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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...

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...

Homeless People: Prevention of Deaths - Statement (1 Oct 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I welcome the extra £54 million in last month’s spending review to combat rough sleeping and homelessness, particularly as there is strong evidence that, where the resources of the RSI have been focused, rough sleeping has fallen much faster than elsewhere. If we are to make further progress in tackling rough sleeping, particularly among single people, I ask my noble friend to...

Use of Language to Create a Safe Environment - Statement (26 Sep 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, as a recent refugee from the other place I was dismayed by the tone of last night’s exchanges. I will, however, make a slightly different point from that of my noble friend. The Prime Minister says that he wants a deal. I hope that he gets one, but to do so he will need to get legislation through both Houses and the support of all sides in both Houses. In addition to my noble...

Spending Round 2019 - Motion to Take Note (25 Sep 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Duncan on his new responsibilities in your Lordships’ House, which have substantially increased the length of the frontier that he has to patrol. I thank him also for his kind words in his opening remarks. He will enjoy these set-piece debates on Budgets and spending reviews, which are always well-informed. I wish him well in summing up and in...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for securing this debate and for the speech he made introducing it. This is a policy area in which he has great expertise, and it comes as no surprise that, in his own words, he is campaigning for further reform and updating of the original FoI Act. I am grateful to other noble Lords who have spoken, each bringing their own interests...

National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill - Third Reading (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that her Majesty, having been informed of the purpose of the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, has consented to place her interest, so far as it is affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill. Bill passed.

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, all homes created through permitted development rights for change of use are required to comply with building regulations, including in respect of fire safety. We announced in a Written Ministerial Statement on 13 March our intention to review permitted development rights for the conversion of buildings to residential use in respect of the quality standard of homes delivered. This...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: On the case concerning Watford which the noble Baroness mentioned, the borough council may appeal against the planning inspector’s decision within the next few days, so she will understand if I put that to one side. I make two general points: first, I hope all noble Lords will agree that, if you have redundant office or industrial buildings in an area where there is a severe shortage of...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: I hope the noble Lord will understand if I do not praise the London borough of Watford, as it may be about to take the Government to court—that might get me into difficulty. However, I agree with the thrust of what he said. It is worth reminding the House that the Prime Minister said last month that, “I believe the next government should be bold enough to ensure the Nationally Described...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: Again, that is subject to the case, which may come before the courts, as to whether what was applied for in Watford constituted a dwelling house. That is the issue that may well be tested. I refer the noble Lord to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 that comes into effect in March next year, which gives tenants additional rights if they believe their property is not fit for...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: At the moment, building regulations do not require that, and that is one of the issues the review will look at. At the moment, there are no requirements for a property to have windows, natural light or minimum space standards. That is why we are reviewing the position, and the noble Lord is quite right to make that point.

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: This Minister may not be in a place to come back to the House, but I take the noble Baroness’s point. There is clearly strong feeling in your Lordships’ House that the current position is wholly unsatisfactory. We are reviewing it and I take the point about urgency that all noble Lords have impressed on me; we will come back the moment we have some progress to report. I take on board what...

EEA Nationals (Indefinite Leave to Remain) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: If my noble friend looks at the list, he will find that we were hoping to hear from the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley.

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Naseby for re-introducing a measure of constitutional importance to noble Lords, even if, as we have heard, it does not cause a great deal of excitement outside this place. My noble friend and I go back a long way, having been elected to another place on the same day in 1974. My majority that year was 808—by comparison a huge increase on his own. He...

Detainee Issues - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: I begin by paying tribute to my noble friend who founded and chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition in another place. He has consistently campaigned, in another place and now here, for greater transparency on this subject. On the UK’s reputation, it is worth quoting what Sir Adrian said in his letter about the posture we have adopted. He says: “The...

Detainee Issues - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: It will be for Sir Adrian’s successor as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner to report annually to the Government, in particular on how the guidance on detainees is being implemented. I hope my noble friend will accept that, having set up the Investigatory Powers Commissioner with statutory powers, it would be right to leave it to him—or, indeed, her—to carry out the very important...

Detainee Issues - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: I mean no disrespect to members of the judiciary, but having a judge-led review does not always lead to closure, which is the case that has been made in this example of a reason for having a judge-led review. In addition to the cost, which I will come to in a moment, there would be a serious diversion of energy and attention by those involved were we to carry out a judge-led review. As for...


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