Results 101–120 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Sep 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the motorway junction of the M6 with the A38(M), known as Spaghetti Junction, for each of the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Sep 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the elevated motorway section of the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 for each of the last 10 years.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police and Crime Commissioners (16 Sep 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for each police area in England and Wales for each year between 2012 and 2015.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police and Crime Commissioners: Elections (15 Sep 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year between 2011 and 2014, how many people were eligible in each police area to take part in elections for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, first of all, I thank all Members who have spoken in the debate. I particularly thank the noble Lord, Lord Freud, for his contribution. Many people in your Lordships’ House will recognise that one thing he is very passionate about is the success of universal credit. We on these Benches also support universal credit and wish to see it happen. The issue raised today is about the...

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord German: I say with the deepest respect to the Minister, who I know is an honourable man, that only a very small number of people—and they are not with families and children—have received universal credit. We have to take as an example the past year, where the same rules have applied about being able to afford to repay that advance on payment. I come back to the fundamental point: how will those...

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I move this Motion because these regulations introduce additional waiting days before the first payment of universal credit. The period of waiting for this first payment is added to the already-existing waiting period of one month, plus the application and approval period before the award is made. In total, it is estimated that most applicants will wait about six weeks after an...

Occupational Pensions: Survivor Benefits — Question (13 Jul 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, equalisation is a very important issue to many people in same-sex partnerships and it therefore has to be dealt with rapidly. Indeed, when this House passed the Act, we expected a rapid answer to it. Of course, costs will be involved but they will rise if they are not dealt with now, and we know they will diminish over time to a very small amount. When will the Minister commit to...

Child Poverty — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, a policy that reduces the number of children in poverty when the economy is on the way down yet actually increases it when the economy is on the way up is surely a nonsense. You can never eradicate child poverty under that measure. But surely household income and knowing the circumstances in which children live is a very important measure in determining whether they are in poverty....

Pensions: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Flight, for introducing this debate. He is well known for his commitment to savings. Reflecting on the comments by the noble Lord, Lord Hutton, I must say this is unlikely to be a debate in which there will be a great deal of controversy, but it is a debate in which there will be some need and desire to predict what we might do in the future and...

Personal Independence Payment — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, what assessment has the Minister made of people with Motability cars who may be waiting for a decision or who are seeking an appeal? While you can back-date cash requirements for people who make appeals and are successful, you cannot back-date a motor car.

Pensions: Draw-down Charges — Question (9 Jun 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, at all stages between the pension saver’s pocket, the investment and back again, there are hidden charges and fees—admin charges, investment charges, platform charges, transaction charges and advice costs, to name just a few. Does the noble Lord agree that there should be transparency for pension savers, and that they should know what hidden fees and charges are attracted to the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, before I address the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill, in his excellent opening speech, I should like to add a supporting measure to the comments on tourism made by the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell. As a Minister for economic affairs in Wales with responsibility for tourism, I resisted every attempt to push that portfolio into the culture and sport portfolio. The main...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Appointments (17 Mar 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish any guidance issued to civil servants and appointing panels as to how to judge the appropriateness of the political activity of applicants for appointment to public bodies.

Personal Independence Payments — Question (10 Mar 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, the reliability criteria used for the personal independence payment assessments —that is, whether people can undertake tasks safely, acceptably and repeatedly—are crucial for people with fluctuating conditions. In their response to the Gray review the Government say that everybody involved in assessing those criteria should have training, yet later they say that the DWP will...

Universal Credit — Question for Short Debate (4 Feb 2015)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the results of the review into the setting of universal credit conditionality when children are in distress.

Universal Credit — Question for Short Debate (4 Feb 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who are going to speak in this debate, as this is an issue of great importance to the well-being of many children in our country, and I am grateful for the interest shown. This matter came to its head in your Lordships’ House during the passage of the Pensions Act 2014. The issue being debated then was the universal credit regime covering those who are...

Credit Unions — Question (3 Feb 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, the Credit Union Expansion Project was designed to enable people on lower incomes to have access to modern banking methods. One of the problems for people in this category is that they have not been able to get cheaper electricity and gas bills because they have been unable to pay by direct debit. Can my noble friend say what progress has been made by both credit unions and the Post...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, once again I have a few questions for the movers of the amendment as well as the Minister. The sense that I get from the amendment is that bigger is always best and small is not to be preferred. The truth, presumably, lies somewhere in the middle of all that. There are questions that arise from the amendment. When you have schemes—I presume there are many tens of thousands of them...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (27 Jan 2015)

Lord German: I also support the letter from the FCA. It is very welcome. The bottom of the first page of the letter says, in absolute terms, that, “the FCA has also decided to bring the ABI retirement code into our rules”. Would the noble Lord agree that that is very welcome, given that the ABI retirement code lays out in great detail the journey through which the customer will travel? The letter...


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