Results 181–200 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

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister very much; that was a totally adequate and very satisfactory reply. I am extremely grateful to him for giving me all the reassurance that we need on this issue. As he says, time has moved on; we have had the interim report from Brian Lamb and are expecting the final report. As the Minister rightly points out, the new inspection regime has been introduced and we are now...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in moving Amendment 282 I shall also speak to Amendment 283. With these two amendments, we move onto the next part of the Bill, which is about schools. Chapter 1 of Part 10 concerns the intervention by the Secretary of State in local education authorities when a large number of their schools are underperforming. The purpose of this amendment is, first, to ensure that where the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for his response. We are not seeking to change the fact that it is in the power of the Secretary of State to intervene; that is in subsection (1), which remains. We are seeking to alter it only through our subsection (2), "where it appears to the Secretary of State that ... a local education authority", is maintaining, "a disproportionate number". We are saying...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my name and that of my noble friend Lady Walmsley are attached to Amendments 280A and 280B, but I assume that Amendment 280ZA has superseded them, since one would pre-empt the other and Amendment 280ZA is much more satisfactory. Perhaps I may say from these Benches how much we support all that the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, has said. She is absolutely correct that what is wanted is...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for her full response. On Amendment 272, I am also grateful for her assurance that the awarding bodies will be consulted by the QCDA, because they have a great deal of expertise to offer. In relation to academies, she says that the detail is tied up in the funding agreements. The difficulty is that time and again there are individual funding agreements and if you...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in moving Amendment 269B I shall speak to the amendments grouped with it. The noble Baroness, Lady Perry, reminded us that before the national curriculum was introduced in 1988, there was no such thing and that examinations were set by the special assessment boards. They, incidentally, were largely influenced by universities. Indeed, going back a little further in history to the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, we on these Benches have some sympathy with the amendment, but we are worried that it would introduce a degree of inflexibility to this area and not fulfil the objective of clear transparency that the noble Lord is seeking. We are not convinced that this is necessarily the right formula.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for her reply and to all other noble Lords who participated in this short debate. To answer the noble Lord, Lord Elton, it is equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome, that one sees as sensible. On the Equality Bill, there are already two statutes, in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act and in the Disability Discrimination Act,...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in moving the amendment I also speak to Amendments 235 and 270. I am speaking on behalf of the noble Lord, Lord Low of Dalston, who very much regrets that he cannot attend the Committee today. These amendments would introduce a sixth objective into Clause 125(1), that of promoting equality standards. Clause 125(1) currently contains five different objectives: qualification...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Does Clause 84 also do that? Reading it logically, if you have the "and" instead of the "or", it applies to persons who are aged 19 and over "and" persons who are subject to adult detention. If it just read, "and who are subject to adult detention" it would be only the one. Do Clauses 84 and 88 apply to all adults over 19, including those who are in detention?

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for responding to this amendment. In relation to paragraph (a) in Amendment 198, if the only objection is that it does not refer to those in adult detention, I would point out to him that encouraging individuals to undergo post-19 education and training comprehends all individuals whether they are in detention or not. I do not think it can be said that it...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for attempting to clarify these issues, but I am still increasingly sceptical. Let me quote again from the letter, which says very firmly that the RDAs will be: "the single body with responsibility for producing the regional skills strategy". And subsequently it goes on to say: "Under this scenario, RDAs would be assigned the lead role in identifying as part of...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (15 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendments 213A and 213B. They are separate, as was the case on more than one occasion yesterday. I shall first speak to Amendment 198 and then address the others, which raise different issues, but I thought it best that they remained grouped together, partly for the sake of time. Clause 88 sets out the duty of the chief executive officer of the Skills Funding...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for his reply. I have to admit that, in laying Amendments 186 and 187, I had not fully taken in the fact that the provision was restricted to those who were in detention. I fully take on board the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Lucas. I was trying to argue—and the Minister took it in that sense—that, in terms of adult education, the term "proper...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I laid this amendment on behalf of the roofing contractors and the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils. There is considerable concern at the fact that, these days, many adults come forward wanting apprenticeships. Many businesses are anxious to provide such apprenticeships but they find it difficult to do so because so little finance is available. My three amendments seek to add...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for that reply. There is an anomaly in that at the moment we have a large number of young adults over 19 who are anxious to move into apprenticeships but find that the financial barrier stops them from doing so. We need to remove that barrier for some of those young people and perhaps Amendment 196, which is to be moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, will find a...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendment 187. We now move on to education and training for persons aged 19 and over. Clause 84(1) firmly states: "The Chief Executive must secure the provision of reasonable facilities for ... education suitable to the requirements of ... persons who are aged 19 or over". The weasel word "reasonable" emerges. It is one that we are...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I have two further questions. The Minister mentioned just now that the SFA was going to be overseen by a small executive board. One of the issues that I raised was the whole question of the absence of what in the LSC was called the adult learning committee: an absence, in a sense, of those who would advise the chief executive and who come from the community and represent the community—in so...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: It was about the letter that the noble Lord, Lord Mandelson, sent to Jim Brathwaite at SEEDA, which sets out a very different view of how the SFA will operate from that which comes over in the Bill and the Explanatory Notes.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (14 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, our names are not attached to these amendments or to the clause stand part, but we have a great deal of sympathy with them. Although the Skills Funding Agency's budget is smaller than that of the YPLA—it is roughly £3.5 billion, whereas the YPLA has a budget of about £7 billion—it is still a very substantial budget. The situation is very odd. For 16 to 19 education, and...


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