Results 41–60 of 322 for speaker:Liz Blackman

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: National Curriculum Tests (14 Oct 2008)

Liz Blackman: Educational success is totally dependent on a child's ability to access the curriculum, so I welcome the emphasis on catch-up in the early stages of key stage 3 with one-to-one support. Can my right hon. Friend assure parents that a similar emphasis will be placed on high-quality, stretching education for all pupils?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 8 Oct 2008)

Liz Blackman: I too congratulate my right hon. Friend on this bold, comprehensive financial package, especially as it has been struck voluntarily with the banks and will therefore not be delayed by legislation. Can he tell the House how quickly he thinks that the major banks will take up the offer on the table?

[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Children and Young People with Autism ( 8 Oct 2008)

Liz Blackman: It is interesting that the hon. Gentleman mentions Ofsted. We will be debating different aspects of children with autism and their learning. Research shows that aggressive measures to target barriers faced by autistic children, such as poor communication and language, can open up the curriculum, which means that they learn far better. The results are astounding. Should Ofsted not look at all...

Message from the Queen: Electoral Commissioners (22 Oct 2007)

Liz Blackman: I have to inform the House that the address of 18 July, praying that Her Majesty will appoint as electoral commissioners: (1) Maxwell Marshall Caller CBE for the period ending on 31 December 2011; (2) Henrietta Campbell CB for the period ending on 31 December 2011; (3) Ian Maxwell Kelsall OBE with effect from 19 January 2008 for the period ending 31 December 2012; and (4) John McCormick...

Business of the House: Social Exclusion (11 Jan 2007)

Liz Blackman: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pathways to Work (15 May 2006)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in engaging the private and voluntary sector in the Pathways to Work service.

Orders of the Day — Education and Inspections Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Liz Blackman: I would probably have joined all my colleagues at the last election in proudly campaigning at every school gate that I could get at to hail the progress made in my local schools. The investment has gone in, and many of the reforms that needed to be made have been made. However, if we think that we have reached a point where we can relax, we are kidding ourselves. I say to my hon. Friends and...

Children with Asperger's Syndrome (Warrington) ( 7 Mar 2006)

Liz Blackman: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Children with Asperger's Syndrome (Warrington) ( 7 Mar 2006)

Liz Blackman: It is no coincidence that Asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism are labelled hidden disabilities. There is good practice, but it is patchy. The Government face an enormous challenge in making sure that the culture of every organisation that could make a contribution to support both families and children develops and changes so that those organisations become far more effective...

Child Support Agency ( 9 Feb 2006)

Liz Blackman: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the extra capacity to deliver improved performance in the next few years is available, and is he confident that it can be drafted in speedily so that all our constituents can experience improvements in the interim before the redesign takes place?

Mental Health Services ( 7 Feb 2006)

Liz Blackman: Will my hon. Friend give way—at a suitable point?

Mental Health Services ( 7 Feb 2006)

Liz Blackman: My hon. Friend will agree that early identification is paramount; often, people who are developing mental illness first come into contact with generalists rather than specialists. What conversations has she had with professional bodies representing different medical practitioners about making mental health a core component of their training?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Dementia (31 Jan 2006)

Liz Blackman: Professionals working in mental health for the elderly tell me that patients who score just above the moderate range for receiving drugs according to NICE's recommendations present very differently, with some needing significant support. Will my right hon. Friend consider that further, so that when firm recommendations are made we can be sure that the drugs will be targeted at all those who...

Safeguarding Children (19 Jan 2006)

Liz Blackman: Child protection always has, is and always will be work in progress because of its complexity and difficulty. I welcome the extent of the measures that my right hon. Friend announced. Will she undertake to make regular statements to the House, not only because hon. Members will appreciate the progress that will be made but because that will add to the wider public's confidence?

Orders of the Day — Equality Bill [Lords]: Clause 77 — Employment equality regulations (16 Jan 2006)

Liz Blackman: I endorse all the compliments that have been given in the Chamber this evening. I served on the Standing Committee and spoke on Second Reading, and it has been a hugely positive process. It was a pleasure to sit and simply listen to the debates prior to Third Reading, and I will keep my remarks extremely brief. Like everyone else, I think that creating a single commission is an extremely good...

Orders of the Day — Work and Families Bill ( 5 Dec 2005)

Liz Blackman: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker for calling me. I do not think that I shall use up all my allotted time this evening. I e-mailed an officer from the National Autistic Society—which supports the aims of the all-party group on autism—for a briefing on the Bill. He e-mailed me back to say: "We focus on clause 12 on flexible working, and it is short because we are basically happy with it!" I...

Public Bill Committee: Equality Bill [Lords]: Clause 8 - Equality and diversity (29 Nov 2005)

Liz Blackman: The hon. Lady has often spoken in the House and been outraged about the small proportion of disabled people who are, for example, in employment or living independently. The statistics on disabled people are an outrage. Will she consider what she is saying in the light of the available data about disabled people, the access that they do not have and the lives that they lead?

Public Bill Committee: Equality Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - The Commission: Constitution, &c. (29 Nov 2005)

Liz Blackman: The ministerial statement of last Thursday did indeed say that there would be a significant presence still in London. Also, the distribution of the functions in relation to the various footprints has not yet been decided. That will be subject to more consultation with the commissions.

Orders of the Day — Childcare Bill (28 Nov 2005)

Liz Blackman: My right hon. Friend has just mentioned provision for disabled children. She will know that provision has been improving, but it is still extremely patchy. One of the core elements of providing decent child care for disabled children and their families is training. How will the Bill improve the capacity to look after and support disabled children in child care?

Welfare Reform and Incapacity Benefit (22 Nov 2005)

Liz Blackman: The pathways to work pilot in Derbyshire is doing particularly well at supporting physically disabled people back into work, but it faces much more of a challenge in supporting those with mental disabilities and mental illnesses. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that he will give more thought to how we can correct that imbalance?

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