Results 161–180 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Written Answers — House of Lords: International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (30 Oct 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific reasons have prevented the United Kingdom from signing the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Child Benefit — Question (30 Oct 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, could the Minister help the House to understand the reasoning behind the statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Iain Duncan Smith, that the number of children in a family would be capped at two, which seems a strange way of doing family structure in this country? Was Mr Duncan Smith pitching for the 2015 general election manifesto or was he pitching for a...

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 Nov 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I apologise to your Lordships' House for missing the first few minutes of this debate. I was involved in another debate in the Moses Room at the time and it was difficult to shift sufficiently speedily between that Room and the Chamber. I can well understand why many noble Lords want to reprise our lengthy debates on the Welfare Reform Bill. I also understand why people still have...

Wales: Economy — Question for Short Debate (7 Nov 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking regarding the challenges faced by the Welsh economy, and how they are ensuring that the Welsh and United Kingdom Governments work closely together in the interests of the Welsh people.

Wales: Economy — Question for Short Debate (7 Nov 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, I begin my speech today by paying tribute to my noble friend the Minister and welcoming her to her new position as well as her first appearance at the Dispatch Box. I hope that nothing that I might say, or that other noble Lords might say, gives her any difficulty in responding to questions about Wales that we pose in this debate. The economic health of Wales is the most important...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Overseas Aid (20 Nov 2012)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they intend to provide for new applicants to the Department for International Development's Global Poverty Action Fund (Community Partnership Window).

Health: Atos — Question (26 Nov 2012)

Lord German: My Lords, is it not terrible that one in four of the premises that Atos uses for its assessments does not have flat-level disabled access and that wheelchair users cannot access these assessments? Can my noble friend tell the House whether the original specification for the Atos assessment centres contains any references to disability access? In view of the terrible circumstances in which...

Severn Barrage — Question (17 Jan 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, the proposal currently before the Government is not for a Severn barrage, it is for a Bristol Channel barrage. As such, it is a very large scheme indeed and has enormous environmental, physical and economic costs. Have the Government made an assessment of the costs to energy consumers-in household energy bills-of this proposal compared to other forms of low-carbon energy, such as...

Taxation: Families — Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, for securing this debate today. I do not think anyone in your Lordships' House does not understand her dedication to these issues. Without wanting to trade figures with her-which is obviously a dangerous trade and I will not upset some of the interpretations she places on those figures-it is, of course, important that your Lordships...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Grants (6 Feb 2013)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place to measure local authorities' adherence to government guidance concerning the provision of funds from the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Grants (6 Feb 2013)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was allocated and spent in England through the Disabled Facilities Grant in each of the past five years, broken down by local authority.

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, it will not surprise the House that I start from a different place from the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie. I will refer later to the use of the word "language". I hope that your Lordships' House will join us in saying that we should not use language that tries to segregate different groups of people. I shall illustrate that later. My starting point in examining this Bill is to ask...

Universal Credit Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve (13 Feb 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, on asking a broad range of questions. I was going to ask some of them myself and so I will not repeat them. A lot of other questions need to be raised. I am grateful also to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which advised us: "We ... hope that DWP will ensure that sufficient time is allowed for members to absorb fully the...

Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve (13 Feb 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, I would like to raise the issue of sufferers of Crohn's disease and colitis, who may not have been able to put their case as strongly as they might have in this whole arena of the development of PIP. There are around 240,000 people in the UK who are sufferers of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis-collectively known, of course, as inflammatory bowel disease. They are lifelong...

Economy: Credit Rating — Statement (25 Feb 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, perhaps I can pursue an issue which my noble friend talked about: policy weapons which can be used to promote growth in a sustainable way. The Government have acknowledged that infrastructure is one of those policy weapons and that moving decision-making locally is another. I wonder whether now is the time to remove some of the constraints which the Government-the Treasury-have put...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, at Second Reading I said that this Bill had some rough edges, and the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, is directed at one of those rough edges. Can my noble friend the Minister tell the House whether a deliberate step was taken to exclude the personal allowance part of the support group to meet the budgetary requirements? Was this matter overlooked in the discussion...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing Benefit (18 Mar 2013)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total amount of Discretionary Housing Payments funding allocated to each local authority in the United Kingdom for each of the last three financial years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing Benefit (19 Mar 2013)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each local authority for the last three financial years, what were the total amounts of unused discretionary housing payment funding returned to the Government.


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