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Hong Kong: Legislative Council - Private Notice Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords—[Inaudible.]

Hong Kong: Legislative Council - Private Notice Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: I will; I am sorry. China’s dismissal of four members of the Legislative Council underlined the worst fears about the national security law and its impact on freedoms of expression and judicial independence in Hong Kong. The new law, which apparently applies to everyone everywhere in the world, is generating alarm among universities with students who will return to Hong Kong at some stage...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Remote Working: Coronavirus (12 Nov 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what safety advice and guidance they have made available for individuals who (1) choose, and (2) are required, to work from home.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society: Anniversaries (15 Oct 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity CO-Gas Safety.

Hong Kong: Political Situation - Question (29 Sep 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the introduction and implementation of the national security law by China has rightly been described as a watershed moment for human rights and academic and press freedoms. One part of the Government’s response that we have heard about is the fast-track UK citizenship proposal, but I ask the Minister to say more about how this pathway is to be implemented, how many he expects to...

Kickstart Scheme - Commons Urgent Question (7 Sep 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, for those employers whose individual job needs do not amount to 30, arrangements can be put in place, as we have heard, by intermediaries. What is the process for this? Is it just a DWP recommendation? Is there a quality assurance process for recognition of intermediaries? Who has responsibility for delivering the various programmes—individual employers or the intermediary entity?

Covid-19: Self-isolation Payment Scheme - Question (2 Sep 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, support for the most vulnerable in undertaking self-isolation should not just, as suggested, be a matter of financial support, important though that is. It should include emotional and mental health support to the household. Does the Minister agree? What provision is being made for this sort of support? In so far as it is provided by local authorities, will adequate funding be made...

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, Covid-19 has changed all our lives in a way that we might have thought unimaginable a few months ago. With optimism for a V-shaped recovery receding and facing a 12.8% fall in GDP this year, and with public sector borrowing in excess of £500 billion, we face difficult times. Levels of borrowing that might previously have been said to be indefensible, dangerous and unsustainable are...

Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (19 May 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I too speak in favour of seafarers and offshore workers continuing to be subject to automatic enrolment if they are ordinarily working within the UK, and I support the removal of the sunset provisions that would negate this outcome. The point was raised about why the sunset provisions were there in the first place. If memory serves, it was because some of the complexities of the...

Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (19 May 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Understood—my apologies. I will leave it there.

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the Statement describes the situation prior to the easing it contains. It states that life has been put on hold and that 450,000 sales have been unable to be progressed. Rentals are not going ahead and 300,000 tenants are waiting for their renewals. It says that the pressure on some people has, “become acute with profound legal, financial and health implications.” I understand...

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, addressing the worst forms of homelessness requires that there be sufficient settled accommodation, and it certainly requires an increase in the supply of affordable housing in the true sense of that term. Also, as in times past, the housing crisis requires a significant programme of council house building. It is clear that we have a housing crisis in this country. It is not on the...

Covid-19: Strategy - Statement (12 May 2020)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, given that we now know that the low paid in manual jobs face a greater risk of dying from the virus than high-paid white-collar workers, does the Minister consider that acceptable and what steps are proposed to rectify it? I join my noble friend Lord Monks in recommending that the Government look to TU safety reps as a significant resource to help tackle the current situation....

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her introduction of the Bill. It is her first pension Bill and we wish her well. I welcome the open approach that she has signified and the focus already on delegated powers, which I am sure we will discuss extensively. As we have heard, the Bill focuses on three significant areas: a framework for setting up, operating and regulating “collective money...

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and I applaud her campaign. Recent years have seen a number of key changes to the UK pensions landscape, some concerning accumulation, such as auto-enrolment and master trusts, and some decumulation, notably pension freedoms. Some concern compliance and regulation, such as the charge cap, but, as the Pension Schemes...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords—

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Does the Minister accept that this Government were not the first to understand the importance of getting people into work? If she goes back just a few years in history to previous Governments, she will see that it was a Labour Government who started the process of engagement with people, rather than leaving them to rot on disability benefits. The game plan of the noble Baroness’s Government...

Personal Independence Payments - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating an Answer to a UQ concerning a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court. The judgment, as we have heard, is to be welcomed and will mean that people with mental health problems who find social situations debilitating can now be assessed as having sufficient points to be eligible for the personal independence regime. However, Mind—which should be...

Trade Unions - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Jordan on introducing this debate and on the powerful way in which he expressed the issues. It is welcome to hear about trade union matters in this Chamber; they do not feature enough in our deliberations. I declare my interest as a member of the GMB—although I confess that Price Waterhouse did not have many shop stewards from that union. I...

Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (2 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I have just two quick questions. First, where the recipient who is due to make payment is subject to a benefit sanction, what impact does that have on the amounts that are collectable, as proposed in this order? Secondly, the £8.40 can be an amalgam of the collection fee and the maintenance payment. So far as the government accounts are concerned, how is that split and dealt with?


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