Results 41–60 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

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

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: We had a considerable debate in Committee on these issues. I shall speak to Amendment 13B and about the danger of making the Prevent strategy statutory rather than voluntary and the fear that it might prove to be counterproductive. It is clear, however, that the Government feel strongly that these powers need to be statutory to ensure that those authorities which to date have lagged behind in...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have added my name to Amendment 115C in this group. We have tabled this amendment because a number of organisations and members of the education profession have raised with us the issue of how far the provisions in Clause 28 will become counterproductive by destroying the relationship of trust between teacher and student. At their crudest, the duties being laid on the...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I have added my name to Amendments 112C and 112E. It is important that the fine print of the duty is spelt out in the guidance. It is extremely important that this should be put in the public domain and scrutinised by Parliament. I very much endorse the provisions of Amendment 112C. Similarly, in relation to the Secretary of State giving directions, it is important that this is transparent...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my name is attached to quite a number of the amendments in this group. I am not going to repeat the arguments that have been put very ably by other noble Lords. I merely add that it is vital that there is the opportunity for open debate and discussion of radical and extremist views in our universities and in other educational institutions in this country so that they can be...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for his response to my amendment and other noble Lords who have participated in this very interesting debate. It was supposed to be a relatively minor probing amendment to clarify the definitions and to make the point, which I think still needs to be made, that where there is not clarity in definition, it leaves a great deal to the judgment of those expected to implement...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I should point out to the noble Lord that I said that it was merely a probing amendment and that the wording was not appropriate.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Amendment 103A is the first in a series of amendments relating to Part 5 of the Bill, which relate also to the Prevent strategy and its partner, the Channel programme. Part 5 seeks to make statutory for participants in these two programmes actions and duties that have until now been voluntary. That switch from co-operation to co-option raises a whole range of issues for those involved. The...

Higher Education: Overseas Students — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Given the Government’s ambition to make this country the best place in which to practise science, will the Minister tell us whether they have heeded the warning from Sir Paul Nurse, the president of the Royal Society, that the present anti-immigration rhetoric coming from some Members is damaging the ability of this country to recruit leading scientists?

Higher Education: Funding — Question (8 Jan 2015)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of the Higher Education Commission, which questioned the sustainability of the system. Is the Minister aware that the IFS now reckons that, at £44,000, the average debt of UK students is higher than that of students in the United States? Is it really right that a teacher aged 35 should be unable to obtain a mortgage because of the debts that they...

Allotments — Question (3 Dec 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Will my noble friend commend the University of Bath and the borough of Bath, where a deal has been done whereby, with university housing with gardens attached, the gardens are passed over to the borough to allocate as allotments?

Schools: Arts Education — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Clancarty, for introducing this timely and interesting debate on the arts in education. I declare an interest as a patron of Creative Skillset, the creative industries’ sector skills council. On Tuesday this week, I had the privilege of attending a service at St Margaret’s for the Girls’ Schools Association where the school local to me in...

Schools: Local Oversight — Question (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Can the Minister please tell the House what are the responsibilities of the members of the local governing board when the academy chain has trustees who appoint the head?

Children and Vulnerable Adults: Abuse — Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it gives me very great pleasure to thank my noble friend Lady Walmsley for initiating this very topical debate. I declare an interest as a primary school governor responsible for special educational needs. Until last year—I confess that this is a role that I have now “rolled off”—I was also a governor of my local college, where I had responsibility for child protection...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I start with the sentence in the gracious Speech that, “Legislation will be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business”. The legislation that will follow is the small business, enterprise and employment Bill. For a long time, I have had a considerable interest in science-based small firms. As the noble Baroness,...

Universities: Part-time Students — Question (14 May 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the unfortunate result of introducing loans for tuition fees in both the higher and the further education sectors is that those in their 20s and 30s have disproportionately been put off, although we very much need them to upgrade and improve their qualifications? Will he say a little more about precisely what the Government are doing to encourage this...

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 Apr 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy. To my mind, she has raised an extremely important issue, because the quality of teaching in our schools and universities is fundamental to the success of our education system. I have been in this House for almost 16 years and have spoken on higher education from these Benches on numerous occasions. It is unusual that we...

Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (26 Mar 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Young, for bringing this important debate to the House. It is about the number and the quality of apprenticeships that government has been able to establish. Like the noble Lord, I started by looking at the statistics. As he pointed out, starts in apprenticeships are up. Between 2009-10 and 2012-13, they increased from 270,000 to...

Regenerative Medicine: S&T Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 Mar 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, as a member of the committee, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for his excellent introduction to the debate. I repeat the thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, who cannot be with us today, who was an excellent chairman, and to Professor Fiona Watt, our specialist adviser. Working on this report took me back to the 1980s when, in my position in the science policy research unit at...

Education: Vocational Education — Question (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that high-quality careers education and properly trained careers advisers are necessary so that young people in schools know the full range of opportunities available to them from vocational education?

Vocational Training: Young People — Question (27 Feb 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the number of apprentices aged 16 to 18 has been falling, rather than rising, over the past few years? Yet we still have a million people of that age who are NEETs. In addition, the numbers entering into apprenticeships in both construction and engineering, where we have the greatest skills shortages, have been falling. Will the Minister tell us what...


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