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Results 81–100 of 2100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (3 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In response to my noble friend Lord Randall of St Budeaux, perhaps I may refer back to what my noble friend Lord Whitty has already made clear in his contributions. We do not see that there is a consequential link between repeal of Section 2A of the 1986 Act and the safeguards that should and must exist around sex and relationships education in schools. From my experience in talking to...

National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000 (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I beg to move the first Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. This order corrects a number of omissions and deficiencies in the first order that your Lordships debated last year. It does not depart from the principle that the Assembly should assume the functions of the Secretary of State for Wales; indeed it fulfils that principle. The order mostly transfers functions to...

National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000 (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the order is a technical measure designed only to correct deficiencies in the devolution settlement as it stands. It does not alter the basic principles. It is extremely important that we recognise the enormity of the task undertaken by officials in identifying the complex areas that needed to be identified as part of the transfer. The noble Lord, Lord Roberts, raised the issue of...

National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000 (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I certainly undertake to look most carefully at that point and will write to the noble Lord should the occasion prove necessary.

Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000 (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I beg to move the second Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. The debate today is about how we apply best value to town and parish councils. Best value is at the cutting edge of this Government's modernising agenda. It bites particularly on local government and will come into force on 1st April this year. It aims to force up standards of service delivery to those of the...

Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000 (7 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I thank both the noble Lord and the noble Baroness for their contributions. In answer to the noble Baroness, I am sure she recalls that the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, raised this matter during the passage of the Local Government Bill, when I placed our commitment on record. As to the issue raised by the noble Lord, it appears that under the circumstances that he describes a very...

Northern Ireland Bill (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I believe that we have yet to come to Clause 3. This is Amendment No. 3.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I begin by saying that, as a resident of the country, I find it difficult to be constantly challenged as to what percentage of me is Welsh and what percentage is English. One day perhaps someone will ask me what part of the country my great-great-great-grandparents came from! I can assure the noble Lords, Lord Thomas of Gresford and Lord Roberts of Conwy, that I speak for the Government on...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I thank the noble Lord. Perhaps I may be forgiven for saying this, but I believe that those of us who have spoken for the interests of Wales have had to repeat some things many times. The noble Lord, Lord Roberts, quite rightly referred to levels of pay and comparative levels of pay in Wales. I am very proud of the fact that, in introducing a national minimum wage and, ultimately, even...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. It is extremely important that one recognises exactly what the Assembly considered and the conclusion it reached. It considered that to set a percentage for any particular group or interest would be too narrow and would constrain the ability to make judgments. This is not primary legislation decided in London against the wishes of the Assembly;...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The noble Lord quite rightly identified a group of amendments spoken to earlier which have a specific interest in Wales. Identifying and meeting the learning needs of disabled people will be part of the core business of not only LSCs but of the CETW. It is not a peripheral concern. That is why the Bill requires councils to have both specific regard to the needs of people with disabilities and...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am relieved to see my noble friend Lord Stone of Blackheath return to his place, in case I need his linguistic skill from his many years living in the Principality. Amendment No. 153 is unduly restrictive and at odds with the existing arrangements for members of the FEFC for Wales and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. It is right and fair that members of the CETW receive salaries...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My understanding is that the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, has spoken to this amendment but has accepted that the first amendment grouped with it was not moved. My understanding was that this amendment was not to be moved.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 162: Page 14, line 32, leave out ("or advice") and insert (", advice or guidance"). On Question, amendment agreed to.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 163: Page 14, line 33, at end insert ("(including employment)"). On Question, amendment agreed to. Clause 34, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 35 to 38 agreed to.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: moved Amendment No. 164: After Clause 38, insert the following new clause-- :TITLE3:FURTHER EDUCATION: GOVERNORS (" .--(1) The Council may appoint a person to be a member of the governing body of an institution which-- (a) falls within the further education sector (within the meaning given by section 91(3) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992), and (b) mainly serves the population of...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I ought to declare an interest before speaking to this amendment. I have members of my family who currently benefit from work experience placement schemes in Wales. Work experience placements in Wales will be the responsibility of the careers service companies under contract to the National Assembly. We have already made provision in Clause 34 for the CETW to provide funding support to foster...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I can add nothing to what my noble friend Lady Blackstone said when speaking to this subject earlier. I am grateful that the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, has expressed his awareness that this amendment has been overtaken by the Government's Amendment No. 164. I thank him for the time and trouble he has taken in raising this issue. I hope that, in view of the Government's amendment, he will feel...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As regards the planning and strategic regime of the CETW, the National Assembly has made it clear that it will set out its requirements on these matters in the remit letter to the new council for Wales. We are aware of the significant interest of the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, in the devolution settlement and of the impact that the Government of Wales Act has made on Wales. We should all...


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