Results 101–120 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

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (7th Day) (17 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I will briefly intervene in this debate. It is quite important when considering this issue to bear in mind that some of the local authorities that have dealt with the situation as it currently applies in legislation have found that the legislation itself has given rise to difficulties for them and, in some circumstances, to abuse. I will say another word about travelling show...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, very briefly I will speak to Amendment 82A, in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham. I was encouraged by what my noble friend the Minister said in her statement on the previous group to believe that it is the Government’s understanding that those in rent-to-buy agreements would not be considered as high-income social tenants to whom a higher rent would...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: Just for the avoidance of doubt, when my noble friend referred to the two illustrations on the taper, she referred to 10% and 20%. I understood that we are in fact talking about 10 pence and 20 pence in the pound.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Lansley: I do not know whether the Minister agrees, but Amendment 69A would not only allow, as it would intend, that after three years one might examine the success or otherwise of the policy but risks significantly distorting any potential implementation of that policy, since in the intervening period any local authority which was disinclined to implement the duty to sell vacant high-value housing...

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

Lord Lansley: My Lords, in response to the noble Baroness, it seems to me that there is precisely a place where housing need can be taken into account in this process. It is under Clause 72, where Ministers enter an agreement with a local housing authority for a reduction in the payment that would otherwise be payable under the determination. That will specifically include, no doubt, an assessment of...

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

Lord Lansley: I do not dispute that that is the reason it is in the amendment; I just think that it is wrong. We are not in the business of giving additional borrowing powers to local authorities but of releasing value from high-value assets and determining to what extent that is used to fund the discounts for housing association tenants buying their homes—or, on the other hand, to provide for...

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

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I intervene briefly on this group of amendments. I have listened with care and interest to the debate on the previous group and was hoping to contribute to that, but I think it is perfectly appropriate to do so now.

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...

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...

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...


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