Results 641–660 of 663 for speaker:Baroness Pinnock

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: It is, yes. I have been concentrating hard. I support everything that the noble Baroness said because it follows on from the earlier debate about quality. You cannot deliver quality unless you have a well-trained staff working in the childcare sector. I wanted to make it clear that there is support on our side. We have no critical comment to make but welcome the amendments that have been moved.

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, Amendment 10 is in my name and that of my noble friend Lady Tyler of Enfield. It seeks to ensure that the new free entitlement provided under the Bill is also available to parents with a child aged between one and two. The Government’s announcements on this Bill have made it clear that they intend to target their support at three and four year-olds, who already receive 15 hours of...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: At Second Reading, I raised considerable concerns about the lack of a definition of working parents. I welcome the contributions so far, which have tried to expand the definition of working parents that the Minister gave at Second Reading, which is now written in the policy statement he provided at the end of last week. If the Government’s aim is to enable more people to go out to work by...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: I shall speak to Amendment 31 in my name. Before I do so, I declare my interest—since it is pertinent to local authorities—both as a councillor and as a newly elected vice-president of the Local Government Association. I concur entirely with the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, about the confusion in implementing free childcare provision if local authorities are responsible for the first 15...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I support what the noble Lord, Lord Sutherland, has said. As the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, said, the focus of this Bill must be on the quality of provision for the child. I made that point on Second Reading. It is most important that we keep our focus on the quality of the provision for the children whom the Government are going to spend money on by providing additional hours of...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) ( 1 Jul 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I am very new to this process of scrutinising legislation. All the detailed procedures and processes that more experienced Members of this House know about, and the intricacies of how a decision is made, are a bit new to me. What I do know, though, is this: there is in front of us, for a very important change to legislation, a Bill that comes to just over three pages. The amendments...

Childcare — Question (30 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the problems of undercapacity in the childcare sector will not be resolved unless hourly rates for the free places are substantially increased? The hourly rate is dependent on the vagaries of the early years funding element in the revenue support grant to local authorities. We need to address both concerns if the rates for free places are going to be...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health: Finance (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will provide details of which local authorities are going to be asked to cut their public health budgets.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health: Finance (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to work with local authorities to ensure that cuts in local public health budgets do not adversely affect services that help to prevent emergency hospital admissions.

Housing: Private Rented Sector — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I press the Minister again about the quality and maintenance of houses in the private rented sector. I know of a landlord who refused to mend a leaking roof, to the detriment, obviously, of his tenants. The landlord lived in South Africa and had no interest at all in undertaking the repairs. I press the Minister again to say what she is planning to do about it.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I agree with much of what the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, said in his analysis of the problems facing local government. He is quite right that local government has been denuded of its powers over decades. He is quite right that many councils simply do not change political colour during elections. However, the solutions to those challenges provided by the noble Lord are not ones that...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: Fair voting in my description is not the list system, which I regard as just a fancy way of changing from first past the post. The proper fair-voting system enables the electors to choose, rather than putting the power in the hands of the political parties as the list system does. My idea of fair voting puts the power in the hands of the elector, but I digress. The noble Lord, Lord Heseltine,...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, of course we very much welcome the basis of this Bill, which is the additional 15 hours a week of free childcare for three and four year-olds whose families are in work. However, as the noble Baroness has just said, the devil is very much in the detail of this offer. I have four broad areas of concern: funding—there must be sufficient funding allocated to cover the cost of a high...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) ( 8 Jun 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the principle behind the Bill is to be thoroughly welcomed. Devolution to areas of England has long been an aim with cross-party support. It is even more frustrating, therefore, that this Bill as currently described is such a missed opportunity. It is positive that the Bill enables different approaches to be developed across England, but this is completely undermined by the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dementia: Nurses (17 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Admiral Nurses are employed in each of the local authority districts in England; and how that relates to the numbers of individuals suffering from dementia in those areas.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dementia: Nurses (17 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for increasing the numbers of Admiral Nurses to ensure that all individuals with dementia, and their families, have access to the support provided by those nurses.

Written Answers — Home Office: Driving Offences: Speed Limits ( 5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with police forces in England about the priority given to the enforcement of traffic speed in 30 mph and 20 mph areas.

Written Answers — Home Office: Driving Offences: Speed Limits ( 5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fixed penalty fines have been issued, and how many prosecutions have been initiated, for exceeding 30 mph or 20 mph speed limits in each of the police forces areas in England; and how that compares with estimates of the actual number of times speed limits are exceeded in 30 mph and 20 mph areas.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Offences: Speed Limits (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out any research into the effect of excessive traffic speed in 30mph areas on the quality of life of residents in those areas.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Offences: Speed Limits (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give the responsibility for traffic speed enforcement on roads with a 30mph limit to local authorities.


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