Results 121–140 of 10500 for speaker:Lord Young of Cookham

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 18 (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I put my name to the noble Baroness’s amendment to indicate cross-party support, and I now add a brief footnote to her excellent speech. Winding up the Second Reading debate last Monday, my noble friend Lord Howe said, in connection with another section of the Bill: “The Government are clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace and that the health and...

Covid-19: Local Government Finance - Question (7 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to the Question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, on financial stability, local authorities borrow substantial sums of money from the market. While some local authorities have recently had their credit rating reduced, most have so far maintained high ratings, enabling them to borrow cheaply. Will my noble friend do all he can to take the necessary steps to ensure that...

Business and Planning Bill - Second Reading (6 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, others have raised the concerns of inner-city residents about the implications of Clause 11, which will encourage drinking in the streets into the early hours, and I hope my noble friend will consider whether the safeguards mentioned in the opening speech are in fact an adequate response. Nearly all the measures in the Bill are temporary but I want to speak about one measure which...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1439), what representations they have received regarding citizens' engagement in the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission; and what progress they have made in establishing that Commission.

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 71 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I will add a brief footnote to the powerful case made by the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles. She referred to the Railways Pension Scheme. As Secretary of State for Transport from 1995 to 1997, I am familiar with the scheme, which has grown in the intervening years to be one of the UK’s largest funds and which I believe to be well run. I shared with my noble friend Lady Stedman-Scott...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 53 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, not least my noble friend Lord Howe for his response to the issues raised. I repeat the welcome given by all those who spoke to the government amendments, which in effect oblige MaPS to provide a dashboard. I make it clear that I do not propose to press any of the amendments in my name to a Division. On identity, I note the new...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 53 (30 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, Amendment 53 in my name presses the Government to clarify progress on identity verification. This is crucial because without a system for identity verification—proving you are who you say you are—no one can use a dashboard. The original proposal for verification was summarised on the ABI website: “The process to confirm the identity of users is based on the gov.uk/verify...

House of Lords: Size - Question (23 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, last July the Burns committee produced its third report with benchmarks for year 3, indicating by how much each group should reduce its numbers if we were to hit the target by 2027. Year 3 ended on 7 June. Does the noble Lord agree that when the Burns committee reconvenes, it would be helpful if it then set targets for the remainder of this Parliament, taking account of the recent...

Emissions: Housing - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, in its report on energy efficiency last year, the BEIS Select Committee recommended that the winter fuel payment, which costs around £3 billion per year, be refocused and the savings invested in energy-efficiency programmes for fuel-poor households. Before the pandemic, the last Government rejected this, but can the Minister encourage the DWP and the Treasury to have another look...

Manifesto Commitments - Question (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review their manifesto commitments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manifesto Commitments - Question (16 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am very grateful to my noble friend for that reply, but one of the commitments in the manifesto said: “We will not borrow to fund day-to-day spending”. Another promised that the national debt “will be lower at the end of the Parliament”. Sticking to these commitments in circumstances that no one could have foreseen, as my noble friend just said, would prevent the Government...

Banks: Authorised Push Payment Fraud - Question (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, this crime is so prevalent because of the ease with which fraudsters can open bank accounts with false details. Does my noble friend agree that responsibility for paying compensation should rest not with the innocent customer’s bank, as at the moment, but with the bank that allowed the fraudulent account to be opened and the money to be stolen?

Covid-19: Aviation - Commons Urgent Question (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the challenges facing the UK aviation industry are replicated throughout the world. The International Civil Aviation Organization has set up an aviation recovery task force. It was due to report by the end of last month, setting out policies and priorities for recovery. Can my noble friend tell the House what progress that task force has made and how it relates to the work of the...

Covid-19: Housing - Statement (18 May 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, one constraint on the construction industry as it recovers from recession is the shortage of skilled workers from the EU, who have left and are unlikely to return. What steps are the Government taking to retrain with the necessary skills those who, sadly, may be made redundant by their current employers?

Housing for the Homeless - Question for Short Debate (14 May 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Bird, not just for this short debate but for the work that he has done over the past three decades in helping rough sleepers to rebuild their lives. The pandemic offers a real chance to make a step change in policy—the “great opportunity” that he referred to and the window of opportunity referred to by the noble and right reverend Lord,...

Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, as the Minister who took the Census Act through your Lordships’ House last year—I am grateful to the Minister today for his kind words—I have a paternal interest in this order, which I hope will secure the same broad support that the Act received last year. I have a number of issues for my noble friend. He suggested—and other noble Lords have referred to this—that this...

Income Equality and Sustainability - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the House is grateful to the most reverend Primate for this debate. It is timely because the Government are about to embark both on a spending review and a Budget which between them will shape the nation’s response to the pandemic, as well as setting out the Government’s response to the competing priorities we debate this afternoon. On 12 March, the Prime Minister said, “I...

Covid-19: People Living in Poverty - Question for Short Debate (30 Apr 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is difficult to find any silver lining in this corona-cloud, but the response to Louise Casey’s request for help for some of the poorest in our society, namely the rough sleepers, is one such example. The target to end rough sleeping has been reduced from five years to five days. Some 5,400 rough sleepers have been rehoused, thanks to heroic efforts by voluntary organisations...

Vagrancy Act 1824 - Question (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824. The Question was considered in a Virtual Proceeding via video call.

Vagrancy Act 1824 - Question (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for that reply. Does he agree that attitudes to those who sleep rough have softened over the past 200 years and that legislation which refers to “idle and disorderly”, “rogues” and “vagabonds” living in “coach-houses” and “stables” has no place in modern legislation? Given that charities working with rough sleepers...


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