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Results 221–240 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

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I remind the noble Lord that the example in Lancashire that I spoke of was in a Church of England school. My experience of church schools is that they not only hold their own strong religious views but respect the communities from which their pupils come and the circumstances from which their families come. Perhaps it is different in Lancashire.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, my experience in my political career is that it is unwise to comment on individual cases. I would need to know the detail. I cannot believe—however, the noble Lord tells me it is a fact—that any head teacher or governing body has insisted on that wording. However, I do not doubt that the noble Lord has evidence which seems to support that. I am slightly more dubious about...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the noble Lord, Lord Dear, please accept that he is referring to two separate issues? One is teaching religious education. Perhaps in some schools this is taught as fact by people who believe, particularly in church schools. As for the other, I do not know if other noble Lords have my experience of children, particularly grandchildren, asking people questions at the most...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I say in a spirit of courtesy that I rather resent the reference to this side of the Chamber, because this debate is not whipped. What I will say is based on my experience as a mother and as someone, obviously, who went to school. For 10 years I chaired the education committee in Lancashire, with a bevy of bishops—perhaps “beneficence” would be a more appropriate...

Education: Sex and Relationship Education — Question (18 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister go a little further in explaining why the Government believe that, in terms of the curriculum, a very heavy top-down approach is okay in teaching history, but PSHE is seen as optional? Surely the Minister could talk to, for example, the Lords spiritual about the way that church schools in counties such as Lancashire view PSHE as being even more important than the...

Education: Reform of GCSEs — Statement (11 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I record an interest as having been, many decades ago, an unqualified teacher. I may tell the Minister that in that job I was not equivalent to a professionally qualified teacher and doctor, who was given the pupils with learning and behavioural difficulties to keep him out of the way. I worry about the Government’s approach to professional training for teachers. Like other noble...

Woolwich and the EU Council — Statement (3 Jun 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister give an assurance that the Government, in looking at tax evasion and capital being moved around, will also look at the rights of workers, many of whom are being abused by the very companies that evade taxation and then criticise our income support projects, which are there to make up those companies’ shortfalls? Secondly, will he join me in saying that not only...

G8 Meeting — Question (21 May 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Would the Minister care to give an assurance about movement towards the principle of paying a living, fair and minimum wage in those countries which they intend to assist with inward development? Will she tell her colleagues that some of us despair about the way the Government are tackling the results of many major companies—this has been referred to today—which fail to pay a living wage...

Childcare Ratios — Statement (9 May 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, there is a fear in the country now that the Government know the price of everything and the value of nothing, despite the response from professionals to government proposals. They ignored the view of the police about police officers being more important than the money spent on police and crime commissioners, as well as the views of other professionals, for example on the curriculum...

Procedure of the House — Motion to Take Note (24 Apr 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord the Leader has referred several times to the establishment by the Procedure Committee of some sort of guidance. To whom is the guidance given in this system if we do not have a Back-Bench committee? I do not follow this. I understand the lottery and I understand the Back-Bench committee but, if I do not like the interpretation of the guidance that leads to a...

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill — Committee (and remaining stages) (25 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I fail to understand the Minister. Surely if someone is asked to regulate their business, as he calls it, in order to get to the norm, what is the difference between that and a target?

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill — Committee (and remaining stages) (25 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, this is Committee. Many of us are deeply distressed about the Bill. To seek to curtail a discussion where clearly the Minister is saying that people will be asked to comply with a norm if they have no good excuse not to, is to my mind-and, I suspect, to the minds of other noble Lords-little different from a target.

UK: Poverty — Question (25 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister has repeated an assertion that I have heard him make before. My experience, from talking to people in the clergy and social services, is that there has been a large increase in the use and availability of food banks. The Minister asserts that there has not. What is his evidence?

House of Lords: Oral Questions — Question (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, does the Leader of the House agree that supplementary questions often occur because the Minister has answered the question that they wish had been asked rather than the one that was asked?

Armed Forces: Pay — Question (20 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I listened carefully to the noble Lord's reply to my noble friend's question. I heard him explain that it was perfectly within normal procedure for a contract not to be renewed, but I missed his answer as to why the contract had not been renewed in this case.

Roads: New and Young Drivers — Question (18 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister ensure that in government discussions with the insurance companies, the issue of young learner drivers, particularly those on motorcycles and scooters who are working and trying to read maps when delivering pizzas, is dealt with? I understood that it was illegal to employ such drivers for deliveries. It is certainly very frightening to look at them trying to read...

Children: Care — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, does the Minister remember, or has he read, the report from the noble Baroness, Lady Warnock, on children with special needs, many of whom are concentrated in less advantaged backgrounds? Would he agree with me that those people providing childcare, whether they are carers at home or in provided accommodation, ought to be able to devote time to individual children? I am sure that...

Taxation: Income Tax — Question (6 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister admit that some of the people to whom I think the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, was referring are classified as self-employed and therefore are not protected under the national minimum wage legislation? Will he write to me with details of the reductions in benefit that will occur for those who earn too little to benefit from the subject matter in the Question asked...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (5 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I apologise to the Committee. I was unable to be present for the beginning and I have obviously missed the explanation of a phrase that I cannot understand. The noble Lord has just repeated that the answer to child poverty is not money. I do not know the explanation for the Government's view that you do not eradicate child poverty by providing money. I wonder whether the noble Lord...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (5 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The Minister is speaking as though the only people using food banks are those who go to the jobcentres. Surely, from my experience and that of other noble Lords, many of the people who are now using food banks are actually in employment. As things like the bedroom tax bite, more people in employment will lose out on what benefits were available to them.


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