Results 101–120 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

Employment: Market and Coastal Towns — Question (12 Jul 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister mentioned local enterprise partnerships and local colleges and the importance of the skills agenda. Is he aware that in many cases local colleges are being excluded from local enterprise partnerships?

Higher Education White Paper — Statement (28 Jun 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for repeating the Statement, which has been extremely useful. It clears up a degree of uncertainty that there has been around universities for a very long time. As the noble Lord said, it has taken a long time for the White Paper to come to us, rather than a short time. I also welcome a number of other aspects of it. The opening up of the university system...

Education: Academies Funding — Question (21 Jun 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, where is the £400 million that was announced last week as going to the academies programme to be spent?

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in welcoming many things in the Bill. In particular, I welcome the broad intention to give much greater autonomy to schools and colleges, and discretion to teachers and school and college leaders to take decisions and be accountable for them. All of us for too long have railed against the micromanagement of education, which has been exacerbated by a regime of constant...

Higher Education: Funding — Question (18 May 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: What is the Government's estimate of how many students will not repay their debts after 30 years? In the light of that, are the Government continuing the policy of wanting to securitise the debt, and what sort of discount do they expect on such securitisation?

Education: Vocational Subjects — Statement (12 May 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, perhaps I may thank the Minister for repeating the Statement and say how pleased I am that, among other things-although this is not mentioned in the Statement-the government response equates QTLS status in schools to QTS. There has long been a need for that if we are to get high-quality teaching in vocational subjects. Perhaps I may bring the Minister back to the EBacc and the...

Adapting to Climate Change: EU Agriculture and Forestry (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have participated in the debate and, in particular, join others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Framlingham, on his excellent and very amusing maiden speech. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Quin, I shall treasure his words that trees are one of the world's blessings. That was one of the themes of our debate. With the exception of my noble friend Lord...

Adapting to Climate Change: EU Agriculture and Forestry (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it is a year now since the European Union Committee published our report on adapting EU agriculture and forestry to climate change. In that report, we acknowledged that there had been changes to the climate in the past and repeated the widely shared concern that current projections of climate change indicate a far higher level of uncertainty in the future. We quoted from a November...

Children: Early Intervention — Debate (17 Mar 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, it gives me enormous pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Storey, and I congratulate him on a really excellent maiden speech. As he made clear, he has been a headmaster for 25 years, and he is a great expert in early childhood development. As well as guiding the development of many a young person in Knowsley, he has also been instrumental-he did not really say very much about...

Apprenticeships — Question (9 Feb 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, how far have the Government succeeded in finding employers to take up these new apprenticeships, and how many of them are college-based, programme-led apprenticeships?

NHS: Front-line and Specialised Services — Debate (13 Jan 2011)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for initiating this timely short debate, and I also look forward to the maiden speech of my noble friend Lady Jolly. As most noble Lords will know, it is not usual for me to speak on National Health Service issues. I do not have the detailed knowledge that I have of the education system, but I retain an open mind about the proposed...

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, taunted those of us on these Benches with the fact that, in the 2004 debate, we argued for, and gained the right for, Parliament being able to debate any change in the level of fees and fee regulation. This is precisely what we are doing today. Like the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lincoln, I regret the...

Active Citizenship — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking my noble friend Lord Maclennan of Rogart for introducing this important debate. I, like others, declare an interest as a long-time volunteer in various activities; I think that I must have had at least three separate CRB checks done on me in the past year. I want in particular to pick up on the remarks made by my noble friend Lady Walmsley about citizenship...

Public Disorder at NUS Rally — Statement (11 Nov 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, were any police resources outside those of the Metropolitan Police used to help to police this demonstration?

Higher Education: Funding and Student Finance — Statement (3 Nov 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, there is a good deal to be welcomed in the package that has been presented today. It is indeed a more progressive package than the current loan repayments scheme with its current level of fees. The extension to part-timers and the way in which the interest is being tapered off mean that, again, the cost to those earning less is going to be less. It is a very clever system, and the...

Education: Languages — Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, for bringing this debate. As the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, said, she is a doughty champion for modern foreign languages. I wish her well in her campaign. As the noble Baroness said when she introduced this debate, the rot really set in in 2004, when we reluctantly as a House agreed to allow the noble Baroness, Lady...

Education: Pupils and Young People — Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, pay tribute to my noble friend Lady Perry for initiating the debate and for her very thoughtful and incisive introduction of it. I have spoken frequently in this House of my experience as a governor of a primary school in Guildford that serves a disadvantaged community there and of my experience as a member of the board of the corporation of Guildford College, but I do not...

Higher Education: Funding — Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for the opportunity to discuss this important report from the noble Lord, Lord Browne, on proposals for student financing. I look forward to hearing other contributions to the debate because, as the Minister made clear, the proposals are still being discussed among Ministers and no final decisions on how the report will be implemented have been made. Nevertheless, there...

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (Cm 7944): Motion to Disapprove (25 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I supplement the remarks of my noble friend Lady Williams with two specific points about the implications of the caps for universities. The first relates to the tier 1 cap. I believe the number of points needed to gain entry through this category is likely to be increased. This raises a problem. The points required under tier 1 already place considerable weight on an individual's...

Education: Lifelong Learning — Question for Short Debate (19 Oct 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am stimulated to initiate this debate by the publication this time last year of Learning Through Life, a report commissioned by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, with the aim of taking a forward look at the future requirements of and for adult education. I see this debate as a chance for this House to take a look at the same topic. I start by quoting one of the...


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