Results 161–180 of 359 for speaker:Lord Farmer

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 Amendment 7 withdrawn.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 Amendment 5 withdrawn.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.

County Lines Drugs Gangs - Question (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Farmer: I thank my noble friend the Minister for her reply. The chief constable points to the lack of family and security in these children’s lives and to the need to bridge the gap between dysfunctional homes and school. That is exactly what the family hubs promised in the Conservative manifesto aim to do. Can my noble friend update the House on the Government’s plans for delivering on that promise?

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers (24 Oct 2019)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the role of the National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, today I wish to focus on constitutional affairs, justice, family law and wider family policy—or rather the lack of it. In the gracious Speech there was a commitment to, “protect the integrity of democracy and the electoral system in the United Kingdom”. Democracy’s integrity rests on freedom of speech. We must keep resisting “no-platforming” in our universities and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Families: Disadvantaged (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Farmer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of evaluating the Troubled Families Programme for their (1) National evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme 2015 to 2020: early findings, published in April 2017; (2) National evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme 2015 to 2020: emerging findings, published in December 2017; (3) National evaluation of the Troubled Families...

Offender Management and Treatment - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I too am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, for initiating this important debate and for his wise, insightful opening remarks, particularly recommending a proper strategy going forward. I shall focus on two areas: the importance of relationships in the rehabilitation process, and the need for reform of the way convictions are deemed to be spent, so that rehabilitation...

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions to this important debate. It is clear that the female offenders’ estate is not the same as the male one and needs specific, bespoke attention. One benefit of a debate such as this is that it keeps this on the radar screen and makes our direction of travel a bit more hopeful than with past reviews, as the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham,...

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Lord Farmer: My Lords, I thank all who will contribute today for staying until the last moment before the House rises for a well-earned Recess. There is a wealth of expertise on the list of speakers, and I greatly look forward to hearing everyone’s contribution. Opening a debate provides the opportunity, perhaps even the responsibility, to stand back a little and set the scene. Last month the Ministry...


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