Results 41–60 of 6922 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

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill - Second Reading (21 Dec 2016)

Lord Lansley: The noble Lord makes interesting points, which point to where we were always intending to go—to a point where there was in effect a negotiated price between the industry and the NHS so that there was a proper discount. Now we have a rebate system. There was a lot of debate in the other place about where the rebate money went. It goes back into the NHS through the mechanism of the...

21st Century Fox Takeover Bid for Sky: Timetable - Statement (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble and learned friend will recall that the public interest test on media mergers was inserted into the Enterprise Act 2002 by virtue, not least, of the work of this House, led principally by the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, of Queensgate, through the medium of the Communications Act 2003. Therefore, this House has in that sense a stake in the decisions made under the public...

Health and Social Care - Motion to Take Note (15 Dec 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Harris, and I pay tribute to him for his commitment over many years to patient and public involvement in health and care. The House is grateful to him for once more bringing these issues forward so that we can debate them, and I am glad to contribute. I join with him, as I know all noble Lords will, in sending our condolences to my...

Health: Parity of Esteem - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, on securing this short debate and on the way he introduced it. He set a very helpful frame for it. It is fundamentally not just about funding and structures, but about culture and attitudes. That is what we are aiming for, although I confess that, not for the first time, I will need to talk about funding and structures as well. Perhaps...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: Perhaps I may defend my noble friend on the Front Bench in this respect. She was aware that I was going through the Bill with the benefit of having been responsible for the original legislation. I think she did not feel that the work was not being done—it was just not being done by the Government, which would give the misleading impression that the Government were seeking to make this...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: Your Lordships will be pleased to know we have arrived at the final group, in which the amendments all relate to the question of offences. The structure of the Bill as it stands is such that if there was a breach of the requirements of the register, the registrar would be able to proceed only by way of seeking to impose a criminal penalty in respect of the breach, whereas the current...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, in this group we are not in the territory of simply trying to put in place the necessary structures, powers and duties of the registrar, but are concerned with the definition of lobbying and who lobbyists are. I feel it is too wide-ranging. I do not want to have a debate at this stage on narrowing it right down, but there are some egregious examples, which are reflected in the...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful for those responses. As my noble friend on the Front Bench will understand, my purpose here is to try to see how these elements of the existing legislation should be incorporated into a Bill that would otherwise repeal the whole Part 1 of the original Act. They would be lost and I think they would need to be reincorporated before the Bill could properly make progress. I am very...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: Very good. On that basis, I will not move Amendment 5 but will move the other amendments in due course. Amendment 4 agreed. Amendment 5 not moved.

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: We have happily arrived at the point where we would be by virtue of this group, which appears forbidding in its extent but is actually very straightforward. These amendments give the registrar the duties and powers that she has currently. They cover a range of things, including the issuing of information notices and the duty to monitor compliance with the register. The ability to issue...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to the amendments that I have tabled. They appear forbidding in number, but I encourage noble Lords to recognise that a large number of them are intended to put back into the legislation, were the Bill to be passed, the structures, duties and powers of the registrar in order to make the job of the registrar effective. I am not intending...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful for those responses. Amendment 1 agreed.

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, the purpose of the second group of amendments is to remove from the Bill the intention that the Secretary of State should prepare and issue a code of conduct. Clause 1(3)(b) states that the Secretary of State should, “prepare and issue a code of conduct”. That is the subject of Amendment 2, and of course Clause 7 follows that in determining all the circumstances relating...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to the noble Lord sponsoring the Bill for what he described as a “concession”. From my point of view it is a very welcome one. There are a number of codes. People may argue about their relative effectiveness. I know from observing the behaviour of some of the organisations—for example, the APPC—that the members on that register take this very seriously....

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, the purpose of Amendment 3 is to introduce a schedule that sets out the provisions of the establishment of the registrar, which directly parallel what is in the existing legislation, for which I was previously responsible. The schedule establishes the registrar as a corporation sole, and enables the registrar to sue, be sued and enter into contracts. It means that the registrar is...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My noble friend will not be surprised that I agree with her, but since the Bill would repeal that schedule to the present Act, it is necessary, were the Bill to make progress, for the schedule to be reinserted. I am very grateful for the support on that issue. I beg to move. Amendment 3 agreed. Clause 1, as amended, agreed. Clause 2: Definition of lobbyist

Adult Social Care - Question (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend will recall that in the coalition Government, Andrew Dilnot and his team produced a report on how to give longer-term sustainability to social care and enable people not to suffer catastrophic losses when they are long-term care recipients. Will the Government commit not only to introducing the Dilnot recommendations but, perhaps earlier, to funding it, and to do so...

Defence Estate - Statement (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I follow that question precisely. My noble friend’s Statement is very welcome, but he knows that in future forces, the Reserve Forces will play an enhanced and important part, so their ability to train on mobilisation is very important. Can he say a bit more about how capacity for their training can be supplied? In particular, Bassingbourn Barracks in my former constituency...

NHS Funding - Statement (31 Oct 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that it is only by virtue of the 2012 Act that NHS England is an independent body, able to express, on behalf of the NHS, a plan for the future, and that this would not have been possible otherwise? Will he further confirm that the coalition Government, in the last Parliament, met their promise to increase the NHS budget in real terms, year on year, but...

Community Pharmacy in 2016-17 and Beyond - Statement (20 Oct 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to my noble friend for repeating the Statement. She has rightly highlighted that over recent years the number of community pharmacies has increased—indeed, by over 1,000 pharmacies in the last five years. That is welcome, because it is a means by which there is a reach into the community that is unparalleled elsewhere in the health and care services. But it is about how we...

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