Lord German: My Lords, I am not surprised that the Minister has found that the ILO agreement suits the welfare reform proposals before us. However, does he agree that a symbol of a good welfare system is not how many people are locked and trapped within it but how many can be helped to get out of it? Is that not the reason why the welfare reform proposals are before us?
Lord German: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Greaves on the timeliness of this debate. There cannot be many people who can co-ordinate a major announcement by the European Commission and a debate in Parliament on the same day and almost to the same hour. My understanding of the agricultural community in Wales leads me to counterbalance some of the comments made by the noble Lord, Lord Wills,...
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to change the policy preventing local authorities from retaining excess rent on council housing. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current state of negotiations with the National Assembly for Wales about a change in policy regarding excess rent from council housing.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision exists for the National Employment Savings Trust to provide pensions schemes for those who wish their money to be invested in an ethical manner.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to incorporate housing costs into the consumer prices index measure of inflation.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people (a) claim Local Housing Allowance, and (b) live in social or council housing, in each of the nine statistical regions of England, and Scotland and Wales.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the impact of capping local housing allowance on (a) black and minority ethnic, and (b) other, claimants.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much will be saved by reducing the cap on housing benefit to the 40th percentile of rents in the broad market rental areas in the financial year 2011-12, then to the 30th percentile of rents in the broad market rental areas in the financial year 2012-13.
Lord German: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Young for his report and, in particular, for the wide range of aspects that it covers because of the range of interests that have to be accommodated in this very complex process, which needs to be simpler. A good health and safety regime must be able to get the balance right, and it is that balance that I will talk about first. Two watchwords that have...
Lord German: My Lords, I thank the Minister for bringing these historic orders to the Chamber this afternoon. I declare an interest as I am an executive member of the company, limited by guarantee, known as Cymru Yfory, which translates as Tomorrow's Wales. It has been the campaign organisation for a yes vote in any referendum to come. Obviously, that nails my colours very firmly to the mast. I am very...
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 15 November (WA 161), what further work is necessary before they can reach a decision to uprate local housing allowance caps. To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 15 November (WA 161), what criteria they will use to decide whether to uprate local housing allowance caps.
Lord German: My Lords, perhaps I may make a short intervention in support of my noble friend Lord Roberts of Llandudno on the issue of the regional ballot paper. It will give me the opportunity also to answer one of the points raised by the noble Lord, Lord Elystan-Morgan, about the coincidence of elections. It is incidental to the order, but I cannot resist the opportunity of answering that point. There...
Lord German: My Lords, I am relatively new to this House; it has been five months now. I mistakenly thought that when a debate is called on a particular order, we debated that order and that if noble Lords wanted to debate another order, they would put a Motion down about it. I was obviously mistaken as it seems to be the way of this House that if you can find one word in the title of the order, you work...
Lord German: My Lords, the Government have told us how many people will be affected in the private rental sector by the changes that they have laid. On the other side the argument now seems to be that, if you take out issues around London, no one will see their rent reduced and they will therefore be turfed out on their ear. Meanwhile, the Government believe that the private sector will reduce its rents....
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people living in residential care have completed a work capability assessment and were (a) judged fit for work, and (b) placed in the work-related activity group.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what (a) voluntary, and (b) statutory, guidance exists for providers of residential care to ensure the practical mobility of residents; and what procedures exist to monitor that guidance.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 23 November (WA 306), when they expect to receive a response from the Governor of the Bank of England regarding his view on incorporation of housing costs into the consumer prices index.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of the mobility component of disabled living allowance for those self-funding their accommodation in residential care (a) in total, (b) for those on the higher rate, and (c) for those on the lower rate.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what savings they will make by withdrawing the mobility component of disabled living allowance for those living in residential care funded by the state (a) in total, (b) for those on the higher rate, and (c) for those on the lower rate.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people live in residential care, claim the mobility component of the disabled living allowance and are engaged in paid employment, training, education or voluntary work.