Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of (a) the contract between Atos Healthcare and the Department for Work and Pensions on the provision of medical assessments for recipients of the employment and support allowance, and (b) the tender document against which tenderers applied.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what options there are for the electrification of the London to south Wales railway line following the Review of the Intercity Express Programme by Sir Andrew Foster; and what are its implications for railway stock and the Severn Tunnel.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 20 July (WA 203), who commissioned the engineering study of the Great Western Main Line; and what were its terms of reference.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (a) programme of work at Reading railway station, (b) stages of the work programme, and (c) likely completion dates for each stage.
Lord German: My Lords, I also rise to support my noble friends in welcoming the intention and general thrust of these regulations and changes. Supporting incapacity benefit claimants into work and making sure that people are on the right benefit with the right level of support is obviously the correct thing to do. There is no doubt either about the significance of these regulations. About 1.5 million...
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of the Severn Tunnel for carrying high-speed electrified train services; and what studies have been undertaken to establish its suitability.
Lord German: To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date Severn River Crossing plc is expected to be taken into public ownership; and what is the financial calculation behind the expected date of transfer.
Lord German: My Lords, you took a very brave step in allowing a German to be introduced into your Lordships' House just a few days after England's defeat in the World Cup. The extremely generous-hearted way in which I have been received has, however, received a few knocks in my first week or so. Just last Friday, my noble friend Lord Lester, in his Defamation Bill, talked of the German ad hoc balancing...