All 7 results for speaker:Lord Young of Graffham

Israel and Palestine: United States’ Proposals for Peace - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for securing this debate, but I have to say that there is an elephant in the room. I am about to speak of things from my own direct personal experience over the years. By the early 1990s most of the Arab states were tiring of war. This did not necessarily include the PLO but, gradually, prospects for peace began to improve, until there were talks...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note ( 3 Jul 2014)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on introducing this debate. First, unequivocally, manufacturing is important, but I also believe that it has to be put in context. Let me explain. Three hundred years ago, 97% of jobs were agricultural; 250 years ago, along came the Industrial Revolution; and by this time in the last century we were a manufacturing nation. There is no doubt that...

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Funding — Question (25 Jun 2013)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that the banks scored an own goal not after 2008 but over 20 years ago, when they took the managers out of the branches and that in fact there is nobody for the average SME to relate to but a relationship manager at the end of a telephone, whose only word is no? The real problem we have is to bring back a relationship between the banks and the small...

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 Apr 2013)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, it is a great privilege to be able to pay tribute to the memory of Baroness Thatcher. I was her creation. The noble Lord, Lord Tebbit, put me in the Manpower Services Commission; she invited me into Cabinet. For five years, I had the privilege of working closely with her. I do not want to talk about those. Much has been said about the trials and tribulations of what happened over...

Multiculturalism: Interfaith Dialogue — Question for Short Debate ( 8 Sep 2011)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Mitchell, for bringing forward this debate today and I declare an interest as a trustee of Coexistence Trust. I pay tribute to the work and the way in which he has transformed the trust over the past few years. There are three monotheistic faiths. All have the Bible in common, all believe in the same creator, yet so many have suffered down the centuries...

Health and Safety: Common Sense Common Safety: Debate (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, I am grateful to the House for this contribution to discussion on health and safety. I will not detain your Lordships much longer, but I would like to say just three things and to make one general observation. I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, not only for his thorough endorsement of my report, but for the way in which we have worked together with his organisation....

Health and Safety: Common Sense Common Safety: Debate (25 Nov 2010)

Lord Young of Graffham: My Lords, it has been some 21 years since I last opened a debate in your Lordships' House. Over these years, our House has changed, for many who used to grace your Lordships' House are, alas, no longer with us. However, one thing that I am certain has not changed is the courtesy and attention which all in your Lordships' House display towards our debate. Towards the end of last year the Prime...

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