Results 321–340 of 348 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Prison Reform — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I read in the Times recently that the Secretary of State is going to put family at the heart of prison reforms. Can the Minister expand on those plans and the progress that has been made there?

House of Lords: Press Office — Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2016)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Empey, that in reputational terms the current situation is simply unacceptable and risks unnecessary damage being done to a vital part of the parliamentary process. Caricatures abound of ermine-clad Peers swilling champagne and swanning around your Lordships’ house at the taxpayer’s expense. That may sell newspapers, but it does not give...

Prison Reform — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2016)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I, too, join noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lord Fowler on securing this timely debate and on his excellent opening speech. Momentous developments are taking place right now in the area of prison reform, which have the potential to make major inroads into social problems that have dogged our nation for decades. As part of the Secretary of State’s commitment to...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I am sure I speak for many in your Lordships’ House when I say how pleased I was that funding for the troubled families programme was extended into this Parliament and that the Bill will create a statutory duty to report on our progress in supporting these families with multiple, highly complex problems. In more than one in 10 of the original troubled families on the programme, an...

Religion: Advertisements — Question (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I would just like to follow the right reverend Prelate’s Question. Perhaps like others in your Lordships’ House, I am often struck when I go to the cinema by the prevalence of advertisements, particularly at Christmas time, if you have been to see “Spectre” or anything like that, selling the idea that having stuff and giving each other stuff makes people happy. Does the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, it is a great pleasure and an honour to follow my noble friend Lord Polak—I am not sure he can hear me as his left ear is to this side—particularly after a maiden speech that was remarkable for both its humaneness and its humility. The tone he struck rings completely true for those who, like me, have known my noble friend in his previous incarnation as director of Conservative...

Pornography — Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester for securing this debate and I fully support his opening contribution to it. I believe that the impact pornography is having on society is, almost bizarrely, something of a no-go area for polite conversation, yet it is imposing considerable harm, particularly on young people and particularly on their perception...

Pornography — Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2015)

Lord Farmer: As the majority of online porn is created for men and is often aggressive, if not violent, the premature sexualisation of young minds is re-embedding constructs we have battled to eradicate: that women are primarily sex objects, there to provide men’s sexual gratification, and their significance is dependent on them being desirable and attractive to men. The consequences are grim for young...

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?

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

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

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...

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?

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....

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...

European Council — Statement (23 Mar 2015)

Lord Farmer: My Lords—

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...

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...


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