Entries from Grumpy Old Deafies tagged with 'parliament'

Parliament Says You Have to Pay for an Interpreter!

Parliamentary Tours are usually held each summer, or organised by a constituent's MP, so visitors can see the Commons and Lords debating chambers, the Queen's Robing Room, etc. A question was recently asked in parliament about access: Jacqui Smith...

Dr. Adam Kosa: First Deaf Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Deaf lawyer, Dr. Ádám Kósa has won a seat at the European Parliament! Here's the result (its in Hungarian). He represents FIDESZ (here's the Wikipedia page in English on FIDESZ (Hungarian Civic Union)). All I am capable of saying: bloody...

European Parliament Elections: Dr. Adam Kosa

The 2009 European Parliament Elections takes place in June. Deaf lawyer, Dr. Ádám Kósa from Hungary will be standing at the forthcoming elections, as a candidate for FIDESZ. Wikipedia has information in English on FIDESZ (Hungarian Civic Union). Adam's official...

Parliament: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, Clause 237

This post is about amendment 78 of clause 237 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2008-09. It concerns the acoustic quality in schools. In other words, school buildings are failing to comply and as a result an amendment...

Parliament: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, Clause 210

This debate concerns an amendment to Clause 210 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2008-09, around the requirement to for school inspectors to have "training and expertise in special educational needs [SEN]". The debate below happened at the...

Parliament: Deaf Parents Access to their Children's Education

Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what support is available from his Department to deaf parents and their families; (2) what support is available...

Part 1: UK and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In the Spring 2009 the UK will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is an important Convention, and even has specific parts relating to sign language. The potential implications are huge and it is...

Parliament: Number of Children who have Become Deaf

Sandra Gidley (Romsey, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children of each age under 17 years old have become deaf in each of the last 10 years. Phil Hope (Minister of State (Care Services;...

Parliament: Bilateral Cochlear Implants

John Heppell (Nottingham East, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future provision of simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant to those who require it. Dawn Primarolo (Minister of State (Public Health), Department of...

Parliament: Implementation of NICE Cochlear Implant Guidelines

John Heppell (Nottingham East, Labour) Last week, I attended a celebration of the Ear Foundation, which is a charity that was set up to fund the first cochlear implant procedure in the city of Nottingham. Now that the National Institute...

Parliament: Deaf Access to Connexions

Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden, Labour) Nikita is 17 years old and profoundly deaf. She moved to my constituency in September with her Gurkha family. Despite having been allocated a Connexions adviser and a social worker, and having had assessments...

Parliament: Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Including Deaf

Tom Levitt (High Peak, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to enforce a multi-agency approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults, with particular reference to those who are both deaf and blind. Phil...

Parliament: Disabled Witnesses

Tom Levitt (High Peak, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to ensure that witness statements from disabled adults who communicate using non-formal methods can be accepted in courts. Maria Eagle (Parliamentary...

Parliament: Jobcentres and BSL

Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what facilities jobcentres offer to deaf people who arrive to make enquiries (a) with and (b) without an appointment; and how many front line jobcentre...

Parliament: Disability Discrimination (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps and Physical Features) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Maria Miller (Shadow Minister, Children, Schools and Families; Basingstoke, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the Disability Discrimination (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps and Physical Features) (Amendment) Regulations 2008...

Parliament: Deaf Literacy

Michael Gove (Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families; Surrey Heath, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what arrangements are in place to ensure that the...

Parliament: Regulation of Hearing Aid Dispensing

It appears that the Hearing Aid Council is being abolished next year, and its work merged with the Health Professions Council. The Hearing Aid Council describes itself as: We are the Government body that regulates the private hearing aid market....

Parliament: Deaf Education, No Official Statistics

Deaf children's education or rather the standards, has been a subject that has been buried under the carpet by consecutive governments. Its a subject that plays like a broken record, and the same mistakes made decade after decade, with...

Parliament: BSL in Prisons

Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many British Sign Language users worked in each prison at the latest date for which figures are available. Maria Eagle (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of...

