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Results 121–140 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

Welfare Assistance Schemes — Question (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister is right in supporting the principle of local autonomy, but was he present when his noble friend Lord Newby, in answer to an earlier question, referred to the fact that the north of England loses out financially, as do the Welsh, because of government allocation of funding and resources? I asked the Minister a question yesterday as to whether these funds were being cut...

Council Tax: Low-income Taxpayers — Question (9 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister just say yes or no: have the Government transferred responsibility at the same time as reducing the budget? Local government is tired of having freedom to dispense even less money than this measly Government allowed before.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I am now puzzled. Usually, I can follow the logic of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. The obvious logic, the House may feel, would have been to group together a whole lot of amendments, because that would have led to clarity about what we were discussing. However, in my experience over the years, all departments and all Governments have set a financial limit for the year. I do not...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I have.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I have been listening very carefully but I have yet to hear any justification for the actual amendment that is on the Marshalled List.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: I understood the mover of the amendment to accept that it was not what he intended to achieve. He was corrected by the noble Lord who moved this part of the Bill. It is therefore wrong for people to speak to what they wished the amendment to say rather than what it does say.

Housing: Brownfield Land — Question (5 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, did the Government meet the target of replacing all the social housing being sold off with a new housing unit? What are the figures? If the Minister does not have those with him, could he please write to me and put a copy in the Library?

NHS: Financial Tariff for 2015-16 — Question (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on his former colleague in his department who views the reorganisation of the National Health Service as the biggest mistake this Government made? As we come towards the end of this coalition Government, some of us watch in horror as an increasing number of people within the coalition stand up and say, “It weren’t me, guv”, and, “I didn’t...

Care: Budget — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: One of the complaints that the Minister must have heard is that her Government—who apparently are not responsible for bankers—are micromanaging what happens at local level, because they determine not only the size of the grant but spending targets. There is a terrible mismatch between those areas of the country which need to spend more than other areas and the targets and grant that those...

NHS: Finances and Services — Question (27 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Would the Minister care to comment on the fact that cuts in local authority spending are spoiling the chance of getting proper care in the community? The Government’s allocation of targets and grants is disadvantaging most of all the most deprived parts of England.

Ofsted: Academy Chains — Question (26 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on a fear that local authority schools have a much higher percentage of children with special needs, particularly those with special needs that affect their behaviour? The Minister very kindly wrote to me, giving me the percentage improvement in free schools and academies, but many schools contact me to say that their local academies and free...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to speak in the gap. Lancashire County Council found itself, with the Social Fund transfer from DWP, with less than had been spent—a cut. The Local Government Association states that the core funding budget for Lancashire County Council has fallen by 38.79% over the life of this Parliament, while the net budget for Preston City Council...

House of Lords: Governance — Question (20 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on the final point made by my noble friend Lord Hunt on equality in decisions taken about the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster? Surely we do not want a situation where this House is excluded from the Palace of Westminster for too long.

Economy: Prosperity of Towns — Question (7 Jan 2015)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on the disproportionate allocation of resources and capacity for growth for many of the areas in the north of England, both the north-west and the north-east? This Government are disproportionately favouring his noble friends’ sort of areas at the expense of local authorities such as Preston and Lancashire. Does he agree that one of the most...

Implications of Devolution for England — Statement (16 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, does the Leader of the House accept that for many of us there is a difference between the current Government’s decentralisation programme, where Labour leaders of local authorities are working with the Government of the day, and genuine devolution? I nail my personal colours to the mast of regional devolution in England. I do not believe that the people of the north-west of...

Academies: Special Educational Needs — Question (16 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister gave the figures for percentage improvements. I did not hear any comparative figures between different bands of schools. I wonder if he could make those figures available. A 13% improvement may lead to an equality of opportunity or may merely improve things. While he is writing about that, perhaps he will let me and the House know how many of those special needs...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, if it may help my noble friend, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, referred to the fact that my noble friend could speak to Amendment 13 in its place on the Marshalled List. Therefore we cannot reach Amendment 13 until we have gone through the others.

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Report (12 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I think that it would help the House if the government Whip could advise noble Lords on whether the appropriate time for Members of your Lordships’ House to speak to all the amendments in this group is now or later. At the moment, people are unaware of whether the net result of what my noble friend Lord Winston said was to degroup or whether we are in a position where Members must...

Universal Credit — Question (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister was given a very gentle question from his noble friend. Will he tell the House how much taxpayers’ money in this country is being paid to people to subsidise employers who do not pay a living wage, particularly those employers who fail to pay taxes properly here? I appreciate that this is a wide question. I would like a detailed written answer about how much each one...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I do not understand to which procedure the noble Lord referred. I can see no example of the negative or the affirmative procedure. In any case, in your Lordships’ House we either accept everything or vote it down completely; that is not amendable. I approach this as a parent and a grandparent and as somebody who has been on a police authority, a social services committee and an...


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