Results 321–331 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: moved Amendment No. 117: Page 54, line 18, at end insert "and (d) a modern foreign language"

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, in rising to move this amendment to Clause 81(3), I shall speak also to Amendment No. 118 to Clause 81(2). The aim of the amendments is to ensure that the status of modern foreign language study in secondary schools for 14 to 16 year-olds is not demoted. Neither amendment is intended to insist that one size fits all. Under Clause 82, it would still remain open to the Secretary of...

Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (21 May 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the hour is late and I do not want to say much. However, the statutory instrument reminds me of the countryman leaning on the gate when the city slicker in his smart car came by and asked the way to the farm and, after much reflection and some chewing on the grass, the countryman replied, "If I were you, I would not start from here". We have here a statutory instrument which on the...

Education Bill (11 Mar 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am not alone in seeing the Bill as something of a curate's egg. Many noble Lords have welcomed its aspirations to reduce the lockstep of the middle school, to open secondary schooling to greater diversity, and, above all, to find ways to reach young people who are so disaffected that they disrupt others' education. In addition, many have welcomed the aspiration to better...

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning (Amendment) Bill ( 4 Feb 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I too have not spoken on Northern Ireland, though it is my part of the world. This amendment says something that is extremely important and I want to challenge only one suggestion—that it is realpolitik not to vote for the amendment. It is not. It is comfortable and cosy, but it is not realpolitik. Realpolitik has to take into account the real forces that are ranged for and against the...

Language Teaching in Schools (16 Jan 2002)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Williams of Elvel, for enabling us to have this debate. I declare an interest as chairman of the Nuffield Foundation. The reason why we set up the inquiry was not that it was a new task. As the noble Lord, Lord Quirk, reminded us, there have been many endeavours to take a grip on the way in which languages have been taught, provided for and...

Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [HL] (26 Nov 2001)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, as a member of your Lordships' Select Committee on stem cell research, I shall say, for obvious reasons, nothing about stem cell research. We have only just finished taking evidence. That may, of course, help me to stay rather nearer to the subject of this Bill because it is not about stem cell research. I believe that I can only add to the debate, to which I have listened with...

Alder Hey Inquiry Report (30 Jan 2001)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for all that he said about the intention to make respect for persons and informed consent by patients and families central in this area. I first became aware of the legal vacuum some six years ago when, as a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, I worked on our report on the medical and scientific uses of human tissues; tissues being by us well...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000 (22 Jan 2001)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I believe it is clear that this is not a debate about science versus ethics; this is a debate about ethics. I have learnt a great deal from many noble Lords, in particular from the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Oxford in his reminders about the gradual development of the conception of the human individual. It is important for us to remember that we are not talking about...

("Details of campaigns officer (21 Nov 2000)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, there is good sense in the amendment. However, I have been sorry to watch its supporters make it less and less supportable by linking it to taking a certain view on the position of the United Kingdom in the European Union. The serious reasons for doubting whether this clause should stand unamended have to do with the variety of accountancy standards in different jurisdictions within...

The Universities ( 8 Dec 1999)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I, too, wish to thank the noble Lord, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, for introducing the debate. It seems to me not only a necessary debate, but a timely one. This is, after all, the first year in which British undergraduates are entering university with no grant. It is perhaps an inevitable development, but we do not begin to know its effects. We continually see questions raised,...

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