Results 161–180 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

Disabled People: Student Loans — Question (5 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, the Minister is right to say that the scheme has been a success until this year, but is he aware that since the Student Loans Company took it over, which was this year, only 2,500 out of 14,000 applications have so far been processed? As the noble Lord, Lord Low, mentioned, it is a scandal. They had to be sent through by post rather than online; they were sent to Doncaster, but...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I give wholehearted support to the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Perry. She is quite right that the question of who controls the capital budget has been left floating. The amendment has the great advantage that it sets up the joint committee, brings the two agencies together and provides a structure through which capital funding can be allocated. The mess that the Learning and Skills...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords who have spoken in support of Amendment 131. Many of my doubts remain after the very powerful speech of the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham. He indicated that we have been taken for granted, and it is not right that we should have been. I am also left with many doubts about whether the old fashioned, top-down labour market planning with our single integrated...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I shall speak to my three amendments in this group, Amendments 131, 132 and 133. As the noble Lord indicated, they relate to the role of regional development agencies in the development of skills strategy and were stimulated by the letter of 31 July from the noble Lord, Lord Mandelson, to Jim Braithwaite of SEEDA, which I quoted extensively in Committee. The noble Lord, Lord Young, has to...

Higher Education — Statement (3 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I thank the First Secretary of State for his Statement and say how very welcome it is. We share with him the celebration of what has been achieved by our universities during the past two decades in widening access and exploiting their research opportunities, so that we are challenging the United States in spin-offs per capita and the quality of education provided. Equally, a number...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his very positive response and thank him for it. The three issues that concerned me included two issues of equity, one of which was the disparity over school meals. I am glad that he has given an assurance that, within the framework of the review that is taking place, there will be specific consideration of the meals issue. I hope the Government...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, we have a great deal of sympathy with the two amendments from the noble Lord, Lord Layard. Regarding Amendment 110, it is really illogical that the Government are not encouraging the expected progression. The noble Lord, Lord Layard, has pointed out that he does not want the provision to come into effect immediately. He proposes that by 2015, the raising of the participation age...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I shall speak also to Amendments 74, 75 and 80, and shall comment on government amendments that also fall within this grouping. Our amendments fall into two groups. Amendments 67 and 74 both raise issues of equity. Amendment 67 asks that young people who have been receiving free school meals should get free lunches at college. We feel that it is not right that their counterparts who stay on...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Before the Minister sits down, I seek clarification on her response to Amendment 52. She says that she will come back at Third Reading, but that she opposes the idea of having a formal assessment when the young person leaves detention—let us say at the six-month stage. As my noble friend Lady Garden said, we share the Minister's hesitation about too much assessment. Nevertheless, during the...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, we have a great deal of sympathy with this amendment. It seems reasonable that, should a local authority wish to place a student in a college, it should at least consult the college before placing them there. It is well known that, where there are difficult pupils, there is an informal agreement among the heads of secondary schools to the effect that, "If you have one of mine; I'll...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, we, too, are pleased with these technical amendments which iron out one or two discrepancies in the Bill, and we are particularly pleased that they have removed the subsections relating to disproportionate expenditure. We shared all the feelings expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Rix. The wording was misleading and could lead some local authorities not to spend what they ought to be...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the Minister for this very positive reaction to the amendments that we tabled in Committee and for the clarification that he has given on the functions of the chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency and of the YPLA in relation to the role of local authorities. We tabled Amendments 32, 37, 38, 90, 91 and 94 because we did not find the response we had...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Report (1st Day) (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, I, too, thank the Government very much for the lengthy discussions that we have had on these issues. I also congratulate them on the outcome, which is extremely satisfactory. We now have incorporated into the Bill a very clear definition of the concept of apprenticeship which applies equally in England and in Wales. We spent a lot of time on that interesting issue, thanks to the...

Government Scientists — Private Notice Question (2 Nov 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the results of the decision may well be that the Government attract only those scientists who, to quote Sir Humphrey, are "one of us"? What implications does that have for the recruitment of scientists to government advisory bodies?

Climate Change: Copenhagen Conference — Question (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: My Lords, as the Minister knows, there are increasing doubts about whether there is enough time or commitment to get a strong deal out of Copenhagen. Does the Minister agree that a postponed but strong deal would be preferable to a weak consensus that does not meet the challenges of global warming?

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I tabled this amendment at the behest of the 157 Group of the larger colleges to emphasise its welcome for the provisions in Clause 248. Last year's education Act gave schools the responsibility and duty to promote the well being of their pupils. This clause goes somewhat further. The further education colleges are asked to promote, "the economic and social well-being of the local area", and...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I thank the Minister for his reply. We are both in accord on this and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 314 withdrawn. Clause 248 agreed. Amendment 315 Moved by Baroness Sharp of Guildford 315: After Clause 248, insert the following new Clause— "Teacher training to meet diversity of education and training opportunities (1) Section 75 of the Education Act 2005 (c. 18)...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: Amendment 315 is about training teachers for vocational subjects. There is a problem in that those who have the QTS qualification have little training in vocational subjects. Those who teach vocational subjects in further education colleges have the QTLS qualification, which is not acceptable in an ordinary school unless they have a degree. Some of them come into vocational subjects without...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: With that reassurance, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 315 withdrawn. Amendment 315A not moved. Clauses 249 to 253 agreed. Amendment 316 not moved. Amendments 317 and 318 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List. Clause 254 : Orders and regulations Amendments 319 and 320 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List. Amendments 321 and 322 Moved by Baroness Morgan of...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (9th Day)(Continued) (19 Oct 2009)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford: I shall speak also to Amendment 292. We are proposing these amendments on behalf of the Special Education Consortium and the National Deaf Children's Society. Schools that get a good or excellent rating from Ofsted may have their normal Ofsted inspection put off for at least a year and have a "quick check" or a "health check". These two bodies are very anxious to ensure that schools do not...


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