Results 61–80 of 331 for speaker:Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Research (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to the report Missing Evidence: An Inquiry into the delayed publication of government-commissioned research published in June 2016 and whether they intend to publish an online register of government commissioned research.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, this is quite a complicated matter for higher education providers—as I have learned to call them—as the reasons why students come to a halt on their journey are very varied. Sometimes, they are not really committed to continuing, sometimes they are not really able to continue on the course, and sometimes there is another course with slightly different requirements to which they...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I have nothing against new providers coming in. I should declare that I taught for 14 years at the University of Essex, which was a new provider and which I think achieved very high standards. It was of course believed not to have done so until the first research assessment exercise, which revealed that it was doing very well. However, the deep difference that we have not yet...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords—

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, the Minister quoted the University of Cambridge. In its most recent briefing, dated 3 March, recommendation 4 reads: “The Bill should place an obligation upon the OfS to undertake a consultation to determine the most suitable quality assessment body, which should be separate from the OfS. The OfS should not be permitted to act unilaterally with regard to assessing quality”.

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (2nd Day) ( 8 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I believe we can get this right. I declare, or confess, a life spent in higher education. We saw a great wave of—let us say—enthusiastic assumptions that we could get rankings, and then sobriety struck. I was very pleased to see this morning on the BBC education news that Singapore, which was a hotbed of ranking, has decided that it is not the way in which to assess children’s...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) ( 7 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Hain, for tabling this amendment although I think that things may not be quite as difficult as he imagines. For many of us—I declare an interest here—our right to Irish citizenship is not contingent on the Belfast agreement. It goes back much further to the establishment of the common travel area. In order to set my own mind at rest I...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) ( 6 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I have some sympathy with getting the age statistics right. That is a crucial example because it is objective and not highly sensitive, at least in my view. However, most of the other protected characteristics are not susceptible of statistically robust estimation. People do not always want to declare whether they are pregnant or to declare their ethnicity. I discovered that young...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) ( 6 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for using the words “reasonable adjustments” in this context, and I shall look carefully at what he has said in Hansard. Reasonable adjustment is a well-understood phrase; it is rather different from a duty, “to promote equality of opportunity in connection with access … and participation”. Some years ago, I was responsible for a...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) ( 6 Mar 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: I speak to Amendment 7 in this group, which seeks to put an additional general duty on what we are still calling the Office for Students. This general duty is to ensure that all English higher education providers—a term of art that we have now learned—have the same duties to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities. In Committee, we had very great confusion on this...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, we have already seen this afternoon in our very serious debate about the implications of the present situation—let us put it neutrally—for Northern Ireland that the referendum was, in fact, about a matter of the greatest constitutional importance and about the integrity of the United Kingdom, a great worry to any of us who come from Northern Ireland. However, although I agree...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I wish to declare an interest. Noble Lords may be rather surprised that on a Bill of this length one could declare an interest, but it is the following: my father, Con O’Neill, negotiated the UK’s entry into the Common Market. I do not, of course, know how he would have judged all the later developments of the European project, but I think that some aspects of his experience may...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) ( 8 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, it is late, and I do not want to repeat myself. I sure that the noble Baroness, the noble Lord and the whole of that long Front Bench—almost as numerous as the rest of the House at this hour—know this is issue is not going to go away. This retrospective consultation does not do the Government honour. I hope that they will take some action.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) ( 8 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I support this amendment. I remember well—and the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam has reminded us of it—that, in 2003, we had quite dramatic discussions in your Lordships’ House about the dual duties of Ofcom to the citizen and to the consumer. There was a bit of a wobble after Ofcom was set up, but since then it has properly seen itself as defending these two separate interests and...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) ( 8 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I share the view that the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, has expressed, that the amendment probably is not the way to go about this. Algorithms are too ubiquitous, useful and powerful in this case. I do not know what we could do instead, but I note that one of the things we are looking at, together with the problem that the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, has identified, is that the...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I rise briefly to support this amendment. There seems to be something quite perverse in obstructing the access of the Statistics Board to datasets that are in the hands of other public bodies. That is a very simplified account, but it is a curious place in which to have an obstacle. I hope that the Minister can consider this clause very seriously.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 2 Feb 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I had not intended to speak on this point, but this may be relevant evidence. Last year, I went to a meeting with a parliamentary group that was looking at hate speech issues, and a representative of Facebook was there. She said—one may say that this did not show quite a correct view of freedom of expression—that Facebook takes down whatever its customers find offensive. A...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I add my support to the amendment. It seems extraordinary to imagine the Office for Students unilaterally making a decision that an institution should have the power to award research degrees. Surely it is quite essential that a research organisation—particularly, in this case, UKRI—should be heavily involved. Equally, I do not think that UKRI can make the decision alone because...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (6th Day) (25 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: My Lords, I felt that this part of the debate would not be complete without the voice of the overseas student. I was an overseas student. I did my PhD at Harvard. The process for getting a visa was rather fierce. I remember going to the American embassy in London with a chest X-ray in a very large brown paper envelope and there were other things that had to be produced. When the time came to...

Voter Registration - Question (25 Jan 2017)

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve: Does the Minister agree that Northern Ireland gives us another reason to think about compulsory registration? The Government have maintained that the common travel area will continue after Brexit. I do not see how that can be done except by people having ID cards or passports that are biometrically sophisticated and carried by all of us. It is no good just saying, “Let the illegals identify...


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