Results 101–120 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity) Regulations 2011 — Motion to Approve (19 May 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I welcome these regulations. As the Minister said, they have been in train for some time. Progress on the process of helping people into work has been going on for several years now, so this is part of putting flesh on the bones of a project that clearly needs to be accelerated. As always when it comes to detail of this sort, it is the delivery that will cause the most anxiety in...

Social Security (Electronic Communications) Order 2011 — Motion to Approve (19 May 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for such a detailed explanation. He has taken away the need for most of my questions, which were all about electronic signatures, but now that I have more information it gives rise to more questioning. However, I should say that this is about welcoming in the 21st century. First, there was the horse, then there was a car with a man with a red flag in front,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Homelessness: Statistics (23 May 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent homelessness statistics take account of homeless people who squat, rough sleep and stay nights with friends and family.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Atos Healthcare (24 May 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 16 May (WA 274), whether "improvements by Atos Healthcare to its soft skills training" refers to the soft skills training of clients or of the Atos Healthcare assessors.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Homelessness: Statistics (14 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), whether they intend to begin collecting comprehensive data on the number of homeless people who squat in properties.

Barnett Formula — Question for Short Debate (15 Jun 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Barnett, on his fame in Wales. In fact, he is almost a household name, but not perhaps for the reasons for which he would like to be known. The Barnett formula now has a sort of infamy as it is referred to as a formula in disrepute. The case is perfectly well made about a needs-based formula which would serve Wales much better. The main problem...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits (20 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 16 February (WA 160), what assurances they can provide that the guidance on face-to-face contact with benefits claimants by (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) any organisations with alternative office status, and (c) any other body with the right or duty to assist or take part in a benefits claim, ensures that claimants are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Counterterrorism (21 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings at Ministerial and official level have been held or will be held between the Home Office and devolved institutions to discuss the refocused Prevent strategy.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Homelessness: Statistics (22 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), what action they are taking to ensure that homelessness statistics take full account of homeless people who migrate between friends and family, staying only for short periods of time in one place.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Child Support Agency (23 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Child Support Agency's proposed "calculation-only" scheme will differ from the existing calculation scheme accessible on the Child Support Agency website.

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission — Question (23 Jun 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, the OECD report, which places the UK 28th out of 35, paints a picture of poverty of aspiration for many of our people, particularly our young people. It suggests, however, that peer mentoring and mentoring of all sorts are a way of improving that position. Will my noble friend ensure that mentoring of all types will be part of the work of the commission that is being established?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Child Maintenance (27 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that vulnerable parents who provide care will be fully supported in making the decision as to whether or not to use the statutory scheme of the Child Support Agency.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits (29 Jun 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who claim (a) employment and support allowance in the support group, (b) employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group, or (c) incapacity benefit, have (1) Crohn's disease, (2) rheumatoid arthritis, or (3) psoriasis. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who claim (a) employment and support allowance in the...

Corporate Governance and Accountability — Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of a pension fund, and I want to speak exclusively about the investment in pension funds. It is there, of course, where people are investing their money day in, day out, month in, month out, preparing for the world in which they want to live when they retire. That is why social and environmental issues are going to be extremely important for them....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (7 Jul 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the administrative cost of paying people normally resident abroad in a country where the basic state pension is frozen, a fully up-rated basic state pension whilst temporarily in the United Kingdom, and their relevant non up-rated basic state pension rate whilst in their normal country of residence.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (7 Jul 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many basic state pension claimants are normally resident in (a) Australia, (b) Canada, (c) South Africa, and (d) New Zealand.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (7 Jul 2011)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average rate of basic state pension paid to claimants normally resident in (a) Australia, (b) Canada, (c) South Africa, and (d) New Zealand.

Retirement Age — Question (5 Sep 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, a woman born this year will have a one in three chance of living to the age of 100, whereas a woman born in 1931 would have had only a one in 20 chance. Given the acceleration of the change in life expectancy and the results of the consultation that the Government have just concluded, is it not right that there should be an accelerating change in the connection between the state age...

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, you might expect me to take a slightly different tone about a Bill which has at its heart a universal benefits structure designed to help those who are trapped by no work and a dependency on benefits. Alongside the work programme, this is a transformational Bill-one where an alternative cannot wait. There are those who would argue that it is not an appropriate time because of the...

Universal Credit — Question (20 Oct 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, following on from that answer, will my noble friend reassure the House that the DWP's programme is being introduced in a gradualist way over a number of years? That will give some comfort, but what matters is getting the data into the DWP-the tube of data which comes from every company and through the HMRC. Will my noble friend also reassure the House that that tube will be open,...


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