Results 401–420 of 420 for speaker:Lord Weir of Ballyholme

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services and Social Services (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have consulted (1) professional, and (2) unpaid, dementia carers regarding strategic decisions around integrated social care; and if so, how.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disability Living Allowance: Invalid Vehicles (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many people have directed the mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance to the purchase of a vehicle in each of the last three years, broken down by regions of the UK.

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 6 (24 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: I thank my noble friend Lord Morrow for giving way. Would he agree with me that if we fail to put this on the face of the Bill and run the risk that former operatives of the RUC, the PSNI and the HET are barred from the ICRIR, we would be sending out a signal that, institutionally, we regard those organisations as being party to the conflict and that we would, in effect, be placing them on a...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: I entirely agree with the point that the noble Baroness has made. However, to be fair to the noble Baroness, Lady Hoey, is that not why the amendment refers to “take into account”? That then would not preclude it being taken into account and a different approach being taken.

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, I will deal first with Amendment 1. I support this probing amendment. That is not necessarily to make a judgment that what is in place at present is insufficient, but it is probing to establish whether what is placed in the legislation is comprehensive enough and whether it covers all the situations. There can be nothing worse than finding that there are inadvertent consequences and...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment to the Motion (24 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, I also support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan. I am the first to acknowledge that many sensible amendments have been put forward from all sides of the House; there are also some that I would not be quite so keen on, but no matter how good some of those amendments are, they do not and indeed cannot deal with the fundamental flaws in the Bill....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Mathematics: Education (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional resource costs of ensuring that all school pupils in England study mathematics until the age of 18.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol: Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals (European Affairs Committee Sub-Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Jay, and the committee on this report; I welcome it and am happy to support all the recommendations. However, I do so in a context in which I have deep concern for the present and grave fears for the future. The report rightly details that we need maximum scrutiny of EU legislation. I welcome in particular those parts of the...

International Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, I join with others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Pickles, for securing this debate. Like most in this House down the years, I have had the honour and privilege of meeting with and hearing first-hand the brutal but brave testimony of Holocaust survivors. Sadly, each year the number of those survivors diminishes, and it will not be many years before they disappear from the face of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs ( 9 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the proportion of children with Special Educational Needs statements in England compared with other parts of the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Finance ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what was the total (1) budget, and (2) spend, on pupils with Special Educational Needs in England for each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) number, and (2) percentage, of (a) nursery, (b) primary, and (c) secondary, school pupils in England have a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Special Educational Needs: Northern Ireland ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State on 24 November (HCWS385) on finances for the Northern Ireland departments for 2022–23 and the budget outlook for 2023–24, what assessment they have made of the budgetary resource pressures for Special Needs Education within these overall budgets.

Written Answers — Treasury: Northern Ireland Protocol ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the current monthly cost of the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in respect of (1) the Trader Support Service, (2) any costs to businesses, and (3) any related areas.

Written Answers — Treasury: Northern Ireland Protocol ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total annual cost of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland if it is fully implemented in its current form on (1) the Trader Support Service, (2) businesses, and (3) any related areas.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Aviation: Northern Ireland (20 Dec 2022)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of Northern Irish (1) airports, or (2) airlines, operating routes from Northern Ireland focused on increasing air connectivity between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Voter Identification Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (13 Dec 2022)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, I speak in favour of the Government’s position, drawing from experience of 35 years of elections in Northern Ireland. Some were prior to the 2002 legislation, and some were after that; in some I was a candidate. On each occasion I was someone involved in electoral politics. I also draw from experience as former president and vice-president of the Northern Ireland Local Government...

School Meals: Funding - Question (13 Dec 2022)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: Can I ask the noble Baroness whether there has been any examination by the Government of the approach taken to free school meals, and particularly schemes tackling holiday hunger, of the devolved regions, particularly in Northern Ireland by the Department of Education, which have proved successful in being able to provide a much more coherent approach to being able to assist children.

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Dec 2022)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: I thank the noble Lord for giving way briefly. He mentioned the central role of social workers, and an important part of the report deals with training recommendations for social workers. Does he agree that it is also important that all those involved in social care provision be given training in trauma-informed practice? That would be of value when dealing with young people. In Northern...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Dec 2022)

Lord Weir of Ballyholme: My Lords, it is a great pleasure and an honour to make my maiden speech in this Chamber. It is a particular pleasure to follow my former lecturer, the noble Lord, Lord Bew: I will leave it to the discernment of the House at the end of my remarks to determine whether he was a good enough lecturer—or perhaps, more pertinently, whether I was a good enough student. Members will have to decide...


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