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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Touhig

Schoolchildren: Dyslexia and Neurodiverse Conditions - Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2020)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for securing this debate and introducing it with knowledge and passion. Maya Angelou once said that we must “teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” This debate is about including all children in education and ensuring our schools are proud of their diversity. My focus is on the...

Children and Families: Early Years Interventions - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, every child has the right to a good life and, even more, every child has a right to a good quality of life. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Gloucester set the scene when she opened this debate in such a powerful and expressive way. We have a duty to ensure that children are given the best opportunities in life whatever their circumstances. For this reason, early years...

Disability Employment Gap - Question (12 Feb 2020)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the disability employment gap.

Disability Employment Gap - Question (12 Feb 2020)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in begging leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the National Autistic Society.

Disability Employment Gap - Question (12 Feb 2020)

Lord Touhig: I welcome, as I am sure the whole House does, the improvement the Minister just told us about, but there has been no increase whatever in the number of autistic people in work—for the last 10 years. Just 16 in every 100 people who are autistic are in full-time employment. Addressing the lack of understanding about autism across business and industry is key to trying to solve this problem....

Asylum Claims: Child Trafficking - Question (16 Jan 2020)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the United Nations reports that one migrant child goes missing or is reported dead every single day. At the end of this month, together with colleagues from both Houses, I will take a report through the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on protecting vulnerable migrant children. Does the Minister agree that we can show the best of being British: that, although we are...

Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review - Question (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, did the Minister listen yesterday to the speech of my noble friend Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, who recalled that he and the late Robin Cook worked together to produce a defence and foreign policy review that lasted an unprecedented 11 years? They achieved this by forming a defence review built on agreed foreign policy objectives. Will the Government follow that sensible pattern?...

Mental Disorder: Autism and Learning Disabilities - Private Notice Question (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports that people are being wrongly detained in secure hospitals units, whether they will review the Mental Health Act 1983 to amend the definition of mental disorder to exclude autism and learning disabilities.

Mental Disorder: Autism and Learning Disabilities - Private Notice Question (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice and declare an interest as president of the National Autistic Society.

Mental Disorder: Autism and Learning Disabilities - Private Notice Question (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, since 2015, there has been a 24% increase in the number of autistic people sectioned, even if they have no mental illness, because the Mental Health Act defines autism as a mental disorder. Autism is not a mental disorder. Last weekend, the Health Secretary promised to detach autism and learning difficulties from mental health legislation. That is most welcome, as is the appointment...

Young Adults: Public Service Funding - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the greatest Liberal Prime Minister in the history of our country—a Welshman, naturally—David Lloyd George, speaking more than 100 years ago, after the passage in the other place of the Education Act, said that, with the powers it has created, “the State can watch over the welfare of its children through infancy and adolescence”. Those inspirational words are in my mind...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, hundreds of Palestinian youngsters have been encouraged by the terrorist organisation Hamas to commit acts of provocation against Israeli forces but, when arrested, they do not have the benefit of lawyers and are tried in military courts. I am a lifelong supporter of the State of Israel, but is Britain reminding the Government of Israel of the vision of its founders, who would be...

School Exclusion: Timpson Review - Statement (7 May 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, 70% of pupils excluded from school have special educational needs. In their response to the report, the Government have promised to review the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice by the end of next year. I am not clear from the Statement whether that review will be included in the work to be undertaken by Tom Bennett. Specifically, on the review of the SEND...

Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, tomorrow is a very important day: we are going to celebrate and commemorate 70 years since the founding of NATO. NATO has helped to keep the peace, helped to deter and helped to make us enjoy a better life here in Europe. This year also happens to be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Council of Europe, another organisation that has helped to keep the peace and kept us...

NATO - Motion to Take Note (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, 70 years ago the world was emerging afresh from the ashes of the Second World War, a conflict in which Britain and her allies suffered many great losses. Four years after the end of the conflict, it became clear that the free world needed to band together in military unity to fend off future threats. So it was that NATO was founded on 4 April 1949 to create an alliance in support...

Special Educational Needs - Question (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister said that compliance data is not collected. Why? Nothing will improve unless the data is collected.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Question (25 Mar 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I have been told that the Government expect every health body to provide a seven-day specialist multidisciplinary service to prevent people with autism needing in-patient care. That has been government policy since 2015. In the last four years, there has been a 24% increase in autistic people without a learning disability being placed in mental health hospitals. What are the...

Aircraft Carrier Task Force - Question (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, is this sabre-rattling in the Pacific intended to give our friends in the region confidence, or to make the Chinese tremble? When the Americans deploy a carrier they provide an escort of a cruiser, four destroyers, a carrier wing, a submarine and 7,500 sailors. Can we do that?

Royal Navy: Type 31e Frigates - Question for Short Debate (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Berkeley for securing this debate. It has been a good debate, albeit a short one, on a matter very important to our defence and economic interests. I appreciate that I am stating the obvious: we are an island—not a very big island—but we are also the world’s fifth-largest economy, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a nuclear power and a...

Modernising Defence Programme - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Touhig: In the Statement we are told that the Government wish, “to improve markedly the way we run Defence”, and that: “Based on our work to date, we expect to achieve over the next decade the very demanding efficiency targets we were set in 2015”. Can the Minister remind the House of how much money the 2015 defence review said would be saved by efficiency savings and over what period? How...

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