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Results 241–260 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

Council Tax: Support Schemes — Question (4 Mar 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on managing to shift all the responsibility for increasing poverty and problems with having to pay bills to the poorest. I recognise that the noble Baroness referred to the fact that we are all having to make very big sacrifices, but from where I sit in the north of England, the sacrifices are not being made by the better off in the south but by the very...

House of Lords: Membership — Motion to Agree (28 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, as a member of the Leader's Group under the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, and as a Whip in your Lordships' House, I would not hazard a guess as to the number of noble Lords who would take permanent leave of absence. However, I recollect, when I was in both those roles, a number of noble Lords who attended quite regularly and with great difficulty because they felt that they had been asked...

Health: Midwives — Question (25 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, in the light of the original Question of the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, would the Minister advise the House as to whether NICE will be asked to produce guidelines based on what it believes is needed or based on the current shortfall in midwives? If it is based on the current shortfall, we will suffer the same problems.

NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public Health and Local Healthwatch) Regulations 2012: Motion to Regret (5 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I am sorry, my Lords, but the noble Earl is not answering the point about who makes the judgment. The noble Lord, Lord Greaves, and I have served on the same local authority. I can think of occasions when, had he or I joined Healthwatch and formed a campaign, it is quite possible that either he or I on the local authority could have taken a totally different view about what was happening. I...

NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public Health and Local Healthwatch) Regulations 2012: Motion to Regret (5 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I have listened very carefully to the Minister, who I know is trying to be helpful to your Lordships' House. But I still do not understand who exactly judges, in the cases to which he has referred, whether particular campaigns are appropriate, local or acceptable, or whether it would refer to anyone apart from those who may have a role in funding or developing policy to which Healthwatch may...

Forestry — Question (5 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister please answer in full the question asked by my noble friend Lady Royall?

Taxation: Tax Collection — Question (5 Feb 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister help me? I have heard conflicting figures for staffing at HMRC. Can he tell me the figures for the total staffing complement over the past three years, as well as give me the breakdown between individual areas of work?

Housing: New Homes Bonus — Question (29 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I am fascinated to discover that part of the country I live in is no longer recognised by the Government, but I am not surprised. Will the Minister accept that I live in the north-west of England, as does the noble Lord, Lord Greaves? Would she care to provide the House with figures on the impact of the RSG, plus the housing association grant, plus the new homes allowance, across...

NHS Mandate: Health Inequalities — Question (28 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the noble Baroness care to correct a mistaken idea that she may have put to the House? I listened very carefully to my noble friend Lord Darzi, who said that his general comments about centres of excellence in no way related to the Lewisham situation, on which he was not commenting. Could she correct that, please?

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Committee (18 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I have listened carefully to the arguments and seldom do I cross swords with the noble Baroness, Lady Browning, but surely, under the existing rules, all that the Government can agree is to put an amendment to this House, which this House must consider on its merits. It is not a matter of honour or honouring what has been done in the other place. We have been given an opportunity and...

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Committee (18 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, does the noble Earl intend to tell us that the Government gave an assurance as to the result of your Lordships' consideration or merely that the Government would table an amendment, which they have in honour fulfilled. However, it is for this House to decide. The Government cannot give a commitment that your Lordships will vote in favour of that commitment.

NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question (16 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the Minister assure the House that, if the board is able to find a formula more reflective of local need in terms of poverty and deprivation, the Government will look at it? They appear not to take such factors properly into account when looking at the revenue support grant which provides services for people in poverty. I declare an interest as someone who lives in Preston, Lancashire,...

Public Libraries — Question (10 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister-

Ibrahim Magag: Disappearance — Private Notice Question (8 Jan 2013)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I have listened with great care because I have great respect for the Minister, but I do not hear a single argument in favour of getting rid of relocation. Will the Minister tell me what that argument is?

Afghanistan — Statement (19 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister replied to the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord King. I ask him what work will be done for the many post-active-service service men and women and indeed ex-service men and women around in the country in 2013 and 2014. I am told that those who suffer a life-changing experience sometimes have trouble adapting to civilian life and end up in trouble with the police. Is...

National Lottery — Question (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, can the Minister explain to the House why his answer to the question from my noble friend Lord Collins was "the Gambling Commission" and not "government policy" in determining what should happen?

Driving: Blood Alcohol Limit — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister tell your Lordships' House which drugs will be detected if the detection equipment is found to be reliable?

Taxation: Avoidance — Question (11 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister join me in welcoming the fact that Her Majesty's Government, having cut the money to HMRC for dealing with this problem, have now restored their own cut? Would he see whether it is possible to collate information about those companies with large numbers of employees that do not even pay a living wage to those employees, let alone their tax, and therefore cost the...

Department of Health: Budget — Question (6 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister very unusually failed to answer my noble friend Lord Warner's question as to why the money that has gone back to the Treasury could not have been used to meet the needs of the patients to whom the noble Lord, Lord Laming, referred.

Schools: Performance — Question (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister confirm publicly that the oft-used mantra of local authority control is no longer the case, and that local authorities have powers and duties but control is not among them? Given the full range of skills that young people need in their lives, is it not a disgrace to watch additional primary school places being provided in areas such as Pimlico, where they are not...


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