Results 161–180 of 388 for speaker:Lord German

Employment: Universal Jobmatch — Question (19 Mar 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, despite the extremely good news today of the trend once more being employment up and unemployment down, there will always be a need for a website of this sort which matches the jobseekers with the job vacancies—and not just Mafia couriers. Can my noble friend tell us whether the security issues around this site are the responsibility of the aptly named Monster Worldwide Inc, which...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits (13 Mar 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the cost to the Exchequer of eligible claimants exporting unemployment benefits from the United Kingdom to other European Economic Area (EEA) countries; and of the amount of equivalent benefits imported into the country from the EEA when people come to the United Kingdom to look for work.

Pensions Bill — Third Reading (12 Mar 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I add thanks from these Benches to my noble friend and to the staff who have been behind all the detailed benefits we have received from having such a deep level of understanding and knowledge of the Bill throughout. I want to mention two particular things. One is the recognition during the Bill’s passage through this House that my noble friend will look very carefully at the...

Pensions Bill — Third Reading (12 Mar 2014)

Lord German: I shall say a few words about the two issues raised by this amendment. They are important issues, albeit for a small number of beneficiaries, although that number will increase over time, as the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, has just said. It strikes me that because of the loss of one part of pension credit, the part that gives this passported benefit for cold weather payments, the Government...

Employment: Universal Jobmatch — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, this website is crucial to people seeking to find a job, and many tens of thousands of people have found jobs as a result of it, but obviously there are concerns about people’s personal information and the security of it. What action has been taken against hackers, particularly those who seek to spread individuals’ personal information in their CVs to people to whom they have...

Pensions Bill — Report (2nd Day)3.39 pm (26 Feb 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, I shall try not to repeat the remarks of my noble friends Lord Stoneham or Lord Flight, but my noble friend Lord Flight makes a very important point about the default choice which is before people. That is what this amendment must seek to address but I think that it fails to do so. Noble Lords will recognise that what we have before us is a debate about either pot follows member or...

Pensions Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Feb 2014)

Lord German: Will my noble friend allow me a moment’s intervention? I was present at that meeting, and I found it very interesting to have a representative of HMRC there. One of the principal conclusions I drew from that meeting was that there was an agreement between the LGA and HMRC that they would examine up front any arrangement for the distribution of additional funds from HMRC to local government...

Pensions Bill: Report (1st Day) (24 Feb 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, these are delicate and sensitive issues. I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, for using her ingenuity to make sure that these issues are right at the forefront of our discussion on Report. The major issues have already been raised and were expressed from these Benches both at Second Reading and in Committee. The evidence I quoted from the research literature on these...

Pensions Bill: Report (1st Day) (24 Feb 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, the issues raised by this amendment are important, and I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, on her dedication to the issue over many years. She kindly told us in Committee how she was rebuffed by her own Government and today she repeated the argument that they used against her: one could not reasonably divvy up an employer’s national insurance—she used those words...

Pensions Bill: Report (1st Day) (24 Feb 2014)

Lord German: It is because we have a response in place, which is the universal credit system. What matters more than anything is that the system is in place in time to capture the people who will be most affected by this in the implementation years, from 2016 onwards. That is the fundamental question and I await the answer in my noble friend’s response.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing (24 Feb 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have made an application for funds under the £20 million of additional discretionary housing payments from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Apprenticeships (11 Feb 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure from the Department for Work and Pensions budget goes toward funding apprenticeships in Wales.

Social Fund — Question (28 Jan 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, these moneys were given to local authorities in England in order to provide support for the most needy and those in the most difficult circumstances. I find it difficult to understand why Her Majesty’s Opposition are in favour of no ring-fencing in Scotland or Wales but are in favour of ring-fencing in England. Will my noble friend tell the House whether there are any indications...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Charges and Prices (24 Jan 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the intergovernmental arrangements for the management, charging regime and pricing policies of all existing and proposed energy interconnectors between Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Costs (23 Jan 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their comparative analysis of the differentials between the costs of energy for business enterprises in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Electricity (23 Jan 2014)

Lord German: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all existing and proposed energy interconnectors between Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Families: Troubled Families — Question (7 Jan 2014)

Lord German: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the commitment that we have heard about benefit spend in future is a commitment for a future Government, not for this Government? Does she also agree that the Troubled Families programme, which is doing so well at the moment, acts as a suitable counterbalance to the sanctions regime, which comes from the benefits structure? But of course two separate...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, in Questions to the Prime Minister on 27 November on the spare room subsidy clawback, Mr Cameron said that, “what we have done is to exempt disabled people who need an extra room”.—[ Official Report , Commons, 27/11/13; col. 254.] For families with a disabled child, there is a blanket exemption. However, households with a disabled adult are subject to the vagaries of local...

Universal Credit — Statement (10 Dec 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, I share the disappointment that this programme has slipped. Quite frankly, I am sure all noble Lords would have liked it to be on time. However, there has been an appalling record in the introduction of very large-scale IT systems. In the past—I point to the record of the previous Government—they have hurt many people and cost many, many more millions of pounds than this. Surely...

Pensions Bill — Second Reading (3 Dec 2013)

Lord German: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, has set me quite a challenge in making pensions interesting, although I might venture to say that the capping of pension charges has appeared on the front pages of a large number of newspapers in recent weeks. I must say to her that calling my honourable friend Steve Webb a sinner is perhaps a step too far. This Bill will transform the state...


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