Results 61–80 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

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I will just say a word about the “E” in PSHE. I pay tribute to the Minister and the degree to which he has listened to a lot of the comments and discussion that have taken place about PSHE. The “E” does not stand for education but for economics. As the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, mentioned, schools already have a duty to contribute to pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have some sympathy with the amendment. Earlier today we rejected the notion of minimum standards being laid down for local authorities but we made it very clear in that debate that this was a matter for local authorities and that we wanted to see them use their discretion and compete with each other to provide high-quality services for those with special educational needs....

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my name is also attached to the amendment. I endorse what has already been said by the noble Lords, Lord Rix and Lord Low, and by the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins. As currently drafted in the Bill, special educational provision has to be secured by local authorities. In Committee in the House of Commons, the Government tabled an amendment that places health commissioners under a...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my name is attached to many of these amendments and I am delighted to support them all. I also pay tribute to the Minister for having listened to the arguments that we put forward in Committee. First, it was suggested in Committee that some young people over 18 might not need the help and support they had been getting. That would provide local authorities with an excuse for dropping...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 Jan 2014)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I return to the introduction that the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, gave to Amendment 25E and the issue of accountability. Government Amendment 33C is good so far as it goes, but it puts the onus on parents and young people using the service to police the sufficiency of the local offer. Perhaps my noble friend the Minister could correct me if I were wrong, but so far as I know there is...

Children and Families Bill — Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I have much sympathy with the amendment, particularly the point raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, about those who do not have EHC plans. As she rightly said, we are talking about a large number of children—a much larger number of children than will have EHC plans—and it is important that there are facilities to meet their needs. The onus is now on schools to provide those...

Education: Contribution to Economic Growth — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan, for initiating this important debate. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Sherbourne, for his extremely interesting maiden speech, in which he attributed to me a particular interest in modern languages. I assure him that, although I chaired the all-party group yesterday, I am not a specialist in modern languages. Rather, I share his...

Children and Families Bill — Second Reading (2 Jul 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, welcome the broad thrust of this Bill. It is a wide-ranging Bill with much in it to welcome. As always, the devil is in the detail. As the Minister made clear, it is a Bill that, unusually, comes to us having had considerable scrutiny in the other place, partly as a result of the work done in this House by the Select Committee on Adoption Legislation, and the adoption...

Economy: Sustainable Jobs — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking my noble friend Lady Brinton for introducing this timely debate. The subject is the importance of sustainable jobs to the Exchequer and the British economy, and there is a certain truism in that statement. Obviously the more jobs that we can create, the more tax revenues there are for the Exchequer, and the less it has to pay out in welfare payments—so it...

Economy: Culture and the Arts — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, for initiating this very important debate. I will speak about one relatively narrow aspect of arts and culture; namely, the conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage. I do so because some time ago I chaired a sub-committee of the Science and Technology Committee, which looked at the role of science in the...

Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Science and Technology Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (21 Mar 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Willis for an excellent report. I am a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology at the moment but I was not a member when this report was produced nor was I a contributor to it. It is timely for us to have this report now given that we have just considered the Budget and the need for growth has become very apparent. Yet one of the...

Schools: Careers Guidance — Question (4 Mar 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Is the Minister aware that in a survey conducted by Edge a year or so ago, it was revealed that teachers knew less about apprenticeships than either parents or pupils? Many schools are not providing decent advice about the range of options open to young people. How can careers advice, which is supposed to be independent, be given by schools when the teachers know nothing at all about these...

Research Councils UK: Open Access Policy (S&T Report) — Question for Short Debate (28 Feb 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am a member of the Science and Technology Committee and participated in this short inquiry. I would like to thank our chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for initiating this inquiry, which I think has been extremely timely. As the noble Earl, Lord Selborne, mentioned, we have already seen some reaction, both from the research councils and from HEFCE, regarding the clarification...

Visas: Student Visa Policy — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for raising this important subject. I declare an interest as a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex and as a former university teacher. I also echo the thoughts expressed by the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, about how as a House we undoubtedly condemn the bogus student issue and welcome the fact that the Home Office has moved to...

Schools: Performance — Question (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Does the Minister not agree that the variations in school performance reflect the quality of school leadership, as much as anything else? Does he think that the Government are doing enough to encourage talented young teachers to go forward as school leaders at the moment?

Higher Education: Reform — Question for Short Debate (12 Nov 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Wills, on launching a very timely debate given today's announcement by the Council for the Defence of British Universities. Its core principle is to emphasise the public gain from advancing university education. I notice that in an article in the latest Times Higher Education, Sir Keith Thomas states: "A university education should assist...

Allotments — Question (31 Oct 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of an innovative scheme run by the University of Bath and the city of Bath, whereby the gardens for student housing are used as allotments, allocated by the city?

Children: Looked-after Children — Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, for introducing this very timely debate and pay tribute to the work that he has done in this House. Ever since I have been in it, he has been a great champion for looked-after children and done a great deal to bring them to our attention and that of successive Governments, which is a substantial achievement. Perhaps it is because I am an...

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (22 Oct 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Will the Minister clarify that the EBacc will consist of seven subjects and will require a GCSE pass of grade A to C? What proportion of young people in the relevant age cohort do the Government think will pass linear exams at GCSE grade A to C in seven subjects?

Higher Education: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2012)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Young, and her committee on producing a useful and timely report. It takes its rather grandiose title from the Commission paper issued a year ago, which refers in its title to, An Agenda for the Modernisation of Europe's Higher Education Systems. As the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, pointed out, this modernisation process...


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