Results 61–80 of 6988 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

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate on this Bill and thank the noble Lord, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, for bringing forward these issues. I declare a couple of interests. First, in common with many Members of this House, I do not engage in consultant lobbying, but if the Bill were to pass, advisory activities in which I do engage would become lobbying...

NHS: Health and Social Care Act 2012 - Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am sure that we are grateful to the noble Viscount for initiating the debate. I hope that the debate will be more directed towards the future of the National Health Service, its sustainability and how it can achieve improving quality. I do not, therefore, propose to examine in detail the many assertions made in the noble Viscount’s speech, but I put on record that I think...

Royal Prerogative - Question (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I join in congratulating my noble friend on his additional responsibilities. Following the noble Lord’s question, the fact that the Government do not legally require the consent of Parliament does not mean that they cannot bind themselves to seek Parliament’s authority before entering into a particular action. That is what the Government have done in relation to entering...

Wales: Economic Investment Projects - Question (12 Jul 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend will recall that in the last Parliament we legislated for access to infrastructure investment so that projects could have access to the Government’s capacity to borrow at relatively very low rates. Can he tell us to what extent Wales has been able to access that facility for projects in Wales?

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 - Motion to Regret (4 Jul 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, from my point of view, my noble friend Lord Callanan chose to talk very selectively about the record of the Conservative Party and the coalition Government in relation to tobacco control. I think he should bear in mind that Conservatives—myself, my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham—worked hard from the Opposition Benches in another place, and succeeded in securing the...

Outcome of the EU Referendum - Statement (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords—

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (23 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, this has been an immensely stimulating debate. I particularly appreciated the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Jowell. As one who was a Cabinet Minister at the other end and who retired at the election last year, she, as well as anyone I have heard, illustrated how one can give up elected office but not give up the vision of public service and what can be achieved in this...

European Union Migration: National Insurance - Statement (12 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that access to the National Health Service is defined by ordinary residence and therefore is not signified simply by the possession of a national insurance number? I fear that, too often in the National Health Service, if somebody has a national insurance number they are treated as if they were ordinarily resident. Is it not therefore welcome that the...

Health: Alcohol - Question (12 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the risk of dementia in later life is now one of the public’s principal concerns, and of course it is established that there is a relationship between harmful alcohol use and the risk of alcohol-related dementia and Korsakoff’s disease. The One You website does not readily click through to give that information so that people’s...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am grateful to my noble friend. I think the argument is stronger than he put in relation to financial privilege being claimed, because that has happened twice. The second time, which was last Wednesday, the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, believed that the amendment would not invoke financial privilege, but it did. In that sense, the House has perhaps inadvertently sent an amendment back in lieu...

Education: Academies - Statement (9 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for the Statement. I will ask two quick questions. First, what is the Government’s view of the establishment of multi-academy trusts by local authorities? Clearly they will require them to be at arm’s length, but is this something that the Government would encourage to reach that 2022 objective? Secondly, will my noble friend...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will just briefly add to what my noble friends have said. In the first instance, it is always important to remember that when the Commons sends us its reasons for disagreeing with your Lordships on an amendment, and financial privilege is invoked, as I understand it they are obliged not to add any other reason. That does not mean there is no other reason; it just means they are...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I thank the noble Lord for giving way. I am not sure why he has chosen the consumer prices index rather than the retail prices index, since the difference between the two is that the retail prices index reflects housing costs.

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will briefly contribute to the debate on this group of amendments. I am pleased that the Government have brought forward Amendment 2. As many of your Lordships will recognise, we have always felt strongly that it was likely in many places across the country that the need for additional housing was such that the desire of local authorities, the local development community and local...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: We are debating the extent to which the Government allow local authorities to retain money that would otherwise be payable to support the right to buy for housing association tenants, in recognition of building houses, and that is under Chapter 2 of this part. If at the same time under this legislation separately under Chapter 3 they are returning money to the Government as a result of the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am sorry but I do not agree with that at all. The amendment says, in so far as an authority, “can demonstrate … that there is a need in its area for social housing of the kind that it proposes to build”. I know from my experience in local authorities that there are many places across the country where there is a need for new affordable housing and a need for social...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: No, I am saying that in many places there is a need for affordable housing. Local authorities may well be able to demonstrate a need for affordable housing with a range of tenures, including starter homes, which are included within the Bill’s provisions, but the local authority itself may choose in some circumstances to prioritise its own building of social housing over the needs of the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Third Reading (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: We will move on, but I will just say to my noble friend that I do not think this is irrelevant. We should not build into the legislation, through Amendment 6, this rigidity of tenure and the character of affordable housing that should be funded by a reduction in the payment that local authorities would otherwise have to make.

Immigration Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: I am very grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. In response to a Written Question that I tabled in March, I was told that in 2015 of a total of 10,199 asylum claims concluded after six months, fewer than half were well founded. Therefore, the majority of those who are seeking asylum, and would therefore be eligible for work after six months on the original amendment, would not have made...

Healthwatch England - Question (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, would my noble friend the Minister agree with me, as one who was responsible for the creation of Healthwatch, that there is a powerful rationale for its close working relationship with the CQC? The CQC needs to listen to the patient voice in the exercise of its responsibilities, and Healthwatch benefits significantly from being able to trigger action by the CQC where it finds that...


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