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Housing: Rent and Covid-19 - Question (8 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, in answer to an Urgent Question on this very subject a fortnight ago, my noble friend the Minister said, of measures to help renters: “They are kept under constant review in the light of evidence of public health, and we are prepared to take further measures as they are needed to protect landlords and tenants alike”—[Official Report, 24/9/20; col. 1948.] Since then the public...

Covid-19: Transport Industry - Question (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to the Question of the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, in 10 days’ time, the emergency funding that the Government agreed with Transport for London to keep the buses and Tubes running runs out. Can the Minister reassure the House that there will be some agreement thereafter? If the Mayor of London has asked for £5 billion, how will any future burden be shared between the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rented Housing: Coronavirus (1 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a package of financial support to enable tenants to pay off arrears accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order (1) to prevent the risk of evictions when the ban comes to an end, and (2) to support smaller landlords.

Holidays: Cancellations - Question (30 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the arrangements in place to compensate customers whose holidays are cancelled.

Holidays: Cancellations - Question (30 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to my noble friend for that reply. She will be aware that tens of thousands of passengers have complained to the CAA about inexcusable delays in getting compensation for cancelled flights, and that the Consumers’ Association has criticised the CAA, saying: “It is obvious that the CAA does not have the right tools to take effective action against airlines that show disregard...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Home Office: Bullying (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their investigation into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary; and when the report of that investigation will be published.

End of Eviction Moratorium - Commons Urgent Question (24 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: Noble Lords will recall that in March, under the Everyone In campaign, some 15,000 rough sleepers were successfully housed in emergency accommodation. Many of them will now have moved on into privately rented accommodation. Given the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping, what assurances can my noble friend give that those rough sleepers can rebuild their lives and that, now...

Interest Rates - Private Notice Question (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I declare my interest as an optimistic holder of Premium Bonds. NS&I’s decision to cut interest rates drastically to near zero was a direct consequence, as my noble friend has just said, of the Government’s net financing target—a devastating decision for millions of savers who find their income decimated, or worse. NS&I is a key source of government borrowing but has a broader...

Housing: Cladding - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress in removing dangerous cladding from high-rise buildings.

Housing: Cladding - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to my noble friend for that reply and for the funds the Government have made available to deal with the problems following the Grenfell tragedy, but the PAC report last week and the Sunday Times article reveal the scale of the problems that lie ahead. Only one-third of buildings with Grenfell cladding have had it replaced with safe alternatives. There are 186,000 other privately...

Devolution in England - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to the Question of the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, will the White Paper recognise that devolving more powers to local government needs to be accompanied by greater financial freedom to use those powers? Will the White Paper explore alternative means of funding local government, perhaps broadening the base and possibly replacing business rates, which, in their present form, are...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Pedestrian Areas: Catering (16 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the enactment of the Business and Planning Act 2020, how many local authorities have opted to make pavement licences subject to a smoke-free condition.

Railways - Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, can my noble friend give an assurance that any future plans for the railways will not return us to a state-owned monopoly—as has been advocated by some—but keep the franchising principle? This has brought new operators, new ideas and new capital into the railways, and enables the Government to get the best deal for travellers and the taxpayer by the competitive tendering process.

Housing: New Homes - Question (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s commitment to drive up the construction of much-needed new homes but, with social distancing on building sites, the loss of many skilled construction workers as they return to Europe and the vagaries of the British weather, is the case not stronger now for investing in modular off-site construction, with higher safety standards, higher quality standards...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: House of Lords: Location (11 Aug 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer from Lord True to Lord Norton of Louth on 14 July (HL Deb, col 1546), when the information referred to will be provided to Lord Young of Cookham and Lord Norton of Louth.

Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 - Question (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, to revert to the proposed constitution, democracy and rights commission, I have twice asked for a debate on it before it is established so that the Government can benefit from your Lordships’ views on its remit, priorities and composition. In January my noble friend Lord Howe said that this was a “very good suggestion”. Can my noble friend send us on our Summer Recess with a...

Parliamentary Constituencies Bill - Second Reading (27 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I welcome the Bill so ably introduced by my noble friend, even though the 1986 Act that it amends abolished the Ealing Acton constituency I represented for 23 years, making me politically homeless until the good voters of North West Hampshire offered me their hospitality. The most controversial aspect of the Bill is its so-called automaticity. Some Peers do not like this because it...

Business and Planning Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (20 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I begin with a brief word about Labour’s Amendment 11, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox. I am disappointed that the party which—with a bit of prodding when in government—introduced the ban on smoking in pubs has in opposition retreated from that bold approach to public health issues, and cannot support Amendment 15. This disappointment is shared by many of Labour’s...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (17 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I applaud my noble friend the Minister’s opening remarks, and the comments of my noble friend Lord Hunt. I will make three points: one minute each. First, as it addresses the challenges that noble Lords have been talking about, the Government should make it clear that they are not bound by their manifesto commitments. One was: “We will not borrow to fund day-to-day spending,”...

House of Lords: Relocation - Private Notice Question (14 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, in the words of an exasperated Lord Speaker, “Here we go again.” It is all very well to say that it is a matter for Parliament, but it is the Executive, not Parliament, that keeps this hare running. Government policy was set out in May last year: “We agree with the Committee that the R&R programme should ensure that the Palace of Westminster is fit to serve as the home of the...


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