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Results 61–80 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: Care — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the Government's proposals will allow childminders, for example, to look after six babies at any one time: two aged six months and another four aged 12 months. Does the Minister think that it is possible for one childminder singlehandedly to provide safe, good-quality care for such a group of babies? If so, what evidence have the Government examined to support this, and to form...

Children and Young People — Question (23 Jan 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, before he lost his job, the previous Minister for Children, Tim Loughton, said that it was a scandal that there remains under this Government, "an enormous and widening attainment gap", between children in the care of the state and their peers, and that this is still evident throughout the school system and in further and higher education. In welcoming the noble Lord to his brief,...

Children: Suicide and Self-harm — Question (22 Jan 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, we know that speedy access to psychological and therapeutic services for distressed children is extremely difficult in some areas, and likely to get worse when responsibility for commissioning children's health services is broken up between different organisations, as will happen under the Government's health service reorganisation. Can the Minister tell the House which...

Education: School Leavers — Question (16 Jan 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, research undertaken by MORI for the Department for Education itself has shown that courses in the creative arts, physical education, design and technology and business studies are now disappearing from schools as a result of the new, narrow EBacc performance measure by which schools will be judged. Will the Government now accept the CBI's proposal that the EBacc be suspended so that...

Education: English Baccalaureate Certificate — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: There is in fact a middle years programme that is taken up to the age of 16 in the international baccalaureate. That is what I was referring to. Students up to the age of 16 are required to take eight subjects, not five.

Education: English Baccalaureate Certificate — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2013)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, commend the noble Earl for bringing this debate to your Lordships' House and for providing the opportunity to give voice to the groundswell of concerns about Michael Gove's proposal for the English baccalaureate. Unfortunately, as the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and others around the House have commented, the Secretary of State's greatest success has been to forge a wide...

Young People: Staying Put Scheme — Question (21 Nov 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I am sure that none of us as parents would want to be forced to turn our son or daughter out of the house on the day of their 18th birthday but that is happening to thousands of young people in care. The Minister has effectively said, as the Government constantly say, that it is up to local authorities. However, this is a very special case because these young people are in the care...

Schools: Parenthood Education — Question (13 Nov 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the latest figures for teenage pregnancy rates-that is, for the year 2010-were the lowest for 40 years. That was driven by the Labour Government's strategy centrally, delivered locally by teenage pregnancy co-ordinators. However, the coalition Government have disbanded the very small teenage pregnancy unit in the Minister's department, which led on that. A third of the teenage...

Schools: Pupil Premium — Question (24 Oct 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is welcome news that in the future schools will be required to report on how they spend the pupil premium but many pupils have already lost out because, according to Ofsted, the money that schools have had has been misspent. Will the Government go further now and ring-fence the pupil premium and give schools the proper guidance that my noble friend Lord Touhig referred to? That...

Education: Development of Excellence — Motion to Take Note (18 Oct 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, on securing a debate on this very important topic which has such crucial relevance not only for the well-being of children but for so many aspects of our social and economic life. We have had an excellent debate, and I hope colleagues will accept in advance my apologies for not being able to do full justice in the limited time I...

Education (Exemption from School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2012 — Motion of Regret (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister and my noble friends and noble Baronesses opposite for their very thoughtful and detailed contributions to what has been a very important debate. It has boiled down to three crucial questions. I will be brief because I am mindful of colleagues who want to carry on with the main business. I will not delay the House but I would like to bring these three items to...

Education (Exemption from School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2012 — Motion of Regret (17 Jul 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the background to this Motion of Regret is the regulations that determine the framework for inspection of schools in England by Ofsted. Section 5 of the Education Act 2005 sets out the duty of the chief inspector to inspect schools at such intervals as are prescribed in regulations. The 2005 regulations made under Section 5 provide that the maximum interval between school...

Regeneration — Question for Short Debate (27 Jun 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, on securing this important debate and thank him for his references to my home area of Greater Manchester. I welcome the opportunity to contribute and do so not only as a trustee of the Lowry Theatre, for which I declare an interest, but from a longstanding involvement, as a former local authority leader and Member of Parliament, in the...

Schools: Careers Advisers — Question (22 May 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty's Government why their guidance to schools on implementing the new duty to provide careers advice has not required schools to employ qualified advisers and provide face-to-face advice for pupils who need it.

Schools: Careers Advisers — Question (22 May 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank the Minister for his Answer. The Government have commendably continued the work of the previous Labour Government to establish a national careers service for adults, and the Business Secretary has specified the qualifications that advisers must have and that face-to-face advice must be provided to target groups of adults. Why, then, has the Education Secretary allowed schools complete...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (15 May 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord McNally, and to open this debate on behalf of my colleagues on these Benches. We face a significant challenge in this debate on the gracious Speech, which will cover in a single day all the issues that really matter to ordinary people in this country: education, children and families, crime and policing, law and order, health and...

Schools: Dyslexia — Question (7 Mar 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, many local authorities, as the Minister will know, have also taken the initiative and promoted dyslexia specialist primary schools in their areas as a base for teacher training and to disseminate best practice in other schools. But the Government are now forcing hundreds of primary schools to become academies, independent of the local authority and separate from other local schools....

Youth Unemployment — Question (14 Feb 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the call in the report by the Commission on Youth Unemployment published on 6 February for action to address youth unemployment.

Youth Unemployment — Question (14 Feb 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. However, as he will know, the analysis in the report not only scotches the myth that youth unemployment is being driven up by immigration or the minimum wage; it demonstrates clearly that the Government's measures, welcome though they are, are wholly inadequate to deal with this rising crisis and prevent another generation of young people, as...

Health: Children and Young People — Question (6 Feb 2012)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the NHS Confederation report Children and Young People's Health-Where Next? on the impact of the Health and Social Care Bill on children's health.


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