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Results 161–180 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Youth Services (Funding) (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: Through myplace, the Government are investing over £200 million of capital funding to deliver new and upgraded world-class facilities for young people. Each project will be endorsed by the local authority chief executive, so that so we can be sure of its long-term revenue sustainability. The Government already provide all local authorities with significant additional revenue funding to help...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Youth Services (Funding) (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: My hon. Friend is not actually correct to say that the core revenue funding is shrinking. In fact, it has increased: there will be £620 million in resource funding for youth services over this comprehensive spending review period. That is an increase on the same period in 2008 of £125 million, and it shows that substantial new revenue money is going to local authorities. One problem is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Topical Questions (26 Jan 2009)

Beverley Hughes: I am not sure whether the hon. Lady is talking about a youth facility such as a youth centre, or a specialist facility such as a foyer. The local authority should be leading on the project and bringing the agencies together, including, importantly, as she said, voluntary sector organisations with a great deal of expertise in working with disadvantaged young people. If there is an issue with a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: There are 13 designated Sure Start children's centres in Milton Keynes, offering services to approximately 9,000 children aged under five and their families. The Government have allocated £14.7 million in capital and revenue funding to Milton Keynes in this spending review period to support existing centres and to develop a further seven centres by 2010 in order to achieve universal coverage...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I thank my hon. Friend for her close interest in the development of children's centres, especially in her constituency. There is objective evidence from the national evaluation report on Sure Start. The latest report in March this year shows that children in Sure Start centre areas are benefiting significantly in some crucial areas compared with those who live in an area without a centre. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The Lancet article simply rehearsed some of the findings in the national evaluation report in March to which I have just referred. It said that in five of the 14 areas there is now evidence of significant difference between children in Sure Start areas and others. Those crucial areas include the children's social development, behaviour and independence, the parents' ability to parent, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Sure Start (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: That is a very interesting question, which I am not qualified to answer. Only last week, I was with the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs. Miller) and, in front of an audience of children's organisations and academics concerned about children, she wanted to scotch the myth that the Conservative party is not in favour of Sure Start children's centres. She gave her assurance that it was, but we...

Cafcass (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, who has responsibility for children, young people and families, meets CAFCASS regularly, with the next meeting scheduled for December.

Cafcass (17 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: If the hon. Gentleman wants to send me details of that case, I will pass it on to my ministerial colleague, and I am sure that she will be happy to look into it. On the face of it, I agree that waiting three months for a reply is not acceptable. Having said that, in general terms, as a result of recent Ofsted reports, CAFCASS is undergoing a significant improvement programme. There is an...

Children of Prisoners (12 Nov 2008)

Beverley Hughes: It is a pleasure to have you in the Chair, Mrs. Dean. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, East (Kerry McCarthy) on securing the debate and on choosing this subject, which she addressed in a characteristically rounded and common-sense way. I am particularly grateful for her focus on the needs of the children whose parents are in prison, rather than simply on the adults. As...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The flexibility in the new secondary curriculum allows teachers to tailor it to local circumstances and the needs of all pupils. Personal learning and thinking skills, which I agree are critical if children are to reach their potential, are embedded in the curriculum. Through personal, social and health education, young people are helped to develop the social and emotional skills that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: Many schools across the country are already doing what my hon. Friend suggests, using the new secondary curriculum to build an innovative, personalised curriculum for their pupils that has personal thinking and learning social and emotional skills at its heart. Of course, schools now have a statutory duty to promote the well-being of their pupils. The new curriculum gives schools the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The hon. Lady is probably aware that there are two new, non-statutory PSHE frameworks that schools can apply and develop according to the needs of their pupils and the wishes of parents. As I have said, we are currently reviewing sex and relationship education, and will come forward with the outcome of that review shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I agree with my hon. Friend, who has done a great deal of work on the issue, that the long-term effects of early and unprotected sexual activity and of getting pregnant in one's teens are numerous. She identifies some of the health consequences, but of course there are also other consequences, such as poverty and lack of opportunity later in life. That is why we have put a great deal of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I agree, if the hon. Gentleman is making a general point about the need to focus on the behaviour of boys as well as of girls when we try to help young people to make the right choices in relation to sexual activity. I would certainly like to see as much a focus on boys as on girls within SHE in schools and within sex and relationship education. I am sure that that is something on which the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: Yes, indeed, I think that we can, and we have been looking at that quite closely. It is true that our relatively high teenage pregnancy rates in this country are long standing, and go back as far as records began, some 40 years ago. In making comparisons, a couple of factors might be associated with the different rates in different western countries. First, in Holland, there is much more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I certainly agree that for a minority of young people, that is a problem that we have to take seriously, and we are doing so. The hon. Gentleman is right to suggest that there is clearly a link for some young people between alcohol and drug consumption and unsafe sex. However, I regret the general stereotype that he painted, because it is not true of all young people. We should be careful in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: The hon. Gentleman is quite right that dealing with the issue at local level involves all the relevant organisations, as well as parents, working together. Health professionals have a clear role to play. I cannot tell him what the figures are for Nottingham, but I will obtain them for him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: Teaching Life Skills (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: I do not think that that figure is probably right, but I will check it. The number of health qualified professionals working in the community nationally—that includes community nurses, school nurses and district nurses as well as health visitors—has risen under the Government, and I am sure that that will be shown to be the case in Nottingham as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families: UK Council for Child Internet Safety (13 Oct 2008)

Beverley Hughes: On 29 September, the Government launched the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, an unprecedented coalition of 100 organisations dedicated to working with us on improving internet safety for children and young people. Reporting directly to the Prime Minister, the council will work to implement the recommendations in Dr. Tanya Byron's landmark report, "Safer Children in a Digital World"....


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