Canlyniadau 141–160 o 502 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Post Office: Incentives (28 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: This is a matter for Post Office Ltd as the Department does not hold this information. Government understands that all current Post Office employees who received the bonus have voluntarily returned the remuneration associated with the sub-metric relating to the Post Office’s support for the Inquiry. ​Nick Read (Post Office CEO) took a further step and voluntarily returned the full bonus...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Convictions (28 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: 700 postmasters were prosecuted by Post Office and a further 283 were prosecuted by others based on Post Office evidence, totalling 983 convictions. As of 13 February, there are now 102 overturned wrongful convictions. On 10 January, the Prime Minister announced that the Government intends to bring forward legislation to overturn the convictions of all those convicted in England or Wales on...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation (28 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Postmasters with overturned Horizon convictions are offered a fixed sum award of £600,000 to settle their claim, however those who wish to can continue to have their claim individually assessed. The amounts awarded to individuals are not revealed out of respect for their privacy, but the total so far paid to people whose convictions have been overturned is over £35 million. The small...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tata Steel: Port Talbot (27 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: HMG have agreed to invest a historic £500 million at Port Talbot as part of Tata Steel's £1.25bn plan to transition to Electric Arc Furnace production. Following the transformation, the company's modelling suggests the business will be able to produce 90% of its existing order book through the new Electric Arc Furnace. Moving to EAF production will also enable them to satisfy demand from...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Trade Agreements: India (26 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: We are working hard on a deal with India that would boost our current trading relationship, already worth over £38 billion, helping businesses and communities across the UK. We remain clear that we will only sign when we have a deal that is fair, reciprocal, and ultimately in the best interests of the British people and the economy. We ensure that all trade agreements maintain our...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries (26 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Personal Protective Equipment Regulation 2016/425 sets out essential safety requirements that PPE must meet. This includes an obligation on the manufacturer to give, if possible, the month and year of obsolescence, if it is known that the design performance may be significantly affected by ageing. The Government has had no discussions with PPE producers about changing this requirement...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System (26 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: There have been several versions of Horizon since its introduction in 1999 and the current version of the system, introduced from 2017, was found in the Group Litigation to be reliable, relative to comparable systems. Post Office continue to make improvements to the system and will be moving away from Horizon to a new IT system. The Government is providing funding to support this programme....

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Disclosure of Information (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As the Post Office CEO, Nick Read confirmed to the Business and Trade Select Committee on 16 January, Post Office would not block any Non-Disclosure Agreements being broken for postmasters who were convicted. A statutory footing is not necessary.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon It System: Prosecutions (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The last private prosecution carried out by Post Office relating to Horizon as stated on their website was in 2015. Post Office no longer carries out any private prosecutions. The Department for Work and Pensions stopped prosecuting all cases in 2012. Following correspondence from Hon Mr Justice Fraser in January 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) alerted prosecutors to the issues...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The compensation schemes for Horizon Shortfalls (the Horizon Shortfall Scheme) and the GLO (Group Litigation Order), for postmasters who were not convicted, already include provisions for non-monetary losses. Postmasters with overturned convictions are already eligible for compensation which includes non-monetary losses. The Prime Minister announced on 10 January that the Government intends...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Nick Read (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As set out on Post Office’s website, Nick joined Post Office as Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. Nick was previously Group CEO at Extra Energy and prior to that CEO at Nisa Retail Limited.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System (22 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: In the timeframe available to us, we have not been able to identify any Minister, civil servant, or director appointed by the Government advising the Post Office to make provision for contingent liabilities in its annual financial statements. The Post Office Board is collectively responsible for approving what is in the Accounts.

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend Lord Arbuthnot. I will take the second one first: there are live conversations going on right now, at great speed, to finalise the legal process with the Ministry of Justice, which will result in the overturning of all the convictions in England and Wales by an Act of Parliament, excepting that there may be some small number of people who, in fact, have had legal or...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: This is very straight- forward. If I am appointed as the new chairman of a company in this situation and, of my three priorities, the No. 1 is to manage a legal process to get compensation quickly to postmasters, I would expect to be told that formally by the Permanent Secretary and to be held accountable to manage those costs effectively. That does not mean to minimise or delay; it means to...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: On the first point, I do not have the exact intricacies of which bank account the money sits in. I am happy to write about that, but it seems to me that if the Treasury and the Government have said we have a potential liability of £1 billion, we are good for the £1 billion. I will find out where it is sitting, if that is the question, but to me that is perhaps a lesser matter. On the...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I absolutely agree that the Staunton issue is a distraction that none of us needs; it is certainly not in the interests of the postmasters and postmistresses, who want to see compensation paid and convictions overturned. As I said, the Ministry of Justice is working expeditiously to sort the overturning of convictions. As I have also said before in this Chamber, there will be serious...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I can assure the noble Lord that that is exactly the objective. The words that have been used are about restoring all postmasters and postmistresses to the position they were in before this sorry saga happened. The Government will make full compensation when all claims are received. We rely on the postmasters and postmistresses to come forward with their claims and cases. As we stand right...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: There is a lot to unpack there. I will take it in three pieces, if your Lordships do not mind. I will start with the Henry Staunton spat; then we will talk a little bit about the compensation; and then we can talk about the convictions, overturning them, and general progress on that matter. On the dismissal of Henry Staunton and the following row that has ensued, as I said before, it is a...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As I said, we are in a situation now where dialogue quite rightly is happening—and minuted, as always—between officials and representatives of Post Office Ltd. The appointment of the senior independent director was one of the issues that the board were at odds over. The chairman wished to promote an internal candidate and the Department for Business and Trade wanted to bring in an...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes - Statement (21 Chw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: That is a reasonable clarification. The clue is in the name “senior independent director”. The Department for Business and Trade was of the view that we should not be appointing an internal candidate to the role but that an external candidate should come in. That was the reason for the dispute. On the matter of trying to delay, save money and not budget for compensation, this is on the...


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