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Commonwealth Countries: Reciprocal Pension Agreements - Question (1 Mar 2021)

Lord German: Can the Minister accept that dignity in retirement should exist for all UK pensioners regardless of where they live as a principle? As raised by the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, and the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, the Minister in Canada is waiting for a reply from the UK Government. If, as the Minister here says, it is about a reciprocal arrangement, surely this discussion should start...

Non-Domestic Rating (Designated Area) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (24 Feb 2021)

Lord German: My Lords, I also welcome these regulations and the narrow spectrum that they contain, but I want to address the wider issues that business rates inflict on business in this country, particularly with regard to the needs of revival following the pandemic. While these regulations provide a system for incentivising growth and encourage local government to take steps to promote business growth,...

Rail Freight: Channel Tunnel - Question (24 Feb 2021)

Lord German: Given that there are only nine months of grace, what progress have the UK Government made in securing a bilateral agreement to operate trains through to Calais-Fréthun, and what would be the impact on trade through the tunnel if the UK had to secure EU licensing in order to operate those trains?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Bankruptcy: Wales (22 Feb 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses have declared bankruptcy in each parliamentary constituency in Wales so far in the 2020/21 financial year.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Redundancy: Wales (22 Feb 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been lost in each parliamentary constituency in Wales so far in the 2020/21 financial year.

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Wales (22 Feb 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in each parliamentary constituency in Wales to date.

Written Answers — Treasury: Unemployment: Debts (22 Feb 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in personal debt by individuals who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Berwyn Prison: Welsh Language (15 Feb 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Independent Monitoring Board, Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Berwyn, published on 17 September 2020, what assessment they have made of complaints that prisoners have been threatened with sanctions for speaking Welsh; and what steps are they taking following those complaints.

Learning Disabilities: Child Trust Funds - Question (11 Feb 2021)

Lord German: Further to his answer to the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, will the Minister tell the House why it is that the scheme which the investment and savings body has put in place while waiting for a permanent solution, and has been operating—moving the system from cumbersome to semi-cumbersome, not a full solution—is not getting the blessing of the Ministry of Justice in order that it can make at...

EU: Musicians - Question (28 Jan 2021)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the United Kingdom-European Union Trade and Cooperation Agreement on musicians and musical enterprises seeking to work and tour in the European Union.

EU: Musicians - Question (28 Jan 2021)

Lord German: My Lords, I set aside for the moment the ping-pong on who is to blame for what has happened, and remember the anxiety and anguish faced by many of the top musicians in the UK. The Minister told the House last week that “Our door absolutely remains open”—[Official Report, 19/1/21, col. 1085.] to dialogue with the EU on this matter. Open doors mean that people can go through them without...

Social Capital - Question (25 Jan 2021)

Lord German: My Lords, the limited research available during this pandemic suggests that the increase in neighbourly kindness and community activity has been more prevalent in better-off areas. If the Government are intent on levelling up, how much of the levelling-up fund are they proposing to spend on social infrastructure, given that in most of the examples that I can see the Government are rightly...

Heritage Organisations: Coal Supplies - Question (21 Jan 2021)

Lord German: My Lords, the Great Little Trains of Wales, Snowdonia, Talyllyn, Llangollen and others, are critical for the hospitality offer, yet heritage trains as a whole emit only just about half of the CO2 that people use in their domestic barbeque charcoal briquettes. The challenge is to find a solution to this problem to keep the trains running. I note that in his responses so far the Minister has...

Construction Industry: Retention Payments - Question (14 Jan 2021)

Lord German: The last two paragraphs of the Government’s responses paper lay out only two policy options: the retention deposit scheme or phasing out retentions completely. May I follow the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, in pressing the Minister? He already has the responses and knows the two options before him. Can he tell us when the legislation will come forward to make this happen? It is much needed and...

Leaseholders: Properties with Cladding - Question (7 Jan 2021)

Lord German: My Lords, I rent a flat in a block of unsafe flats in London, and I am surrounded by leaseholders who suffer greatly as a result of the turmoil and fear of the consequences. Does the Minister agree that it is now time for a comprehensive financial solution to these matters, not one that tinkers around the edges? Will he tell the House what consideration he has given to the proposal he...

Covid-19: Prisoners and Children in Custody - Question (16 Dec 2020)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) prisoners, and (2) children in custody, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Covid-19: Prisoners and Children in Custody - Question (16 Dec 2020)

Lord German: My Lords, the current second wave of coronavirus has been much worse for the prison estate than the first. Added to the absence of family visits and education and training, and the replacement of sentenced prisoners by those held on remand, the strength of the second wave is very worrying. Despite the valiant work of prison staff, the problem remains of too many prisoners for the space...

Written Answers — Treasury: Musicians: Income Tax (16 Dec 2020)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for permitting freelance musicians to defer (1) all, or (2) part, of their income tax payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 69 (25 Nov 2020)

Lord German: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, for putting forward so much detail behind this amendment, which clearly lays out the course of action that could be dealt with and also talks about the way the Government propose to take these matters forward. I think that my job is to amplify some of his points and perhaps to extend them as well. I refer to the...

Wales: Customs Sites - Question (25 Nov 2020)

Lord German: Putting aside the issue of having to drive 100 miles or 175 miles in order to have your load checked, meaning that you have to go to one of two places, I am interested to know the Minister’s answer to the question that was put to him earlier about working at pace. Am I right to understand that the first communication on the siting of a potential site on the Isle of Anglesey was yesterday;...


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