Results 41–60 of 99 for speaker:Baroness Blower

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting - Question (17 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, does the Minister agree that specific actions are needed—as called for by CHOGM in 2018—to provide 12 years of quality education for girls in particular, as this will be the surest way to work towards both global social justice and greater equality? If so, what specific actions will Her Majesty’s Government support and pursue?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Blake on her excellent speech and the noble Lord, Lord Lebedev, on an interesting one. I add my good wishes to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth as he leaves this House. I echo others in regretting the absence of proposals on social care and workers’ rights from the gracious Speech, both urgent issues to which this Government...

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (26 Apr 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I offer my thanks to the Minister for her help in securing the passage of the Bill. I also thank all noble Lords who spoke on this small but equally perfectly formed Bill, which is important although it covers very few words. I beg to move. Bill passed.

Covid-19: Pupil Referral Units - Question (22 Apr 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I salute my noble friend Lady Lawrence on Stephen Lawrence Day. In a statement at its recent conference, the NEU said that it is a symptom of poverty and racism that the majority of those in pupil referral units are working-class and black students. Does the Minister agree that, as the pandemic has laid bare the extent of racial inequality, to begin to tackle this in education...

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - Order of Commitment (15 Apr 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to speak in Committee. Manuscript amendments are not possible at present. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 (13 Apr 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hannay of Chiswick. I support Amendment 3. As your Lordships may know, I have no legal or military experience and therefore enter this debate today as someone who has listened to and participated in all previous stages of the Bill, and has been powerfully persuaded that my own concerns about the Bill at the outset were rightly felt. As...

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for her very full responses to all the points raised in the debate and for the commitment she has demonstrated to safeguarding. It is of course true that safeguarding provisions existed but, as I and other noble Lords mentioned, they were inconsistent because of the piecemeal development in post-16 education. With the passage of this Bill, we will have a...

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, this is a brief, straightforward and technical Bill, but none the less important. Its purpose is simple and clear: it would extend the duty to safeguard and provide for the welfare of children to all providers of publicly funded post-16 education and training in England. All such providers would be required to follow relevant statutory guidance issued by the Department for...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women - Statement (16 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, alas we all know the figures for violent crimes against women. No woman should feel unsafe or in fear in her home, on our streets or in our parks, so in the strategy to protect women and girls how will the Government address the need for major behaviour and culture change among men and boys, including through education and teacher training? Violence against women is a men’s...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 14 (9 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to listen and to speak, however briefly, on Amendment 14, which is clearly the vehicle for correcting one of the significant flaws of the Bill. I acknowledge that I have no military experience and but limited knowledge of the law in comparison to many noble Lords in this House. As other Members of the Committee have said, this amendment is necessary as it...

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (1 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to speak on this issue, which is of huge concern to the 2 million or so workers paid at or— shamefully and illegally—below the minimum wage. These are workers in sectors such as retail, cleaning, maintenance, social care and hospitality. A rise of 2.2% may not, at first glance, appear too bad at this time, but 2.2% of not very much is very little. At...

Education Return and Awarding Qualifications in 2021 - Statement (1 Mar 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, on Friday last, the Secretary of State for Health told the nation that one in five local authorities had seen an increase in Covid cases and that this was still a deadly virus. Is this then the right time to bring 10 million people back into daily circulation? There is a settled view from education staff and their unions that schools and colleges should be open to all as soon as is...

Schools: Online Learning - Question (23 Feb 2021)

Baroness Blower: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards providing laptops and tablets to those pupils who require such equipment for online learning.

Schools: Online Learning - Question (23 Feb 2021)

Baroness Blower: I thank the noble Baroness for her Answer—those are, indeed, very big numbers. However, Ofcom reports that between 1.1 million and 1.8 million children have no access to a device at home and 880,000 live in a household with only mobile internet connection. The Sutton Trust reported in January that only 10% of teachers felt that their students had adequate access to a device for remote...

Education: Supply Teachers - Question (22 Feb 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, the school workforce census for the 2016 cohort shows that more than a quarter of teachers left teaching in the early years of their career. The loss of one in four teachers within three years speaks volumes about the difficulty and problems involved in retaining teachers. What plans do the Government have to address this workforce recruitment problem—looking at workload, among...

Hospitality Sector Minister - Question (3 Feb 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, as I am sure most noble Lords know, the hospitality industry is worth £150 billion a year to the UK economy. This is not counting the wider supply chain. It provides entry-level jobs as well as livelihoods for older workers. With the prospect of foreign holidays receding, this sector could play a major role in the start of a recovery. Therefore, will the Government consider...

Schools: Online Learning - Question (2 Feb 2021)

Baroness Blower: My Lords, in summer 2020 the National Education Union published a plan, point 1 of which said: “Disadvantaged children and young people and their families must be a key priority.” We know that child poverty and inequality limits life chances and is a significant factor in school achievement. Will the Government now speedily draw up and consult on a long-term national plan for children’s...


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