Results 81–100 of 1800 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 Sharp of Guildford

Schools: Primary School Places — Question (16 Jul 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: What proportion of children in primary schools, given the pressure on places, is likely to be in classes of more than 30 in the next few years?

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Kramer for introducing so expertly this timely debate. In preparation, I went though a number of the documents that have been issued by BIS over the past couple of years or so. I was struck by the introduction that my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, made to A Strategy for Sustainable...

Food Security Policy — Motion to Take Note (24 May 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Miller for introducing this timely debate. I declare myself the fourth member of Sub-Committee D to be speaking in this debate. I spent the first half of April in Egypt. While wondering about the degree to which methods of cultivation seemed to have changed very little over the past few millennia-donkeys still seem to be the main means of...

Schools: Careers Advisers — Question (22 May 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I believe that there has been some discussion of examples of best practice in careers guidance being published to supplement the guidance that has already been issued. Is that likely to be the case? Such best guidance would, I believe, bring out the necessity of face-to-face guidance when it is appropriate.

Education: Languages — Question (28 Mar 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, when this House rather reluctantly agreed to the dropping of the modern foreign language commitment from the national curriculum in 2003, it was because the Minister at the time, the noble Baroness, Lady Ashton, agreed that a systematic programme of teaching languages to primary school pupils would be put in place. Will the Minister tell us what happened to this commitment to...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Report (3rd Day) (15 Feb 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have spoken before in favour of Amendment 56 and shall not repeat the arguments which illustrate how much work goes into cleaning up the raw data necessary to form data sets to develop meaningful analysis and the problems that can arise from forced distribution before those data have been properly presented and analysed. I should like to reinforce the arguments made around the...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Report (3rd Day) (15 Feb 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I regret to say that my noble friend Lady Walmsley is unable to be here today and has asked me to speak on her behalf on Amendment 52. The Minister has already mentioned this amendment. I take it from when he talked about the fact that the situation in further education colleges has yet to be finalised, and that the precise application can be ensured in regulations, that there is...

Wedgwood Museum — Question (14 Feb 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that besides the unique ceramics collections there is also a data archive dating back 250 years of the Wedgwood and Darwin letters, which have great scientific significance? Does she not agree that it is something of a quirk that a quirk of law relating to the financial sector should require us to sacrifice this icon of our industrial heritage?

Cities — Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Storey for initiating this important debate. The White Paper, Unlocking Growth in Cities, which was published in December, received remarkably little publicity for what it had to say, so it is good that we now have a chance to debate it at somewhat greater length. As has already been mentioned by other speakers, the White Paper had two key themes: first,...

National Well-being — Question for Short Debate (14 Dec 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Tyler for raising a very interesting and important question. I attended the seminar held about six weeks ago in Portcullis House at which Sir Gus O'Donnell spoke about the work that the Office for National Statistics is doing on measuring well-being. I am interested in this topic because, as an economist, I have always been aware of the shortcomings of...

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence — Question (14 Dec 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the White Paper talks about establishing a NICE implementation collaborative. Could the Minister explain to the House precisely what is meant by this?

Life Sciences — Statement (6 Dec 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I should like to thank my noble friend for repeating the Statement and say how much I, like other noble Lords, welcome it. In so far as the new strategy being adopted gives earlier access to new drugs and new technologies for patients, it can only be a very good thing. I have a number of questions for the Minister. Quite a few NHS hospital data are already available to researchers....

Subsidiarity Assessment: Food Distribution (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I should declare an interest as a member of the EU Sub-Committee D, which has brought forward this opinion. It has now considered this and similar proposals from the Commission on three occasions. On all three, it has taken the view that the proposal has little justification now that intervention stocks have more or less disappeared. Redistribution to deprived groups within society to relieve...

Education Bill: Report (4th Day) (1 Nov 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I very much welcome these pilots and I am very grateful to the Minister for having listened to the Special Educational Consortium and others who have been talking to him about this. I have been asked by the Association of National Specialist Colleges to raise two issues which possibly have already been covered by the discussions that have been held, but as I...

Education Bill: Report (4th Day) (1 Nov 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have two amendments in this grouping, Amendments 83 and 84. They do indeed pick up the issue that we spoke about in Committee, which is the duty on the part of colleges to promote the well-being of the local area. I thank the Minister for bringing forward this raft of amendments. As he knows, I am chairing a commission on behalf of NIACE, the AoC and the 157 Group, which is...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Willis and those who have spoken in favour of this amendment. There are two issues that are important. One is that this is not just about access to hardware. Yes, we are going to move to a situation where you no longer have a suite of computers within a classroom but instead young people have iPads and technology that is mobile around the classroom and...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for that explanation. I am reassured that there will be extensive consultation with the boards concerned on the implementation of these things. I just want to reiterate my general feeling that it is important for consultation to take place before rather than after legislation as a general principle. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 56A (to...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Amendments 56A and 56B are in my name and both are amendments to Amendment 56. I tabled them because we, and I suspect other noble Lords, have received a fair amount of correspondence about this provision. Two issues arise from it. One, which is the subject of my amendments, relates to a very narrow issue-the 10 per cent of turnover to which the fine should be related and the question of...

Education Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (18 Oct 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam. I find it very difficult to support this part of the Bill at all because for many years we have struggled to establish a proper professional organisation for teachers. I find it quite extraordinary that we are now destroying it. It gives teachers a sense of profession and of belonging to that profession. It is quite out of kilter with what...

Schools: Funding Reform — Statement: 7 52 pm (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: May I press the Minister a little further? Where does the pupil premium fit into these proposals? As I understand it, there will be an allowance for deprivation and so forth on top of the basic amount, and I assume that that is where the pupil premium will come in. However, given that the local schools forum will still play a part in allocating resources at a local level, how can schools be...


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