Results 81–100 of 231 for speaker:Baroness David

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I wish to respond to the Minister said. First, I thank very much those who have spoken in favour of my amendment. I had very strong and powerful support. I am extremely grateful for that. I thank the Minister for what she has said, but it was an extremely timid and uncourageous response. I am rather ashamed of the Department for Education and Skills for being so very timid. I hope...

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I do apologise for rising to speak to Amendment No. 125 after eleven o'clock at night—if I have counted correctly, there are 11 noble Lords in the Chamber—but I feel very strongly about this amendment. It is about a subject, hearing the views of children, about which I have spoken on many occasions over a very long time. Here is another opportunity, and I am afraid that I am...

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, can the Minister tell us who included the provision in a previous Act? It would be interesting to know that. I thought that parents could withdraw their children from sex education but not from science. I may be ignorant on the matter but I hope that the Minister can put me right.

Education Bill (26 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, there is probably only one chance in every generation in which to reform, develop and change post-16 education. The historic split between vocational and academic education continues to bedevil the nation. As the noble Lord, Lord Davies, said: "But it is the case ... that this nation is under-educated and under-trained.—[Official Report, 18/6/02; col. 615.] Clause 68, which...

National Care Standards Commission (Children's Rights Director) Regulations 2002 (20 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken for their support and for the knowledge that they have brought to this short debate. I am particularly grateful to the Minister for his very careful response, which was more than I expected. He made a powerful speech. The Government have done a great deal for children and I am proud of that. I congratulate them on that. I respect the noble...

National Care Standards Commission (Children's Rights Director) Regulations 2002 (20 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the regulations, laid before the House on 3rd May, be annulled (S.I. 2002/1250). The purpose of this exercise is to ensure debate in the House on the regulations and to persuade the Government that they should think again and give the Children's Rights Director some real powers to protect very vulnerable...

Education Bill (19 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I strongly support the noble Baroness. I added my name to the amendment at Committee stage, but I could not be present. The noble Baroness has made a very strong case. It is grossly unfair and parents should have this right. It is a very strong case and I hope that my noble friend the Minister will grant that that is so and change her mind about it.

Education Bill (17 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I should like to be totally honest in this debate. I shall not follow the noble Lord, Lord Alton, in his long defence of the Roman Catholic Church. My position is really very different. I do not believe in religious schools in the state; I do not believe in any faith schools. I should prefer this to be a totally secular society, with totally secular schools. I realise that my...

Adoption and Children Bill (10 Jun 2002)

Baroness David: My Lords, I give a very warm welcome to the Bill. It is a quarter of a century since the last Adoption Bill. If one considers the enormous changes in society and in attitudes over those years, the Bill is overdue. In fact, it completes a lot of the work that went into the Children Act 1989. That was a good Act and I am proud to have played a part when it was going through this House. One aim...

Education Bill (28 May 2002)

Baroness David: moved Amendment No. 333: Page 105, line 36, leave out "may" and insert "shall"

Education Bill (28 May 2002)

Baroness David: Amendments Nos. 333, 334 and 335 are to clarify the Government's intentions regarding the future development of education maintenance allowances, which are currently being piloted in 56 areas, and whether the scheme will be extended nationally. EMAs give financial support to enable students age 16 to 19 of limited means to continue in sixth form or a college of further education. The 1974 to...

Education Bill (28 May 2002)

Baroness David: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for her support and I thank the Minister for his partial support. I believe he realises the point and has shown some enthusiasm for it, if not total commitment to it. The spending review will have to take account of a good many demands. In the light of the Government's enthusiasm for 50 per cent of young people to go to university, it is essential, if...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Working Holidaymaker Scheme (28 May 2002)

Baroness David: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to issue their consultation document on the review of the Working Holidaymaker Scheme and how they plan to consult on the development of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme.

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Baroness David: I knew that this would be an interesting and difficult debate. I am grateful for the support that I have received, particularly from the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp. I am relieved to hear from the Minister that the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill contains provisions that are devoted to education. When it comes to this House, we can explore this matter more thoroughly—it certainly...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Baroness David: moved Amendment No. 174: Before Clause 44, insert the following new clause— "INTERPRETATION OF CHAPTER 3 "Admission" in this Chapter refers to the admission by any potential pupil applying to enter any school in the area of the local education authority, especially those living in the area."

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Baroness David: The purpose of this amendment is to confirm that the LEA is responsible for providing a place for every child in its area. One of the most important functions of the LEA is to secure sufficient schools to provide appropriate education to meet the age, aptitude, ability and special educational needs of pupils of the area. The purpose of this amendment is to ask the Government to confirm that...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Baroness David: I do not believe that at this time of night and at this stage of the Bill it is the moment to start a debate about selection and the success of comprehensive schools. However, I agree with the noble Baroness on one point: the present system is not working at all well and there is a possibility of making it work a little better. I should like to see the end of grammar schools. I do not believe...

Education Bill (14 May 2002)

Baroness David: Six years will stop parents having any say for a long time. I should like the system to be changed.

Education Bill ( 9 May 2002)

Baroness David: I shall speak to Amendments Nos. 96 and 98, tabled by my noble friend Lord Peston and I. As my noble friend said when moving his first amendment to the Bill, we have no intention of dividing the Committee. Amendment No. 96 refers to teachers and support staff. I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, about the importance of having support staff on the governing body. The status quo...

Education Bill ( 7 May 2002)

Baroness David: I do not want to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Blatch, in her arguments; I want to follow what my noble friend Lord Peston said about local education authorities. I said at Second Reading that one of the things I like about the Bill is that it gives greater opportunities for local education authorities, which had been downgraded under the previous government. I hope that during the course...


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