Results 1–20 of 1800 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 Sharp of Guildford

Genetically Modified Crops (23 Nov 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, given that it has been established that bees can fly up to five miles in any direction, can the Minister say what, if any, developments there have been in the arrangements over the margin of cultivation between GM trials and organic crops?

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (23 Nov 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it is with great pleasure that I rise to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, on her excellent maiden speech. She has had a distinguished career as a campaigner for disability rights. She has worked for some time for the National Centre for Independent Living, about which she spoke in her maiden speech and about which we had an interesting exchange at Question Time earlier...

EU Withholding Tax (2 Dec 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, given that the Minister has rightly pointed out that part of the problem springs from tax evasion in relation to German investments, can he say what efforts the Government are making to put pressure on the German, Swiss and Luxembourg Governments to move away from their strict banking secrecy laws? Furthermore, what are the Government doing about money laundering in some of the tax...

Enlargement of the EU: ECC Report (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in paying tribute to the noble Lord, Lord St. John of Bletso, for initiating this debate on our report--I was a member of the committee which put together the report; to our chairman Lord Grenfell; to our Clerk, Dr Hopkins, who was of enormous assistance to us; and to our specialist adviser, Jackie Gower. As other noble Lords have made clear, the report is timely. When...

The Universities (8 Dec 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in winding up the debate from these Benches I begin by declaring an interest. Until the end of September I was employed by the University of Sussex and I remain a member of the Association of University Teachers. The debate today initiated by my noble friend Lord Jenkins has been very stimulating and has ranged far and wide. We have discussed student finance, tuition fees, access...

The Universities (8 Dec 1999)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am sorry. I have reached my final point. I believe that the Government are trying to reconcile the irreconcilable. They have four different objectives: to expand access; at the same time, to maintain the traditional high standards in teaching and scholarship; to play a prominent role in leading edge research and technology; and to put no more money into the system. I believe that...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (17 Jan 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, from these Benches I wish to begin by giving a broad welcome to the Bill. We believe that the provision of a comprehensive framework for post-16 education and training is long overdue. We welcome the width and the depth of consultation that has taken place in its preparation and we are particularly appreciative of the degree to which the Minister has dealt separately with the Welsh...

Teachers (26 Jan 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the right reverend Prelate on his maiden speech, which I found wise and thought-provoking. I look forward to further contributions that he will make to debates in this House. I should like too to congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, and thank her for initiating this important debate. She made an excellent introductory speech, in which she...

National Health Service (2 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, for initiating this extremely important debate. Just over a year ago, I made my first major speech in this House on the Second Reading of last year's Health Bill, as it then was. In that speech I drew your Lordships' attention to the conundrum facing the health authority in the part of the world I come from; namely,...

National Health Service (2 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am finishing. We need to explore different initiatives and we need to go forward from here.

Scottish Universities: Fees (3 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that, far from what he said, the present arrangements for student finance are not working well? Real poverty is being experienced by many students at our universities and harm caused to their studies by having to combine full-time education with part-time work. Given the Government's anxiety to increase access to higher education for a large number of people...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Can the noble Baroness also say why it is assumed that it is at the national level that the strategic over-view is required? In Germany and the United States the concept of strategy takes place at a much lower level. In Germany it is at the La nder level. Even here in the United Kingdom, Wales and Scotland have their own models. We had a national model before called the Manpower Services...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: In general, we on these Benches are supportive of the two amendments. Not surprisingly, given the first amendment that we proposed, we are very much in favour of the council reflecting the needs of the local community in its working. We have one slight reservation about Amendment No. 2 in the sense that it is important to recognise that education, training and skills do not necessarily start...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I rise to support the amendment moved by the noble Baroness. We on these Benches agree with her that it is not right that the chief executive of the council should also be a full member of the council. We also agree completely that it should be for the council itself to appoint the chief executive. The chief executive is the servant of the council, as happens, as the noble Baroness said,...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: moved Amendment No. 20: Page 55, line 23, at end insert ("for one further term only").

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: This is a minor amendment. Paragraph 2(2) of the schedule states that, "On ceasing to be a member a person is eligible for re-appointment". The purpose of this amendment is to place a limit on the number of times re-appointment can take place. We believe that in any organisation it is healthy to have some renewal of membership. There is a tendency sometimes for organisations to become...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I have to say that I am most disappointed that the Minister cannot see his way to putting this provision on the face of the Bill. Given that it is in the code of practice for public appointments, it seems most appropriate for it to be on the face of the Bill. However, given the Minister's insistence, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: moved Amendment No. 24: Page 1, line 21, after first ("education") insert ("and training").

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: In moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 28 to 30, 48 and 49. All these amendments relate to the inclusion of the words "education and training" together, rather than separately. Our reason for so doing is to stress the fact that education should be holistic for those who are under 16 as well as for those who are over 16. By separating the two and creating a separate...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for his full replies on the various points I raised. The Minister says that the spirit of our proceedings is to be holistic, to include education and training; and that we do not want to return to the bad old days of fragmentation. I find it somewhat disappointing, therefore, that it is not on the face of the Bill. If the Government want to turn over a new leaf and move...


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