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Health and Care Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 154 (26 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his rather disappointing reply and those who supported these amendments, particularly the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, and my noble friend Lady Wyld, for giving such clear definition to the services and the advantages of family hubs. I take to heart the advice from the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, about unintended consequences. I would quite happily talk to him...

Health and Care Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 154 (26 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I will speak to all four amendments in this group in my name. I remind the Committee that I have already declared my interests, especially as regards integrated care and family hubs. In Committee in the other place, the Minister, my honourable friend Edward Argar, recognised “that the system has been calling for two different and important types of integration: integration within...

Online Sexual Harassment of Children - Question (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in response to the report by the Children’s Commissioner Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents, published on 16 December 2021, and in particular the finding that children are “stumbling across” commercial pornography.

Online Sexual Harassment of Children - Question (24 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his reply. The Joint Scrutiny Committee and today’s Select Committee report refer to harmful and addictive online porn, and children’s exposure to illegal and extreme content. While parents have a key role, guidance for them is a fairly puny tool with which to police the internet. Given that research is increasingly amassing about...

Health and Care Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 50 (20 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, my Amendment 57, which the noble Baroness, Lady Masham, has mentioned, is also supported by the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley. I declare my interest as a director and controlling shareholder of the Family Hubs Network Ltd, which advocates for family hubs and advises local authorities on how to establish them. I am also a vice-president of the LGA. In speaking to my Amendment 57, I...

DWP: Support for Larger Families - Question (11 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the benefit cap level appears the same whether a couple or a single parent heads a household, yet two adults cost more than one. While there are more opportunities to avoid the cap by working if there are two adults, given strong evidence for the health and societal benefits of stable two-parent family structures, what measures are in place to ensure that the benefit cap does not...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 97ZA (10 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, one of the main reasons I put my name again to this revised amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Blencathra is that I was not persuaded by the Minister’s assurances in Committee that risks are properly balanced before a trans woman is housed in the female prison estate. First, I heard no mention of the consideration not just of physical harm coming to female prisoners but...

Global Traffic Scorecard: London - Question (5 Jan 2022)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, in contrast to the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, as a London resident and a cyclist, I regularly see cycle lanes which are more or less unused, particularly when they run almost parallel to park cycle lanes. Given London’s status as the most traffic congested city in the world, have the Government made any assessment of the contribution—including pollution—paradoxically made to...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading (7 Dec 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join with all noble Lords to welcome the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Birmingham. I really enjoyed his constructive and funny maiden speech. If integration is the aim of the Health and Care Bill, it fails in one extremely important respect, brought into stark relief by the tragedy of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. I say this not to appropriate a hard case, but because the two reviews led...

Child Safeguarding - Statement (6 Dec 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, can I ask my noble friend the Minister whether the review will look at the contribution of family breakdown? Evidence shows that children on the at-risk register are eight times more likely to be living with a natural parent and their current partner than the general population. Children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Family Hubs: Finance (1 Dec 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding they have provided in total for family hubs since 2020; and how much of this has been allocated, broken down by fund.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Household Support Fund (29 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government when the £500 million Household Support Fund will be made available; and what amount has been allocated for each of the financial years for which the Fund will be available.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Finance (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government to which named funds the £500 million of families and early years funding will be directed.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Family Hubs: Finance (22 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much new funding for family hubs they have set aside in the Autumn Budget and Spending Review for each financial year to 2024–25; and how local authorities can apply for these funds.

House of Lords: Appointments Process - Question for Short Debate (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I first thank my noble friend Lord Balfe for his kind words and for initiating this debate. Recent Sunday Times stories about former party treasurers imply that large donors given peerages are inherently unsuited to serve in the House and that this is confirmed when they do not subsequently speak or attend. Wealthy people putting their mouths where their money is bring insight and...

Sport: Transgender Inclusion - Question (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, allegedly, the Ministry of Defence’s inclusive language guide, which quotes verbatim from Stonewall, advises staff to take care using “female”. The aim is to avoid erasing gender-nonconforming people and members of the trans community. As this risks erasing women instead, and cuts across the Defence Secretary’s drive for the military to become more female-friendly, is this...

Benefit Cap: Review - Question (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, will the Minister tell us what proportion of those subject to the benefit cap are realistically incapable of moving into work? Perhaps they are sole carers of very young or disabled children, or dependent adults, or they might be recovering from addictions. With such cases in mind, will the Minister update us on progress in developing universal support?

Men’s Health Strategy - Question (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a men’s health strategy.

Men’s Health Strategy - Question (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Farmer: I thank my noble friend for that fairly comprehensive reply and I take this opportunity to welcome him to the Front Bench and give him every wish for good health during his tenure. The latest ONS estimates show that male life expectancy is falling. What analysis have the Government made of the social determinants of health that contribute to this decline, particularly many men’s lack of...


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