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Results 81–100 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

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank the Minister for his Answer. However, as this report makes clear, under government proposals up to six different commissioning bodies will have responsibility for commissioning child health or child public health services. Will the Minister tell the House how the Government will prevent the fragmentation of those services to ensure that children do not fall through the gaps, and...

Adoption — Question (13 Dec 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the Government's proposals will remove legal aid entirely from some 35,000 families a year who are in court for one reason or another concerning their children. Are the Government not concerned that without legal representation there will be severe delays in the hearing of these care cases, including children for whom the plan is adoption, adding further to the delay for these children?

Education and Skills Act 2008 — Question (23 Nov 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, at Third Reading the Minister told us that he estimates about 95 per cent of schools have a school council or some form of consultation process for pupils. That means that, despite the guidance he referred to, for pupils at more than 1,000 schools there is no such forum that we know about. Contrary to the view expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit, does the Minister agree that...

Sure Start — Question (14 Nov 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, for the first time ever we have the prospect, through Sure Start, of a universal integrated service for the under-fives and their parents. It is clear, however, that local authorities are not only closing centres but are cutting their budgets dramatically-11 per cent this year, 21 per cent next year-in response to the Government's significant cuts in the early intervention grant and...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: Just while the Minister is on that point, would he concede my main point, which is that it is not necessary to exempt outstanding schools from inspection in law in order to have the different, proportionate approach that he talks about?

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I cannot improve on the contributions that we have heard from my noble friends and the noble Lords, Lord Quirk and Lord Lucas. I just want to add a few more points to the debate. The first is one of principle. I believe strongly that not just the Government but we in this House and the other place are guardians of the public when they use public services. We have to take very...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I welcome the affirmative resolution procedure introduced by Amendment 74, which will mean that Parliament will have to consider any further proposals by the Government to change and particularly to extend the exemption from inspections for any other categories of school. That is a bottom-line issue and I am pleased to see that the Government have brought forward those amendments....

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response and noble Lords for their contributions to this debate. In response, I shall touch on some of the points made. The amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, and my noble friend Lady Massey and the contributions from the noble Lord, Lord Alton, and the right reverend Prelate relate to the number of places in denominational schools for...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: Is it possible to see those draft regulations before Third Reading so that that issue is clarified before the Bill is finally disposed of?

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, Clause 36 introduces a new presumption that every new school in the future will be an academy. The clause further restricts the power of local authorities to determine what is the most appropriate type of school when a new school is needed. Under the clause, before publishing proposals for a competition for the establishment of a new school, the local authority must obtain the...

Education Bill: Report (3rd Day) (26 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for responding to my letter about these amendments and for the Keeling schedule which helps us to understand the impact of these further amendments. I welcome the moves that he has made and those new measures that he has just described. However, I would welcome clarification on two points before we get to Third Reading. In his letter to me in relation...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his detailed response. As my noble friend Lady Morris said, he was trying to be helpful. However, a number of issues are still outstanding. I also thank other noble Baronesses and my noble friends for contributing to the debate as well. It is somewhat disappointing that the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, said that she tabled her amendment to enable the...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: As I hope to point out, I did not hear the Minister say anything which suggested that that duty already exists in statute. He said that it is not strictly necessary. I will try to unpick what I think he said. I am surprised that the noble Baroness is satisfied by that.

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I do not have a statutory reference. I am just responding to the words that the Minister himself chose to use. If I might get to that point, I will perhaps explain what I mean. My noble friend Lady Morris rightly said that, even in the context of trying to free head teachers to run schools, it really does not make sense to enable each school to decide which pupils to admit and which to...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 63A and 66A, which relate to Clause 34, on the subject of admissions. Amendment 63A would require the code on school admissions to have a duty to ensure fair access to opportunity for education. Amendment 66A would require the Secretary of State to promote fair access to education and training. We regard those two amendments as consequential, one on...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I, too, warmly welcome the government amendments not to repeal the duties in Clauses 30 and 31. The Minister probably had to do some convincing back at the ranch, so to speak. It would be rather surprising if he did not, but I am certainly glad that those provisions will remain on the statute book. I have a few questions about the situation now. Despite the measures in the...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I do not object in principle to the proposals. They were consulted on in 2009 by my Government. We decided at that stage against moving in this direction. I agree that the impact on students when these errors occur is very bad. I agree, too, with measures in general to drive up performance, although it is interesting to contrast them with the approach of this Government to driving...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I do not want to oppose any of the amendments that the Minister has tabled but I want to sound a cautionary note and put it on the record following our extensive discussion of the principles underlining the Government's proposals in Clause 13. We had an extensive debate in Grand Committee and part of it was around the question that the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, put acutely: whether...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. I welcome the information he has given us about teaching schools. I support that initiative. In a sense, the whole idea of teaching schools substantiates the points I was making in support of guidance: those schools that are designated as teaching schools will be under no illusion that in order to be so designated they will have to accept the...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I am grateful for the Minister giving way. Will she consider this point? She is stressing that the other requirements, particularly that the school act reasonably, are sufficient safeguards. Would she agree that in removing the requirement to give parents notice she is, in a sense, changing the threshold of what schools could regard as reasonable? Reasonableness is going to mean something...


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