Results 21–40 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

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for bringing this Motion of Regret before the House—and I join others in supporting it. I do so because it is very clear from the analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and others that this move will impact more heavily on students from poorer families who, up till now, have received substantial maintenance grants to help...

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2016)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: The answer, I believe, is that until now part-time students have had no maintenance grants. One of the beneficial effects of this—I was going to mention it later—is that it has enabled the Government to extend maintenance grants to part-time students. That is one group of people who will be better off. But is it is noticeable that among the students who will be affected are, as the noble...

Universities: Freedom of Speech — Motion to Take Note (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, this has been a very stimulating debate, and along with other noble Lords I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, for a very trenchant and excellent introduction to it. I very much enjoyed the two maiden speeches that we heard today—I found them both enlightening and amusing, which is just what maiden speeches should be. I congratulate the two Members concerned. Like any good...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for her reply. It is rather as I had expected. I acknowledge the amount of work that the Government are doing outside the Bill by promoting apprenticeships, particularly for these vulnerable young people. I hope they will continue to press public authorities to take their share of helping to train young people and give them opportunities. With that, I beg leave...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, this amendment is slightly different from the one that we discussed in Committee, and suggests that prescribed public bodies should be able to set a target for their subcontractors. In Committee, the Minister reminded us that on 1 September this year all central government contracts over £10 million were required to commit to including a certain number of apprentices within the...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for her reply. I rather expected it, but had hoped that perhaps in discussing the issue further with the DCLG and the Local Government Association they might have discussed this all-embracing amendment. I did not see, if I may say so, my amendment as necessarily meaning that a public body could transfer some of its target to its subcontractors, which was a point the...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, Amendment 58 is again similar to an amendment that we moved in Committee. We have brought it back because we would like to discuss it just a little more. I thank the Minister very much for her letter. There was considerable detail in it and it was extremely useful. As the Minister said in reply to me in Committee, the Government are already doing a great deal to ensure that these...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: We on these Benches have considerable sympathy with this amendment. In Committee, we had a lot of discussion on quality and the number of apprentices who have completed only level 2 apprenticeships, which many people regard as being not really full apprenticeships. Indeed, the Government have a notion in a later part of the Bill of creating a statutory apprenticeship—the level 3...

Higher Education: Part-Time Students — Question (11 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Green Paper on higher education published on 5 November made no mention of part-time students.

Higher Education: Part-Time Students — Question (11 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for that reply but I point out to her, as I am sure she knows, that in 2010 there were 267,000 part-time students. Today, there are only 116,000—a drop of 140,000 people in part-time education. Many of them come from the more disadvantaged groups of society and many are mature students who are making good the failings of their earlier education. Given that we have this...

Teacher Training — Question (4 Nov 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, in light of the answer that the Minister just gave, why have the Government cut the bursaries in some of the shortage subjects, such as design and technology and primary teaching?

Education and Employment Opportunities — Motion to Take Note (22 Oct 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have particular cause to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Stedman-Scott, for organising this debate. I had hoped to speak in the apprenticeship debate last week, but I had prior commitments that meant I could not. I am therefore very pleased indeed that this debate, which to some extent picks up some of the same issues, is taking place. I need to declare several interests. I am a...

Education and Adoption Bill — Second Reading (20 Oct 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Morris. I declare an interest as the governor of a primary school in Guildford which is part of the TKAT academy chain and was taken over by that chain because it was in need of significant improvement. As my noble friend Lord Addington said, this is a short but very important Bill. It carries forward the Government’s...

Professional and Career Development Loans — Question (12 Oct 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Will the Minister please tell the House how far the Government are encouraging industry to help postgraduate students? Industry will benefit from the specialised courses that students do, so it is right that it should make some contribution.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Guidance) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (17 Sep 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing these regulations and for reminding us of the lengthy debates that we had last January, particularly on the issue of freedom of speech in universities and the tension that is created between the Prevent duties that were then being proposed and the right of freedom of speech. Picking that up, we on these Benches very much welcome the new guidance...

Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students — Question (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reverse the decline in the number of part-time and mature students at higher education institutions.

Higher Education: Part-time and Mature Students — Question (8 Sep 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, part-time education has traditionally been the route by which those in work have been able to upgrade their skills. We have seen this enormous drop of 55% in the number of part-time students—143,000 people dropping out of part-time education over the last four years since 2010-11. Given that we have an ageing population whom we expect to work ever longer hours, and that, as the...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Third Reading (9 Feb 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, as another of those who argued in favour of the amendments on academic freedom that were put before the House, I thank the Minister very much for his co-operation. Like others, I am pleased with the overall result, even though some of us would have liked implementation of the Prevent duty to be postponed for some time for a review of it to take place. However, we are very grateful...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I rise to speak to Amendment 15B in my name and that of my noble friends Lady Brinton, Lady Williams and Lady Hamwee. Before speaking to that amendment I would like to say that I have a great deal of sympathy with the arguments that have been put forward by the noble Baronesses, Lady Lister and Lady O’Loan. If the Minister is going to think again about his amendment, I hope that...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Deben may remember that the subsection in the 1986 Act was embedded in that Act precisely to combat the no-platform developments that had taken place in the 1980s. Like others, I hope that the Minister will have listened to this debate and may be able to give us greater clarification than there is in the amendment he has brought forward. We had a debate in the...


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