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Housing Delivery Test - Question (18 Mar 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the housing delivery test applies to those local authorities that have an adopted local plan against which to measure progress. Can my noble friend tell the House how many local authorities have not got an adopted local plan, how the delivery test applies in those cases and what action the Government are taking to ensure that those local authorities produce an adopted local plan?

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (13 Mar 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: It is a pleasure to follow my former boss my noble friend Lord Taylor, who in previous Parliaments generously allowed extra time for discussion on such a Bill. I believe I am the only noble Lord, apart from the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, who has sat through every single minute of previous discussions of his Bills in the past four and a half years. This was not a voluntary decision; I did so in...

Ministerial Code - Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: There is one question that I asked, and I wonder whether the Minister could reply. When the current inquiry into the Home Secretary ends, will there be transparency about the conclusions similar to what there was in the previous inquiry that I referred to?

Ministerial Code - Question for Short Debate (12 Mar 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to take part in this brief but topical debate, initiated by the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, and I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Butler, about a proportionate response to any inquiries. If we look at how we discipline ourselves in your Lordships’ House, or how the code of conduct is administered in the other place, there is a proportionate, rather than...

Housing: New Homes - Question (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in meeting their target of delivering 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020s.

Housing: New Homes - Question (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: I am grateful to my noble friend for outlining the progress the Government are making towards meeting their ambitious target. In the 10 years from 1974 there were two Housing Ministers, who did roughly five years each, and annual output of housing in England averaged 200,000 a year, against some difficult economic circumstances. In the 10 years since 2010, we have had 10 Housing Ministers and...

Transport Infrastructure - Statement (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I was Secretary of State for Transport in 1996, when we gave the go-ahead for HS1—the fast link between St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel. It was opposed by local MPs and challenged through the courts. People said it was too expensive and it was challenged on environmental grounds. People said we should spend the money on local lines instead. Today, not a single Member of your...

Housing: Social Homes for Rent - Question (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, many of the social homes for rent referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, are built under Section 106 agreements by developers with local authorities. My noble friend will know that, once development has started, quite often the developers, using a so-called viability assessment, then wriggle out of the commitment to build social homes. Is my noble friend aware of this...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission - Question (29 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is clear from the replies that my noble friend has been able to give that work on the commission is still at its formative stage, so I repeat my request for an early debate in order for your Lordships to influence its development. Is it not the case that the biggest challenge facing the UK at the moment is the threat to the union? Should that not be an early priority for the...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I wish to make a brief contribution to this Second Reading debate and, like others, I welcome the provisions in the Bill. I wish my noble friend well in piloting it through your Lordships’ House and commend her and her department for the briefing with which they have provided us. It may be my noble friend’s first pensions Bill but I hope she will not mind if I tell her that I...

Homelessness - Question (23 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to my noble friend Lord Lamont’s question, will the Government review the Vagrancy Act 1824? It has the unfortunate consequence of criminalising rough sleepers, by bringing them before the courts. This isolates them from the support that the Government are funding through housing and employment. As it approaches its bicentenary, should this Act not be repealed?

UK: System of Government - Question (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, further to the reply my noble friend has just given about the commission, is it the Government’s position that there should be no legislation on constitutional matters before the commission has met in order to get a coherent view, or is it proposed that there should be some individual measures of constitutional reform in advance of the commission considering them?

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: Civil Society - Question (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: As my noble friend is aware, this commission generated some excitement in your Lordships’ House when we debated it last Wednesday. If, as my noble friend said, this project is still in its formative stage, can we at least have a debate in your Lordships’ House before it is set up so that your Lordships might influence its constitution and remit, and, I hope, make sure that it is a great...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I join others in commending my two noble friends for their high-quality maiden speeches. I follow up the point made by my noble friend Lord Parkinson. He pointed out that my party annexed a substantial number of votes from Labour in its heartlands—aspirational, patriotic, small “c” conservatives. My party may now need to annex some of Labour’s more sensible policies as well...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report - Motion to Take Note (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend and to commend her on her moving maiden speech. Following the Grenfell tragedy, as we heard, my noble friend worked closely with the survivors of the fire and the families of those who lost their lives. My noble friend has skills which we are going to need, because she was also involved in setting up the inquiries into child sex abuse and...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers: Conduct (23 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Orders in Council have been made which give authority to special advisers to instruct civil servants.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Patel. We enjoyed his deferential tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, and I shall pick up in a moment what he and other noble Lords have said about social care. My noble friend who is replying to this debate has a long frontier to patrol, so perhaps I can make her task easier by saying that I want no mention in her wind-up...

Special Adviser Appointments - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the correct procedures were followed in the dismissal of Sonia Khan as a special adviser.

Special Adviser Appointments - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: Noble Lords will recall that on 29 August Sonia Khan was summarily dismissed by Mr Cummings and shown to the front door of No. 10 by an armed officer. Paragraph 3.3 of the Ministerial Code, which was updated on 23 August this year, says: “The responsibility for the management and conduct of special advisers, including discipline, rests with the Minister who made the appointment”. The...


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