Canlyniadau 161–180 o 533 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports ( 5 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The main causes of the £33 billion decrease (current prices) in goods exports were fuels (predominantly oil) down £24 billion, non-monetary gold and other precious metals down £15 billion, and non-ferrous metals (mainly silver and metals in the platinum group) down £7 billion. Trade in these commodities is known to be very erratic and export values can fluctuate substantially year on...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Support for postmasters and postmistresses is provided when needed as part of the compensation offer; for example, money to fund cognitive behavioural therapy. There are no programmes in place for the families of sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal. Claimants can claim for the wide-ranging impacts on their lives. This can be larger due to witnessing the wider impact on their...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for highlighting the case of Lee Castleton, which was well presented in the drama and is one of the most egregious of the cases before us. Like my noble friend, I have read Millie-Jo’s submission. It is harrowing and difficult to read, on any level, not just because of the personal abuse and distress for her, but because of the amount of time that this has taken and...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for her question. Obviously, Northern Ireland has a separate legal system, as does Scotland. The legislation coming before the House is immediately pertinent to England and Wales, and covers around 770 of the 983 convictions. There are live and active discussions with the legal systems in both Northern Ireland and Scotland, which are being helped considerably by the...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for her question, which we have discussed in this House. It may not be in the Green Book specifically, but it is clearly in the Treasury’s books. The money is there to be paid in compensation. The Government have given assurances on that; there will be no wriggling back. I am very happy to write with any further details required, but I say from the Dispatch Box...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that. As far as parliamentary business is concerned, it is planned to have the legislation go through both Houses and have it all done by the Summer Recess. That is in process, and there are more announcements to follow shortly. In relation to the claims, as I have said before, 78% of claims are now settled, and compensation has been paid to 93% of postmasters, some...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend. I once again pay tribute to his continual scrutiny of this matter, and his vital role on the advisory committee. Currently, the compensation is directed to each claimant—a postmaster or postmistress—but the whole point of having the advisory committee is to have live discussions on this. I encourage him, in that capacity, to keep those discussions going.

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that question. As I have said before from the Dispatch Box, there is help available as part of the compensation schemes for the claimants, to put their claims together and get access to lawyers and healthcare. As I said, 78% of claims have been settled. We are now dealing with the most difficult claims. In the meantime, there is a statutory inquiry going ahead,...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord. He has detailed knowledge of his community, who serve us all so well, and who have suffered, in some cases, some terrible racism as well. The point we have to make is a communication issue. There is absolutely no stigma to this whatever; people who have been through this trauma have undoubtedly been harmed, and we must encourage everyone in our communities, wherever...

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

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry is chaired by Sir Wyn Williams FLSW, a former High Court judge, who is supported by an Inquiry team including counsel, solicitors, assessors, and the Secretariat. The statutory roles to the Inquiry which support the Chair are Counsel to the Inquiry (Jason Beer, KC), Solicitor to the Inquiry (Segun Jide) and Secretary to the Inquiry (Leila Pilgrim). There...

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

Lord Offord of Garvel: While Ministers at the then Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and HM Treasury Ministers signed off on the 2021/22 Transformation Incentive Scheme (TIS) they did not authorise the payment of bonuses. Determining whether targets have been met and bonuses should be awarded is the responsibility of Post Office Limited’s Remuneration Committee. The timeline of...

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...


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