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Results 161–180 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

Railways: High Speed 3 — Question (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister confused me a little by referring to a floating idea. In the north, we like straight yes or no. Are the Government—the Department for Transport, the Chancellor and the whole Government—committed to meeting the needs of the north, or could this idea float away again after the general election?

Health and Social Care Act 2012: Risk Register — Question (9 Jul 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister is right to refer to that report, which I believe was based on 2011 figures. Does he accept that it is not politicians who are entitled to see the risk register but the public, particularly when the coalition Government promised separately and together that there would be no top-down reform of the health service? Are the public not entitled to know what regard this...

Benefit Cap — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister complimented himself on always trying to answer the question. Of those people that he has referred to, how many of them have gone into full-time employment on a living wage? Will the Minister, who has refused to consider studying those people who go to food banks to survive, have a meeting with the right reverend Prelates, who know more than he does because of their...

Education: Citizenship Studies — Question (30 Jun 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, in making rather sweeping asides about the Labour Party’s policy, will the Minister please accept that there is a world of difference between laying down what children ought to learn as part of the curriculum and getting into the dangerous area of politicians deciding which books to teach the curriculum from?

Education: British Values — Question for Short Debate (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Will the Minister care to confirm that there has no been local education authority control of schools since the 1980s? They have had responsibilities and all sorts of things to do, but the use of the term “local authority control” negates the work done by predecessors of the Minister such as the noble Lord, Lord Baker, and Lord Joseph. Local authority control is non-existent and has been...

Schools: Teachers — Question (24 Jun 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, way back in the 1960s, I may have been the only person in your Lordships’ House who was an unqualified teacher. During that period, the classes I was given by the head teachers of the day tended to be those with children with behavioural and learning difficulties. Can the Minister assure the House and all those parents and grandparents of children with special educational needs...

Mental Health: Social Work — Question (23 Jun 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the noble Earl join me in saying that, important though they are, it is not only patients with mental health issues who need help and support? Many young people in particular live at home with people who previously may have been inside a hospital and now quite rightly are being treated in the community. Those children and young people are in many cases coping with circumstances...

Violence Against Women — Question (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on whether, with hindsight, his right honourable friend the Home Secretary regrets denying a UN delegation access to an immigration centre where women had complained of sexual brutality against them?

Thames Tideway Tunnel — Question (14 May 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, why did the Minister fail to answer the question put by my noble friend Lord Grantchester?

Education: Free School Funding — Statement (12 May 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister said that no money has been diverted into the free schools programme. Will the Minister confirm that the Treasury set a limit? If, for example, the per capita payment per pupil—not the building cost, but the per capita cost per pupil—is higher for free schools, then both the local authority maintained schools and the voluntary sector schools are deprived of...

Energy: Green Deal — Question (26 Mar 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister accept some gently given advice that Question Time is for questioning Ministers, not for Ministers to question the Opposition?

Food Banks — Question (20 Mar 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the Minister said that the answer to the problem of people using food banks is for them to be in employment. Without doing research, how on earth can the Minister justify that statement? So many people are working and using food banks—those on zero-hours contracts, et cetera. Is the Minister aware that, in many parts of the country, food banks cannot accept food that needs cooking...

Consumer Interests: World Consumer Rights Day — Question (17 Mar 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, will the Minister please go back to the supplementary question asked by my noble friend about payday loans? He responded that the ideal solution was well informed, well educated consumers. Surely, people who are under stress and in poverty ought to be protected from such rates of interest, rather than rely on the consumer to be able to investigate at a time of great stress in their...

Welfare: Cost of Family Breakdown — Question (4 Mar 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, would the Minister care to inform the House why, in his opinion, the Government of whom I was a member were responsible in some way for the increase in cohabitation? Would he be prepared to point out that many cohabiting couples make very good parents to their children?

School Pupils: English Speakers — Question (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: Can I share with the Minister an experience that I had? A London taxi driver was talking to me about his daughter’s education? His daughter had a first class degree and had gained a job in India in IT. He said, “You see, my daughter was very fortunate. She went to a school where she was able to learn Urdu and Gujarati”. The availability of such languages in our schools should always be...

Travel to School: Rural Areas — Question (26 Feb 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former member of Lancashire County Council. The noble Lord, Lord Greaves, is in the Chamber: we introduced the first education maintenance allowances. Is the noble Baroness aware that I heard with some scepticism her reply that bursaries have replaced EMAs and that EMAs were too generous to young people who did not need it—none of which is true—and is...

International Development (Gender Equality) Bill — Second Reading (7 Feb 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, with the leave of the House and an apology for standing up too soon, I will speak briefly in the gap. I echo the words of the noble Lord, Lord McColl, having been present when some women from Haiti came to talk about the danger to women and girls who have to go outside their living area because of the lack of facilities for them, particularly at night. It is extremely important that...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I can see the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, nodding at points on the issue of the views that may be expressed in the Daily Mail. I hope that your Lordships will forgive me if I remind the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, that during the passage of the legislation to establish the Scottish Parliament he supported his much lamented friend John MacKay when he argued that the waiter from Brussels...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, the noble Lord has spoken about sticking to the rules in your Lordships’ House. I listened carefully to what he said and could not detect whether he was speaking for or against the amendment in front of us. I was quite clear last week that he was against the amendments that he now admits have improved the Bill. Information would be helpful.

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords—


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