Results 161–180 of 322 for speaker:Liz Blackman

School Discipline (21 May 2002)

Liz Blackman: Speaking as one person who has spent all their former life in education to another, and accepting that the problem is very complex, I must ask the hon. Gentleman whether he agrees that one of the fundamental necessities in motivating children is the quality of the teaching offered in schools. Often children muck about or refuse to go to school because there is nothing on offer. I am not...

School Discipline (21 May 2002)

Liz Blackman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way again?

School Discipline (21 May 2002)

Liz Blackman: Ofsted has found that the quality of teaching has risen significantly over the past few years. With all due respect to the hon. Gentleman, I think that he has made a pretty cheap point. The evidence is there: teaching is improving, and the results that pupils are achieving are improving as a consequence.

Orders of the Day — Adoption and Children Bill — [3rd Allotted Day]: Clause 136 — Extent (20 May 2002)

Liz Blackman: I regarded myself as a junior member of the Special Standing Committee—I have no background in social work, social services or adoption—but I learned a great deal from my colleagues who are former social workers. I should point out that most of them are not politically correct, but they are very knowledgable. I also learned a great deal from my hon. Friend the Member for Redditch (Jacqui...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Apr 2002)

Liz Blackman: In a recent survey on health, the target group was asked two main questions. The first was, "What do you think of the NHS?", to which the majority replied, "It's in crisis." The second was, "What is your experience of the NHS?", to which the overwhelming answer was, "Extremely positive". There is a reality gap between most people's experience of the NHS and the headlines played for all they...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (23 Apr 2002)

Liz Blackman: The hon. Gentleman should wait, as I shall try to offer suggestions on the way forward later. The Queen's medical centre, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country and, indeed, in Europe, serves part of my constituency. The number of out-patients waiting for treatment there for more than 13 weeks has gone down from 12,000 in 1999 to 2,000; there are now no in-patients waiting more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Rail Services (East Midlands) ( 5 Mar 2002)

Liz Blackman: Ilkeston is the only town of its size in the east midlands without a railway station. A project for a station there has been identified by the SRA and by a multi-modal study. The problem is the Trent junction signalling box, which needs to be upgraded before capacity can be improved. Unfortunately, that upgrading will not take place for quite some time. May I urge my hon. Friend to look at...

Political Participation (Young People) ( 5 Mar 2002)

Liz Blackman: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, allied with what he has just said, introducing citizenship teaching is crucial? If we introduce structure and coherence to young people's curriculum diet and then tell them that they must wait until they are 18 to put it into practice, the impetus will be lost.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth ( 6 Feb 2002)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to review the existing contingency plans for foot and mouth disease.

Autism ( 9 Jan 2002)

Liz Blackman: I begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford, North (Linda Perham) on introducing the debate. I also congratulate her and my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) and the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Mrs. Browning), on raising parliamentary awareness of autism. As Members of Parliament, we have all touched the lives of the families of those who...

Autism ( 9 Jan 2002)

Liz Blackman: I agree. That harks back to my point that the clarity of thought of young people with AS and the way in which they are able clearly to assess their life chances drive them to such a desperate state. Such people have the right to have their needs assessed by local authorities, but only 38 per cent. receive a community care assessment, only 16 per cent. are offered one as of right—the rest...

Written Answers — International Development: Pakistan (19 Dec 2001)

Liz Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on her Department's assistance to Pakistan.

HIV: Flu Immunisation (11 Dec 2001)

Liz Blackman: Staff are key players in tackling winter pressures, for the reasons that my hon. Friend outlined. Does the Department hold current figures for the take-up of flu vaccination by health professionals?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 80 - Restriction on bringing children in ( 6 Dec 2001)

Liz Blackman: For the hon. Gentleman's information, I should put it on record that the Department of Health does not ''approve'' as an additional part of the process and make the procedure longer.

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 80 - Restriction on bringing children in ( 6 Dec 2001)

Liz Blackman: Does my hon. Friend agree that that is why we are setting ambitious targets for local authorities to get more looked-after children into good, caring adoptive families, and that that will drive the process and resources in the right direction?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 47 - Applications for adoption (29 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: Unlike several of my hon. Friends, I do not have a social services background. However, I did teach for a long while, and a local authority children's home was situated in the catchment area where I taught, so some of the children who resided at the home attended my school. It was noticeable that, as they grew up and passed through the school, the self-esteem of those children fell...

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 45 - Conditions for making adoption orders (29 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: Does the submission that the hon. Gentleman has just read out have regard, at any point, for the enormous pressure put on young people going through the adoption process by birth parents unduly pressurising them not to consent? The Minister mentioned the links that children continue to have with birth parents, even though there may have been significant abuse. Are those issues addressed?

Public Bill Committee: Adoption and Children Bill: Clause 1 - Considerations applying to (27 Nov 2001)

Liz Blackman: I emphasise again that that is precisely why I support the wording in the Bill, because it does not give that consideration priority. Ultimately, all the issues involved must be weighed up, balanced and given due consideration. Nevertheless, it is an important issue.


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