Results 141–160 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

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I want to say how much I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Morris, and, unusually, disagree with my noble friend Lady Perry. The points that she makes about partnerships are precisely correct; indeed, a number of academies are part of these behaviour partnerships, which are working extremely well. In exactly the same way, many school confederations are working well. Many of us are...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I have also been a school governor in one form or another for getting on for 40 years. Training courses for governors are run not only by local authorities but also centrally, and they are quite detailed courses. There is also a training guide on the web. The noble Lord might like to look at the Department for Education website where he will find that under "governors" there is a sort of...

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Just before the Minister responds, I should say that I have not spoken to Amendments 185A and 188A tabled in my name, among others, because they should not really have been included in this group. I will speak to them separately later.

Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I shall speak to Amendment 63 which is in my name and that of my noble friends Lady Walmsley and Lady Garden. It is a fairly simple amendment and relates to Clause 1(6)-as my noble friend Lord Greaves said, we are still on Clause 1-which lists the basic characteristics that will be required of schools converting to an academy. In a number of the amendments, we have been discussing further...

Public Expenditure: Review of Commitments — Statement (17 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, perhaps I may press the Minister a little further about the Stonehenge visitor centre. Stonehenge is a world heritage site and attracts the most visitors within the UK. The current visitor centre is a disgrace. Plans have been under way for a long time and it has taken a long time to get the planning permissions in place, which has now just been achieved. Of the money to be spent,...

Academies Bill [HL] — Second Reading (7 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to his new position and thank him for his clear exposition of the Bill. I join others in congratulating him on its brevity and clarity. It is no secret that we Liberal Democrats have for some time had reservations about the academy programme because, like the noble Baroness, Lady Morris, we have not seen the freedoms that were offered to academies as making...

Universities: Funding — Question (7 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much university funding has been cut from the academic year 2010-11.

Universities: Funding — Question (7 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the Minister aware of what a rollercoaster the previous Government and this Government have put universities on? The funding was down by £400 million in November last year, was up again in March and is now down again. Given that the universities are only one part of the BIS budget and the only non-ring-fenced part of the education budget, they are taking a quite disproportionate...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (continued) (3 Jun 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I shall concentrate my remarks on education. The opening words of the gracious Speech state: "My Government will seek to build a strong and fair society". As the noble Lord, Lord Hill, reminded us in his opening speech, that fair society depends a great deal on education. I was rather surprised at how well the coalition of the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives managed to put...

Children, Schools and Families Bill: Committee (and remaining stages) (7 Apr 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I was also going to point out to the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, that while there are many excellent examples of PSHE teaching in schools, there are many schools in which it is not good. In answer to the point that the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, made, the advantage of making it statutory is that teachers are trained better and we get a better standard teaching of this subject in...

Poverty Gap — Question (6 Apr 2010)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is it not a fact that people in the bottom 20 per cent of income distribution are paying a higher proportion of income in tax, taking all taxes into account, than the top 20 per cent?

Anti-social Behaviour: Family Intervention Projects — Question (8 Dec 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that, among families where there have been substantial anti-social behaviour problems, the evaluation shows a reduction from 40 per cent to 6 per cent in those problems? Given the dedication of this Government to joined-up thinking, can she also tell me why they did not think about putting this holistic programme together very much earlier?

Apprenticeships — Question (7 Dec 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Why are the Government cutting back on the number of adult apprenticeships when, in a demand-led system, there is excess demand for adult apprenticeships, whereas it is quite difficult to find employers willing to take those aged under 19?

Cultural and Creative Arts — Question (3 Dec 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution the cultural and creative arts make to gross domestic product; and what proposals they have to promote their further growth and development.

Cultural and Creative Arts — Question (3 Dec 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I am grateful to the Minister for his positive answer. Is he aware that these industries, even through the recession, have been growing by 5 per cent a year in GDP terms? It is the fastest growing employment sector in the UK and contributes more to the balance of payments than even the banking sector. Nevertheless there are crucial skills shortages in the sector, particularly among...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (24 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, has just referred to this debate as something of a ragbag of a debate, as we switch rather randomly from environment to transport to local government. I shall talk generally about the issues of environment and climate change. Specifically, I shall address the need to ensure that we have people in this country who are trained with the skills necessary...

Skills for Growth — Statement (11 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, from these Benches I also welcome the Statement and I thank the Minister for giving it to us. We share with the Minister the view that the role and importance of vocational skills have been consistently underplayed in this country and that more needs to be done to persuade young people—and older people—of the value of such training, particularly the value of progression within...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Third Reading (10 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have paid tribute to my work in the House over the past 10 years as a Front-Bench spokesman on education. Ten years is long enough and it is about time that I took a Back-Bench seat. I shall remain interested in these issues and speak from the Back Benches on them. The model that I have in my head is that of the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, who was a...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Third Reading (10 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: We on these Benches supported the amendment and so are delighted to see it in the Bill. I know that it will be a great relief to the further education colleges and to the Association of Colleges, which I believe promoted the amendment, as it had been worried that there could be a danger that difficult-to-handle young people would be wished on colleges without any consultation. It is obviously...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Third Reading (10 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, we on these Benches also welcome the amendments, particularly Amendment 20. I am pleased to say that throughout the different stages of the Bill we have supported the noble Lord, Lord Layard, in his amendments. I did not think he would get as far as he has got and I am delighted to see Amendment 20. I declare an interest as a member of the Skills Commission, which put forward the...


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