Results 1–20 of 347 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 Lloyd

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: This has been an important and interesting debate on an important issue, and I thank the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) for bringing it to the House. I have been listening to speeches from both sides of the House for hours, and people from both sides have been constructive in their comments. Like many, I believe that universal credit could be a tremendous...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: rose—

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. I concur with a lot of what she is saying. Like many Members on both sides of the House, does she agree that the principle of universal credit can work if those two or three key changes are made? Without those changes, it will collapse.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: rose—

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on her heartfelt speech, which was also accurate in highlighting some of the challenges that this project faces. I put my cards on the table: I think this is a great project. It is something myself and other parties were excited about when it launched, because it is...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I am well aware of that. I would say to the Minister that if the whole programme crunches and 20%, 18% or 25% of the providers drop out of the business there will be no business for our children. Truly, I believe that £250 million split across that sector, particularly for something as important for our children and their future, is a price worth paying. Time is always limited in these...

Higher Education Funding (11 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: The Minister has said a few times now that he wishes to keep the system fair and effective. I remind him and the Government that further education is also a part of higher education and that, while additional sums have been going into HE, FE has been cut and restricted remorselessly. Would he say that what the Government do with FE is equally fair and effective? I can tell him it is not.

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I applaud the Government’s efforts in bringing back passengers who were not protected by ATOL. In the modern era of mass travel by air, would it not be sensible to look at legislation around ATOL and cover both hotels and air fares in case something similar happens in future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: As universal credit comes to Eastbourne, my constituents face the double horror of a 10-week delay for their first payment and no hope of benefit increases in the years ahead. Now that the latest research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warns that the benefits freeze will push a further half million people into poverty by 2020, will the Minister commit to lifting the freeze, thus...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education and Training: Access (11 Sep 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: What steps her Department is taking to help older adults from low-income backgrounds to access further education and training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Education and Training: Access (11 Sep 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: Since 2015, the number of part-time students aged over 30 has dropped—by 10% in the first year alone. Funding for the adult education sector will remain frozen for five years after 2020. That real-terms cut has led to a drop-off of almost 16,000 in the number of people aged 30 and over being able to afford access to further education. Will the Secretary of State confirm what actions her...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I respect the Minister, who is making a valiant effort to defend an outstanding policy with holes in it, the biggest of which is funding. One group who have not been mentioned in this debate is childminders, including those in my constituency, who are highly qualified, are often women, have a level 3 national vocational qualification and have been Ofsted assessed. I have been categorically...

Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: The Southern rail dispute is causing real damage to the economy of Eastbourne and the south-east. My constituents have had a dreadful time, with a shocking service provided—or not provided—over the past 18 months. This simply cannot go on. Will the Prime Minister enlighten me, my constituents and the House as to why the Department for Transport and the trail operator will not meet...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: rose—

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I congratulate you on your elevation, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am staggered that now, 18 months later, the Southern rail dispute is still going on. I find it staggering for a range of reasons, some of which are alluded to in the Chris Gibb report, which I will come on to. I remind Members that it was a resilience report; it was not about the dispute, but was a resilience report looking at...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I agree, and I will address that when I turn to the Gibb report, but I wanted to say something else before getting on to it. If we asked members of the public around the country where they have DOO—outside the underground, as that is a different kettle of fish—whether they would prefer to have a second member of staff on the train, I bet they would say that they would. The Gibb...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I certainly did! I welcome the hon. Lady’s intervention and I thank her for reminding me that I was furious about Southern rail at the time. I thought it was absolute rubbish, and I said so frequently. I appreciate her allowing me to remind everyone about that. And it is good to be back; thank you. Let me go back to the question of who is actually leading for Southern rail in the...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: I will not give way. I am about to finish. This is ridiculous, and it is about time that the Government and the Secretary of State showed some leadership. The Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Paul Maynard), is in his place, so I shall ask him two questions before I finish. First, will the Government confirm or deny that the Department...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: It is interesting that the Secretary of State criticises the fact that there are not enough drivers and explains how more drivers are being recruited. Chris Gibb said in his report: “I understand that at least one losing bidder…had too many drivers in their bid…but it may have been the case that the bidder with the fewest drivers won.” It is complete nonsense for the...


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