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Results 21–40 of 4000 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 Hughes of Stretford

Children and Families Bill — Report (5th Day) (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: No, that is true. I know that the noble Lord is very exercised by these issues, and I respect his point of view. A baby of itself could not move to another room. However—we have these arguments in many ways—the fact that we cannot remove the harm to all children in all situations presented by passive smoking is not an argument in itself for not taking the action that we could take to...

Children and Families Bill — Report (5th Day) (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, this has been an important but very long debate. However, my name is attached to three of the amendments in the group and I beg the indulgence of the House to make a few comments in, I hope, concluding the debate before the Minister responds. I want to thank the Minister in particular for his role in responding to the widespread support for standardised packaging within and beyond...

Children and Families Bill — Report (5th Day) (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: That particular measure would not deal with the issue of prohibition, so I cannot see how it would necessarily help. The alarm may go off, but if it is still legal for adults to smoke with children in the car, there would be no consequence to its going off. There are precedents, because this is a child protection issue, for our proceeding along this route. The second argument was: if cars,...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 53C, which is also in this group and which would leave out Clause 76 from the Bill. Clause 76 would repeal the duty, under Section 11 of the Childcare Act 2006, of local authorities to undertake and publish regular assessments of the sufficiency of childcare in their area. This would, effectively, neutralise the general duty under Section 6 of that Act to...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: The noble Baroness may like to write.

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply and thank other noble Lords who contributed to the debate. I will briefly make two points. First, inspection of voluntary adoption agencies is directly comparable to the inspection of childminder agencies in the sense that with the former, the situation of the child in an adoptive situation is much more open and is scrutinised by a wide range of...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 53ZAC standing in my name and I shall speak in support of Amendment 53A in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, and others. There are government measures in this Bill that allow for the establishment of childminder agencies. These are organisations that in future will be responsible for the registration, support and inspection of individual...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, speak in support of the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, which is also in my name, and congratulate her on encompassing in the amendment the main elements of her Online Safety Bill. I shall be brief, given the time, but the fact that I am being brief does not mean that I do not think that this is an incredibly important amendment, which I support strongly. We have...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: Perhaps the noble Lord has not noticed that subsection (7)(d) of the new clause proposed in the amendment says that the schools to which it would apply includes academies.

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I am sure that the Minister will confirm this, but legally free schools are academies.

Ofsted: Annual Report 2012-13 — Question (8 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, at the same time as publishing his report the inspector also said that grammar schools are acting as a brake on social mobility and there should be no more of them. Do the Government agree with that as well?

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: On the basis of what the Minister has just said, I will not press this amendment. However, I say to him that whatever strengthening he may propose in terms of mediation, that is not the same as moving towards an integrated system of appeal. We will need to see some substantial progress towards that, or a route map for getting there along the lines of Amendment 40B, if we are not to rehearse...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I support Amendment 40A moved by the noble Lord, Lord Rix, and colleagues. We supported him on this in Committee and it would still be our first preference as it would add health and social care provisions to the list of matters in respect of which children, young people and families could appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. This was first moved in Committee by the noble Lord, Lord...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, my name is also attached to the amendment and I respectfully suggest to your Lordships that this is one of two outstanding, key issues on which the effective implementation of the Government’s welcome approach to integration of education, health and social care depends. Clause 42 states that where a local authority maintains an ECH plan it must secure the special educational...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I rise briefly to make two points. First, I welcome the amendments. The wording of the government amendments is very sensible and I am pleased that the Minister has listened. The critical moment was when the Government published their policy position on this issue when it was crystal clear to everyone that the position as outlined was not reflected by the words “having regard to...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I am not clear: could any requirements in relation to young offender or custodial institutions included in the code of practice actually be applied to those institutions? Could they come within the purview of the code of practice legally?

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, my name is attached to Amendment 50 along with that of the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. The amendment seeks to take Clause 70, which disapplies the provisions of Part 3 to detained young people, out of the Bill and I am pleased that the Government have accepted that. I also support Amendment 49, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. I can be brief because most of the points...

Children and Families Bill — Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: That is very helpful. Could the Minister clarify subsection (4)? It says: “Joint commissioning arrangements about securing education, health and care provision must … include arrangements for”, securing EHC needs assessments. It talks about EHC assessments only and EHC plans only; it does not talk about securing services for children without plans.

Children and Families Bill — Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, briefly, I support the amendments, especially Amendment 19. I do so because Clause 26, which deals with joint commissioning arrangements, is an extremely important part of Part 3 and the new apparatus that the Government are constructing. I support the amendments because they are aimed at strengthening the joint commissioning arrangements. They need strengthening because of the...

Children and Families Bill — Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, Amendment 17 would, for the purposes of Sections 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32 and 62 of Part 3, include children with a disability, under the Equality Act. It would interpret children and young people with SEN to include children and young people with a disability as well. The Government have tabled a number of amendments, I think, to achieve the same thing. I will be very brief as...


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