Results 141–160 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Electrification (4 Nov 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost difference between electrifying both the main and relief lines between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff, and electrifying the main lines only.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Electrification (4 Nov 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the operation of the railway between Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff if only the main lines are electrified, and not the relief lines.

Employment — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, as the unemployment levels fall, the focus naturally shifts towards in-work progression, with people wanting to earn more money and have more hours. Can my noble friend tell me whether we should in fact incentivise the Work Programme so that after someone being 26 weeks in work, when a company gets paid, there should be further incentives to help people earn more money and get more...

Credit Unions — Question (16 Oct 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the investment made by the Government in the credit union movement has paid dividends. We note with pleasure that 7% of the Scottish adult population is now registered with a credit union. However, for them to rationalise, streamline, offer new products and help people avoid payday lenders, credit unions need to have good back-office bank functions and new products. What progress...

Wales Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Oct 2014)

Lord German: I thank my noble friend for the response to Amendment 13. There is one thing that worries me about waiting. In the report that followed the 2011 Assembly elections, the Electoral Commission states: “We will seek further views and make any necessary recommendations to the Secretary of State”, which should be, “no later than December 2014”— just two months away. It further states that...

Wales Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Oct 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I hope that this amendment will be quite straightforward. I hope to make the case that this Bill is the right Bill at the right time for dealing with this matter, as I will explain. The amendment is straightforward because it seeks to put the names of the candidates back on the regional ballot paper. This situation existed for all National Assembly elections until the last one. I...

Wales Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Oct 2014)

Lord German: I would indeed. As I say, this is such an urgent matter to change and to change the electoral system to make that happen might be a step too far. I might be told, in exactly the same way as the noble Lord has been told many times this afternoon, that this is not the right time or place or Bill. But because there is only one chance to do this, this Bill is the right place and it is the right...

Universal Credit — Question (30 Jul 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the universal credit is providing great opportunity for people and is being rolled out slowly. It is also giving Jobcentre Plus advisers an opportunity, for the first time, to advise customers so that they get a comprehensive support. Most of the problems seem to be about the future. Can my noble friend therefore reassure the House that it will be rolled out to and engage a large...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing (29 Jul 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report, what incentives they intend to make available to social landlords to encourage offers of alternative housing to be made to people affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing (28 Jul 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why, according to their recent Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report, 4.5 per cent of people affected have downsized to smaller accommodation, compared with the 25 per cent estimated in the impact assessment Housing Benefit: Under occupation of social housing, published in 2012.

Jobseeker’s Allowance — Question (21 Jul 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the jobseeker’s allowance is being subsumed into universal credit. Universal credit is being moved along and rolled out slowly; it is much better to get it right than hastily to put something in place that goes wrong. However, it is having a significant impact on the number of people who are being helped and getting into work. Will my noble friend help the House by identifying...

Benefit Cap — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the dignity of work is probably the best way in which people can escape from the cap. However, the figures to which my noble friend has just referred indicate only a trend in the direction of travel. From the figures which the DWP is now collecting, will the Minister have formed a view by the end of this coming recess as to the whole period? Will he know many people have moved into...

Pensions — Question (26 Jun 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, for these reforms and freedoms to work, the Government must try to remove some of the mythical mist which surrounds pensions. As the FCA draws up options for the guidance which is to be given, what reassurance has my noble friend had from the pensions and insurance industries that they will support and drive forward these reforms so that the consumer, the owner of the pension pot,...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (24 Jun 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the Ipsos MORI review, of course, is much awaited, not least by the Master of the Rolls who, in making a judgment in favour of the Government, said that the DWP had informed him that, “the scheme may need to be modified in the light of experience”. When the independent review comes out and my noble friend sees it before the Summer Recess, will he agree to act upon it and take...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, before I turn to the centrepiece of the gracious Speech’s measures, I would like to say a few words about the plastic bag tax. I had the privilege of chairing the committee of inquiry in the National Assembly for Wales which looked at this issue prior to the legislation being introduced in 2011. My message to noble Lords is: do not panic. It will all work out. It will all be very...

Pensions Bill — Commons Reason (8 Apr 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I am slightly confused by the remarks of my noble friend Lord Forsyth because he referred to a survey. When my noble friend the Minister spoke, I could have sworn that he was talking about a review, and there is more than a slight difference between a survey and a review. A review means that you look at the evidence and take action as a result. I noted the words used by my noble...

Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 — Motion of Regret (3 Apr 2014)

Lord German: When I asked my honourable friend in the other House whether that is what he had said, he said that he had not. I have his speech with me and I can also tell the noble Baroness that my honourable friend was interviewed by ITV on this matter but that ITV news decided not to broadcast his comments because they did not substantiate the allegations that the noble Baroness is now making, nor did...

Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 — Motion of Regret (3 Apr 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I am the first to recognise a political device when it comes my way. Indeed, this is a political device to secure a wider debate on the spare room subsidy on the back of regulations which have already been made and have come into effect. I do not dispute the need for political devices or regret the use of political devices but it is clear that that is what is being used. I think I...

Health and Safety Executive — Question (3 Apr 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, one of the recommendations in the report is to delink the need to prop up the budget and fines for intervention. We have been here before with speed cameras, where there was a suspicion that police forces were increasing their budgets by overuse of speed cameras. How will my noble friend learn lessons from that, and from the recommendation in the report that fines for intervention...

Housing: Inherited Social Housing Tenancies — Statement (24 Mar 2014)

Lord German: Can my noble friend tell the House roughly how many people in this country are living in overcrowded conditions or are on housing waiting lists? Can he also put on the record the number of new social houses being built by this Government and compare that with the number built by the previous Government, because, clearly, housebuilding and social housebuilding are crucial?


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