Results 21–40 of 476 for speaker:Ms Liz Lynne

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: It is absolutely amazing that the hon. Gentleman says that he will not participate in the race to protect the most vulnerable in society. That is what he is saying: that those vulnerable people can be left at the bottom of the heap. If he would like to examine our alternative Budget, he will find a fully costed programme. We have said how we will raise money and how we will spend it.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The hon. Gentleman must appreciate that the council tax payer will have to pay for the Government's education commitments. Liberal Democrats will vote against the reduction in income tax as we believe the money should go into education and training. I wish that the official Opposition would join us in the Lobby.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: It is important that we discuss, among other things, social security uprating, but we must also talk about the many people who are not receiving the benefits to which they are entitled. Last week's Department of Social Security estimates of the take-up of income-related benefit, particularly those for pensioners, were extremely depressing. I make no apology for mentioning that, even though I...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The hon. Gentleman should have put that question to the Secretary of State for Social Security in 1988, when the lone-parent premium was introduced. The Government recognised the extra cost then. There are extra costs for lone parents bringing up a child. Everyone knows that. It is an established fact, or the Government, in their wisdom, would not have introduced the premium in 1988. The...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: Another hon. Member brought that up in another debate. If the hon. Gentleman considers the facts, he will find that there was no Lib-Lab pact when the bonus was abolished. He should consider the timing of it. After the previous debate, I looked it up and I wanted an opportunity to tell Conservative Members that they were wrong. The hon. Gentleman should check his facts before he makes seated...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: If the hon. Gentleman had been listening, he would know that I suggested that, in the first week of December, there should be a double pension for every household: a double single person's pension and a double couples' pension. He really must pay attention instead of making seated interventions when I have already told him the facts. At least the Government did not cancel the bonuses....

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: rose—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: rose—

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (28 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Secretary of State seems to have skirted round the fact that it was the Conservative Government who introduced the lone-parent premium in 1988, to take into account single parents' extra costs. Why was that right in 1988 but not right now?

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: If the Minister is definitely ruling out such a possibility in the Bill's remit, will he tell the House tonight that he will instigate a take-up campaign so that pensioners who are not getting the income-related benefits to which they are entitled will be able to claim them?

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: We must remember that social security fraud is not a victimless crime. Someone else has to pay for it—the taxpayer—so any clampdown on benefit fraud is welcome. We must, however, have safeguards. As we all know, fraud is a widespread criminal activity. It is estimated that, this year alone, £4 billion has gone on benefit fraud and that only £1 billion of that is detected, so, each...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: I am not saying that we have an unblemished record, but, according to the unit for the study of white-collar crime for the Liverpool business school at Liverpool John Moores university, we have a better record than Conservative or Labour-controlled councils. If the hon. Gentleman would like to see a copy of the report, I would be very glad to give him one. I do not believe that any local...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: If one is data matching, one has records of people's pension entitlements. Surely the information about the entitlement to income support of women who reach the age of 60 and men who reach 65 can be data-matched.

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The Minister is saying that we cannot use data matching for anything but benefit fraud. I do not understand his argument. If we can use it for detecting benefit fraud, it can surely be used to find out which pensioners are entitled to income support. I know that it will be difficult to trawl through the system, but I am sure that, with all the resources at their disposal, the Government can...

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: The hon. Gentleman says that it is not possible to data-match in the Bill as I have suggested, and that data matching will not work. Does he therefore agree with me and other hon. Members that some take-up campaign is necessary? If the objective cannot be achieved through data matching, it has to be achieved in some way. I thought that there might be a possibility of achieving it in the Bill....

Orders of the Day — Social Security Administration (Fraud) Bill (25 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: With respect, I have not conceded the point. I asked the Minister: since it is possible to detect benefit fraud, might it not be possible to give pensioners the benefits to which they are entitled? I still believe that it should be looked into further, and I do not rule out the possibility that we could do it. Technology is moving on. If it is not possible to do it within the remit of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Training and Business Organisation Mergers (13 Nov 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is her Department's policy towards the merging of TECs, business links and local chambers of commerce. [2074]


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