Results 121–140 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Accidents: Costs — Question (31 Oct 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, the 1968-71 experiment with moving the clocks around produced some evidence about accidents. In the current debate, since we all enjoyed an extra hour in bed yesterday, I wonder whether there is any concrete evidence about the reduction in accidents that moving the clocks around supplied, given that in 1968-71 we were also introducing the drink-driving laws that somehow compounded...

Pensions Bill — Commons Amendments (31 Oct 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I also add my congratulations to the Minister and the Government for recognising what was the most important part of this Bill-certainly the most controversial part. When it left this House it left it unamended but, if one had taken the temperature of your Lordships' House, it would have been quite clear that the Government had to do something to ameliorate the problem which was so...

Benefits: EU Nationals — Question (7 Nov 2011)

Lord German: My Lords since some 900,000 UK citizens are migrants in other European Union countries, I am sure my noble friend the Minister would like to protect the reciprocity which exists for both EU citizens and others coming here, as well as our citizens in other countries. Will he comment on the information we have received from the European Commission about the intention to extend reciprocity to...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (12 Dec 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I am always staggered to find out more about my noble friend Lord Kirkwood. In Committee we learnt what he did in the bath, and now we have learnt that he goes around arresting bank accounts. We have been having some very interesting debates. However, I am slightly less sanguine about this issue than he is, perhaps largely because many of your Lordships have said that we have to...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Dec 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I do not intend to turn my back on what I said in Committee; in fact, I intend to repeat some of it, so I hope that noble Lords will bear with me. If you believe that council tax benefit is a universal benefit and part of the social security system, clearly you need to ensure that it is delivered everywhere within our country and on a uniform basis so that people will know the rules...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (2nd Day) (14 Dec 2011)

Lord German: My Lords, I have two groups of people to whom I want to refer. My noble friend Lady Thomas referred to them in Committee, and I referred to one of them. What does the Minister anticipate doing for foster carers? We have already been told that we have a shortage of foster caring in this country, and foster carers need to keep a bedroom to be able to host and look after children in foster care....

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (4th Day) (17 Jan 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, to concur with the noble Lord's last sentence, this is a matter of accountability. I refer to Amendment 50ZA, which applies only to England. Members of the House of Lords will be very familiar with the fact that other parts of the United Kingdom will receive this money, and I would like some confirmation from the Minister on the arrangements that are to be made for Scotland and...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (5th Day) (23 Jan 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I start by making it clear that the concerns that have been expressed from these Benches are not around there being a cap. It is essential that there should be a cap; people find it manifestly unfair that claimants can receive in benefits more than the average working family gets in wages. The concerns expressed within the amendment are about two crucial issues: homelessness and...

Child Poverty — Question (24 Jan 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, the work programme is one of the cornerstones of the Government's action to alleviate child poverty. Today's NAO report on the work programme reports that harder-to-help people are not being referred to the programme in the numbers expected. Surely, as the Minister has said, this is the most important group to help to get back into work. What response does my noble friend have to...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (6th Day) (25 Jan 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I should like to follow that because it is an interesting perspective. I come to this issue as one who has been an ardent devolutionist and as someone who believes in power being passed-obviously, in my case-to Wales and to local government. So, although I come with a different historical perspective, I understand the historical perspectives of the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and the...

Welfare Reform Bill: Third Reading (31 Jan 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I would like to take a little further the arguments, put by the noble Lord, Lord Newton, about where we go with the concerns that have been widely expressed around the House. It is worth reminding noble Lords that the intention expressed by the Minister is not in the Bill before us; that is the subject of future regulations that are to be brought forward. I understand that the...

Welfare Reform Bill — Third Reading (Continued) (31 Jan 2012)

Lord German: I do not know whether this is the right place in the debate in which to do it because it is the first time that I have had the opportunity, but I want to place on record our thanks to the Bill team and my noble friend the Minister for the way in which they have handled the Bill all the way through. The way in which access to civil servants has been granted and the openness with which the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Social Care: Expenditure (14 Feb 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the £648 million allocated for local authority spending on social care that also benefits health in 2011-12 was spent on (1) prevention services, (2) communicating equipment and adaptations, (3) telecare, (4) crisis response services, (5) maintaining eligibility criteria, (6) re-ablement, and (7) mental health.

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (14 Feb 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, before I raise a number of issues that the Minister considered on Report, I shall just say a word about some of the conversation that there has been on behavioural change in this debate. If we pause for a moment to think of the 1.8 million people on the waiting list for social housing and the number of empty rooms, and put the two together, there is something dysfunctional about our...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Ministerial Visits (15 Feb 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial visits there have been since May 2010 to (1) Armenia, (2) Georgia, and (3) Azerbaijan.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Ministerial Visits (15 Feb 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministerial visits are planned for 2012 to (1) Armenia, (2) Georgia, and (3) Azerbaijan.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Grants (16 Feb 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that the additional £20 million disabled facilities grant funding, announced on 3 January, is spent on home adaptations.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Developing Countries: Education (27 Feb 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed replacement programme for the Department for International Development Global School Partnerships programme will include Lesotho. To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the replacement programme for the current Global School Partnerships programme; and from what date the new programme will run.

Employment: Work Programme — Question (29 Feb 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, up and down the country there are third sector and charitable organisations supporting the Government in delivering this Work Programme as subcontractors. However, the National Audit Office report shows that many of these subcontractors are concerned about the way they are being treated by the prime contractors, and recommends that the Government should institute a programme of spot...

Welfare Reform Bill — Commons Reason (29 Feb 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I commend the thrust of this amendment. However, as has been demonstrated, the way in which it is drafted may mean that it does not include everything that we would wish it to include. I would expect the Minister to comment about the way in which a review should be conducted. I do not wish to sound like a well-worn record but I have a long-standing view about the way in which major...


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