Results 81–100 of 347 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Covid-19 Vaccines Deployment - Statement (11 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, having vaccinated the vulnerable tiers, at what level do we revert to normal, bearing in mind, first, that the remaining population is highly unlikely to require hospitalisation or to die from Covid; and, secondly, the mental health stresses which are starting to unravel our social fabric? On that note, do any members of SAGE have recognised expertise in mental health, so that their...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 178 (10 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I shall speak on Amendment 183 in my name. As I said in my explanatory statement, my amendment, “would require the Government to provide information on the evidence-based differences between the motivational drivers of different types of abuse.” Clause 73(2)(a) covers the range of behaviours that amount to abuse. We have, thankfully, moved a long way from thinking purely in...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 164 (10 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I am also pleased to speak in support of Amendment 167 in the name of my noble friend Lady Bertin. I am pleased to follow my noble friend Lord Polak in his encouragements for this amendment to be made law, particularly because of the emphasis on prevention as well as perpetrators in the strategy. It is essential to focus adequately on perpetrators, but this is late intervention. It...

House of Lords: Proceedings - Question (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans there are for proceedings in the House of Lords to revert to physical only proceedings once the restrictions in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted.

House of Lords: Proceedings - Question (4 Feb 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, we are all indebted to the noble Lord, including for his diligent, well-executed review of committees. Iron sharpens iron far more effectively when we share physical space. This is vital to proper scrutiny of government and to the stimulation and spontaneity of debate. Clearly, there is a very high interest in this Question. What discussions has the noble Lord had with the...

Educational Settings: Reopening - Commons Urgent Question (27 Jan 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, more than half of teachers say their mental health has declined during the pandemic, and England’s mental health of children and young people survey found an increase of five percentage points since 2017 in mental ill health among five to 16 year-olds. Children with a parent in psychological distress are at even greater risk. What are the Government doing to improve mental health...

Covid-19: Vaccinations - Statement (13 Jan 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join many others in applauding the Minister and the Government on their vaccination energy and foresight, and for being leaders in the world, frankly. Given the Minister’s zeal and energy, he informed the House on 30 November that the SIREN and Oxford healthcare workers studies would report on the level of sterilising immunity provided by natural infection before the end of...

Covid-19: Variant - Question (13 Jan 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, at the Downing Street press conference of 5 January, we were told that people had protection from the new variant if they had already been infected. What is the Government’s estimate of the number of people in the UK who now have antibodies after contracting the virus and are therefore likely to be immune? What is their approach to the large population of such people, estimated...

Divorce - Question (6 Jan 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, Resolution urges early support for separating couples to mitigate the pain of divorce and consequential mental ill health they and their children very frequently experience. The Lord Chancellor committed to join up government family support to mitigate the pain of no-fault divorce. Family hubs, as recommended by Justice Cobb’s Family Solutions Group, are firmly on the Department...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2021)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I have often spoken in this House about the need for a more comprehensive and nuanced approach to domestic violence that is evidence-led, responds as effectively as possible to this issue and, particularly, emphasises prevention. In this vein, I welcome the non-gendered definition in the Bill. For every three victims of partner or domestic abuse, two will be female and one male, and...

Criminal Justice: Imprisonment for Public Protection - Question (9 Dec 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, the report recognises the importance of good family and other relationships in stabilising the inherently unstable IPP situation. It particularly mentions how meaningful activities such as caring responsibilities provide positive structure. The report also frequently refers to released IPP prisoners becoming resettled into good family and other relationships, only for these to be...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Families: Disadvantaged (2 Dec 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what the budget is for the Reducing Parental Conflict programme for the financial year 2021/2; and whether a budget for that programme has been agreed for subsequent financial years.

Universal Credit - Question (1 Dec 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, we should keep at the forefront of our thinking that universal credit was designed not to trap people in benefits dependency but to give them every help and incentive to get back into work. This has perhaps never been more important, both for individual morale and to enable economic recovery. What is the DWP doing to support people to get back into employment and enable the economy...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (30 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, just 10 days ago, Professor David Eyre of the University of Oxford reported that, for most people, being infected with Covid-19 protects against reinfection for at least six months. He said: “This is really good news, because we can be confident that, at least in the short term, most people who get COVID-19 won’t get it again.” Washington State University research found that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Visits (26 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in increasing awareness of the Assisted Prisons Visits scheme among (1) prisoners, and (2) visitors, since the publication of the report by the National Offender Management Service Families Do Matter Project Report 2009, which found that 38 per cent of prisoners and visitors were unaware of that scheme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Governors: Length of Service (26 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of prison governors have stayed in post for more than (1) two, and (2) three years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Governors: Length of Service (26 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average length of (1) a completed prison governor tenure, and (2) existing prison governor tenures.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Suicide (26 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of suicides in prison over the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (25 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total population was ever in local authority care as children.

Covid 19: Winter Plan - Statement (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, at great personal cost, as well as social and financial cost to the country, millions have now had Covid and therefore have antibodies. I am indeed one of them. Significant savings can be made by excluding anyone who has contracted the disease in, say, the last six months, from needlessly being traced, tested or required to isolate, including after returning from abroad. So what has...


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