Results 1–20 of 104 for speaker:Baroness Blower

Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (19 Jan 2022)

Investigations by the government of Colombia into the killings by police during protests in September 2020 and May 2021 – Baroness Blower. Oral questions

Sick Pay - Question (17 Jan 2022)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, new analysis from the TUC today estimates that a quarter of a million private sector workers were self-isolating last month with no decent sick pay or with no pay at all. Will the Minister commit to meeting with some urgency with the TUC to move forward on the ideas already expressed from these Benches?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 90A (10 Jan 2022)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Carlile of Berriew. As some noble Lords will know, I spoke on issues relevant to this amendment at an earlier stage of the Bill. In quoting the Taylor review, the noble Lord, Lord German, made the case for his Amendment 90A. It would be singularly inappropriate—I think this was the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile—to...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 88A (15 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is late, and I have very little to add to this debate, since it has already been extensively outlined by the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, and other speakers, save this. I have extensive experience of working with educators from many jurisdictions, including all those mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, and many beyond. Some will have, as I have myself, worked with a small...

Alternative Education - Question (15 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, given that the reason for young people being in alternative provision is that they have been less than successful in mainstream settings and given that academies and free schools do not have to follow the national curriculum, does the Minister think that there is a reason to look at the national curriculum so that more schools, including all our academies, might think it was fit for...

Hate Crimes: Misogyny - Question (6 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, does the Minister agree that what the National Education Union calls everyday sexism should never go unchallenged in any education setting? It is quite clear that sexism at any level can lead to misogyny among men and boys later.

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (3 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, this is a short, precise and extremely welcome Bill, improved by the helpful amendment presented today. I am pleased to tell noble Lords that the National Education Union—the largest education union in Europe, with 450,000 members —welcomes the Bill and the amendment. The climate emergency is of course the existential threat to the future of all our children and young people. It...

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (England) Order 2021 - Motion to Regret (1 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I fully endorse the remarks of my noble friend Lord Watson of Invergowrie. The figures on teachers’ pay make depressing reading. Since 2010, teachers’ salaries have been in serious decline in real terms—we have heard the figures from the noble Lord, Lord Storey. Teachers on main scale 6, which is where they can get to before going through the threshold, would need an increase...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (1 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, I like to spend an evening at the Royal Opera House. In fact, I have been a couple of times in the past three weeks and noticed from where I was sitting that enormous numbers of people were wearing masks—including one John Major, sitting just in front of me. I cannot see that there is any problem with sitting in the Royal Opera House and...

Outsourcing: DWP Telephone Services - Question (30 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy and efficiency of outsourcing the telephone services provided by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Outsourcing: DWP Telephone Services - Question (30 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: I thank the Minister for her response. However, the staff union PCS reports that outsourcing has led to excessive call times and to vulnerable claimants often getting questionable advice due to poorly trained private sector staff being unable to navigate the complex system, and that Serco-run services have routinely had to call on support from in-house staff due to Serco’s inability to cope...

Initial Teacher Training - Motion to Take Note (18 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in this debate. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Donaghy on securing it and on her opening speech. I fully endorse the important points and speeches made by my noble friends Lady Morris and Lord Knight, with whom I believe I worked pretty well as a highly elected member of the National Union of Teachers when they were at the...

Terrorist Incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital - Commons Urgent Question (17 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I offer my profound apologies for that unwarranted intervention in the work of the House.

Stop and Search Powers - Question (17 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: I wonder if I can press the Minister to comment on the figure just given by the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, which is in the public domain—that black people are 18 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. Can she comment on this in the light of the case reported in the Guardian of a 14 year-old black schoolboy, who claims to have been stopped and searched 30 times in the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (9th Day): Amendment 222 (17 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it takes a very particular kind of person to be a teacher, but it takes a much more particular kind of person to work in an institution with young people who are clearly already damaged when they arrive. The idea that the Government appear to be taking—a rather dogmatic view about how 16 to 19 provision should be run, in terms of there being only academies and only reflecting the...

Education: Teacher Departures - Question (3 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, Ministers have stood at that Dispatch Box and praised teachers in brightly glowing terms, but teacher workload continues to increase from an already unsustainably high level, as reported by Teach First and the National Education Union—the early career framework may not help this at all—and their salaries remain frozen. Even if the cap is lifted, their salaries will probably...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (2 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, I was unable to join the debate on the Bill at an earlier stage. At this late stage, I will not, of course, be giving anything like a technical speech; I leave that to my noble friends Lord Sikka and Lord Davies. However, I have received a volume of correspondence on this matter. In this brief intervention, I will summarise the arguments in...

Non-UK Residents: Property Ownership Register - Question (2 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, a public register of property ownership was promised by the noble Lord’s party in 2016 and consulted upon in 2017. A Bill was promised in 2018, again in the Queen’s Speech in 2019 and at the G7 in 2021. There is still no Bill. Can the Minister please be a little more specific than “when parliamentary time allows”?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (4th Day) (continued): Amendment 122 (1 Nov 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, briefly, I speak in support of Amendments 122 and 275 in the name of my noble friend Lady Chakrabarti—who has already made an eloquent and erudite contribution, as the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, said—and other noble Lords. I will also echo elements of the noble Lord’s contribution. Amendment 122 encapsulates and incorporates precisely the advice that I would now want to give to...


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