Results 21–40 of 231 for speaker:Baroness David

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

Baroness David: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lady Turner of Camden. The common picture of the excluded pupil is one of a young adolescent out of control, very difficult to educate, abusive, uncooperative, and who has a disregard for authority. Such children are demonised by society and, with their parents, are frequently criticised by the leaders of society. For example, on Tuesday BBC News published...

Education Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2005)

Baroness David: My Lords, I should like to support the amendments of my noble friend Lady Turner on helping children have a role in the new school inspection arrangements and to support the Government's Amendment No. 32, which requires the chief inspector to have regard to any views expressed by registered pupils at the school when conducting an inspection. That, of course, was discussed with the previous...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Jan 2005)

Baroness David: I want to speak in support of my noble friend Lord Smith of Leigh. First, I congratulate the Government on the excellent way in which funding has increased over the past seven years—over 30 per cent in real terms. I am confident that the money is worth investing for our future in that it will provide better education for children. The increase has been managed by local government and almost...

Commons Amendment (10 Nov 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, I am sure the Minister must be very happy to have one voice in support, but I am afraid that he will not have mine. When the Bill was considered in this House during the summer, I felt there was agreement that we had much improved it by cross-party amendments. In particular, there was very strong agreement that a Children's Commissioner for England should have the same general...

School Uniforms (25 Oct 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, does the Minister include in his survey the wishes of children themselves? Have local or national government made any effort to find out the attitude of children? Do children have to wear the absolutely correct uniform or can they wear an approximation to it?

National Healthy School Standard (12 Oct 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, does teacher training come up at all in the discussions?

House Committee: Select Committee Report (16 Jul 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, perhaps I may ask one question. Will the new facility described in paragraph 4 provide for feeding visitors who come at a time when no restaurant or any other such facilities are available here—on, for example, Wednesday evenings? We very much lack something like that.

Children Bill [HL] (15 Jul 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, throughout all the stages of the Bill, I have very strongly supported making the commissioner entirely independent. I therefore support the amendment. It is not appropriate for Ministers to be able to direct an independent champion for children. It is as simple as that. The Government, who deserve huge credit for bringing forward the proposal for a commissioner for England's...

Children Bill [HL] (15 Jul 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, I return to Amendment No. 13, which I strongly support, as I have done at previous stages. It was good to hear the Minister say on Report that she accepted the principle. I hope that we will hear that acceptance of the principle turns into acceptance of the provision. Recommendations from the commissioners in Wales and Northern Ireland must be taken seriously because of similar...

Children Bill [HL] (22 Jun 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, I support most strongly Amendment No. 103, which stands in the name of the noble Earl. I also welcome very strongly the Government's new clause at Amendment No. 101A, which requires respect for the views of the child in relation to the provision of services. But I believe that the principle of gaining direct access to children and ascertaining their views is of far greater...

European Parliamentary and Local Elections ( 7 Jun 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that, in Cambridge, my postal vote had not arrived by this morning? I have had a postal vote for a long time. I have been in touch with the Electoral Commission in Cambridge. It told me that it will send me a postal vote here. That may not arrive in time, but I have to take that vote to the polling station or to the Guild Hall myself. I do not think that...

Children Bill [HL] (20 May 2004)

Baroness David: I support the general intention of the proposed new clause, which aims to introduce what has become known as "child impact assessment" of new legislation. When I chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children in 1997 to 1998, we commissioned and published child impact assessments on all the Government's Bills. It was a worthwhile experiment and I hope that it will now be taken up with...

Children Bill [HL] (20 May 2004)

Baroness David: I strongly support what the noble Lord, Lord Morgan, has just said and, indeed, what the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, said in moving the amendment. I strongly support the proposed new clause. We have been trying for a very long time to give children equal protection under the law. I remember the late Lady Wootton of Abinger making earlier attempts to end school corporal punishment in 1973....

Children Bill [HL] (20 May 2004)

Baroness David: Before the Minister sits down, does she agree that it is a tradition of this House and of the other place to have a free vote on this sort of issue, whether or not the Government support it?

Children Bill ( 6 May 2004)

Baroness David: I should like strongly to support the need for the commissioner to have a right of access to any institutional premises where children are. However, the powers should not be limited, as it is in Amendment No. 67, to the context of formal investigations. As I said in the earlier debate on investigations, we are all agreed that formal investigations, which inevitably take a lot of the...

Children Bill ( 6 May 2004)

Baroness David: I shall speak to Amendment No. 66, to which my name is put, in support of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe. I support this new clause because children must have—as they have been promised—a strong and independent commissioner. The independence of the commissioner has been stressed all through this Committee stage, as I think we all want a really independent commissioner. This means that the...

Children Bill [HL] (30 Mar 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, we must congratulate the Government on introducing the Bill and demonstrating their strong commitment to children with the establishment of a Children's Commissioner. I was part of the advisory group brought together by the Gulbenkian Foundation when it first published a proposal for a children's rights commissioner in 1991. The report was entitled Taking Children Seriously, and...

Children Bill [HL] (30 Mar 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, I hope that that will not happen. We want to send a clear message that it is no more lawful to hit a child than to hit anyone else. We need the law to provide a safe basis for child protection and for promoting positive forms of discipline that work. That is important. I hope that we will not hear any accusations that this is a nanny state reform. On the contrary, its purpose is to...

National Service Framework for Children (29 Mar 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, will the needs of children in special circumstances, such as refugees, looked-after children and children in secure provision, whose health outcomes are often the worst, be looked after in the national service framework?

Child Protection Strategy ( 1 Mar 2004)

Baroness David: My Lords, could the Minister please try to use her influence to persuade the Government to make use of the Children Bill to bring forward legislation that totally complies with the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which have both criticised the Government's attitude about hitting children? Surely she could do something to get us in line with the...


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