Results 1–20 of 347 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Farmer: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, making my maiden speech today in your Lordship’s House, I stand here feeling very humble, being among those for whose wisdom and intellect I have nothing but the greatest respect; humble, but also feeling very welcomed and encouraged by one and all who legislate and work here. I am very grateful for the kindness and friendliness given to me and would mention in...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2014)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for initiating this debate and particularly for drawing attention to the relevance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for children’s and young people’s online and digital interactions. Although this debate is about securing child well-being in a digital age, it touches on much wider issues, not least in...

Universal Credit — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the principles of universal credit are sound, but timings and cost to the public purse are vital considerations. Can the Minister tell us when all claimants will be on universal credit and how much it will cost to reach this point?

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 Dec 2014)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Marks, for giving me the opportunity to speak on this important issue—but not, I should make clear, because I welcome the introduction of this Private Member’s Bill. On the contrary, I find the whole concept of validating cohabitation deeply problematic. I want to lay out my concerns in terms of the economic implications of high cohabitation rates...

Early Years Intervention — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, for bringing this extremely important subject to our attention by securing this debate. Children in the earliest years of life are so vulnerable and so dependent on their parents that our focus has to be on strengthening families. Giving a child the best possible chance to avoid succumbing to an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage...

Mental Health — Motion to Take Note (15 Jan 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, once again the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, has secured a debate of vital national importance, for which I thank her. I take this opportunity also to congratulate my noble friend Lord Suri on a very fine contribution to this debate. I am aware of the considerable expertise that lies within your Lordships’ House on the issue of mental health, so it is with some humility that I...

Schools: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lady Perry on initiating this end-of-term debate on school reforms. I want to touch on one aspect of the Government’s school reforms which has not been touched on today—namely, promoting fundamental British values. To avoid all doubt, I wholly subscribe to the values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Steel, for this debate. I must acknowledge that many among your Lordships know far more about this long-standing conflict than I do. However, the shakiness of the implicit premise of this debate concerned me so deeply that I felt unable to keep silent. I am deeply uneasy about glossing over the very real stumbling blocks that justice prevents us...

NHS: Maternity Care — Question for Short Debate (5 Feb 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for initiating this debate on steps to improve maternity care. One aspect of maternity care which shows marked variation across the country is staff willingness and ability to involve fathers. This depends to a very much larger extent on culture than on budgets. I wish to make a plea for the very many fathers across the country who...

Young Care Leavers — Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lady Eaton for securing this debate about how well we look after our most vulnerable care leavers. As she pointed out, if one is not eligible for staying put, it means that one has not had the benefit of a stable foster placement to stay put in. She also mentioned how often young people who are leaving care lack the indispensable ingredient we...

European Council — Statement (23 Mar 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords—

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

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join others in congratulating my noble friend Lord O’Neill of Gatley and the noble Lord, Lord King of Lothbury, on their excellent maiden speeches. I welcome particularly the strengthened contribution which my noble friend brings to the Front-Bench Treasury team and which both noble Lords will bring to future economic debates in this House. My noble friend Lord O’Neill...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Jun 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I support the Bill, not least because it is a good example of why we should take the needs of families into account when setting the legislative agenda. It is my firm belief that we should consciously seek to strengthen families throughout the legislative agenda. This means backing parents as they seek to raise their children with clear boundaries, and protecting young people from...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Jun 2015)

Lord Farmer: I thank the noble Baroness for her intervention and I take note. Secondly, young people do not necessarily have access to credit cards with which to make online purchases. Thirdly, they might not like the idea of having these drugs delivered to their parents’ home. Whatever the case, the results were stark and the doctors were supportive of the ban. It is of course not the entire solution....

Health: Palliative Care — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report Dying Without Dignity, what steps they are taking to ensure that everyone in need has access to good palliative care.

Health: Palliative Care — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. In the light of the parliamentary ombudsman’s report, Dying Without Dignity, is it the Government’s policy to encourage all schools of nursing to ensure that their graduates have core skills in end-of-life care by having the subject included in the formal assessments of their students’ competencies?

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

Lord Farmer: My Lords, while the noble Lord, Lord German, and the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, raise important points for consideration, I have to disagree with them both and speak against these Motions. In fact, I would go further and say that in the light of the £12 billion taken out of welfare in last week’s Budget, I am surprised that they are asking the Government to find yet more savings in...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (22 Oct 2015)

Palliative and social care at the end of life – Lord Farmer. Short debate

Tax Credits — Question (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, can the Minister explain how the new focus on changing people’s life chances will be more effective in addressing the root causes of poverty than the child poverty targets introduced by the last Labour Government?


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