Results 1–20 of 4989 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Ladyman

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I heard what the Minister for Borders and Immigration said earlier about the new visa arrangements for English language schools, but may I just point out that last Thursday I met a young man from Taiwan who was studying English in this country preparatory to going to Sheffield Hallam university and who will need four or possibly even five visas to achieve that? Indeed, under the new...

Business of the House (11 Mar 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: May we have a debate about the bidding war that is currently going on between the Government and the Conservative Front Benchers over who can set the highest standards for secondary school results and tackle the issue of secondary attainment? It would give me an opportunity to point out that in my constituency, I have seen secondary standards transformed in recent years. For the first time on...

Points of Order (10 Mar 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not know whether you noticed in this morning's obituary columns the passing of Andrée Peel, who was known as "agent X" in the second world war and saved the lives of many hundreds of allied servicemen before being tortured and put in a concentration camp. There seems to be no clear mechanism by which Members can pay their respects to the passing of...

Business of the House (4 Mar 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: The teaching of English as a foreign language is a vital business activity in my constituency, but it is under threat because of proposed changes to visa rules, which mean that students who want to upgrade their language skills before going to university would have to return home and apply for another visa to come back again. Can we debate this matter? Failing that, will my right hon. and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Feb 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: Specialist nurses are going to be vital if we are to meet the Prime Minister's commitment to one-to-one care for cancer patients, as well as helping people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease to stay in their own home. However, we know from the early 1990s that when Governments decide to squeeze NHS budgets, specialist nurses often do not get a look in. Will the Prime Minister guarantee...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (9 Feb 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: One group of people who often have difficulty expressing and establishing their innocence are those on the autistic spectrum. In the state of Maryland in the United States, this is being tackled by the Maryland curriculum, which trains court officers and police officers to recognise autistic behaviour. Would my hon. Friend be prepared to review the Maryland curriculum to see whether there...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 2 — Extent and short title (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: For a relatively small group of people across the country who are struggling at home with a high level of care need and who are worried about the cost of that and whether they can continue to live in their own home or will have to go into residential care, this Bill will transform their lives. We need to put things in context, as I have attempted to do all the way through these debates, by...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: My reading of this amendment is slightly different to that of the hon. Gentleman. Will he help me? Proposed subsection (4C)-the bit of the clause that is removed-states that a local authority "may" make this measure conditional. It does not say that it has to do so. I read it as a mechanism by which a local authority may-if it feels that, by getting somebody to undergo an intensive period of...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: The hon. Gentleman's aim is laudable, and I can understand it, but if a local authority were to delay providing support for somebody on the basis that it had not done something or made something available, surely no court would allow the local authority to get away with that. The ombudsman certainly would not.

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: The hon. Gentleman's amendment gives the impression that any letter signed by a GP and giving the effect he has described would mean that a local authority could not insist on a reablement process going ahead. As we all have examples in our constituencies of GPs who are prepared to sign virtually anything that their patients ask them to sign, what right of appeal would a local authority have,...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I was not going to comment, but I will now because the right hon. Gentleman has gone into party political matters. Is it not a little strange for him to pray in aid Wanless and talk about the rising costs over 20 years of social care, given that the solution proposed by Wanless-a reform of attendance allowance -is the one policy that those on his Front Bench oppose?

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: The right hon. Gentleman is right: we should have an open mind on what the right model is going to be as we move forward in these discussions. Whatever model or models we choose will have certain characteristics in common, however. One will have to be that the local NHS and the local social care services work closely together and that they have access to and flexibility over each other's...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I am rather sad to hear the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O'Brien) saying that this is a probing amendment, because I am quite attracted to the idea of removing discretion from local authorities in this matter. I also have a certain sympathy with the Liberal Democrats' new clause. If we are going to create a national care service, we shall have to create a common way of assessing people's...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: Yes, absolutely. There are already good examples around the country of older people's trusts being set up. Torbay is a good example. I had a conversation today with the Royal College of Nursing, which is concerned about how our community nurses will be involved in these provisions. I know that that subject is close to the heart of my hon. Friend, as she is a former nurse. If such adult care...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I reaffirm again that I agree that a form of co-payment has to be made. I regret that we have had to come down this road so quickly, because it has not been possible to get consensus on the form of co-payment. If the Conservative party had at any point during the Green Paper discussions suggested that it would consider some form of compulsory co-payment as well as the voluntary co-payment...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I wish to clarify again for the right hon. Gentleman the point I was trying to make. Because the Conservative party has drawn a series of red lines that it is not prepared to discuss, according to all its public statements, it was clear to the Government that a consensus could not be arrived at in anything like the near term. A group of people with very serious needs-people with Parkinson's...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I have been very grateful. I want to put a point to the right hon. Gentleman on which I think we can both agree. Yesterday, the Liberal Democrats were 100 per cent. in favour of free personal care for everybody and today they appear to be totally opposed to free personal care for anybody.

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I think there is some common ground between the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O'Brien) and me. I agree that this measure must, at some point in the future, be swept into a more comprehensive and consensual package. I also believe that that comprehensive package must include some sort of asset protection scheme for those who go into residential accommodation, although I do not favour the...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Action) bill: Clause 1 — Free provision of personal care at home (12 Jan 2010)

Stephen Ladyman: I believe the hon. Gentleman; millions wouldn't. As I have said, there is some common ground between us. I agree that we need to sweep this measure into a more comprehensive package. However, the hon. Gentleman's proposed way of doing that is completely irresponsible. It is not just that the Secretary of State would be given power to introduce a complete social care system by diktat. If the...


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