Results 1–20 of 396 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

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: On behalf of my party, may I say that it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker? I support the Second Reading of this Bill because I support its key purpose of merging the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise into a new, single financial guidance body. The current landscape for free financial advice and guidance is unnecessarily...

Private Sector Pensions (22 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I should like to thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting an urgent question on this important issue. I should also like to welcome the Secretary of State back to the Front Bench. Is she aware that, under the current rules, pension obligations are unsecured, meaning that insolvent companies fund their pension schemes only when they have compensated their other, supposedly more important, secured...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) for sponsoring the debate. It is a pleasure for me to co-sponsor it. This is the fifth or sixth time I have co-sponsored a debate on this important day. When I was first a Member of Parliament I was proud to do so, and now that I am back in the House, I am even more delighted. Let me also congratulate the indomitable Karen Pollock,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I was very disappointed recently when a Department for Transport publication on national strategic roads did not even mention the dualling of the A27 between Lewes and Eastbourne. Will the Secretary of State confirm in the House today that that was an oversight and that we will be looking to dual that shocking road?

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: How many profit warnings does a major company have to issue before this Government decide that they will probably not award it major and significant contracts—more than three, perhaps?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: In a recent report, the head of the National Audit Office said: “Some of the problems could have been avoided if the DfT had taken more care to consider the passengers in designing the rail franchise.” Secretary of State, may I ask whether you recognise that statement, and do you apologise to the passengers?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: Through the Chair, I would like to ask whether the Secretary of State recognises that severe criticism from the head of the NAO. Will he apologise on behalf of his Department to my constituents—rail passengers from Eastbourne—and passengers across the south-east?

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I appreciate the Minister’s response. She is absolutely right that the changes announced at the Budget show that the Government were listening. Some Opposition Members are slightly frustrated though, because we had been making our criticisms for a long time and an awful lot of people had to go through a very difficult period, even possibly losing their homes, before the changes were...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of universal credit on the private rented sector. It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. It was good to obtain this debate, and I am delighted that a range of colleagues have come to speak on such an important issue. This is indeed an important debate. We all know and read about the challenges with the lack of...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I appreciate the intervention. It is good to see the hon. Lady here, and I entirely agree with her. She gives a strong example, which any Member of Parliament, from any party and anywhere in the country, who supports people on universal credit and works with people in the private rented sector will know to be true. At that time, there was a coalition Government and a Conservative Secretary of...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for the intervention. He raises an important point about the public sector, because housing associations and councils have also been badly affected. It is just that broadly speaking—again, everyone in this Chamber knows this, because we are experienced politicians—the public sector will be more patient and understanding as it waits for payments from...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I appreciate the intervention. Not only do I wholly agree, but the decisions are completely irrational. One thing that I am finding out from the Residential Landlords Association and others is that there is not adequate communication between the DWP, local authorities and landlords, so even though, in theory, it seems from the changes in the Budget that there is the beginning of an...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention; I was going to come to that point in a moment, but I will come to it straightaway. In Northern Ireland—I think five or six years ago, way before we reached the crisis that we have had over the past couple of years—the politicians negotiated default direct payments to landlords. They also negotiated that the payment should be every...

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention and welcome him back. I agree entirely, because universal credit is just one area. It is one side of the impact of what has been an ill-thought-through policy.

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: My hon. Friend makes an important point. I think that is something that needs to be considered, particularly as regards the further caps that have come in over the past couple of years. I think those are unsustainable.

Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector — [James Gray in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Lloyd: I agree. As regards that particular age group—unless they have some sort of bank of mum and dad—in our surgeries we are already seeing that young people are tremendously adversely affected, both by the lack of housing benefit at that age, and, frankly, some of the issues around universal credit. Another issue that has not been properly addressed, and I would welcome hearing about...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Conservative party continues to cut corporation tax aggressively, but that perhaps next year rather than cutting it still further it might take that money to ensure that the WASPI women—the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign—get a fair transition payment?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: A constituent who came to my community surgery on Saturday made a simple suggestion that I thought might well work. Banks face structural challenges, and many are closing, especially in rural areas. Why do the Government not encourage three or four banks to work together to establish a single branch in an area where there are currently no branches? Such a collegiate approach would solve the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Transition Arrangements (18 Dec 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: As the Minister will be aware, it was clear in last week’s debate that a number of colleagues behind him on the Government Benches supported the call from a lot of colleagues on the Opposition side of the House for the Government to look at transitional arrangements for WASPI women. I therefore ask the Minister, as I did last week, why not call a binding vote so that the House can...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Stephen Lloyd: What does the Minister have to say about my two specific asks? First, the Government should give us a meaningful vote on this, because I know there is a lot of support on the Government Back Benches. Secondly, rather than giving one year of the corporation tax cut to business, I think business will be happy to give the money to WASPI women.


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