Results 861–880 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Bradley

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: I am grateful for the explanation from the Minister and I can assure him that I have no intention of opposing changes to the secret service’s or the security services’ pension schemes. Amendment 12 agreed. Clause 83: Regulations Amendment 13 Moved by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth 13: Clause 83, page 47, line 4, after “containing” insert “— ( ) the first regulations under section...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: We now come to the very important issue of the guidance guarantee. In Committee we debated a number of significant issues that this amendment addresses. However, I would like to probe the Government a little further on the arrangements for providing guidance through Citizens Advice and the Pensions Advisory Service. Specifically, I am seeking assurances that those two organisations are...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: Is the Minister confirming that they will be accredited with that qualification before the service goes live at the beginning of April?

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: On that point, will the customer be able to choose whether they have a specialist adviser or someone with a very small amount of training on this issue?

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: Again, I am grateful to the Minister for his response to the many questions that I and other noble Lords have raised today. I must admit that I am not particularly reassured by the responses. I am still concerned about the level of qualification and training of the staff in CABs. This is no reflection on the CAB which, as the noble Baroness said, does invaluable work. When I was a Member of...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: I will be brief as I cannot better the brilliant analyses of my noble friends Lady Hollis and Lady Drake on the interrelationship between the pension freedoms, income-related benefits and care costs. The only point I want to emphasise relates to our previous amendment on the guidance guarantee—namely, it is critical that there is absolute certainty and clarity of policy in this area to...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: I will be brief on this amendment because I share the concern of my noble friend Lady Hollis about the previous amendment, and I do not want to delay the Treasury Minister stamping his feet to get it sorted out as soon as possible. This group contains amendments which, in their various ways, require the Treasury to publish updates on the key fiscal and behavioural effects caused by the...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: I am grateful to the Minister for his response, particularly on that last point about the example I gave in Committee regarding salary sacrifice. I accept his assurance that, as far as he is aware, all possible scenarios in relation to salary sacrifice have been taken into account in the calculation of impacts on Exchequer revenues, and thank him for his offer to write to me if that is not...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: I am grateful to the Minister for his explanation. Clearly, it is important that the transfer provisions smoothly flow between this legislation and previous legislation to safeguard people’s benefits in their pension schemes. While I acknowledge the Minister’s comment that the amendments do not add even more regulations, in the scheme of things, this matter probably would not be something...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Bradley: It would not behove me well to challenge anything that the Supreme Court rules on, but I am sure that it is as relieved as we are that the regulations would be subject to affirmative resolution. Amendment 40 agreed.

Autism — Question (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, the Minister referred to training. Health Education England is one of the bodies charged with delivering the new strategy for transforming care for people with learning disabilities, including autism. Is it not extraordinary, therefore, that it does not keep a record of which universities deliver courses for nurse training in learning disabilities? Will the Minister ensure that such...

Pension Schemes Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, I will be brief, because the issues presented by this amendment have been brilliantly articulated by my noble friend Lady Hollis. Throughout the passage of the Bill we have sought to ensure that consumers’ interests are fully protected, particularly in respect of the guidance that they will receive from the citizens advice bureau or TPAS. But the accuracy of the information for...

Pension Schemes Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, I again thank the Minister for clarification of the amendments, and these are obviously acceptable. I also thank him for the clarifications he has given throughout the Bill’s passage, as well as for the courtesy that he and his fellow Ministers have shown to this House and for the help that he has given to the Opposition as we have debated the issues. I also thank the civil...

Mental Health Services — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, on securing this very important and timely debate on mental health services, particularly for children in care. As we have heard, it has produced many important speeches. I believe that we are at a time when mental health has never been higher on the political and, more importantly, the public agenda. As such, we must all seize the...

Health: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards — Question for Short Debate (16 Mar 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, on securing this short debate and on her excellent speech on the issues of deprivation of liberty safeguards and healthcare, particularly in respect of hospices and homecare support. I also congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, and the noble Lord, Lord Howard, on their very...

Pensions: Draw-down Charges — Question (9 Jun 2015)

Lord Bradley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of charges on drawndown pension products; what plans they have to assess such charges on an ongoing basis; and whether they have any plans to impose a cap on those charges.

Pensions: Draw-down Charges — Question (9 Jun 2015)

Lord Bradley: But does the Minister agree with his new ministerial colleague, the Pensions Minister, the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, who I am pleased to see on the government Bench, when she said in the Guardian this year that a cap on draw-down charges was important, “so that customers are not ripped off”? She further said: “A 2% a year charge just to keep your pension invested and have access to...

Pensions: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Flight, on initiating this wide-ranging and thoughtful debate. I was particularly struck by his statistic on the average age of the House. Having recently reached state retirement age, I am pleased that I still fall below the average age in this House. I also welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, to her new position as Pensions Minister...

Mental Health Services: Young People — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, it is welcome that the Government have decided to ban the use of police cells for children detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. However, what action is being taken to ensure that there are appropriate places of safety in every locality? Will the Minister confirm that adult psychiatric wards will not be used as places of safety for children?

Prisons: Mental Health — Question (24 Jun 2015)

Lord Bradley: My Lords, it is vital that a prison has all relevant information about an offender’s health needs when they arrive at prison reception. Does the Minister agree that an evaluation of the current health screen should be undertaken to improve the identification of mental health problems at prison reception and that the identification of learning disabilities should be part of that screen?


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