Results 61–80 of 347 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (18 May 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lady Fullbrook on her fine maiden speech. I will touch on four areas in her Majesty’s gracious Speech. First, I share others’ reservations about the online safety Bill repealing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act: despite its limitations, this would have prevented children inadvertently seeing online pornography on...

Kickstart Scheme - Question (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, what are the Government doing to ensure that the Kickstart scheme meets the needs of understaffed sectors of the employment market which are well suited to this age cohort and therefore more likely to sustain young people’s employment once subsidies end? I am thinking particularly of both large and small hospitality employers, which are struggling to fill vacancies as pubs and...

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £23 million for early intervention programmes to prevent young people being drawn into violence, announced on 8 March, will be used to work with their parents.

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the Youth Endowment Fund has been invested in working with parents of young people.

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities - Statement (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I must commend the Government on their considered response to this careful and measured report. I have two questions. First, will sufficient time be given here to debate the issues that it raises, and early enough to inform the Government’s deliberations? Secondly, will the Government emulate the commissioners’ courage by acting on evidence about the benefits of stable family...

National Marriage Week - Question (20 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, marriage is a protected characteristic in our equalities legislation and results in more stable families, as we have heard already. What plans do the Government have to increase the value of the married couples tax allowance in recognition of these facts or otherwise address the UK tax burden on single-earner couple families with children, which is 25% greater than the OECD average?

Family Policy - Question (19 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Lord Chancellor on 17 June 2020 (HC Deb, col 902), what progress they have made towards joining up family policy across government so that it is “fit for the 2020s”.

Family Policy - Question (19 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for her reply. The Lord Chancellor was referring to current lack of support for separating couples, whose conflicts may be amplified by 2020-style no-fault divorce reform, which legalises one party unilaterally leaving the other without recourse. Mr Justice Cobb’s Family Solutions Group highlighted the role of family hubs, a classic cross-departmental...

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill - Second Reading (16 Apr 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I too begin by acknowledging the hard work of the right honourable Cheryl Gillan, about whose passing away we have all been saddened to hear today, in bringing forward the Bill in the other place. Thanks must go also to Richard Holden MP, who steered the Bill in the Commons when necessary on Ms Gillan’s behalf, and to my noble friend Lady Pidding for taking it through this place...

Covid-19: One Year Report - Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the Coronavirus Act one-year report, published earlier this week, states: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have dramatically improved our understanding of the virus: the physiological impact it causes, how it transmits, and most importantly, the measures we can take to reduce infection.” What it tellingly neglects to say is that we have also, dramatically and painfully,...

Levelling Up - Statement (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, can the Minister confirm whether the levelling-up fund will accept bids containing social infrastructure elements such as funding to transform family support into a family hubs model? Transformation typically requires revenue funding to redeploy senior staff and backfill their roles, the development of missing services et cetera, as well as capital funding to refurbish buildings. Is...

Drug-related Mental and Behavioural Disorder Hospital Admissions - Question (17 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 21 per cent increase in hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioural disorders since 2009/10; and what action they intend to take as a result of any such assessment.

Drug-related Mental and Behavioural Disorder Hospital Admissions - Question (17 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for her Answer. Cannabis use does not just lead to mental ill-health and behavioural disorders; it is also contributing to the existential threat that is falling fertility levels and particularly falling sperm counts across the western world. Do the Government recognise the seriousness of these outcomes from recreational drug use and will they factor them...

Women’s Health Strategy - Statement (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I have constantly argued against the lack of emphasis on prevention in the Domestic Abuse Bill and have been assured that the domestic abuse strategy and guidance will fill that gap. Domestic abuse disproportionately affects women’s mental and physical ill health, so will the new women’s health strategy prioritise its primary prevention, rather than, as usual, simply addressing...

Covid-19: Care System - Question (8 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, what are the Government doing to ensure that teenagers in the care system have supportive relationships during this time of restriction, especially if they are in unregulated accommodation? What is being done to ensure that they are staying in good health, by eating well and getting exercise, which are so vital for well-being? In other words, what is being done to ensure that these...

Video-sharing Platforms: BBFC Ratings - Question (4 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, sensibly regulating the wild west of user-generated content on the internet is essential, but potentially a whack-a-mole exercise, given the risk that it simply displaces activity elsewhere. How will the DCMS work with Ofcom to ensure that its implementation of the video-sharing platform regime develops understanding of how to regulate online services, in advance of the online...

Covid-19: Universal Credit - Question (2 Mar 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the number of vacancies in the period November 2020 to January 2021 is up by 64,000 from the previous quarter to almost 600,000. What are work coaches doing to ensure that claimants take these vacancies up, and what plans do the Government have to incentivise moving into work by reducing the taper rate and increasing work allowances?

Covid-19: Road Map - Statement (23 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, our internationally harsh lockdown is driving mental ill health and unravelling our social fabric. Accordingly, should not parity of esteem between physical and mental health dictate that more than two SAGE advisers are mental health experts? Also, will the Government persist with the dispiriting law of the Medes and Persians, which permits the goalposts to be moved only in a more...


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