Stephen Lloyd: I thank the Under-Secretary for her statement and the Opposition spokesperson for her response. The decision is difficult but I believe that it is right. The Under-Secretary knows my views—I have worked in this area for many years. I would like to get a couple of commitments in the House. Will every penny saved remain in the area to help many more thousands of disabled people into work? I...
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many live births there were in Northern Ireland in each quarter since the first quarter of 2001; (2) how many live births there were in Scotland in each quarter since the first quarter of 2001; (3) how many live births there were in Wales in each quarter since the first quarter of 2001; (4) how many live births there were in England in...
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington of 20 February 2012, Official Report, column 701W, on midwives, what proportion of midwifery graduates started work as midwives in the NHS within six months of graduation in each year from 1997 to 2009.
Stephen Lloyd: My hon. Friend is making an important point because there have been one or two concerns about that issue. Will he confirm that the Financial Services Authority will be watching this extremely closely? The scheme has been through a rigorous regulatory route, and there should be no concerns about comparisons with some of the sub-prime activity.
Stephen Lloyd: What steps she is taking to tackle hate crime.
Stephen Lloyd: I am very concerned by recent reports that indicate that there has been a rise in abuse towards disabled people. Will the Minister confirm what the facts are behind the anecdotes, and what specific actions the Government are taking to address any rise in hate crimes towards disabled people?
Stephen Lloyd: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Stephen Lloyd: I had the pleasure of sitting in the Chamber yesterday to hear the Chancellor and the Leader of the Opposition, and then some of the later speeches. There was a lot of noise going backwards and forwards about the veracity of the figures on how much will be raised from the different wealth taxes. It is not that I do not trust Labour Members, but last night I thought that I would go and check...
Stephen Lloyd: What assessment he has made of the efficacy of the armed forces community covenant scheme; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Lloyd: I thank the Minister for that answer. I am particularly interested in soldiers’ mental health. What is the MOD doing to increase public understanding and awareness of potential mental health issues among armed forces personnel, especially in preparation for the troop draw-down from Afghanistan?
Stephen Lloyd: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Liberal Democrat policy of increasing the personal tax allowance to £10,000 by 2015, which was in our manifesto, is not only being delivered but being delivered quicker than that? It will take 2 million of the poorest people out of paying tax altogether.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether parents with care who are owed arrears of maintenance and who choose to transfer to the future child support scheme will be notified at the point of transfer as to the amount of the arrears which the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission considers collectable and which will be transferred to the future scheme for collection.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases with outstanding child maintenance arrears has the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission taken a decision not to pursue collection of child maintenance arrears.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will establish a residuary body to manage old child support debt with powers to negotiate or factor debts to optimise returns as recommended by Sir David Henshaw in 2006.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission can decide to re-visit a suspended case having taken a decision to suspend the collection of child maintenance arrears.
Stephen Lloyd: Every year, millions of British people donate money to charities. They do so for the simple reason that they want to help the cause or help others who are worse off then they are. I would describe those actions by members of the public as honourable, kind and selfless. We have all heard recently that some, but not all, of our wealthy citizens want to donate money to charity only if they can...
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to inform a parent with care when the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission takes a decision not to pursue the collection of child maintenance arrears and to suspend the arrears on its accounting records.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the role of the private rented sector in the provision of low-cost housing.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to ensure no road scheme proposed by East Sussex County Council prevents the reinstatement of the Lewes to Uckfield railway.
Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice and recommendations has the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission received to date from the independent panel it has established to consider child maintenance arrears.