Results 141–160 of 347 for speaker:Lord Farmer

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Families (14 Apr 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a Cabinet-level minister has been appointed to coordinate cross-Government policy to strengthen families; and if so, (1) who is that minister, and (2) what support that minister will receive.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Families (31 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Budget statement on 11 March, (1) how, and (2) by which Department, the £2.5 million for research and developing best practice around the integration of services for families will be administered; and to what criteria those applying for such funds will be subject.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Visits (27 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by Lord Farmer The Farmer Review: The Importance of Strengthening Prisoners' Family Ties to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime, published in August 2017, what consideration they have given to the recommendation that prisons should ensure that virtual visits, using video calling technology, are available "for the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Visits (27 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been given to prison governors about visits from family and significant others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 15 (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 16. I have brought back this amendment on the need for an annual report on the impact of the Bill because I disagree with the Minister’s reasons for rejecting it in Committee. As I said, we could have moved to a divorce system that more closely resembled that of Scotland, which has much to recommend it, given that it sees so few fault applications....

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who contributed to the debate on my amendments. They backed up my argument that opinions do not change much in this House when you put forward a case. I thank the Minister for the commitments he just made. It was said that these amendments go back to the dark ages. In a way, what I was saying when I spoke to them was that they line up very well with what is...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I shall speak also to the other amendments in this group. It is not at all the norm for me to table amendments that appear to strike at the heart of what the Government, on whose Benches I sit, are trying to achieve. It is not something that I relish in any way. However, I feel compelled to keep challenging the introduction of no-fault divorce in this country. This is, in fact,...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 19 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I am again saddened at the response from my noble friend the Minister. I may have misunderstood something but, to my knowledge, my amendment did not seek to find out any financial information. This report was to be put before Parliament so that it could respond to this Bill—the unilateral or no-fault divorce Bill—when it becomes law. It is quite a big Bill on marriage to come...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their contributions. I am saddened that mine was not welcomed more than it was, but at this stage I beg leave to withdraw my amendment. Amendment 7 withdrawn.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 19 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I am not at all convinced by the Government’s family test statement for the Bill, which says that there will be next to no long-term impact on divorce rates and that marriage will be unaffected. They again draw on Exeter University: “Concerns that the removal of fault will undermine marriage and prevent reconciliation are not consistent with the research evidence or...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, this amendment would ensure that there are no discussions about financial settlement for 20 weeks unless both parties agree, or unless there is an application to the court for interim maintenance and financial injunctions. The 20-week period I refer to is dependent on the longer period argued for in Amendment 4, which was 46 weeks. If the minimum period is only 20 weeks before a...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 5 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanations. I am to some degree heartened by him wanting new advice to be gained from the rule committee. In this instance, we wish him well and hope we can come to a sound agreement. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 5 withdrawn.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 5 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I shall speak now to my Amendments 5 and 15, which includes civil partnerships. If the 20-week period begins as soon as the application is made, the respondent may have less than 20 weeks by the time they have been served notice. There is even the possibility that they may not hear about it until the end of the period. We can all imagine scenarios in which this could have very...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I have attached my name to Amendment 21 tabled by my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern. As he said, his original Family Law Act 1996 required this longer period, and explicitly stated that this enabled the children and the finances to be resolved. Importantly, this meant that someone was not free to remarry before these important responsibilities from the former...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 3 (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 21, which is grouped with Amendment 3. It is also about marriage counselling once the application for divorce has been made. My amendment requires the Government to offer relationship and marriage counselling before and during the divorce procedure. Marriage is the specific relationship form being directly affected by the Bill so it should be the focus of...

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] - Second Reading (5 Feb 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I join the noble and learned Lord in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Hunt of Bethnal Green, on a lucid, thoughtful and challenging maiden speech. I also welcome her to this House. I am, uncharacteristically, in almost complete disagreement with the Government on the main measure of the Bill: the introduction of no-fault divorce. It is fundamentally flawed because it not only...

Low-income Families: Benefits Freeze - Question (13 Jan 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, over a decade ago the Joseph Rowntree Foundation proved that the tax credits approach to child poverty had run out of steam. How are this Government following the evidence on the root causes of child poverty, which include family breakdown?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I add my congratulations to my noble friend Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on his excellent maiden speech. The Prime Minister has promised a vast interlocking programme to unite and level up the whole of the UK and unleash its potential, so the royal commission on the criminal justice system should mesh with the Government’s promised review of the children’s social care system. A...

County Lines Drugs Gangs - Question (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement of the Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police that children involved in county lines drugs gangs should be seen as victims not criminals.


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