Results 121–140 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (27 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, before I listen to answers from the Benches opposite, I shall ask the Minister a few questions. If he feels that it is not appropriate for him to reply, perhaps members of the Labour Front Bench might give me the answers. My understanding is that the number of schemes without trustees—those referred to in this amendment—is of the order of 40,000 to 47,000. I have no problem with...

Personal Independence Payments — Question (15 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords—

Personal Independence Payments — Question (15 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, the loss of a Motability car can mean the loss of independence for a disabled person. Is my noble friend confident that the personal independence payment assessors are prompting claimants as to whether they can walk more than 20 metres safely to an acceptable standard repeatedly and in a reasonable time, which are the crucial criteria put into statute by this House? Unless these...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (12 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I rise to support the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Best. In doing so, I declare my interest as an unremunerated member of the advisory committee for the Equity Release Council. I am, I hope, still in extended middle age, which is a new term that I fully endorse. Housing wealth, along with other assets, means that the guidance is crucial given the disparity between the amount that...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (12 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, perhaps I could follow the point that my noble friend and the noble Lord opposite have just raised in respect of the same document. Box 2.A on FCA standards requires the people delivering the service to have a range of skills, which are numbered i to viii. I shall refer to a report last week in a newspaper that prints on pink paper, in which it was trying to seek from Citizens...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2015)

Lord German: I thank my noble friend the Minister for that detailed response. What I was particularly hoping to hear, as noble Lords may imagine, was where we are going next and what developments we can see being taken forward. If I may try to interpret what my noble friend the Minister has said, it is that we are moving forward on costs and charges and that is the direction of travel; that this is...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I am pleased to move Amendment 22, standing in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Stoneham and Lord Paddick, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell. The amendment follows the theme of this Government’s action in pensions by empowering savers and giving them choice. I make no apology for tabling a comprehensive and detailed amendment. It is intended to demonstrate the...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Jan 2015)

Lord German: Perhaps I might pose a number of questions about this amendment. My noble friend the Minister or the noble Lord, Lord Bradley, might like to reflect on them and give me an answer. First, the trend towards larger scale pension funds is growing. I understand that the number of smaller schemes is declining. I wonder if one or other of the noble Lords could tell me what the pace of that change...

Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Jan 2015)

Lord German: My Lords, I have considerable sympathy with the amendment before us, not least because the chair of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee of your Lordships’ House would be very upset if we did not make sure that the report was brought before your Lordships’ House. Pension Bills in the past—the report quotes pension Bills from the 1990s—were frequently used, with very...

Pension Schemes Bill — Second Reading (16 Dec 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I, too, join in the tributes to the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, and associate the Liberal Democrat Benches with the good wishes that have been passed on to him so far. We look forward to his speech. Perhaps the House will afford me a moment for a small personal recollection. I know that the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, has the words “love of music” stamped throughout him. One of the...

Mesothelioma — Question (9 Dec 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, both the House of Commons Justice Committee and the judgment of the High Court concerning the issue of legal fees in mesothelioma cases are critical of the way that the government review was carried out. It was found to be premature and did not follow the rules of the LASPO Act. We know that the incidence of this disease will peak and then fall away over the years, as the 30...

Universal Credit — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, universal credit is paid monthly and usually includes rent, which is quite a substantial slab of money. Can my noble friend tell us what progress he has made with the banks and credit unions to ensure that transactional bank accounts are available to people, so that they may take advantage of direct debits and standing orders?

Wales Bill — Report (Continued) (11 Nov 2014)

Lord German: I thank my noble friend for her remarks. I have only two comments to make. At the outset, I said that I would like to establish the views of the political parties to see if they were represented. I now know that this is getting a sympathetic hearing from three political parties, but the fourth—the Labour Party—was silent. We will therefore have to wait and make a judgment accordingly when...

Wales Bill — Report (Continued) (11 Nov 2014)

Lord German: I thank my noble friend for that and, on that basis, beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 6 withdrawn. Amendment 7 Moved by Lord Anderson of Swansea 7: Clause 2, leave out Clause 2

Wales Bill — Report (Continued) (11 Nov 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I am pleased to move this amendment standing in my name and that of my noble friends Lord Thomas of Gresford, Lady Humphreys and Lord Roberts of Llandudno. I do not wish to repeat what I said in Committee but it would be worth outlining the two purposes of this amendment. First, it would reinstate the names of the candidates on the regional ballot paper; and secondly, it would...

Wales Bill — Report (Continued) (11 Nov 2014)

Lord German: I understand, but I repeat what I said in Committee—that it is a matter of timing. We are talking about a decision for the 2016 elections, which require an order some time between six and nine months before those elections take place so that ballot papers and everything else can be put in place. But importantly, if the Electoral Commission were to think that it needed primary legislation,...

Underoccupancy Charge: Carers — Question (10 Nov 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the Government’s own review of the spare room subsidy shows that discretionary housing payments are inconsistent, short-term and temporary. Indeed, the evidence is that most of the applications for those payments are made by the very groups who should be exempt—carers and those who have had adaptations made to their homes. Many local authorities are now means-testing the...

Work Capability Assessment — Question (5 Nov 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, we now have a new supplier of these work capability assessments. Most of the staff are being transferred using the transfer of undertakings. May I and the House be reassured that the transfer of undertakings will not include a transfer of working practices? In particular, perhaps my noble friend can tell us whether he agrees with the recommendation from the Government’s own...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Electrification (5 Nov 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to electrify the main and relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Electrification (5 Nov 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of electrifying the relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff at a subsequent date to the electrification of the main lines.


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