Results 221–240 of 807 for speaker:Stephen Lloyd

Written Answers — Education: Young People: Disability (1 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals in the next parliamentary Session to provide young disabled people with a legal right to a package of support up to the age of 25; (2) whether he will bring forward legislative proposals on special educational needs to include a right to educational support up to the age of 25 for all young...

Written Answers — Treasury: Excise Duties: Fuels (5 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has met with the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the introduction of a fiscally-neutral fuel duty stabiliser.

Written Answers — Treasury: National Insurance Contributions (5 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the proposal by the Federation of Small Businesses to reduce national insurance contributions for micro-businesses that employ a young person aged between 16 and 24 years.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (5 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to introduce a bonus for each new apprenticeship in a small business.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration (13 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the UK Border Agency has made in clearing the backlog of historic immigration cases over five years old.

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd) for securing the debate. It is interesting to note that when I saw the subject, I had a couple of conflicting thoughts. One thought was, “Stephen, if you speak in this, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be you against the massed ranks. Do you really want to do that considering that you have been an MP for a mere year and a...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank my hon. Friend for that contribution. I agree entirely. Later on in my speech, I have a cunning plan about how Remploy could be better used, and that was a very good example. There is a real need to step up the level of support available to disabled people, as well as tackling outdated and ignorant attitudes among career advisers and employers. I heard a good example only a couple of...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: What is so hilarious is that I have been doing that for a long time. That point was being made years ago, when the previous Government were in charge. Yes, there is a grain of truth in it—of course there is. Remploy is top-heavy and sclerotic, but that is ancient history. I remember exactly the same argument when Labour was in charge. There is an issue and I will come to it later. We need...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that incredibly important point. The variability of the support that disabled people need is absolutely vast—it is like a length of string. Let me give an example. I missed a vote a few months after I was elected, because I did not hear the Division bell, which is not surprising, because I am half deaf. What was the solution? I made an adjustment in my...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, but I am not sure it is true. That is the same situation as we had years ago—it really is. These things have not come out of the woodwork under this Government.

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his further intervention. As I will explain later, the Remploy model needs changing. Remploy’s corporate size is a disadvantage and makes it very sclerotic, so it cannot move swiftly to adapt to circumstances. The Government need to be more creative about how Remploy factories and branches within the corporate body act. I do not deny what the hon. Gentleman...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I disagree. We are in a different place from where we were a few years ago. Things will be challenging, and I wish the heck we were not in the economic mess we are in. However, I know from experience that people with certain disabilities would never have been employed 10 years ago, yet some of them are being employed now. None the less, I...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. George Tomlinson’s goal was to help disabled people to secure open employment and to lead full lives, and the Remploy factories existed as a short-term solution for rehabilitation and learning new skills. Tomlinson never intended them to be places where disabled people stayed for long. As Andrew Lee, chief executive of People First, who...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench Business — Remploy (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: My understanding is that if the money follows the person—if, hypothetically, 15 people work in a workshop and the money follows them—that will be inclusive within the budget. I would be willing to check that. The key, for me, is that it is time finally to address the low expectations that some disabled people have, as well as to challenge stigma that comes from outside. That is why it is...

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] (15 Dec 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the Minister for giving way. I very deliberately have not intervened, because the previous Chair was very kind and gave me a long time and people were very patient, but I am grinding my teeth a wee bit. Does my hon. Friend agree that this has been going on for years under both Governments and is incredibly intractable, which is why we are still here? The whole issue is a complete red...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Stephen Lloyd: Pubs are a significant feature in all our constituencies. In Eastbourne, when people ask where I live, I say, “Just up the road from the Lamb”, and everyone knows where I mean. That is just a small way of illustrating how valuable pubs are across the UK. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey) for securing this debate, and to my hon. Friend the Member for...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Pub Companies (12 Jan 2012)

Stephen Lloyd: My hon. Friend is so right: a lot of the work that I did for the FSB before coming to the House involved meetings with landlords who had pubco tenancies. Some of the meetings were among the most desperate I have ever had, because those people were getting absolutely nailed by the pub companies. So, to be perfectly honest, I would not advise anyone to become a tenant under the present...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare: Circuses (16 Jan 2012)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for West Bromwich East of 12 May 2011, Official Report, column 1348, on Animal welfare: circuses, what steps she plans to take following the ruling of the Austrian Constitutional Court on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Seals: Conservation (17 Jan 2012)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on support for international efforts to prohibit trade in harp seal fur.

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones) for securing this important debate. I work closely with him on the all-party parliamentary group for town centres, and I value his input tremendously. I thank the Backbench Business Committee, too, for granting the debate. Town centres mean a lot to me, because they should be a reflection of a town’s character. That has emerged...


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