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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...

Covid-19: Vaccination Prioritisation - Question (25 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, on 12 November I asked my noble friend’s ministerial colleague, my noble friend Lord Greenhalgh, if he would recommend to the JCVI that rough sleepers and those who work with them should be a priority for vaccination. He said he would. Does that remain the case, and will they indeed get priority?

Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme: Spending - Question (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, part of the sponsor body’s budget is spent on plans for the restored building. There are 12 storeys of accommodation in Victoria Tower, with spectacular views, occupied exclusively by archives, which are infrequently visited by noble Lords. Could the sponsor body save us the rent on 1 Millbank by converting that space into offices and moving the archives, which came here only in...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 10 (18 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the compelling speech of the noble Lord, Lord Anderson. I have added my name to Amendment 10 in the names of the noble Lords, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara and Lord Anderson of Ipswich, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles of Berkhamsted. As I said in Committee, it is essential that all the nations within the UK can pursue effective policies on public health,...

Railways: Fare Structures - Question (17 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, one of the challenges facing the railways is to spread the morning peak; reduced fares kick in after about 9 am. Would my noble friend consider reductions for journeys that begin before, say, 7 am, to spread the peak earlier as well as later?

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers - Commons Urgent Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: Does my noble friend agree that rough sleepers, and those working with them, are particularly vulnerable to Covid? Will he recommend to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that they should be a priority?

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (11 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is a real pleasure to be the first to commend my noble friend on his maiden speech. For much of his parliamentary career in the other place, he was in the Whips’ Office, notching up a record 17 Trappist years. That meant that we were deprived of his views in the Chamber on public affairs, although he could be more forthcoming in private. Happily, he faces no similar vow of...

Rural Bus Services - Question (11 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, we all agree that public transport is essential for those who live in rural areas and do not have access to a car. However, does it all have to be provided by buses, which often do not run at the times when people want them, do not go from home to destination and back, and frequently lead to narrow country lanes being blocked by large vehicles? Can the Minister do more to promote...

Planning: Accessible Homes - Question (4 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I support the proposal made by many groups representing those with a disability that Part M of the Building Regulations should be raised to what is known as the adaptable and acceptable standard, or M4, Category 2. This would enable more people to live healthy and independent lives without having to move. Further to what my noble friend just said about the consultation document,...

Home Secretary: Allegations of Bullying - Question (2 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the last inquiry into the conduct of a Cabinet Minister in 2017 took one month. This has taken eight months so far, although at the beginning, Michael Gove said: “It is vital that this investigation is concluded as quickly as possible.” Does my noble friend agree that it is fair to neither the complainers nor the Home Secretary for this matter to last so long? Can he also...

Covid-19: Transport for London - Question (29 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its revenue and funding.

Covid-19: Transport for London - Question (29 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to my noble friend. With the other place in recess and government support for Transport for London running out tomorrow, this is Parliament’s last opportunity to find out what is going on. Does my noble friend agree that, if giving more powers to mayors and metro mayors is to work, both sides should moderate their language during negotiations and avoid wild accusations; that...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 33 (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, Amendments 39A, 47A and 52A are in my name and those of the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, and the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner of Worcester. They have the support of Cancer Research UK, the Faculty of Public Health and the British Heart Foundation along with Action on Smoking and Health and the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, for whose briefing I am grateful. The amendments address some...

Social Care - Question (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their proposals for the reform of social care.

Social Care - Question (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to my noble friend for that reply, but this is not a happy story. Last year, the Prime Minister said: “We will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.” A few weeks ago, however, that reply was diluted in a Written Answer that said: “There are complex questions to...

Almshouses - Question (22 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, will the current review of the planning system consider exempting almshouses from the infrastructure levy, which is raised at differential levels throughout the country, thereby freeing up the finances of these charitable institutions to continue to deliver homes to those in need?

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pedestrian Areas: Greater Manchester (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the letter sent by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to Manchester City Council in August on planned 'smoke-free' pavement licences was agreed in advance with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Housing: Rent, Evictions and Covid-19 - Question (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, my noble friend rightly refers to the recent generous increase in the local housing allowance, which will help tenants struggling with their rent. However, the increase runs out at the end of the year and, unless further action is taken, LHAs will revert to the previous, less generous levels in 2021. Does my noble friend agree that that would be a retrograde step, leading to an...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I can be brief. I join the Minister in thanking all noble Lords who have taken part in this short debate. I suspect it is one of the more consensual debates that the House will have on the Bill. I thank noble Lords for their kind words about my role in the amendment. That approbation needs to be shared with the Minister. Two issues arose in the debate: four months rather than three,...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Report: Amendment 6 (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I beg to move Amendment 6 in my name, which is reinforced by the names of my noble friend the Minister and the three noble Lords who supported my original amendment in Committee. Noble Lords will recall that, as Second Reading, I drew attention to the following words in Clause 2: “As soon as reasonably practicable”. This refers to the requirement for Ministers to lay the draft...


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