity and precision the...

Sports Participation in Schools - Question (9 Sep 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I add my congratulations to those already expressed by noble Lords. There are sports facilities that stand unused when schools are not in session. Can the Minister look to putting in place arrangements by which all schools in the maintained sector—including of course academies and free schools—are required, and where necessary funded, to make sure that those sports facilities...

Residential Social Care: Staff - Question (6 Sep 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, there is a recruitment and retention problem in social care and a problem of youth unemployment. Does the Minister believe that his responses provide a basis for any young person to consider a career in social care, particularly his response to my noble friend Lord Hendy?

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I declare my membership of Peers for the Planet. I will take a somewhat different approach from the noble Baroness whom I follow. The global union federation of education, Education International, proudly proclaims: “Education is a human and civil right and a public good”. As such, it is essential that education has the role, right and responsibility to help children and young...

Early Years Foundation Stage (Miscellaneous Amendments) and Childcare Fees (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Regret (13 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is pleasure to speak in the debate alongside my noble friend Lord Knight and the noble Lord, Lord Addington. As a former teacher, I can say categorically and without fear of contradiction that I am not anti- assessment, which is a central part of the teaching and learning process, but reception baseline assessment has very few friends and supporters. A teacher who engaged in an...

Racism in Sport - Private Notice Question (13 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I recognise this is outwith the Minister’s brief, but does she agree that we must now include specific anti-racist teaching in the curriculum for initial teacher education and in the national curriculum, given that racism in sport reflects racism in society at large?

Colombia: Human Rights - Question (12 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I refer to my interests as recorded in the register. A recent ruling from the transitional justice court named 10 Colombian army officers as responsible for murdering 120 civilians and disappearing 24 in 2007-08. These cases relate to the so-called “false positives”: the Colombian state stands accused of killing close to 6,500 civilians, dressing them as guerrillas, during the...

Covid-19: Education Settings - Statement (8 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is alas clear that the impact of Covid-19 will continue to be felt in schools and colleges well into the next academic year. All possible steps must be taken to mitigate these effects, in an attempt to avoid children and young people missing education. There is also the worry that rising cases in schools increase the risk of mutations. As inhalation of coronavirus is a major...

Covid-19: Education Settings - Statement (8 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: Yes—will the Government provide sufficient funds to ensure that all schools can avail themselves of CO2 monitors and air purifiers?

Palestine - Question (7 Jul 2021)

Baroness Blower: I refer your Lordships to my interests as recorded in the register. Recognition of the state of Palestine is an internationally significant concern. I would like to ask the Minister today about an urgent concern. What representations have Her Majesty’s Government made to the Government of Israel about the house evictions and demolitions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, which appear designed to...

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I am very pleased to speak on Second Reading and trust that the Bill will proceed to enactment. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on his captivating presentation and differ somewhat from the noble Lord, Lord Flight, whom I follow. Short-termism is the enemy of better policy-making, which is why the issues of sustainable development, the well-being goals and the future...

Social Care and the Role of Carers - Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, for securing this debate on such an urgent issue. I fully endorse the remarks of other noble Lords about the urgent need for proper pay, conditions and employment arrangements for employed care staff. There is an urgent need for a national care service. However, in the time available I will focus on young carers. As we all know, much social...

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I too thank and congratulate my noble friend Lady Morris on securing the debate and on the excellence of her opening speech. I of course wish her a happy birthday, as I do my noble friend Lord Coaker. I do not share a birthday with them, but I share with them many decades of the privilege of working with children and young people in classrooms. Coronavirus has exposed the reality...

Employment Rights - Statement (10 Jun 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, for three bodies to become one, legislation will indeed be required, but there is none. Neither is there any commitment to adequate funding, as my noble friend Lord Lennie said. Specifically, why are the HSE and local authority health and safety inspectors not included in the plan for a single enforcement body? Why is there no commitment to increase the existing pathetically low...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons: Costs (1 Jun 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current annual cost of the Ministry of Defence's nuclear enterprise.

Commonwealth Heads of Government - Question (27 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, there have been a number of Questions in your Lordships’ House about the education of girls, the answers to which usually rely on the repetition of sums of money allocated by the Government. Can the Minister give a concrete example of an action taken to move towards providing 12 years of high-quality education for girls—and indeed for boys? Could he specify a proposal that the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Trident Missiles (27 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty's Government when the last Trident D5 missile test took place; and how many Trident D5 missiles the UK has.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Trident Missiles (27 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Trident D5 missiles will be on each Dreadnaught class submarine when this class of submarine enters service.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Weapons (27 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they undertook to inform the decision to increase nuclear warhead numbers as announced in the policy paper, Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published on 16 March.


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