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Results 21–40 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

Modernising Defence Programme - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Touhig: In the Statement we are told that the Government wish, “to improve markedly the way we run Defence”, and that: “Based on our work to date, we expect to achieve over the next decade the very demanding efficiency targets we were set in 2015”. Can the Minister remind the House of how much money the 2015 defence review said would be saved by efficiency savings and over what period? How...

Modernising Defence Programme - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Minister was not able to answer my third point. Will he discover that information and write to me?

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (27 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, at Second Reading I said that there was much to be concerned about in this Bill and that I really hoped the Government would be in listening mode. For the most part, the Government have listened and have made improvements, thanks to the willingness of the Minister and Bill team to listen and to the hard work and commitment of noble Lords on all sides of the House, who have pursued...

Displaced Children - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is indebted to my noble friend Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale for securing this debate, which allows the opportunity to highlight the plight of some of the most vulnerable of our fellow human beings, displaced children. This year is the 80th anniversary of one of the most extraordinary acts of commitment to human rights in history: the decision of this country to take in...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I too welcome the amendments and I thank the Minister and his team for the meeting we had earlier this week. He will recall that I raised my concern about different regimes operating in different parts of the country. A responsible body in my borough might decide that it alone would take responsibility for putting together applications, while in the next-door borough the care home...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, this group of amendments is most welcome. The term “unsound mind” is offensive in the extreme and historically has been used as a form of abuse to demean the dignity of the person to whom it is applied. These amendments mean that this old-fashioned term will no longer be in the Bill and that a phrase with no clinical meaning is rightly removed. Using the same term as the Mental...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we have had some very useful and, more often than not, constructive engagement with the Government during the passage of this Bill. The success of our collaborative working is certainly demonstrated in these amendments extending the provisions to 16 and 17 year-olds. In the very early days of its thinking on this point, the Law Commission commented on the poor knowledge among health...

Children: Welfare, Life Chances and Social Mobility - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Massey deserves credit for securing this debate as it allows us to reflect on, consider and share best practice on the important issue of intervention in a young person’s life that can make a positive difference. We have known for decades that the impact of bad things that happen in a child’s early years will be devastating in adult life. Physical and sexual...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I have spoken several times in Committee about my concern that the Bill as it stands is an assault on human rights. I have also mentioned in past debates that I am proud of the reputation of the all-party British delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, so ably led by Sir Roger Gale, which has a proud record of defending human rights in that body. Article 5...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, this group of amendments covers a range of things that need to be done before the commencement of the Act, and steps that should be followed later, as proposed by my Amendment 92. Noble Lords have made powerful arguments in favour of their amendments. In view of the lateness of the hour, I will confine my remarks to Amendment 92, tabled in my name, with the support of the noble...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, these amendments go some way to ensuring that a cared-for person is not left without an independent mental capacity advocate or the support of an appropriate person. Much of the Bill as it stands represents what I think is a real assault on human rights. For heaven’s sake, we should be listening to the contributions of the noble Baronesses, Lady Hollins, Lady Barker and Lady...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the questions from the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, deserve an answer. I am sure that if the Minister cannot provide one tonight we will get one because she raised some very important points. The example that the noble Baroness, Lady Watkins of Tavistock, just gave gives us a practical idea of how these amendments might apply if they were part of the Bill. Amendments 32 and 34...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day)(Continued) (15 Oct 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I do not recall, in some 25 years in both Houses of Parliament, rising to speak in a debate feeling more despair about a piece of legislation than I feel about this Bill as it stands. Amendments 17, 19 and 36 are so necessary and so blindingly obviously needed that I cannot understand why the provisions they cover were not included in the Bill in the first place. Amendment 17 would...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Touhig: This is a very small but very important amendment. Having spent 27 years in newspapers and publishing, I constantly came across issues and stories where people were having all sorts of difficulties, public services failed and systems failed because of lack of information. Certainly from my time as a councillor, as an MP and as a Minister, I passionately believe that we must be open and...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I am very pleased to follow the noble Baroness. I think she made her maiden speech at Second Reading; it was an important contribution. She has sat through this debate and made a few important points. We certainly welcome her and look forward to further remarks from her as we proceed with our considerations. I support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins,...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, at Second Reading I expressed the hope that the Government were in listening mood. They certainly needed to be. To be fair, the Minister and his team are to be congratulated on the level of engagement that they have been willing to participate in to help us perhaps make a better Bill at the end of the day. But—there is always a but—the Bill might have had a smoother passage if...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the Law Commission supports this and I certainly support the amendment as tabled by my noble friend Lady Thornton. Including 16 and 17 year-olds would offer some legal protection for organisations such as the National Autistic Society, of which I am a vice-president. We do a huge amount of work with young adults and strongly believe that this is important for them—for their work...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister and his team for their engagement with Members across the House, which has been very helpful. I strongly support the attempt, on the initiative of my noble friend Lord Hunt, to have this clause stand debate. In the past day or so, I have spent some time looking at advertisements for care home staff and managers. They vary greatly; there is no standard at all....

Employment and Support Allowance - Statement (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in the part of Gwent where I was born, the letters “dwp” form a word. It is pronounced “dup” and means stupid or daft. Could that account for why the accounting officer at the Department for Work and Pensions says that he does not understand all the letters that his office sends to claimants? If the author of the letters does not understand them, how on earth are the...

Employment and Support Allowance - Statement (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Touhig: The department admitted it.


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