Results 1981–1994 of 1994 for speaker:Lord Addington

Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Exemptions ( 3 Feb 2000)

Lord Addington: My Lords, at what point was the principle that discrimination does not take place at a certain level adopted by Members of the party opposite, who, when in Opposition, followed me into the Division Lobby when we attempted to remove the restriction during the passage of the original legislation?

National Health Service ( 2 Feb 2000)

Lord Addington: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for introducing the debate. I hope that noble Lords will bear with me if I go off at a slight tangent, although I do not believe that I shall be totally alone. Most of the debate has been about someone dealing with a pool of water in his house. I want to talk about prevention; in other words, I shall be the person who says, "You should have had that pipe...

Disability Rights Task Force (18 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: My Lords, does the Minister agree, if we are talking about transport in particular, that it is absurd for a journey to be covered by only part of the regulation? With that in mind, will the Minister agree that a date for the access of all disabled people to train services should be introduced straightaway, as already exists for other types of transport, such as buses and coaches?

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: I believe that is called back-pedalling under fire with considerable good grace. That is something that I hope the Government will take on board generally. I believe that someone was trying to put on belt and braces and realising that they were putting them on the wrong suit. It went very badly wrong; at least it gave a very bad impression. There are genuine worries in this area. I cannot...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: It is nice to know that we can produce a position that leads to a break-out of cross-party support. It is nice to know that the Government are capable of realising that even the past government got it right once in a while. True, they did so with a bit of prodding, but they did get it right--at least "righter". Having heard what the noble Lord has said, this is one of those situations where...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: Having actually achieved that rare thing of going from a point of being prepared to go into battle to discovering that everyone is actually on your side and there is no one left to fight, I should like to thank all those who have supported my argument. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: My name is attached to Amendment No. 127. It is very straightforward and a comparatively uncomplicated probing amendment. All it suggests is that in talking about registration we are speaking about information. It suggests that the most up-to-date technology should be used. I shall not use the word "modern" because what is modern today is old-fashioned and out of date tomorrow. That will be...

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: moved Amendment No. 124: Page 23, line 20, leave out paragraph (b).

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (13 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: The amendment removes the line from Clause 54 which states: "(b) is in good health, both physically and mentally; and". I should think that that line directly contradicts the Disability Discrimination Act. The DDA gives a defence against employing someone who is inappropriate for the job. The defence is reasonableness. I sat on this Bench for more hours than I care to remember going through...

Guide Dogs: Carriage by Taxi (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: My Lords, does the Minister agree that bringing other private hire vehicles into this process would be much more appropriate? Will the government give an undertaking to make sure that local authorities include the provision when granting any local licence?

Care Standards Bill [H.L.] (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: The noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, has already said much of what I was going to say. However, I should like to emphasise that when you have a disability, you generally have that disability for life or for the long term. "Suffering" and "illness" are confusing words in this context and they put out the wrong message. They also suggest that a person will get better. We are referring here to hidden...

Sport Strategy (10 Jan 2000)

Lord Addington: My Lords, can the Minister give the House some guidance about school sports in particular? Will the time given in the national curriculum for school sports allow for the amount of travel faced by many inner city school pupils in getting to playing fields? I am sure the noble Lord will agree that if the school timetable provides for three hours of sport but pupils spend one-and-a-half hours...

Digital Broadcasting to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ( 6 Dec 1999)

Lord Addington: My Lords, the process of preparing for this debate has been something of a learning curve. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, for her wonderful description of all the parts of this world of broadcasting with which I am not totally familiar. I must admit that the RNID laid its hand rather heavily on this debate--and a good thing too. However, I must apologise to both the RNID and the...

Independent Living Fund (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Addington: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her very constructive approach to this matter. It seems that she is now accepting that there is a problem. A system of tax credits has already been tried out. Can the Minister give assurances that the Government will be trying out other such programmes in order to break the poverty trap, which has evidently been sprung quite accidentally?


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