Results 181–200 of 347 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit: Two-child Limit - Question (24 Apr 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, financial stability is important for healthy child development, but so too is relationship stability. The Government have replaced the family stability indicator with parental conflict measures, yet many divorces and separations take place in low-conflict relationships. Research shows that these are more damaging to children than when high-conflict relationships end. What are the...

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I feel rather lonely in this debate. I think that I am fairly well known for being a passionate leaver—a beast in the Brexit herd. Right now, I feel like an isolated wildebeest surrounded by a pride of noble lions, possibly about to be torn limb from limb. We in Parliament need to lift our heads and see that the mood in the country is one of wanting to get this over the line....

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: The issue is sovereignty, which, as I said, was not mentioned yesterday and I do not think it has been mentioned today.

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: That was the main issue, according to the polling, behind people voting to leave. It was not about trade and the economy, where the UK would benefit more from being outside the EU than from being part of it. When the Prime Minister’s Statement was repeated in the House yesterday, much was said in the exchanges that followed about trade and economics, but no one mentioned the fundamental...

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: I thank the noble Lord for his intervention. I am quoting from the House of Commons Library information on democratic deficit. It goes on to say—

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: I believe that the system until now has been that each country has a veto, and, as I say, the qualified majority voting would now override that veto. I will carry on about the democratic deficit. The Library document goes on: “The EU’s executive, the Commission, is unelected; the EP is too weak compared with the Council and Commission”, and elections to it are not really European...

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Farmer: Noble Lords will be pleased to know that I am finishing my speech. As a metals trader for more than half a century—I shall change tone here—I want to finish by saying something about trade. In the financial markets, there is a fear of global stagnation. I read this afternoon about the American factory output being disappointing again. While this has very little to do with our leaving the...

Poverty: Metrics - Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lady Stroud for obtaining this important debate. Parliamentarians have an opportunity to transform lives, society and our economy by tackling the root causes of poverty and taking an approach to social justice which changes the lives of the poorest and benefits everybody. When families on the margins find stability in work and escape social breakdown that...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, as some noble Lords may know, I supported the campaign to leave the European Union with my vote and also with my finances—and I have the inheritance tax bill from HMRC to prove it. Despite the political and economic turmoil we are in, and the irritation of having to pay twice to help level the playing field, given that the remain-supporting Government pumped more than £9 million...

Written Answers — Treasury: Married People: Tax Allowances (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections they have made for expenditure on the Marriage Allowance in 2019–20, following changes to the basic and higher rates of personal tax allowance.

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: I would just like to correct the noble Lord: the Lord Farmer he was talking about was not me.

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: I was indeed involved with the Centre for Social Justice work, but as a supporter and an encourager from outside.

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bassam, for giving us the opportunity to talk again about the benefits that will accrue to families and society as we test, learn about and, crucially, invest our way into developing a world-class benefits system. Although the implementation of universal credit has been a bumpy ride, tellingly, civil servants and politicians from other countries want to...

Children: Welfare, Life Chances and Social Mobility - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, on initiating this debate on the importance of early intervention in children’s lives. I find myself often supporting her in her debates. Today I wish to highlight a promising measure to prevent children being removed from their parents and brought into local authority care. Outcomes for care leavers...

Cannabis: Medicinal Uses - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to respond to the concerns raised by the Faculty of Pain Medicine in their Faculty Position Statement on the Medicinal use of Cannabinoids in Pain Medicine, and their call for further research into the potential benefits of cannabis for medicinal uses.

Cannabis: Medicinal Uses - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Farmer: I thank the Minister for that answer. Bearing in mind the faculty’s overarching cautionary position, and the fact that according to the National Health Service website, “Regular cannabis use increases your risk of developing a psychotic illness”, what assurances can the Minister give us that Her Majesty’s Government will not allow the changes in prescribing cannabis for medicinal use...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bew, for his very interesting clarification of the Irish issue. I think we can all agree that Brexit has been divisive. However, after much internal debate we have produced our trading position, which has gone a long way to meet the EU’s demands and which has brought people on opposing sides together in what I might describe as mutual disappointment....

Sure Start - Question (12 Jul 2018)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the Minister mentioned family hubs. Several councils have preserved their children’s centres by turning them into family hubs where families of older children aged from nought to 19 can also receive support, thereby integrating and improving help for more families. Beyond the early years social mobility peer review fund, which is focused on improving early language outcomes, what...


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