Parliament: Deaf Children & Listening in Examinations

David Laws (Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues on assessing the ability of...

Parliament: Lipreading Funding

Bob Spink (Castle Point, UKIP) I know that the Leader of the House cares about the 9 million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing, for whom lip-reading is an absolutely essential life skill. Could we...

Parliament: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Pilots

Lord Hanningfield (Shadow Minister, Transport; Conservative) asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from gliding clubs and individuals regarding the proposed requirement that all aircraft carry Mode-S transponders and radio equipment; and whether they have received any representations...

Parliament: Deaf People & Employment Schemes

Another question has appeared in parliament around the effectiveness of employment schemes: Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to measure the effectiveness of specialist disability employment...

Parliament: Assistance for Deaf People into Employment

A question around deaf people and employment: Sandra Gidley (Shadow Minister, Health; Romsey, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to help deaf people into employment. Stephen Timms (Minister of...

Parliament: Subtitling & Sign Language on Television

A question in parliament around subtitling on television: Rosie Cooper (PPS (Mr Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State), Department of Health; West Lancashire, Labour) What steps are being taken to ensure that television programmes are accessible to deaf children—and deaf adults,...

Parliament: Cochlear Implants & National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence

Last week there was a debate in parliament about the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Within this debate, there was reference made to cochlear implants, and wider benefits not being factored or measured when making a budgetary argument....

Parliament: Health Service Funding & Provision for Deaf People

Sandra Gidley (Shadow Minister, Health; Romsey, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was provided for support services for deaf people in each region in each of the last five years; (2) what...

Parliament: Access to Work Scheme, Marketing

John Barrett (Shadow Minister, International Development; Edinburgh West, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department is doing to publicise Access to Work. Stephen Timms (Minister of State (Employment and Welfare Reform), Department...

Parliament: Public Transport, Concessions

David Drew (Stroud, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the nationwide concessionary fare scheme on (a) the level of eligibility set by local authorities and...

Parliament: Police Interrogation: Speech Impaired

Ann Winterton (Congleton, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions are issued on the procedure and protocol which a police officer must follow in (a) questioning and (b) physically taking hold of a person...

Parliament: Deaf Telephone Access to the Dept of Children, Schools and Families

Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres. Kevin Brennan (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Children, Schools...

Parliament: Deaf Telephone Access to the Dept of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres. Gareth Thomas (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International...

Parliament: British Coal Compensation

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract (Labour) Whether, in the light of the report of the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales in the cases of Dennis Rimmer and Norman Dickinson, retired miners whose British Coal industrial deafness claims were dealt...

Parliament: Deaf Communities & Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill

Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with representatives of deaf communities on provisions in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Dawn Primarolo (Minister of State (Public Health),...

Parliament: Deaf Telephone Access to the Dept of Innovation, Universities & Skills

Andy Reed is at it again, with his telephone questions: Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through...

Parliament: Deaf Telephone Access to the Home Office

Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by her Department through call centres. Liam Byrne (Minister of State, Home Office) The Home...

Parliament: Deaf Telephone Access to the Department of Works & Pensions

Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by his Department through call centres. Anne McGuire (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions)...

Parliament: Attitudes within the House of Lords

Parliament is a good place to weed out attitudes of our legislators, via the language used. Within a debate on Families, Community Cohesion and Social Action a speech from Baroness Platt of Writtle (Conservative), in the House of Lords stated:...

Parliament: Contacting the Department of Transport

Andy Reed (Loughborough, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision is made for deaf people to access services provided by her Department through call centres. Jim Fitzpatrick (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport) The Department for Transport...

Parliament: Bus Services, Disabled

Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2753W, on concessions: mentally ill, what the evidential basis is for determining which groups of...

Parliament: Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Deparmental Equality

Roger Berry (Kingswood, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality...

Parliament: Bus Services Concessions (2)

Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2753W, on concessions: mentally ill, if she will make it her policy to hold a...

