Results 121–140 of 807 for speaker:Stephen Lloyd

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: English Baccalaureate (11 Jul 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I have been lobbying the Government on this issue for some months now. The schools Minister has repeatedly asked for evidence to back up claims that excluding RE from the E-bac will have a negative impact on take-up and teaching provision. Last week, a report by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education, based on evidence from half of all state schools in England, showed...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment and re-enrolment (12 Jul 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I have been reading details in the Johnson report about the scope of individuals. In its research, it makes it clear that, for people on the lower incomes, actually saving for retirement could be counter-productive because they have a limited amount to spend and their retirement pension income will be similar to what it would be on the low income. Is the hon. Lady saying that Johnson’s...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment and re-enrolment (12 Jul 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I am slightly puzzled, because I buy the narrative and the argument, and I agree with everything that the hon. Lady is saying, except that, taking out the emotion, it does not concur with Johnson, who said: “This means that many people on very low earnings will build up very small pots indeed, potentially damaging the credibility of the reforms…This will avoid automatically enrolling...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment and re-enrolment (12 Jul 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I understand and appreciate the right hon. Gentleman’s direction of travel, but why does he think there is such a difference between £5,500 and  £7,500? I understand the morality behind his argument, but if we take it to its logical conclusion, surely at £5,500—or if the Labour Government had still been in control—many hundreds of thousands of people would still be penalised. Why,...

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 - Transfers (14 Jul 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: Does my hon. Friend agree that these matters will be kept under review over the next few years? The Department may look at making transfers easier, perhaps not now, but it will retain an open mind.

Written Answers — Education: GCE A Level (5 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils achieving A-level grades of AAB or higher were from each (a) socio-economic and (b) ethnic group in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Science: Higher Education (5 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessments he has made of the impact of his Department's policy on recruitment of students securing the equivalent of AAB or above at A-level on the future of degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Students: Recruitment (5 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the proposal in the Higher Education White Paper on the recruitment of students with A-level grades of AAB or equivalent applies only to certain A-level subjects.

Written Answers — Treasury: Vulture Funds (5 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his (a) US and (b) French counterparts on steps to prevent vulture funds from those countries from suing for excessive claims in courts outside UK jurisdiction.

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am delighted to have secured this debate on support for disabled young people. I have called for this debate today because I have had serious concerns for some time about the inadequate transitional arrangements for many disabled children, particularly those with learning disabilities in the key period from childhood to...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I agree. Sometimes the parents split due to the sheer strain—and not just of looking after a severely disabled child, which is a challenge, no matter how much the parents love them. The situation often leads to irrevocable strain between parents, which is one of the saddest things that I have seen. Like all hon. Members, I have seen a lot of desperate cases. Often, the reason why parents...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I agree totally. The Prince’s Trust does outstanding work in this area throughout the United Kingdom. I am delighted to add that compliment into Hansard. The Prince’s Trust does a fantastic job. The final stage, which is the destination, is the most important. Young people’s quality of life, as does everyone’s, depends on satisfaction with their destination and opportunity to thrive...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: Yes, I agree. I will touch on what the Green Paper says about SEN, but the problem that the hon. Lady raises is clearly of long standing. The learning difficulty assessments were found to be not always timely or adequately completed, and did not form a reliable basis on which to plan support or an appropriate programme of learning. The transition at age 19 from children’s to adult services,...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for making that important point, which I will discuss when I talk about the Work programme and the black box principle, which I am excited about. Having been in business for many years before coming into politics, I passionately support more businesses employing and recruiting disabled people, because more often than not they are very good employees, but I am...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. Again, he makes a good point about mental health, which still causes fear in people. As vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health and having grown up with a mother who had bipolar disorder, I have experience of and am familiar with mental health issues. I know that they may be a real challenge, but I also know that...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I am seeking clarification from the Minister on that point, which I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising. On the one hand, we have been told that there will be one universal system from 2013, but on the other, the Minister has said in the House that she understands that there may be a problem, and my understanding is that she will return with clarification. I too am a little confused, but I...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Disabled Young People (Support) (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Lady for making an incredibly powerful point about disability. The system does not appreciate that, for many disabled people, the nature of their disability means that in terms of age they may be an adult, but in terms of intellectual capacity and their ability to manage things, they are not. The system cannot cope with that. It is a very strong point. Does she agree that...

Bill Presented — European Union Act 2011 (Amendment) Bill: New Clause 1 — Complaints about exercise of public health functions by local authorities (7 Sep 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: Does my hon. Friend agree that, because this is such a totemic issue, the key reason behind the proposed change in the wording is totally to reassure the public that, come what may, and even if delegated powers mean that the Secretary of State has not been involved for a number of years, the buck will stop with the Secretary of State?

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis (3 Oct 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to comply with the Bern Convention in implementing the badger cull.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis (3 Oct 2011)

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her oral statement of 19 July 2011, Official Report, columns 811-24, on bovine tuberculosis, what mechanism she plans to use to derive culling targets.


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