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Results 181–200 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

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—

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

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the document accompanying the Statement states: “The precise levels of capital borrowing will … depend on the outcome of the income tax referendum”. Twenty years ago when I chaired Gwent finance committee, I borrowed £37 million from the European Investment Bank and paid it back on time. If a county council had such borrowing powers 20 years ago, why cannot the Welsh...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I will be brief because I appreciate that other Members want to carry on with other matters. The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, made a good point about whether the courts or the Local Government Association have been consulted. I am not sure, but it is a valuable question. However, I should point out that in a note to me, which I mentioned in my opening remarks, the noble Lord, Lord...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (12 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, this amendment stands in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, who has asked me to apologise for his absence as he is en route to Kenya as we speak. This probing amendment would introduce a very straightforward duty on courts to inquire whether individuals who are refused bail or sentenced to prison have caring responsibilities for any children or vulnerable adults...

Mental Health: Cost of Living Support — Question (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with mental health problems get the help they need to meet the cost of living.

Mental Health: Cost of Living Support — Question (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, when an alcoholic schizophrenic with mental health problems turned up at St Vincent’s community support in Cwmcarn in south Wales, the person attempting to help her by applying for the new personal independence payment had to answer more than 40 questions in an hour-long telephone conversation with the DWP, simply to get the application form. The helper said she found this very...

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question for Short Debate (31 Oct 2013)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent comments by General Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff, what assessment they have made of the impact of redundancies on the armed forces.

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question for Short Debate (31 Oct 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, recently General Sir Nick Houghton, the Chief of the Defence Staff, spoke of the huge challenges faced by our Armed Forces. Those challenges are being compounded by the Government’s policy of Armed Forces redundancies. The recent unjust treatment of soldiers made compulsorily redundant shortly before their full pension date is a reprehensible scandal. I raised this issue in the...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Second Reading (29 Oct 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in welcoming the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, to the House. I found his contribution amusing, interesting and informative and echo the hope of my noble friend Lady Kennedy of The Shaws that he will become a critical scrutiniser of the legislation that the Government put before your Lordships’ House. When a person is remanded in custody or sent to prison,...

Financial Conduct Authority — Question (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the case of a man who defaulted on a payday loan of £120 and ended up owing £1,800 was raised by Chris Evans MP, my successor in the other place. The payday loan company in question made 330 attempts to take money from his bank account and charged him £5 on each occasion. They further demanded £178 in interest charges. Some of the tactics employed by the payday loan companies...

Housing: Impact on Child Development — Question for Short Debate (10 Oct 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow my noble friend. He comes to this House with many years’ experience, but he can talk with passion, understanding and experience of being brought up in poverty, and that enriches our debate and helps us understand the difficulties that many families face. This debate is of fundamental importance because of the poor standard of housing that thousands of...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (8th Day) (29 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 105Q in my name and in the name of someone I am proud to call a noble friend, the noble Baroness, Lady Browning, who spoke to this amendment so well and eloquently. As law makers, we can be proud of the Autism Act 2009. It was a significant piece of legislation and it is well embedded. I look forward to the review of the autism strategy that the Government...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (7th Day) (22 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendment 92A, which stands in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross. The amendment concerns corporate responsibility for neglect. In speaking to this amendment, I acknowledge that the Bill introduces England’s first primary legislation to protect adults at risk of abuse and neglect. Similar legislation is in place in Scotland, and is in the...

Armed Forces: Pension Scheme — Question (22 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many soldiers made redundant since the Strategic Defence Review have reached full pension age.

Armed Forces: Pension Scheme — Question (22 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, following our last exchange on this matter on 20 June, I received an e-mail from a 35 year-old soldier who joined the Army as a boy of 16. He served in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan and was told that he had a future in the Army. Indeed, two months ago, he was promoted to WO2. While he was convalescing following surgery, his wife attended an army wives’...

Armed Forces: Pension Scheme — Question (22 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: When he returns to his department this afternoon, will the Minister review the redundancy package and, if necessary, come back to the House and reassure us before we break next week that no soldier who is prepared to put his life on the line in defence of our country will be made redundant in this cheapskate sort of way in order that the Treasury can save what amounts to no more than a few...

People with Learning Disabilities: Health Inequalities — Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I refer the House to my interests as a vice-president of the National Autistic Society. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, on securing this timely debate, coming, as she said, so soon after the publication of the Government’s response to the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities and just two days after the publication of this...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: Have the Government looked at the Deloitte economic modelling, which shows that support for moderate needs actually gives a greater return on the money invested? If not, will the Minister undertake to look at it before Report stage, so that we can discuss the savings that could be achieved?

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I support Amendment 88Q, which was so powerfully moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Grey-Thompson. I certainly welcome the Government’s intention to establish national eligibility criteria, so that local councils across the country will be required to provide care for all those with a minimum level of need. However, I share the concerns which were so well articulated by the noble...


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