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Results 101–120 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

Sellafield — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister, in answering my noble friend Lord West, agreed with the importance of the security and staffing element and said, I think, that no decisions had been made to cut the budget for those staff. Am I right in thinking that that means it could be cut in the future, or was he saying that we have decided that no cuts will be made?

Fracking — Question (7 Jul 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister give the same assurance about the pursuit of oil? I declare an interest as a Lancashire resident and a former Lancashire county councillor. I would like a cast-iron guarantee with regard to oil and gas that the south of England will not be protected more than the north.

Eurostar: Passengers with Pets — Question (30 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister accept my assurance that he should be careful when dealing with the issue of ferrets? We had a ferret called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, which belonged to my son, and she enjoyed trouser legs. It is very important that people take care. A former colleague of mine called Derek Hatton started a ferret appreciation society in Wigan. I had to warn him that I would turn up with...

UK: Number of Households — Question (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the term “head of household” was dropped in relation to the electoral register many years ago because it was often interpreted as meaning men? Secondly, does she agree that in looking at the figures of people who were born overseas, it is important to distinguish the multifarious reasons why people are in that category? For example, until 30 years...

Education: Free Schools — Question (22 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister, whom I, too, welcome, care to comment on the fact that free schools are being opened in areas where there is no great shortage of places and that other areas cannot get the funding to meet local parental demand? Surely a Government who were committed to all children’s education would look at the need for places rather than at some sort of Conservative...

Personal Independence Payment — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I did not quite understand the Minister’s reply to my noble friend. Did he say that the Government will protect disabled and vulnerable people during the forthcoming cuts, as the Prime Minister said they would, or did he say that they will not protect them?

Greater Manchester: New Deal — Question (8 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, was the Minister’s answer to my noble friend Lord Kinnock that, yes, the 40% cut that is already in place will stay and that those who come in will have to manage within it?

Economy: Productivity — Question (8 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister referred to the importance of employment. Would he care to comment on the fact that the personal income of people in employment ought to be sufficient for them to be self-sufficient—that is, a living wage? Would he care to endorse the—apparently—lately formed views of the Mayor of London that the Government ought to stop subsidies to companies which make huge...

Childcare: Early-years Funding — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister please give the House an assurance that, in looking for value for money for the public purse, the Government will also have regard to those people working in the sector having not only the right opportunities for training and professional development but themselves having an income that is justifiable in terms of them being able to have a living-wage life?

Housing: Brownfield Sites — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment further on the question from the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, about the difficulty of encouraging development in areas where the return for those developing on brownfield sites is hindered because rents and sale values are low? Where will the money come from to help areas such as Lancashire?

Devolution: England — Question (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Baroness has not explained fully her remark about the Barnett formula. The Barnett formula allocates public funds between the countries of the United Kingdom. The noble Baroness seemed to imply that allocation between different areas of this country would be revisited. Also, would she take it from me that those who welcome the decentralisation moves do not number among...

General Elections: Peers’ Exclusion from Voting — Question (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister has been asked about reform of Parliament and the situation of a bicameral reformed Parliament. Would he agree that, de facto, we now have a unicameral system in which the House of Commons, by legislative right, ultimately gets its way? Who would arbitrate if there were two equal Chambers in Parliament?

Employment Tribunals — Question (12 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, what is the income level that debars people?

Personal Independence Payments — Question (10 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister please answer the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell? This is supposed to be not just Question Time, but questions and answers.

Gender-based Violence: Screening — Question (9 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to reassure the House on the progress towards parity between mental health services and the rest? It is no good identifying people who need mental health service support and psychological support if those services are not there, and in many parts of the country they have been decimated.

Sexual Violence against Girls and Women — Question (5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister undertake to talk to his noble friend Lord Nash about what I believe is a widespread concern that this is treated as a freedom in some schools? Does he not agree that the time has come to ensure that all girls are protected and all boys receive the proper education to help prevent violence?

Schools: Academies — Question (3 Mar 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In the light of the reply he gave to my noble friend, would the Minister be prepared to state that the Government’s policy should be and is that any pupil or student—of any age, whether sixth-former or primary school pupil—is entitled to have an equivalent amount of money spent on their education, unless there is a special allocation because of special needs? Government Ministers...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (24 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: As a point of fact—and I hope that the government Chief Whip will agree with me—we would have debated this order in this Chamber under the normal procedures of this House with or without the amendment that was put down, because that is the practice of this House. I can see the government Chief Whip nodding and the noble Baroness who chairs the Delegated Powers Committee agreeing.

Tax Avoidance and HSBC — Statement (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, before the Minister replies, can he inform the House of how many minutes are available for Back-Benchers?

VAT: Colleges and Schools — Question (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, how can the Minister justify her Government’s policy, which has led to pupils in different categories of school getting totally different amounts of money? Free schools have been overfunded, as have academies; we now have another example, which the noble Baroness just referred to. Why on earth will the Government not treat every pupil and student as equally important, instead of...


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