Results 61–80 of 10499 for speaker:Lord Young of Cookham

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (15 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the consultation paper by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Raising Accessibility standards for New Homes, published on 8 September 2020, when they plan to publish a response; and what plans they have to align the mandatory baseline for accessibility standards for new homes with the accessible and adaptable standard.

Elections: May 2021 - Commons Urgent Question (14 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: Further to the question of the noble Lord, Lord Reid, it must be right to encourage as many people as possible to vote by post, as Covid will still be with us and many people will not have been vaccinated. When local authorities send out the council tax demand at the beginning of March, should they not include details of how to register for postal votes, and perhaps even include a form?

Constitution, Democracy and Human Rights Commission - Question (14 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to establish the Constitution, Democracy and Human Rights Commission.

Constitution, Democracy and Human Rights Commission - Question (14 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, our manifesto said: “In our first year we will set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission.” This was confirmed on 29 January last year, when the noble Earl, Lord Howe, said: “We will set up the commission within this Government’s first year. Further announcements will be made in due course.”—[Official Report, 29/1/20; col. 1437.] Since then, silence. But the...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 12 (13 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, this Bill has generated a series of debates about the role of the state in protecting society, including where the boundaries lie and the extent to which they impinge on civil liberties. This debate has been no exception, as the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, said. I am grateful to all those who have spoken; I will come to some of their comments in a moment. The argument in...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 12 (13 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, in moving Amendment 12, which seeks to prohibit the granting of criminal conduct authorisations to children, I wish to speak to Amendment 13, which does the same for vulnerable adults and victims of trafficking. These amendments build on proposals from me and other noble Lords in Committee. I will then say a brief word about Amendment 24 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady...

Covid-19: “Everybody In” Scheme - Private Notice Question (11 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, like others, I welcome the Government’s instruction on Friday to local authorities to redouble their efforts to accommodate those sleeping rough. This will help achieve the target by 2024. Might I ask my noble friend about numbers? In 2019 the Government estimated the number of rough sleepers to be 4,000. As a result of Everybody In, we now know that, of the 15,000 people...

Leaseholders: Properties with Cladding - Question (7 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: As my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe rightly says, this problem has dragged on too long. We need a solution that avoids the costs and delays of the courts. Should the package of measures not include further support from the Government, as with PRC houses in the 1980s, and a major contribution from the developers, as was just implied by the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, which have a moral...

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement - Statement (6 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, in the Statement we are discussing, the Secretary of State said: “I want local government to emerge stronger, more sustainable and better able to meet the needs of those it serves.” Does my noble friend, with his local government experience, recognise that the current tax base for local government is unsustainable, with domestic rates 30 years out of date—and, as he has just...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Second Reading (5 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, this Bill is an important milestone in Parliament’s response to domestic abuse. I invite your Lordships to step back 46 years to 11 February 1975, at the beginning of that journey. On that date, the other place “Ordered, ‘That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the extent, nature and causes of the problems of families where there is violence between the partners …...

Housing: Leasehold - Question (5 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, is the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, not right to say that leasehold as a form of tenure is a relic from a feudal age that exists nowhere else in the world? Instead of trying to patch it up, should we not be actively replacing it with commonhold for new developments and much easier enfranchisement for existing ones?

National Bus Strategy - Question (16 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the first traffic lights in this country were installed outside the Palace of Westminster in 1868, since when the technology has improved; they can now detect an oncoming bus and go green. What more can my noble friend do to promote this capability so that more buses arrive on time and we improve the reliability of this important form of transport?

Extreme Poverty - Question (15 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the Government introduced a welcome measure to help up to 4 million people on low incomes in September, offering a grant of £500 to those who had to self-isolate but could not work from home and therefore faced a drop in income. However, some of the local authorities through which this grant is routed are running out of funds, thereby prejudicing the success of the scheme. What...

Arcadia Pension Fund - Question (8 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, about the deficits facing more and more pension funds, should we ask why they are being forced by regulation to invest more and more into government gilt-edged securities, which now have negative returns and are therefore guaranteed to lose pensioners money? Should we not instead be encouraging pension funds to invest in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Insulation (7 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the reliance on interim measures such as waking watch and evacuation management plans by residents of high-rise buildings awaiting remediation for building safety defects.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 43 (3 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I am very grateful to everyone who has taken part in this debate—not least the Minister, who has been on her feet answering debates for over six and a half hours and has done so with patience and courtesy. It is probably in breach of her human rights to be on duty for such a long time. I am also grateful to all those who have taken part in this debate, the vast majority of whom...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 43 (3 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, along with the noble Baroness, Lady Chakrabarti, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham and the noble Baroness, Lady Bull, I have tabled Amendment 43, to exclude the granting of criminal conduct authorisations to children. I am grateful for the helpful meeting with my noble friend the Minister, James Brokenshire and Home Office officials, who talked me through the need for...

Child Trust Funds: Children with Learning Disabilities - Question (3 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to facilitate access to Child Trust Funds by children with learning disabilities.

Child Trust Funds: Children with Learning Disabilities - Question (3 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, last March the Telegraph drew attention to the problems facing 150,000 children with child trust funds who cannot access their cash when they are 18 because of their disability and whose parents have to go to the Court of Protection—a cumbersome and time-consuming process involving 47 forms and 100 questions. Will the working group that was announced yesterday by the Minister look...

Leaseholders and Cladding - Commons Urgent Question (25 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, 36 years ago, when I had my noble friend’s job at the then Department of the Environment, I put on the statute book the Housing Defects Act 1984. In a nutshell, it compensated homeowners who found that their homes were unsaleable, through no fault of their own, and had no other form of compensation coming from the Government. Does my noble friend think that that legislation has...


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