Parliament: Bus Services Concessions

Deaf people in the UK are generally entitled to a free bus pass. In April, those living in England will be entitled to travel throughout England for free. Recently a question came up in parliament, in relation to mental health...

Parliament: Departmental Translation Services

Recently there was a parliamentary question on the proportion of translation services contracted out to commercial providers: Roger Gale (North Thanet, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting...

Parliament: DLA Sight Impaired (includes deafblind)

Mark Harper (Forest of Dean, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) blind and (b) partially sighted people are claiming disability living allowance mobility component. Anne McGuire (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and...

Parliament: House of Commons Commission about Deaf Access

Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham, Conservative) To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what services are provided within the parliamentary estate for hon. Members to facilitate meetings with constituents who are deaf; and...

Parliament: Deaf and the Digital Switchover

Alistair Carmichael (Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Affairs; Orkney & Shetland, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there are plans to set up an email helpline for Digital...

Parliament: Deaf Access to Telecommunications

Malcolm Bruce (Gordon, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the definition of relay services for the deaf in the Government's 2003 Universal Service Order to include newer technologies...

Parliament: Funding for the Royal School for the Deaf & Communication Disorders

Lord Morris of Manchester (Labour) asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers the Department for Children, Schools and Families has, or could seek, to assist the Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders in trying to deal with budget deficit...

Photo Friday: Prime Minister Gordon Brown meets suit-types to discuss BSL

Back Row: Tim Loughton MP, (someone from the press), Francis Murphy, Gordon Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Jeff McWhinney, Andrew Adonis. Front row: Rosie Cooper MP, Malcolm Bruce MP, Susan Daniels, Tom Levitt MP Coming ASAP: More about what happened at...

Parliament: Special Educational Needs (Information) Bill

This concerns a debate on the Special Educational Needs (Information) Bill. Relevant bits highlighting deaf issues is included below. You can read the full debate by following the links at the bottom of this post. Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East &...

Parliament: Requirement of BSL for Teachers of the Deaf

Sarah Teather (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; Brent East, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what standard of British Sign...

Parliament: Educational Breakdown of Special Educational Needs

Michael Gove (Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families; Surrey Heath, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils with statements of special educational need are...

Parliament: Number of Deaf Schools and Places

Michael Gove (Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families; Surrey Heath, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) independent schools for deaf and...

stop eugenics II - who decides?

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Parliament: Audiology

There was a debate in the House of Lords on audiology: [W]hat progress has been made in implementing the National Audiology Action Plan contained within the Department of Health report, Improving Access to Audiology Services in England; how they intend...

Parliament: Nationwide SMS number for 999

Simon Burns (Whip, Whips; West Chelmsford, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a nationwide scheme to enable deaf people to send text messages to the emergency telephone number 999. Tony McNulty...

Parliament: Emergency SMS Trial, 2008

The ability to use SMS to contact emergency services in the UK is thin on the ground, and depends on area provision. If you travel to another area, you might need to source another number or perhaps you cannot register...

Parliament: Signing Assistance in Schools & Educational Achievement of Deaf Children

On the 18 December (I've not had time to blog!) a question was tabled in parliament over deaf education: Mark Harper (Forest of Dean, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance is...

Who's Playing God?

Also to be found on Stop Eugenics....

Parliament: Prime Minister agrees to meet a BSL delegation

Yesterday Malcolm Bruce asked the Prime Minister a question in relation to BSL recognition: Malcolm Bruce (Gordon, Liberal Democrat) Will the Prime Minister acknowledge that while the Government rightly give tens of millions of pounds every year to support indigenous...

EFEB: BDA Letter to Members of the House of Lords in BSL

The draft BDA letter has now been translated into BSL: The letter in English can be found here [PDF] (AMENDED: 4 Dec 2007. after BSL translation). Please note this letter has gone to relevant people sitting in the House of...

Guest: Clark Denmark - Stop!

Clark Denmark has agreed to guest vlog on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and thoughts around eugenics: Thanks Clark. Deaf people particularly in the UK need to see this, please pass this on. More BSL content to follow. If...

