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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (25 Oct 2021)

Baroness Barran: ...is finalising its passage through this House. As the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, articulated, our debate has been thoughtful and powerful and, above all, has demonstrated our clear shared commitment to a high-quality skills system. I can reassure the noble Lord and your Lordships that I have discussed and will continue to discuss our debates in detail with my ministerial colleagues. This is...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Third Reading (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I have prepared a few words that I intended to say on the Motion that the Bill Do Now Pass. I thought that the Minister would have moved that but we seem to have got there anyway, by whatever route. I am sure noble Lords will not be too unhappy about that, although perhaps the clerk may be. As noble Lords have demonstrated over four days in Committee and two on Report, the Bill as...

Education: Music and the Arts - Question (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, the Minister needs to go back to her officials at the DfE if the figures she has been given suggest that the number of pupils sitting GCSEs and A-levels in arts subjects has not dropped in the last decade, because that is very definitely not the case; it is not what schools report. The English baccalaureate is definitely to blame, because it has narrowed the curriculum and does not...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 50 (21 Oct 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, the Queen’s Speech promised that legislation would support a lifetime skills guarantee to enable flexible access to high-quality education and training throughout people’s lives. It therefore beggars belief that there is no mention of this flagship policy in this skeleton Bill; indeed, the Bill is silent on the value of qualifications below level 3 altogether. At present, 13...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 36 (21 Oct 2021)

Baroness Wilcox of Newport: My Lords, as the Bill before us today is about education, I hope that noble Lords will not mind me veering slightly off topic for a moment. Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip on 21 October 1966 that killed 116 children and 28 adults as it engulfed Pantglas Junior School. I was a pupil at Pontygwaith Junior School in the...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 34 (12 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: I thank the noble Baroness. The time rumblings in certain areas are making us act a little less rationally. I will be very brief. I welcome the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Storey, and I am pleasantly surprised that the Public Bill Office accepted it and regarded it as within the scope of Bill. The levy does not merit a mention in the Bill, despite the Institute for...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 27 (12 Oct 2021)

Baroness Barran: Oh, I am so sorry, I will try to speak a little louder; forgive me. Our reforms will make sure that every qualification has a clear and distinct purpose so that learners attain the skills they need to succeed in high-quality higher education or to progress into skilled employment. We set out the qualifications we intend to fund alongside A-levels and T-levels in the summer. I can assure noble...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 29 (12 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: Moved by Lord Watson of Invergowrie 29: Clause 7, page 9, line 41, at end insert—“(2A) Subsection (2) does not apply to the withdrawal of level three courses for the period of four years beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.” Member’s explanatory statement This amendment prevents IfATE from withdrawing approval of established level 3 courses...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (to Amendment 8) (12 Oct 2021)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...in such an interesting and wide-ranging debate on the content and creation of local skills improvement plans. I particularly thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for his contribution on both the need to look ahead and the importance of creativity. I agree, and creativity and innovation are clearly linked. We should all emphasise creativity, including in arts, music and innovation, when we...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day): Amendment 11 (12 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: Moved by Lord Watson of Invergowrie 11: Clause 1, page 2, line 21, leave out subsection (6) and insert—“(6) A “local skills improvement plan”, in relation to a specified area, means a plan which—(a) is developed by an employer representative body in partnership with local authorities, including the Mayoral Combined Authorities and further education...

Schools: Examination Assessments - Question (12 Oct 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to her new post. I could say she is at big school now. I also identify myself with the remarks of my colleague and noble friend Lord Hunt regarding the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge. The lack of standardisation in this year’s exams meant that some pupils sat more than 20 exams while others sat fewer than five. Ofqual stats reveal that children on free school...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus (13 Sep 2021)

Fleur Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the roles to which (a) George Pascoe-Watson, (b) Lord Feldman and (c) Lord O'Shaughnessy were appointed to assist his Department with the response to the covid-19 outbreak were (i) consultancy or (ii) temporary civil service roles; and whether the (A) Civil Service Code and (B) Code of Conduct for Special Advisers applied to...

Education (Assemblies) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken in this thoughtful debate today. It is clear that everyone who spoke expressed their genuine and heartfelt beliefs. It is a huge tribute to this House that we can have this kind of debate in a well-mannered and mature way. I thank the Minister for her remarks and welcome her to her post, and I also thank my noble friend Lady Hamwee...

Sports Participation in Schools - Question (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in the name of my noble friend Lord Bassam of Brighton.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (4 Aug 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average real-terms change in per-pupil funding in (1) the most deprived 20 per cent of schools, and (2) the least deprived 20 per cent, over the past five years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Boundary Commission for England (3 Aug 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many functional economic areas there are in England; and what plans they have to match them with local authority administrative boundaries.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Environment Protection (3 Aug 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Environment Agency following the publication of its report Water and sewerage companies in England: environmental performance report for 2020 on 13 July, in particular regarding its decision to grant the highest environmental performance rating to five water companies, despite the overall failure of the industry to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Standards (29 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by David Black, acting Chair of Ofwat, on 13 July that there should be a "step-change in culture and commitment" by water companies "to fundamentally change the way they deliver for customers and the environment".

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Southern Water (28 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the £90m fine imposed on Southern Water by the Environment Agency for dumping raw sewage into protected seas; and what plans they have to direct the Environment Agency to hold Southern Water to stricter standards in future.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Pollution (28 Jul 2021)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to end the practice of water companies being permitted to self-report pollution incidents.


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