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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Developing Countries: Health Services (17 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and the Prosperity Fund are both cross-Government funds. Neither has programmes specifically supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights. The CSSF’s portfolio includes programmes which seek to prevent sexual violence in conflict situations and which empower women to seek justice. The Prosperity Fund portfolio will include...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Developing Countries: Health Services (17 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and the Prosperity Fund are both cross-Government funds. Neither has programmes specifically supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights. The CSSF’s portfolio includes programmes which seek to prevent sexual violence in conflict situations and which empower women to seek justice. The Prosperity Fund portfolio will include...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Databases (17 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: ​The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply. Letter from John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, to The Lord Freyberg, dated 15 October 2018. Dear Lord Freyberg, As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking if any...

Employee Shareholding and Participation in Corporate Governance - Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, we are constrained on time and I urge all noble Lords to participate in the corporate governance of the House and stick to four minutes.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Developing Countries: Health Services (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and the Prosperity Fund are both cross-Government funds. Neither has programmes specifically supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights. The CSSF’s portfolio includes programmes which seek to prevent sexual violence in conflict situations and which empower women to seek justice. The Prosperity Fund portfolio will include...

Tenant Fees Bill - Second Reading (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I gently draw the noble Baroness’s attention to what the Companion says. Any speaker in the gap is expected to be brief and speak for no longer than four minutes.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority provides confidential and independent reviews of major projects being delivered by government departments. While primarily aimed at project leaders, Ministers monitor delivery confidence in projects and intervene where necessary.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to the noble Lord for trailing his supplementary question in the House magazine. To put this into context, the IPA was formed in 2015 to help the Government to deliver critical national infrastructure projects. It does this by commissioning independent reviews, which the noble Lord referred to. It then gives a rating to the relevant projects. Those ratings are taken very...

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: As I said in my initial reply, the reviews are primarily aimed at the project leaders. They give them advice on how to identify risks and take mitigating action to ensure that those risks are circumvented to ensure that the project hits the relevant milestones. There might be occasions when Ministers have to intervene, for example, if some legislative change is needed or if fresh estimates...

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The noble Baroness raises a very important issue. If she looks at the annual report of the IPA, she will see the action it is taking in order to make sure that the Civil Service has exactly the skills and resources it needs. There is a fast-stream process and it is recruiting graduates and providing leadership programmes in order to ensure that the Civil Service does indeed have the capacity...

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The project managers are frequently asked to appear before the PAC or the NAO in order to answer precisely those questions. If my noble friend looks at the relevant recent reports of the PAC and the NAO, he will see that they, “recognise the steps it has taken to strengthen project assurance, improve transparency and introduce project leadership training”. More recently, in a...

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I say to the noble Lord that I was around 20 years ago during the gestation of HS1 and precisely the same arguments were adduced against that: it was environmentally unsustainable; it was not value for money; there were other, greater priorities. I do not think that anyone in your Lordships’ House today would now argue that we should not have gone ahead with HS1. My own view is that in...

Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I concur with that observation. There is a strong argument for having continuity of leadership within departments when you have these projects that run over many years. But as I said a few moments ago, the IPA is seeking to address that problem by building up the skills within the Civil Service with a new leadership programme and other initiatives. But I take the point, and I will feed it...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Families (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The government is committed to supporting families. To achieve this, in 2014 we introduced the Family Test, which aims to ensure that impacts on family relationships and functioning are recognised early on during the process of policy development and help inform the policy decisions made by Minsters. There is no requirement for departments to publish the results of assessments made under the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Philippines: Prosperity Fund (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Prosperity Fund (PF) has spent the following in the Philippines over the last three years: 2016/17 £507,452 2017/18 £58,099 2018/19 (estimated up to Aug 2018) £83,653 Project activity has covered a number of areas including health, urban development and disaster protection, and includes preparatory work for larger programmes shortly to be approved. It is too...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: This Government is committed to supporting small businesses and we continue to aspire to 33% of Government procurement spend on goods, services and works goes to SMEs by 2022. In April the government announced a number of measures to help achieve this, including: · Requiring greater transparency by prime contractors to increase SMEs visibility in the supply chain; · Improving...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Bicycles (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: This information is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Former Ministers (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) is independent from Government and its role is to provide advice on applications submitted under the Government's Business Appointment Rules (the Rules) from the most senior Civil Servants and former Ministers. In doing so it considers the risks posed by an application and advises on the conditions that should apply. Relevant...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Boris Johnson (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Business Appointment Rules (para 8), attached at Annex B of the Ministerial Code, defines lobbying as: …communication with Government (Ministers, civil servants, including special advisers, and other relevant officials/public office holders) – wherever it takes place - with a view to influencing a Government decision, policy or contract award/grant in relation to their own...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (18 Sep 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: Departmental action in response to ratings of amber, amber/red or red is, in the first instance, a matter for the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO – usually a government department or public agency) of the project. The nature of the action will be specific to the individual project, its objectives and its environment. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) will, through its...


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