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Results 41–60 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Touhig

Schools: Exclusion of Disabled Children - Question (11 Jul 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s reply, but I remind him that it was two years ago this month that the Government promised action on this matter. In the meantime, schools exclude pupils with autism and learning difficulties on the grounds that their behaviour may be disruptive. They do so rather than making amendments to help and support the teaching of these youngsters. Will the...

Carers: Health and Well-being - Question (12 Jun 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, almost 50,000 babies, children and young people need palliative care, yet children’s hospices receive less statutory funding than adult hospices, and the lack of collaboration between support services is a major challenge. Carers and those they care for would benefit if we had a children’s palliative care strategy that was family-centred and had a holistic focus on health,...

G7: Charlevoix, Quebec - Statement (11 Jun 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the G7 was a total disaster so far as the values of freedom and democracy that we in the West have upheld for decades are concerned. The next major meeting of international leadership will be the NATO summit next month. What lessons do the Government think they will have learned from the G7, particularly about President Trump’s views on NATO, to ensure that the NATO summit does...

National Autism and Education Strategy - Question (16 May 2018)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to introduce a national autism and education strategy; and if so, what are those plans.

National Autism and Education Strategy - Question (16 May 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and draw the House’s attention to the fact that I am a vice-president of the National Autistic Society.

National Autism and Education Strategy - Question (16 May 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, that is a very welcome response because I think we all agree that every child has a right to a good education and to reach their full potential. The National Autistic Society supported the report of the all-party group, which was chaired by two Conservative Members of Parliament, who did fantastic work. The report said that three things are needed: teachers should have autism...

Disabled Students: Allowances - Question (14 May 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, having seen the negative impact which the imposition of the £200 charge has had on students in England, the Welsh Government have decided against it. They take the view that helping disabled students prepare for their studies is a good thing. No matter how the Government present their case, they are still imposing a tax on being disabled. Why not think again?

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] - Committee (27 Apr 2018)

Lord Touhig: Perhaps I may put a question to my noble friend. Is he aware that 70% of youngsters excluded from schools in England and Wales have learning difficulties, which often lead to mental health problems? We are creating a social underclass totally disconnected from society.

Children: Missed Education - Question (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords—

Children: Missed Education - Question (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Baroness; I did not see her standing up. In England and Wales, 70% of children excluded from school have learning difficulties. Many exclusions are not even officially recorded—they are soft exclusions. We are in danger of creating an underclass of young people who are lacking basic education, are alienated from society and might become criminalised....

Children and Young People: Mental Health Services - Statement (8 Mar 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, 17 % of children excluded from school in England have learning difficulties. Will the review the Government are talking about take account of that and see whether we should be doing more, because it could well be a cause of children’s mental ill health?

Defence Modernisation Programme - Statement (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Touhig: I add to noble Lords’ comments in wishing the Minister many happy returns of the day. I think he is 67; he should be reassured that that is only 19 degrees Celsius. Just 10 days ago in the Moses Room, the Minister said he could not stand before us and commit the Government to conducting a full defence review. I am very sorry that this is not going to be such a full defence review because it...

Disabled Students’ Allowance - Question (14 Dec 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, there is evidence that schoolchildren with disability and autism are excluded by many of their peers throughout their school lives and teachers are often not equipped to be able to help and resolve problems. What are the Government doing to ensure that that experience does not continue when those young people enter higher education?

Education and Society - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Murphy of Torfaen has referred to our shared educational experience at St Francis School in the Welsh mining village of Abersychan, a village of less than 7,000 people that produced several Members of Parliament, some of whom ended up in the House of Lords. Among the Members of Parliament, there was a Secretary of State for Wales, a Secretary of State for...

Work: Lifelong Learning - Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I join other colleagues in thanking my noble friend Lord Watson for securing this debate. The issues we are considering tonight are not new. More than 20 years ago, I remember reading some research which showed that in the United States, 80% of people in work had been back in a classroom-learning situation since leaving education. The figure was 56% in Germany and Japan, and barely...

Whistleblowers - Question (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I introduced a Bill to protect whistleblowers but it did not succeed. Later, my Conservative colleague and friend Richard Shepherd succeeded with the then Public Interest Disclosure Bill. It was a great step forward but no longer protects whistleblowers as it should. It should be revised. Why will the Government not do so?

Universal Credit - Statement (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister will remember the comments made last week by my noble friend Lord Low of Dalston and myself about the impact of universal credit on people with disabilities and autism. I am sure she will be familiar with it because I have also tabled some Questions. Can we live in hope that there will now be something positive to benefit people with disabilities and autism, because we...

Universal Credit - Motion to Take Note (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I too was stopped in the corridor by my noble friend Lady Hollis, who urged me to take part in this debate. I will not go into any detail about our conversation, but she could teach my noble friend Lord McAvoy—a former Deputy Chief Whip in the other House—a thing or two about effective persuasion. In July 2012, in a report, Disability and Universal Credit, the noble Baroness,...

Disabled Children: Online and Verbal Abuse - Question (18 Oct 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, police data on disability hate crime does not discriminate between offences against people with learning difficulties and autism and all other disabilities, yet research shows that more than 70% of people with learning disabilities and autism experience hate crime. Does the Minister agree that we need to record these offences differently if we are to combat them effectively?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Report (11 Oct 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister was right when he said that I had some responsibility for the 2006 Act. I introduced the Bill, but I can take no credit for its passing because, before it did so, the then Prime Minister rang me to award me the DCM—“Don’t Come Monday”—and I was no longer a Minister, so I never actually saw the Bill through. Nevertheless, I was responsible for introducing it. I...


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