Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nigel Waterson

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Defined Pension Benefit Schemes (15 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Can the Minister tell us why her Government have presided over the closing of 100,000 pension schemes and the halving of active membership of those schemes? Why have her Government been so timid about supporting risk-sharing models so that employers and employees alike do not have to face the stark choice between DB and DC-defined benefit and defined contribution-schemes?

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: I thank all those who have spoken in this debate, and I am delighted that there is such consensus among all parties that the proposals are a good idea. I especially thank the Minister, who has taken real trouble to go into the matter in such depth. I particularly endorse what she said about the Cinnamon Trust and other bodies that are involved with the issue generally. I remind the House that...

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Unless I misheard the Minister, her statistics are pretty damning. My arithmetic suggests that if those statistics are accurate, only one in 20 care homes is pet-friendly. Does that not underline the need for legislation along these lines?

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. It is a great pleasure to be able to introduce my Bill. I begin by thanking its sponsors, who, as you will see, Mr. Deputy Speaker, are a cross-party group. I particularly thank the hon. Member for Broxtowe (Dr. Palmer), who introduced a very similar Bill not long ago. I am grateful to him for all his help and encouragement on this...

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I know that he is a doughty campaigner in his constituency for older people and their rights. It is important that we try to put a stop to this needless trauma for older people. I am particularly interested in the matter not simply because of my experiences as a local MP, or indeed as vice-president of Age Concern Eastbourne, but also in my role as shadow...

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: I am most grateful for that intervention. The hon. Gentleman is right. Some charities-the hon. Gentleman may have come across them-bring pets into care homes for a couple of hours so that residents can pet and play with them. Clearly, there is a benefit from that. I cannot help him with the statistics, which are difficult to obtain. I suspect that one reason for that is that people have not...

Prayers: Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodation (Domestic Pets) Bill (5 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, although I have come across some fairly vicious Yorkshire terriers in my time, particularly when out canvassing. I will be happy to take that on board in Committee. Basically, animals must be of a species authorised by the Secretary of State, so we are not talking about wolves, tigers or pythons, as I said, or anything of that sort. There could be an...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Speaking of cynicism, I wonder whether my hon. Friend can help me on this point: does she understand the tactics of the Liberal Democrats in apparently intending to go into the Lobby to vote against the uprating of all these benefits while hoping against hope that they will lose?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Conservative Members naturally welcome any benefits' uprating so far as it goes and no matter how unfairly distributed. We want to see extra help going to our hard-pressed constituents at this difficult time. As a nation, we are barely beginning to climb out of the recession made in Downing street. The latest gross domestic product figures per head show that practically every family in this...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: It constitutes a cut because, according to the Government's own figures in the pre-Budget report, the money will not be available next year. If the Minister does not believe me, perhaps she will listen to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which has said "the 1.5 per cent. rise... is set to be only temporary, as the Chancellor committed himself-or rather, his successor-to increase these same...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: I have to tell the Minister that, in the real world out there, people will see it as a cut. Having received 1.5 per cent. this year, they will not receive it next year; in fact, they will receive 1.5 per cent. less. We think that that was a deeply cynical move by a discredited Government on their last legs. It gets worse. Let us consider the Government's treatment of pensioners. With a great...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: The hon. Lady obviously missed her vocation; she should have been a lawyer. [Interruption.] I am sorry, that is her sister-the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Garston (Maria Eagle)-so it is obviously in the genes. However, as the hon. Member for Stroud said, people do not make the distinction that has been alluded to. Instead, they look at their total...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Well, that is an interesting intervention on two levels, is it not? First, it is an Alice in Wonderland intervention because the Minister seems to be trying to take credit for the fact that, as a result of Government policies, the bombed-out economy has meant that earnings have contracted not increased, thus, somehow the Government are being more generous to pensioners. She will not be...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Got it in one. Apparently, the Liberal Democrats intend to do just that. They issued a press release, which presumably means that at least for one day their policy will remain the same. At best, it is absurd posturing by a minority party. At worst, it is a cynical denial of help to the most vulnerable in our society.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: So, we are clear-the hon. Gentleman is making a point. The Liberal Democrats, knowing that they are never going to win these votes, are simply trying to make a point. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman has caught up with the fact that his party has, in recent weeks, abandoned its policies to introduce a universal citizens pension, free care for the elderly and free tuition fees. I wonder how...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day-First Part]: Social Security (1 Mar 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Does the Minister accept that the intended consequence of these measures is that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of pensioners will be worse off as a result of the freezing of the additional payments attached to many pensioners' state pensions? Will she tell us how many people she estimates will lose out? Does she also accept that the measures will save the Treasury-or rather, cost...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty (23 Feb 2010)

Nigel Waterson: As always, it is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb). Indeed, it is becoming routine. I join him in congratulating the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) on securing this debate, which has been interesting if a bit breathless, given the number of issues that have been raised. I was grateful for the hon. Lady's confirmation that her party has...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty (23 Feb 2010)

Nigel Waterson: Fortunately, those questions are above my pay grade and a matter for the shadow Chancellor, but we are committed to restoring the link within the Parliament.

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty (23 Feb 2010)

Nigel Waterson: It means that when money is available within the next Parliament, we will do it. I thought that the hon. Gentleman was uncharacteristically churlish about the role of private and occupational pensions in delivering a good standard of living for millions of our fellow citizens. Much of that is due to reforms and encouragement by successive Conservative Governments. It is a measure of this...


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