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Results 161–180 of 2000 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 Touhig

Criminal Justice System: Autism — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, a young Japanese boy by the name of Naoki Higashida wrote a book entitled The Reason I Jump. It should be basic reading for anybody in public service who has to deal with other members of the public. It is just 198 pages long and is set out in a question and answer format. There are just 58 questions, each question no more than 10 words long, with the answer about 100 to 150 words...

Meals on Wheels — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of elderly people who have received meals on wheels in the past year.

Meals on Wheels — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, 220,000 fewer elderly people received meals on wheels last year than in 2010, when this Government came into office. Why?

Meals on Wheels — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: Perhaps I may help the Minister. Could it be due to the fact that the average cost of a single meal has gone up 22% since this Government have been in office? How do the Government justify that?

Personal Independence Payments — Question (15 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, many claimants with autism lack insight into their own condition, and a family member or companion can help fill in the gaps during the PIP interview. But the National Autistic Society, of which I am a vice-president, tells me that a number of assessors are refusing to allow that. Will the Minister look into this? It is discrimination. Will he ensure that people who are autistic are...

Early Years Intervention — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Massey is to be congratulated on securing this debate, and she has most powerfully set out her case highlighting the range of interventions that would help in early years. I agree with much of what she has said and share her ambitions, although I come to this issue from a different point of view. This is because, in my experience, the common factor that has...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 Jul 2014)

Lord Touhig: Perhaps I did not make it clear that, in his reply to me, Lord Justice Gross said he would reissue the existing guidelines, not set out any new ones.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 Jul 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Low, and other noble Lords on Amendment 55A. I do so having supported a similar amendment to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill in November 2013, to which an amendment was tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, with my support. This is a straightforward request. It simply requires the courts to inquire whether individuals who are...

Immigration: Cedars Pre-departure Accommodation — Question (18 Jun 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Barnardo’s report shows an alarming instance of families being split up. Many of the children involved are unprepared to be sent to another country. They are dealing with the loss of family, dislocation and also with their parents’ anxieties, caused by the separation. What are the Government doing to help these children understand what is happening to them in the first...

Housing Benefit (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 — Motion of Regret (3 Apr 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Sherlock for securing this debate. Of all the Government’s reforms to welfare, it is hard to find another more cruel, more callous and more mean-spirited than the bedroom tax. The policy was dreamt up by people who have no need for housing benefit themselves and probably do not even know anybody who depends on it. While it may make sense in theory, in...

Disabled People: Blue Badges — Question (26 Mar 2014)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that people whose mobility is not impaired solely by physical disability, and their carers, will continue to have access to blue badges for their vehicles when they need them following the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment to replace Disability Living Allowance.

Disabled People: Blue Badges — Question (26 Mar 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I declare an interest as vice-president of the National Autistic Society. People with autism are having great difficulties in obtaining blue badges as a result of changes to the eligibility criteria associated with the personal independence payment. Will the Minister look at the guidance given to local councils on blue badges, so that we can ensure that people with cognitive...

Vocational Training: Young People — Question (27 Feb 2014)

Lord Touhig: The number of apprentices who did not receive the legal minimum wage has increased by 45%. This is against the law. What are the Government doing about it?

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in speaking to Amendments 4, 5 and 33, I commend the Minister and his officials for engaging with noble Lords on all sides on the issue of a single point of appeal. Amendments 4 and 5 move some way towards putting in place the missing piece of the jigsaw: a unified system of redress. Noble Lords, and indeed the Minister, have spoken of the exasperation that many families feel when...

Public Services: Economic and Climatic Challenges — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I am honoured and delighted to follow the right reverend Prelate and we all wish him every happiness in his retirement, because he has made a major contribution in his service to this House. We wish him well. Having spent almost 16 years in the other place, I am nevertheless wary about importing the systems, practices and mechanisms of the House of Commons into your Lordships’...

Benefits: Sanctions — Question (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Touhig: People with special educational needs and physical disabilities are particularly badly hit by these sanctions. Will the Minister respond to the question put to him by my noble friend Lady Lister? Will he come to the House and report regularly on the impact on people with these difficulties?

Universal Credit — Statement (10 Dec 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, on 6 November last year, in answer to a Question I put to him on the IT system for universal credit, the Minister confidently told the House that, “the universal credit programme remains on schedule … to go live in October 2013”.—[ Official Report , 6/11/12; col. 888.] Having already admitted that the Government have written off £40 million in IT costs, what does he say...

Defence: Procurement — Question (21 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: The only outside bidder left in this process is a consortium led by Bechtel, a company with a litany of mismanagement of public service contracts, from Iraq to Romania to the United States. In Boston, for instance, it was responsible for the Big Dig, a tunnel construction project that went $1 billion over budget—and two-thirds of the problem was down to its mistakes. Given its mismanagement...

Prisons: Prisoners with Children — Question (20 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in replying to a debate on this matter on 12 November, the Minister offered a meeting and I certainly look forward to that. I have since read his remarks from that day. When an elderly or disabled person’s carer is sent to prison, the cared-for person often suffers the most as, in many cases, the courts do not even know that they exist. Although I accept that there is the safety...

Wales: Commission on Devolution in Wales — Statement (18 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords—

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