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Results 101–120 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

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, this amendment relates to Clause 6 which repeals the duty on secondary schools to co-operate with other schools to promote good behaviour, discipline and attendance and to make an annual report to the children's trust board on how they have done so. Through behaviour and attendance partnerships, schools have worked together; for example, to help children at risk of exclusion, or to...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I gave notice that if the noble Lord, Lord Low, withdrew his amendment, I would take the opinion of the House on this one, which has the same aim. It would bring forward to an earlier stage in the process a requirement that the governing body seeks the views and assessment of a special needs expert. It is in the interests of children to bring that forward earlier in the process. I...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I want to briefly speak to Amendment 31 in this group. This is a very simple amendment which would ensure that Clause 4 on exclusions and all that we have been talking about would apply also to academies. As the clause stands, it says: "Regulations may make provision for this section and for regulations made under this section to apply, with prescribed modifications, in relation to...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I speak to Amendments 17, 19, 21 and 29, and also support Amendment 15 and Amendments 24 to 28 that the noble Lord, Lord Low, and my noble friend Lord Touhig have spoken to. In particular, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Low, that Amendments 24 to 28 have, in quite large measure, been addressed by the guidance that we received from the Minister yesterday. I am pleased that,...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: We have had a good debate on this set of amendments and once again we have explored some of the items that we considered very thoughtfully in Grand Committee. The important point to make is that we already have legislation on this issue. It is legislation that has been crafted over many years, it is carefully balanced and it does many of the things that noble Lords around the House have been...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I wish to test the opinion of the House.

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply and have a few brief comments in response to his contribution and also that of the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley. On Amendment 4, I hope that the noble Baroness will not think me discourteous if I say that it will not sufficiently comfort me or many parents-as was my intention with the amendment-to say that it is in the coalition agreement and so...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, Amendment 4 relates to the early education provision for three and four year-olds and now for two year-olds. Amendment 5 relates to Sure Start children's centres, on which we have already briefly touched. As it stands, the clause makes it possible to include in statutory regulation the provision of free early years provision for children of two years of age from disadvantaged...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I shall make a few brief comments on these amendments. I start by commending the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, who never misses an opportunity to raise the issue of parenting. I am terribly grateful that he does so because, with so many weighty matters often before this House, it is sometimes difficult to get those issues heard. The noble Lord and other noble Lords, including the...

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

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: If noble Lords will accept the question put to me by the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, I will answer it. I think it is very important that there is an institutional base because one needs to develop a great deal of expertise around delivering parenting support. There is a danger that anybody who has been a parent thinks they can give effective parenting support and education, and that is not the...

Sure Start — Question (17 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, dozens of Sure Start children's centres have already closed and many more will do so. Equally importantly, services are really being cut back in the remaining centres. The noble Lord neglected to say that the early intervention grant has been reduced by 22 per cent in real terms. Yet, for a tiny fraction of the cost of the health reorganisation, the Government could have protected...

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Oct 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, among other noble Lords, referred to the fact that the Bill and the debate have, perhaps necessarily, been predominantly about structures, pathways and commissioning boards, which are all very important, but I want to focus on people and specifically on children and young people. I believe that whatever is left of the Bill, after this process of...

Schools: Funding Reform — Statement (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I thank the Minister for repeating that Statement. On capital, some might say that scrapping the most transformational school building programme for decades and replacing it with a survey is not the most convincing evidence of commitment to improving school buildings. However, I welcome the action that the Government are now taking to sort out the mess and uncertainty left in the wake of the...

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is a privilege and, I have to say, a somewhat daunting challenge to respond from the opposition Benches to such a comprehensive debate with so many outstanding contributions from all sides of your Lordships' House. It has been testimony to the commitment of noble Lords to the well-being of children and young people, and to our collective belief in the central importance of...

Children: Ofsted Report — Question (25 May 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister knows that, since the Government have required serious case reviews to be published in full, there has been a significant fall both in the number of serious incidents notified and in the number of serious case reviews undertaken, leading to the concern that local authorities are carrying out internal reviews that they are not publishing. What...

Faith Schools: Imported Hate Material — Question (18 May 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, why, then, in the Education Bill are the Government removing the requirement on inspectors to report on children's well-being and community cohesion? Are these not the very factors that are relevant to the issues of race and religious hatred that noble Lords have raised today?

Education: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children — Question (4 May 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I wonder whether the Minister is aware, as noble Lords are indicating, that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children are much more likely to do better and to get into paid work if they are educated in schools and colleges than if they are not. What assessment has he made of the particular impact on these children of the withdrawal of education maintenance allowance? I ask that particularly in the...

Further Education: 16 to 19 Year-olds — Question (30 Mar 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the very limited bursary scheme that he announced this week will deny financial support to hundreds of thousands of young people who currently receive the education maintenance allowance, who are all, by definition, living in very low-income households, and that all the Government are doing is taking money away from students in poor families to give it...

Social Fund Maternity Grant Amendment Regulations 2011 — Motion to Resolve (7 Mar 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Blackwell, for reminding us of some of the attitudes that still live strongly within the Conservative Party. I am astounded that no Member on those Benches leapt to their feet to dissociate themselves from those remarks. I commend my noble friend Lady Sherlock for tabling this Motion. I know that she feels passionately about the issue and that...

Education Maintenance Allowance — Question (7 Mar 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, are we now seeing an unfortunate pattern from the Secretary of State for Education-a rush to cut without any apparent concern for the consequences and no attempt to consult beforehand? Does the Minister not regret that, on EMAs, Booktrust, school sport, music tuition and of course the Building Schools for the Future programme, the Secretary of State has failed to undertake the...


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