Results 121–140 of 7268 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 Lansley

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am learning the advantages of being in your Lordships’ House as opposed to another place. This is clearly one of them. I am prompted not least by the introduction to the debate of the noble Lord, Lord Beecham. I can well understand his point of view about the absence of detail that we hope to see in regulations. I share the collective view across the House that we would like to see those...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: In a way. I certainly do not propose to engage in a semantic debate about what the policy is described as. We know what it is and it will rightly be regarded by housing association tenants as the creation of a right to buy. It may be circumscribed in certain ways, not least by housing associations themselves under a voluntary agreement. But everyone will know what it is, and that is what they...

Housing and Planning Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful for that because I had not realised it until I listened to the Bill being discussed earlier today. The answer is that, insofar as the local authority seeks to achieve not just replacement new homes for the dwellings that are sold but to do more, the consequence in financial terms has to be borne by the Government, so the Government are a partner in this proposal. It does not...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister but, as I expressly said in my contribution, I am looking forward to debating the definition of a starter home in Clause 2 on a later group.

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 36B, just moved, and refer to Amendments 47A and 53A in my name. I draw attention in the register of interests to my unremunerated position as chair of the Cambridgeshire Development Forum, which is a group bringing together those people who wish to support development in the area in which I live—an area which exhibits many of the characteristics that are...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendment (29 Feb 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I shall contribute briefly to this debate. As noble Lords have already said, we have had substantive, detailed debates both in Committee and on Report in this place and in another place, and I do not want to repeat at length arguments made then. We should not underestimate the value and importance of the further enhancements that my noble friend has announced to the House. They...

Mental Health Taskforce - Statement (23 Feb 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister agree that in order to secure parity between physical and mental health services, it is important to ensure that mental health service providers are properly and fairly reimbursed for the activity they undertake rather than subject to a block grant system where physical health service providers are paid for the work they do? In that respect, will...

Junior Doctors — Statement (8 Feb 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister recall, as I do, that it was a Conservative Administration who introduced the new deal for junior doctors and established a process by which unsafe, excessive hours for doctors were not to be pursued? That started happening in the early 1990s and no one is thinking that we would go back to that. I was delighted that my noble friend was able to make...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (27 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, your Lordships will recall that, as the noble Lord, Lord Low, said, we had a very full debate, in which I participated, in Committee, so I shall simply summarise the contrary argument to that of the noble Lord. As I did then, I very much welcome the report that he and other noble Lords contributed to because it has many recommendations, some of which are in themselves very important...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, it is a pleasure to join in this debate, which even at this stage is demonstrating that it is extremely well informed and engaging. It promises a lot of substantial discussions in Committee and beyond, and I look forward to listening carefully to those. For now, time does not permit one to enter into all the arguments, but it seems to me that it is important for us to secure through...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (1st Day) (25 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, perhaps I may intervene briefly to say a word about Amendment 42 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, and Amendment 43 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Layard. In Committee, we discussed this briefly. While I have previously made it clear that I would seek to minimise those occasions on which we seek in statute to specify the circumstances in which people should access...

Women: Businesses — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, it is a great privilege to take part in this debate; I am glad to do so. I thank my noble friend Lady Wheatcroft for initiating it. The purpose of our debates is often to decide how we should spend the wealth of this country; it is great to have a debate in which one of the central purposes is to show how we can maximise wealth creation in this country. We have heard in the debate,...

Health and Social Care: State Pension — Question (21 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, would my noble friend agree that, while the Government are fully funding the NHS five-year forward view, which is very welcome, the sustainability of NHS funding depends on the sustainability of social care services as well? Before establishing any other commissions, would not it be advisable for the Government to make progress on implementing the Dilnot commission’s...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I join noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for this debate and I look forward to the maiden speech from the noble Baroness, Lady Watkins. With regard to debates, I put on record that it would be very useful for this House in particular each year in the late autumn to debate the draft mandate that the Government give to NHS England. That is the primary basis upon...

Four Seasons Group — Question (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that in circumstances of provider failure one of the most important things is for residents to be maintained in their existing homes? In fact, that was achieved in the overwhelming majority of cases following the Southern Cross collapse. It is often possible to separate the going-concern basis of individual homes from the commercial situation of the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: I understand the point that the noble Baroness is making, but I am afraid that I do not agree with it, for two reasons. The first is by virtue of the other measures that this Government are taking in relation to availability of childcare, the further extension of personal tax allowances and the increase in the national minimum wage, leading to a national living wage. All of these enable...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: The point I was answering was in relation to people in work, so that is a slightly different point. In relation to that point, too, as the noble Baroness has brought it up, the structure of the benefit cap is designed to ensure that people who are in a support group under the employment and support allowance, those in receipt of personal independence payments, and so on—there are number of...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: Until recently—I do not know what the most recent experience is, but certainly until September this year—the Opposition Front Bench in the other place said that they supported the principle of the cap. I suppose they would say that they support the principle of the cap but at the level that it is currently set. That brings me to the third reason why we have a benefit cap—namely, that we...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (21 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I rise briefly to contribute to the debate in respect of Amendment 72, which seeks to remove subsection (2) from Clause 7, and to say that I think it would be a mistake on the part of your Lordships’ House to accept it. The noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, was looking for the reasons why the benefit cap had been introduced and why it is being adjusted in the way it is. Coming here...

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this debate and to thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for initiating it. It is my privilege, not having been here for long, to hear your Lordships on this important subject. It is important that we are discussing this two weeks after the Autumn Statement and the spending review. I am sorry that the noble Baroness, Lady...


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