Results 1–20 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:Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Finance: Equitable Life — Statement (15 Jan 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend's Statement and declare a financial interest—I, possibly like others, have suffered a financial loss. Does my noble friend agree that, the House of Lords judgment notwithstanding, a mutual society cannot privilege one group of members over another, which is why so many of us were taken aback by that judgment? Will he also confirm that the Parliamentary...

Pensions: Public Sector — Question (9 Feb 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I think that we all agree that we want to protect and maintain final salary pensions while seeking to contain some of their cost. When my noble friend talks about cost-sharing, could he tell the House whether he has in mind the option of career-average pension contributions, which would fully protect the pensions of the lower paid but ensure that those who have very sharp increases...

Olympic Games 2012: Tourism — Question (3 Mar 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, Australian friends engaged in the Sydney Olympics tell us that the great success in Sydney was the use of volunteers both for the Games themselves and for the wider tourist industry in Sydney. Can my noble friend assure us that we are investing in recruiting and training, attracting volunteers to give the same sort of welcome that made Sydney such a success?

NHS: Cancer Drugs — Question (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords—

NHS: Cancer Drugs — Question (11 Mar 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I will be quick. What is my noble friend able to do to speed up NICE assessments?

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill — Second Reading (17 Mar 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we have a low savings ratio in this country compared to, say, Germany—one of the points interestingly made by the noble Lord, Lord Blackwell—because our savings are largely embedded in houses and pensions, neither of which counts towards the savings ratio, which is essentially get-at-able, rainy-day, liquid savings. That low ratio may not matter very much when we have full...

Pensioners: Savings — Question (1 Apr 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, pension credit has done wonders to address pensioner poverty, but does my noble friend accept that the pension credit capital rules mean that those who end up with, say, a small pension pot of around £15,000 from a personal account or want to release, say, £15,000 from their homes in equity to adjust their homes for older age will find, if they are 75 or under, that they lose...

Finance: Equity Release — Question (2 Apr 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they welcome and will consider promoting equity release schemes that are fully regulated, avoid negative equity and are underpinned by independent legal advice.

Finance: Equity Release — Question (2 Apr 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. Does he agree that well regulated equity release can help to fund the adaptions and social care that will give an older person the choice of staying in their own home, rather than going into residential care? Will the Treasury therefore encourage other departments to assist, for example by developing partnerships with local authorities and...

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the Bill continues to replace income support with jobseeker's allowance, but introduces progression to work where children are between the ages of three and seven, if I have understood it correctly. JSA is a man's benefit: it supports him between full-time jobs; it assumes a sharp divide between being in full-time work and out of work, at which point the conditionality regime kicks...

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, perhaps my noble friend will come to this before he leaves the point about transport, in which case I apologise. He made it clear that this was negotiable during the progression to work. I understand that; it is entirely sensible. What happens when the child is seven and the lone parent is on JSA and, presumably, there is the important conditionality that comes with JSA? Under the...

Children and Families — Debate (14 May 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I want us to think again about the structure of the welfare state and social security as it affects women and their families. We need to go back 100 years, to Lloyd George's introduction of national insurance. He refused to accept that sickness, unemployment, old age and so on were a lack of moral fibre to be dealt with by charity. He would have preferred universal provision and a...

Broads Authority Bill: Third Reading (11 Jun 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I declare a non-financial interest as a past boat owner for 30 years. Noble Lords who were here for Second Reading may be surprised to see that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Norwich, who so eloquently moved the Motion at Second Reading, is not here today. I am sorry, but he is tied up with other episcopal duties. I am sure that he would want to say that he wishes the Bill...

Broads Authority Bill: Third Reading (11 Jun 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, on behalf of the whole House I thank my noble friend. I was slightly alarmed when the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, teased me about the "Heigham" in the title. I can assure him that if it had been Potter Heigham I would probably have had a non-financial interest to declare, as opposed to the fact that it is the title of a ward that I represented in my city for some 20 or 25 years. Two...

Parliamentary Standards Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jul 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I rise not at all on the substantive issue—like others, I have just parachuted in occasionally—but on a procedural point. My understanding of the procedure—I stand to be corrected—is that only in Committee can you oppose that the clause stand part of the Bill and take it out. I understand that that cannot be done on Report. However, I have been in situations in which we have kept in a...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I very much support the amendment and I hope that my noble friend is persuaded by the arguments of the noble Baroness. DLA is very hard to award correctly. Unlike, say, JSA, HB or even the former incapacity benefit, it is not awarded on the facts of disability but on the judgment on the effects of it on the need for care. Two people with identical disabilities can quite properly...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, lone parents mostly want to work. I hope that your Lordships will forgive the metaphor but if one thinks of a ladder of five rungs or so, on which entry into work is at rung 5, then the lone parent trying to work out childcare or transport arrangements is at rung 4—in other words, she is work-ready and the only obstacles are practical ones. If she wants to work but has been out of...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Will the noble Lord reconfirm that he is still saying that, if a lone parent fails to attend a work-focused interview, it is acceptable to sanction the parent's benefit, even though the child is only one, and thus do the very things that he was talking about—starve the child and so on and so forth—but that, when that child is older and the parent has come to that work-focused interview...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, maybe my noble friend will agree that perhaps the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, thinks that the basic state pension is what his leader assumed it to be; namely, £30 a week. Amendment 57 agreed. Amendment 58 Moved by Baroness Crawley 58: Before Clause 25, insert the following new Clause— "Exemption from jobseeking conditions for victims of domestic violence In Schedule 1 to the...

Welfare Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Oct 2009)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I, too, am delighted that my noble friend has been able to make this major movement forward in responding to the issues presented by domestic violence. I am so pleased that the Government, here as in so many other fields, have been able to take on board the concerns expressed in Committee. I have only one question. An extension of 13 weeks is fine, but those of us who in the past...


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