Results 1–20 of 1000 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

Local Government: Children's Services — Debate (15 Jan 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Shephard, for initiating this very important and timely debate. My interest in children's services departments stems partly from the fact that my noble friend Lady Walmsley and I were involved in the passing through this House of the Children Act 2004, which set up children's trusts. We expressed at the time some reservations about the...

Inequality — Debate (29 Jan 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the title of this debate today referred to, "the impact of choice on the level of inequality". I thank the noble Baroness, Lady O'Neill, for bringing the subject to this House, as it is important and interesting, and for her very thought-provoking introduction to it. Equally, as a fairly simple economist, I interpreted the title in a somewhat different way. The three speeches that...

Children: Social Networking Sites — Debate (12 Feb 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Harris, for initiating this important and timely debate. I would also like to say how much I have enjoyed, and learnt from, the three speeches so far. I put my name down to speak in the debate because I was part of the Science and Technology Committee that looked at personal internet security, although it coincided with an extended...

Schools: Primary Curriculum — Question (26 Feb 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, why did the Government think it necessary to set up their own independent review when the Cambridge review, the largest review of primary education for 40 years, was already under way? Would it not have been sensible to have waited for the Cambridge review to report and to have made suggestions after it had been published?

Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2009 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for explaining so clearly what these two levies are about. For the past nine years in this House, I have taken the annual statement of these levies, and I was wondering when the changes that we put into effect in the Further Education and Training Act 2007 would come into force. I am delighted that, with these two orders, we are making arrangements for the...

Visas: Students — Question (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, are the rumours about the curtailing of post-study work arrangements for international students entirely unfounded or are they are correct?

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking and congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, on introducing this very important and timely debate. I declare an interest as a member of the corporation of Guildford College, which is a further education college. In some senses, this debate has been something of a reprise of a debate that we had last year on the Leitch report. The...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the Minister says that there are no legal obstacles to writing this in. Are the Government insisting that on all public procurement contracts the contractors take on apprenticeships?

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I apologise for intervening again. Can the Minister clarify whether, except in exceptional circumstances, for anyone over 25 who signs up for an apprenticeship, the employer, or the apprentice themselves, has to meet 50 per cent of the fees?

Children: Laming Report — Statement (12 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the Minister stressed the importance of record-keeping, but for many social workers the burden of record-keeping is regarded as considerable. Is there anything to be learnt from the police or teaching services about the use of lay people in such roles? There is the use of teaching assistants, for example, to take over some of the more mundane tasks. Could such support workers be...

Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Emissions — Question (19 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that 25 per cent of our emissions come from heating, both domestic and commercial? Is he further aware that in Sweden, which in spite of its colder climate manages to have roughly half of the per capita emissions of the UK, a good deal of the older housing stock is now fitted with ground source central heating? Can he tell us why so little has been heard in...

Charles Darwin — Debate (19 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, for introducing a rich and fascinating debate. I have learnt much from it. The title it was given was, "to call attention to the celebrations of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin". Although mention has been made of them, I should say how great the various exhibitions and celebrations are. Whether it is the huge exhibition at the...

Vehicles: Tax and Duty — Question (23 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, given that transport is by far the greatest contributor to CO2 emissions, and the urgency for this country to reduce CO2 emissions, is it not illogical for the Government not to give some stimulus to the use of diesel, when diesel cars are now the lowest emitters?

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Sir Andrew Foster's review of the Building Colleges for the Future programme to be complete; and whether they anticipate any delays during the next two years to projects already in that programme.

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as a member of the corporation of Guildford College.

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply, but can he explain how it is that neither his department nor the DCSF, which are jointly responsible for the LSC, was aware that the LSC was encouraging and sanctioning a capital spending programme that was three to four times the amount of funds available? Is he aware of the problems that this potential overspend has caused to the...

Alcohol: 15 and 16 Year-olds — Question (1 Apr 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords—

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, Sir Andrew Foster has called for a clear capital investment strategy for the further education sector. How can that be achieved when the responsibilities will very shortly be split in two between the pre-19 sector, which will be looked after by local authorities and the new Young People's Learning Agency, and the post-19 sector, which will be looked after by the Skills Funding...

Energy: Renewables — Question (6 May 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that in many EU countries, especially in Scandinavia, a lot of investment is going into ground source heating. What is this country doing to promote ground source heating?

Employment: Access to Professions — Question (11 May 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware of the fact that the medical profession is one of those that has been making considerable efforts to widen participation? However, medicine involves a very long training and one barrier to students doing that training is the debt that they incur. Are there any plans in the review of fair access and student fees to consider courses that are much longer...


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