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Results 21–40 of 2100 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 Farrington of Ribbleton

Schools: Funding Formula - Question (21 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister apologise for the fact that the Government are taking money out for their own pet schemes for grammar schools and depriving children in other schools in other parts of the country? Will he agree to go away and look at whether the Government’s pet schemes should have additional money that is not stolen from children in other schools?

Council Housing - Question (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, when does the Minister expect to get back from the 2015-16 figure of fewer than 1,000 new starter homes in the social sector to the 40,000 started in 2009-10? I declare my interest in that I got into local government in the 1970s in Preston, when we had people coming across from Northern Ireland to escape the violence. In those days, we had housing available to help people when they...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill - Second Reading (10 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I compliment the noble Baroness on raising the issue of people’s attitudes. I declare an interest: as a local councillor in Preston in the early 1970s, I was part of a group trying to establish refuge provision. I was invited to speak to senior members of Chorley Council. The then leader of that council finished the meeting by saying that he was absolutely appalled that men in Preston...

Rural Areas: Income - Question (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to correct his assertion about the national living wage and the national minimum wage? Secondly, can he assure me that when the Government put in new free schools in areas where there is no need in terms of numbers, they will consider the needs of the rural economy? I declare my interest as a former chair of Lancashire education authority. Because of the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, during this debate, which may be lengthy, it would be helpful for those of us sitting listening if speakers from the Conservative group of Peers did not refer to the Opposition raising objections when objections are being raised all around the Committee. That will not do any good to the image of the House.

Immigration - Question (1 Mar 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I would not dream of asking the Minister a question about how many EU citizens are involved in building houses because he is very proficient and I am sure he would not have that information. However, would he agree with my observation that many houses—for both incoming and existing families—are built with the endeavours of migrant workers from the EU?

Tobacco Control Plan - Question (23 Feb 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I declare my interest. Will the Minister have regard to a comment from a grandson? I asked him whether he smoked. He said that most of his friends did, but he did not because he thought it was something old ladies do. He was very polite about it and said he did not want to be rude. Would it not be better to discourage young people by showing pictures of old ladies smoking, because...

Social Mobility - Question (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords—

Social Mobility - Question (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords—

Refugee Camps - Question (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, repeated Questions to Ministers here have failed to answer this question. I know that local authorities are given additional funding initially, when communities welcome refugees, but the British people who are prepared to accept refugees into their communities need to know that funding will continue for as long as the refugees need extra funds for all the services they use. Will the...

Homelessness - Question (31 Jan 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to answer the second part of my noble friend Lord Beecham’s question, which he did not answer at all?

European Union: Freedom of Movement - Question (12 Jan 2017)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the noble Baroness write to me, and put a copy of her letter in the Library, setting out in detail the Government’s reason for failing to implement and for failing to answer the question of the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and my noble friend Lord Dubs?

Serious Disturbance at HM Prison Birmingham - Statement (19 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister will recall my noble friend Lord Beecham’s reference to the cuts in prison staffing. The Minister in this House, answering a Question from me, said that the way the Government calculated the need for prison officers had changed as per a letter saying what factors were taken into account. Is it drugs or violence—what is it? The Minister has not furnished the House...

National Funding Formulae for Schools and High Needs - Statement (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, has the Minister had a few moments to reconsider his answer to the noble Lord, Lord Storey, on the whole issue of differentials, because he did not answer it? There will be many schools, as the Minister admitted, which will lose funding and will face difficulties. Given the Question that we considered earlier, where it was suggested that the Government might put extra money into...

National Funding Formulae for Schools and High Needs - Statement (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, can the Minister be a little more specific about special and higher needs? Many years ago, Baroness Warnock identified that 20% of children have special needs, of whom only about 2% have needs severe enough for statementing. I go back to the question from my noble friend about the funding formula for young children. The Government are to be commended for extending childcare, but no...

Independent Schools: Free Places - Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the Minister give an undertaking to ensure that, whatever happens, he will not take money from other schools’ budgets in order to fund a particular project that is being put forward by a group of people? As the Statement that the Minister is due to repeat later today shows, there is great concern that across the voluntary controlled and voluntary aided sector and local authority...

Calais: Child Refugees - Question (13 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to answer a question she failed to answer on another occasion: how long does the funding last? If a local authority takes in a child, is it a one-year payment or will it cover the full costs of that child’s education, housing and health?

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (9 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the noble Earl assist me? I wish to listen to all the arguments. Has he just regrouped the amendments in front of us? He has spoken to a later amendment. It would be helpful to the House if such groupings were made more formal.

Railways: Industrial Action - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister take on board the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, about people with disabilities? I declare no interest, living north of London. At Euston station it is possible to book somebody to help you if you have a mobility problem. You can book that in advance. However, I understand that is not possible when trains are altered at short notice. People with...

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (2 Dec 2016)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, perhaps I may just add that recently, I went to a funeral at the local Catholic church in Ribbleton. One of the men I referred to, whom I had spoken to as a child, turned to me and said: “You know, our population was going down. They’ve saved it”. He was referring to the Polish community.


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