Results 121–140 of 6990 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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: I entirely understand what the noble Lord said. That is indeed true. The point I am making is that the assertion made in evidence to the review that the noble Lord led was that under those circumstances people would be disincentivised from taking work because they would lose access to the level of benefits that they currently enjoy under the WRAG ESA. In a sense, that was completely contrary...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: The noble Baroness is drawing me into a debate that I was not intending to enter into. My point was not about whether having a structure in which those who are currently on ESA WRAG and then go into employment and come off it should lose the benefit after 2017. My point is that within the terms of the review, contrary to the argument that is being presented that there is no incentive effect...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: No, it is not—and I do not think that we should construe an incentive structure as being coercion. It is precisely what it describes. We are talking about the level of relative benefits and if people fall properly into this category—I have not got into the question of whether the work capability assessment is accurately placing people in the WRAG ESA rather than the support...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I rise briefly to contribute to this debate. I am pleased to have the opportunity to do so and especially to follow the noble Lord, Lord Layard. At Second Reading, he kindly made a favourable reference to the work we did together in the previous Parliament to undertake the national rollout of improving access to psychological therapies. It was very important to do so and he has just...

Alcohol — Question (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, can I tell my noble friend the Minister—

Alcohol — Question (9 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: Can I ask my noble friend the Minister if he agrees that the report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies is purely polemical in character and not a research report at all? Actually, its argument is based on a flawed proposition, which is that the pursuit of voluntary agreements through the responsibility deal prevented the pursuit by government of minimum unit pricing. Does my noble friend...

United Nations World Humanitarian Summit — Question (2 Dec 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister will be aware that the United Kingdom’s commitment to 0.7% of gross domestic product as international development aid gives us the opportunity to give leadership at the World Humanitarian Summit. Can we use that and our commitment to predictable multiyear financing to lead in the development of training programmes for additional professionals...

Junior Doctors Contract — Statement (30 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister’s repetition of the Statement and what he was able to say additionally in response to noble Lords was very welcome. Does he agree that going back more than 20 years, to when the new deal for junior doctors was first brought in and we supported them on their concerns about Modernising Medical Careers, we on these Benches have never been lacking in...

Spending Review and Autumn Statement — Statement (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, the announcement that a national funding formula for schools will be introduced from 2017 will be immensely welcome after years of campaigning. Clearly, this formula will not be simply a flat rate. It will mean that pupils in similar circumstances should receive similar funding, coming directly from the Government as it does. Can my noble friend say at all when we might see the...

National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 — Statement (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that in the national security strategy one of the greatest risks we face is from pandemic influenza or indeed now the spread of global organisms with antibiotic resistance. What he said about the availability of resources to support research in areas of infectious disease is extremely welcome. Can he confirm that will include support for that research...

National Stroke Strategy — Question for Short Debate (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for securing this debate and for the chance for me, early in my opportunity to contribute to debates in this House, to talk about an issue that is close to my heart. The noble Baroness and some Members of the House may recall that I was chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Stroke for seven years, before...

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: My Lords—

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: I will be brief, not least because I agreed with much of what was said by the noble Lord, Lord Tyler. That might surprise some of my noble friends. I cannot agree that it is right to argue that the giving of access to rights and civic rights to young people is analogous to the age at which we protect them from harm and abuse. They are different things, and the noble Lord, Lord Blair, was...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Lansley: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, it is my privilege to address your Lordships’ House for the first time. I beg your indulgence, together with my noble friends who are making their first speeches in the course of this Second Reading debate. It is a privilege to follow the right reverend Prelate and to contribute to this debate. Coming here, having retired from another place, and not seeking...


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