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Results 41–60 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 (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 17 withdrawn. Amendment 17A Moved by Baroness Northover 17A: Clause 21, page 20, line 16, leave out subsection (5) and insert— “(5) Health care provision or social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision (instead...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I shall briefly, but strongly, support both amendments. On Amendment 34A, the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, has fully explained her concerns, which I share, about the possible consequences of allowing specialist SEN academies to admit children without an ECH plan. That seems to run counter to the principle of inclusion and it also seems dangerous to admit children without that...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, this has been a very long debate and I do not intend to extend it much longer, but I want to join the noble Baroness, Lady Howarth, as another non-lawyer in redressing the balance slightly. I have listened very carefully to all the excellent contributions. I say at the outset to the Minister that this situation presents a challenge to the Government and I hope that they will rise to...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment in the name of the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, to which I have added my name. We had a very good debate in Committee on Clause 11 about the status of the presumption that is enshrined in that clause. Concerns about preserving the overriding status of the presumption of the best interests of the child in the Children Act have been...

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, before the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, rises, I will say one or two words and not delay the House. The Government have recognised how dear this issue is to the hearts of so many noble Lords, including to myself. I am very pleased that they will bring forward an amendment at Third Reading. I wanted in particular to congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, and the noble and learned...

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I ask for guidance as to whether we can now speak on Amendment 12, which the business paper incorrectly describes as “g12”—a government amendment. I think it is confusing people.

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank all Members who participated in this debate. It is an important issue and it is right that it was aired again on Report. The noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, characteristically put her finger on one reason why this is important: the danger of allowing any Government, now or in the future, to interfere in a heavy-handed way with local authority functions without...

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I would like to clarify whether the Minister is withdrawing Amendment 6, as I thought he stated earlier on.

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: For absolute clarity, is the Minister saying that he is withdrawing Amendment 6?

Children and Families Bill — Report (1st Day) (9 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I would like to speak to Amendments 4 and 5, which variously attempt to circumscribe the power that the Secretary of State is taking in Clause 3. Clause 3 grants the Secretary of State a new power to force local authorities to franchise out adopter recruitment services, either to another local authority or to a registered adoption agency, by amending Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the...

Education: PISA Results — Statement (3 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: If the Minister will give way, I have to clarify the points I made in my opening speech. It was not that I expected the Government to have turned around a tanker. What I said was that substantial progress had been made during the years of the Labour Government, and necessarily so because of the state of the education system in 1997. In their three and a half years, the Government could have...

Education: PISA Results — Statement (3 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Statement, which had a much more measured tone than the public pronouncements on the PISA results that we heard yesterday and this morning from the Secretary of State. The results show that after three and a half years in government, the coalition has so far failed to make any further progress in improving standards in these core subjects of English,...

Education: Proficiency Levels — Question (3 Dec 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: In the area performing best in the OECD results published today, all teachers must have a teaching qualification and have to undertake 240 hours of professional development in the first five years of their career. In the UK now, academies and free schools can employ an unqualified person as a teacher even in these core subjects. The South Leeds Academy has just advertised for an unqualified...

Local Authorities: Child Protection — Question (26 Nov 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, in the light of the shocking findings published today by the Children’s Commissioner—that the extensive use by boys of adult pornography is fuelling sexual exploitation and abuse of girls on an apparently massive scale—what action are the Government taking to ensure that social workers and teachers in particular are better equipped to protect young people from this new and...

Schools: Curriculum — Question (30 Oct 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question in the name of my noble friend Lady Massey at her request. She has had an accident and sends her apologies today.

Schools: Curriculum — Question (30 Oct 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank the Minister for that reply and will pass on the good wishes that he has expressed in the House to my noble friend Lady Massey. Is the Minister aware that, in the light of concerns over many months about the extent of new risks to young people from social media, the internet and grooming, Members across the House and in the other place, schools, children’s organisations and now even...

Children: Sexual Abuse — Question for Short Debate (15 Oct 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Howarth, particularly for the focus that she has brought this evening on prevention. She set out clearly for us the incidence and prevalence of child sexual abuse and made a compelling case for more to be done to support prevention—something which, as she rightly said, is the weak link in current plans and, I would say, in policy and...

Children and Families Bill — Second Reading (2 Jul 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his introduction to this important Children and Families Bill and welcome him to the Dispatch Box for his first major task as a Minister—steering the Bill through your Lordships’ House. I look forward to debating with him during our proceedings. It is good finally to have a Bill on aspects of children’s well-being from a Secretary of State who so far...

Children: Adult Material Online — Question (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, schools are also central to safeguarding children in this area. Yesterday the Minister said that teachers should be able to teach internet safety effectively in computing classes. With respect, I doubt that anyone knowledgeable in this area agrees with that view, because it requires teachers trained in addressing these difficult personal and social issues with young people—and...

Schools: PSHE — Question (11 Jun 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the worldwide campaign against violence towards women, along with recent criminal cases, has highlighted the danger that internet pornography presents to children and young people. The Children’s Commissioner’s inquiry shows that many young people are exposed to internet pornography through their schools and their friends. What guidance have the Government issued to schools to...


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