HFEB: other places discussing Deaf Eugenics

Here's some other vlogs, blogs and forums on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, aka that Deaf Eugenics clause: Vlogs: Joey Baer's ASL Vlog (vlog by DE): WIPE THE DEAF COMMUNITY OUT?! What should we do? UPDATE: Philippa Signs Off:...

HFEB: BDA draft letter to Professor Marcus Pembrey

The BDA has acted as a respondent agent on behalf of the Deaf community, and a draft letter [PDF] (AMENDED: 4 Dec 2007) has gone to Professor Marcus Pembrey (Professor of Paediatric Genetics), who is acting as an advisor...

HFEB: Explanatory clause on deaf selection

Much to report on the subject of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that is going through parliament. Things have been moving fast in the background, and we are having to try and digest complex law in a short space...

Parliament: Deaf Embryo selection to be made illegal

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is currently passing through parliament, and currently in its second reading in the House of Lords. A bill is proposed law that passes through parliament, to be debated (and amended) before it becomes law....

Parliament: Hearing Aid Assessments

There was a recent question in parliament over the waiting times for hearing aids: Adam Holloway (Gravesham, Conservative) What the average waiting time was for hearing aid assessments in (a) Gravesham and (b) England in the last period for which...

Parliament: Cost of Deaf Education & Effectiveness of Appeals

A recent question was tabled in parliament around the cost of deaf education, and secondly the effectiveness of the appeal process. Ian Gibson (Norwich North, Labour) (1) what estimate he has made of the amount spent on the education of...

Lack of Parliamentary Democracy for Deaf People?

Parliamentary democracy is supposed to be one of the building blocks of our society. Parliament usually is an elected body, in place to represent its citizens. Deaf people as citizens should have as much democratic right to be represented, as...

Parliament: Hearing Loops (Shops)

There was a debate in parliament yesterday, on hearing loops in shops. Whilst I get people want and the need to address problems around loops, the point of this, etc. I can't help skimming through this 'debate' and reading it...

Parliament: Industrial Health and Safety

A second parliamentary question on Access to Work implies a political game is being played here and all is not well as far as Access to Work goes. Do Ministers actually get it this message - we are not happy...

Parliament: Access to Work

A question around Access to Work has appeared in parliament: Rosie Cooper (PPS (Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Minister of State), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, West Lancashire, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions...

Parliament: National Concession

Parliament is currently debating a National Concession for travel, meaning that concessionary will be available outside London. If for example you are Deaf and live in London, you will be eligible for a Freedom Pass allowing you free access to...

Parliament: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been debated in the House of Lords. Lord Ashley of Stoke (a Peer who is deafened), included a bit about deaf people in his speech. The relevant passage is...

Parliament: Deaf Sport

Malcolm Bruce (Gordon, Liberal Democrat) To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received about continued funding for UK Deaf Sport; and if she will make a statement. Richard Caborn (Minister...

Parliament: BSL on websites & recognition of BSL

The way the government treats us is a complete joke. Seriously. In the light of the question / answer I posted yesterday, here's another one. Kerry McCarthy (PPS (Rt Hon Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department of Health, Bristol East,...

Parliament: Lipreading & Sign Language are not skills for life

It seems that politicians are experts at not getting it. The latest from the House of Commons is that lipreading classes and learning sign language is not a skill for life. This obviously comes down to funding, not being classed...

Parliament: 999 sms?

A question was tabled in the House of Commons around a national 999 sms service: Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a nationwide 999 text...

Parliament: BSL in schools

Yesterday's debate in parliament made reference to the use of BSL in schools. Madeleine Moon (Bridgend, Labour) May we have a debate on the increased teaching and use of British Sign Language? Last week I visited Archdeacon John Lewis primary...

Parliament: Regulation of LSPs

Yesterday a question was tabled in the House of Commons around Language Service Professionals. A more accessible page is available on They Work for You. Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Education and...

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