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Results 121–140 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: Cancer — Question (2 Mar 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, would the noble Earl agree that the regional networks of specialist cancer services, established through the co-operation of clinicians themselves, have been instrumental in improving outcomes for patients? If so, how does he think that essentially collaborative model fits with the rigid and mandatory price competition that the Government now want to introduce into the NHS?

Building Schools for the Future — Statement (14 Feb 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, will the Minister explain why the Secretary of State did not consult properly with every local authority in the first place? Given the fundamental criticism that the judge has made of the consultation process, will he confirm that there is an intention to consult properly, not just with the six which brought the case but with every local authority which was not consulted during the...

Apprenticeships — Question (9 Feb 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the Minister referred to the challenges of getting businesses and organisations to take on young people as apprentices. That is why the Labour Government required public sector bodies to commit to provide a number of apprenticeships. Therefore, why have this Government now absolved the Civil Service, local authorities and health bodies-all of them major employers-from those specific...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (12th Day) (24 Jan 2011)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, like my colleagues, I think there are many problems with the Bill. The biggest problem is that the Government failed to consult with local people before they dreamt up their proposals. I say that because in my experience as, I hesitate to say, a local councillor for nearly 25 years, as a leader of a local authority and as a Member of Parliament for 13 years, when faced with...

Youth Sport Trust — Question (8 Dec 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to withdraw the grant from the Youth Sport Trust; and what consultations were undertaken before the decision was made.

Youth Sport Trust — Question (8 Dec 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer, but it is important to understand that the decision by the Secretary of State to cut completely the dedicated fund for school sports, condemned by head teachers, sports people and 600,000 young people yesterday, will mean the demolition of the 450 school sport partnerships across the country; partnerships that include every single school,...

Youth Sport Trust — Question (8 Dec 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: In that regard, will the Minister not ensure that funding at least for the continuation of that infrastructure will be found within the department?

Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 Dec 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, we have had enormously powerful and very knowledgeable contributions this afternoon on the substance of the Bill before us and I shall not repeat them. I wish to make some brief comments on the process in which we find ourselves and on the substance of the Bill. I should like to reflect on two broad issues. The contributions that we have heard from some Members opposite illustrate...

Children: Care — Question (24 Nov 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: I was very pleased to hear the Minister reaffirm that social workers must make these very difficult decisions on the basis of the paramountcy of the child's interest, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989 and in the Every Child Matters agenda established by the Labour Government. However, is he aware that the every child matters website now displays a very prominent and somewhat intimidating...

Comprehensive Spending Review: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (1 Nov 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is with great pleasure that I have listened to the maiden speeches tonight. They were all excellent, particularly those of my noble friends Lady Nye and Lady Healy. There were also a number of other very notable speeches on this subject. In the short time that I have, I wish to address the four spurious claims that the Government are making to justify the plans that they have...

Prisons: Population — Question (27 Oct 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, the Minister will know that at long last the Youth Justice Board has had some success in reducing the very large number of young people whom we incarcerate in this country. Given the Government's announcement that they will disband the Youth justice Board, who now will be responsible for continuing this very welcome downward trend in the number of young people in prison in this country?

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Jul 2010)

Baroness Hughes of Stretford: My Lords, it is with a great sense of honour and privilege that I speak for the first time in this House. I have, as some of your Lordships may know, spent the past 13 years as a Member in the other place and most of that time as a Minister. I thank all my family-especially my husband, my children and my fiercest champion, my mother-for sustaining me through the inevitable ups and downs and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Free Nursery Places (Reading) (27 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. As he knows, free entitlement to early-years provision for three and four-year-olds is a universal offer that is taken up by almost all four-year-olds and more than 95 per cent. of three-year-olds. In Reading that equates to approximately 3,500 places, helping to give three and four-year-olds the best possible start in life.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Free Nursery Places (Reading) (27 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I am afraid that I cannot give my hon. Friend that information because the figures before 1997 are not available, but we know that it was not a priority for the Government at that time: free provision was patchy and often depended on whether one had a good Labour council funding it, or whether one could afford to pay. This Government have been the first to introduce and to be committed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Free Nursery Places (Reading) (27 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Frankly, that was nonsense. It is because this Government doubled the number of places for the under-fives that the private sector was able to expand in the way it did under the Government last year; there are now more than 1.3 million places. The funding that we are putting in for free entitlement is enabling those providers to stay in business largely. Certainly our independent research...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Free Nursery Places (Reading) (27 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: The £1.3 billion per year for the free entitlement is enabling many nurseries in the private sector to continue. We are committed to continuing that funding, along with the funding for Sure Start children centres and all the early-years provision in our maintained schools. The question that parents want answered is whether the hon. Lady, if a Conservative Government came to power, would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Topical Questions (27 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: My hon. Friend has kindly corresponded with me on the subject. I think that Ofsted has agreed that the initial report was unsatisfactory, and that the issue now is the rather large amount of compensation being pursued because, for six days, the report was on Ofsted's website. As he knows, Ofsted is a separate Government department, answering directly to Parliament and not to my Department. I...

Extended School Programme (22 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I welcome the fact that my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) has secured another debate on this subject. I have no problem with the number of times that she raises the issue because she and my right hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) have demonstrated today that they are fully supportive of what the Government are trying to do in this...

Extended School Programme (22 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Let me just finish this point, which relates to what my right hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, East said. Other local authorities are much more assertive in the outreach work that they do from children's centres, schools and Jobcentre Plus. They invest a great deal in their family information services and in training people so that staff on the ground really understand child tax credits and...

Extended School Programme (22 Apr 2009)

Beverley Hughes: On the latter point, I will write to my hon. Friend. I am not clear myself at the moment whether the Treasury can disaggregate figures on take-up according to the age of children in the family. It is a valid point, and I will investigate and write to her. I shall also write to my hon. Friend and clarify the figures that I used for the two authorities that cover her constituency. The...


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