Results 1–20 of 1314 for speaker:Lord Young of Norwood Green

NHS Digital: Primary Care Medical Records - Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, by coincidence, I received a text from my GP surgery yesterday inviting me to click on a link if I wished to opt out of having my data shared. I do not. Does the Minister agree that data sharing plays a vital role in advancing diagnosis and cures for a range of diseases and illnesses? Of course we need to ensure that there is public trust on anonymity. Can he give us more...

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare an interest as an apprenticeships ambassador, and certainly welcome this Bill. I congratulate the MP for the City of Durham and my noble friend Lady Blower on her comprehensive introduction. I have only one concern, which is the reference in the Bill to a simplified safeguarding system. If only that were true. I think that independent providers who do not have school...

Covid-19: Government’s Publication of Contracts - Commons Urgent Question (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare an interest as I am on the advisory board of a local clothing manufacturing company in Haringey in an unremunerated capacity. Can the Minister explain why a high-quality SME capable of supplying reusable, RFID-tagged PPE gowns which can be laundered 70 times at a cost of 80p per wash—compared to disposable gowns which cost £10—and which are better for the environment...

Unemployment: Over-50s - Question (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, what efforts are the job coaches and service centres making to assess the current skills of over-50s and to ensure the necessary retraining to enable re-employment? I hope that the House will recognise the enormous efforts being made by job coaches and service centre staff. The system might need some improvement, so the Kickstart idea is a good example.

Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Feb 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it is fascinating how such a small Bill has demonstrated the ability of the House of Lords to rise to the occasion and scrutinise every word and line. I welcome the Minister’s assurance that he was listening carefully to the debate. His recent letter gave some reassurance, but not enough. It did not deal with what most of the speakers today regard as a misinterpretation of the...

Educational Settings: Reopening - Commons Urgent Question (27 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, my information from an academy director in London is that they are prepared to open primary schools using lateral flow tests twice a week for all staff, with staggered starts and finishes for pupils. Does the Minister see that as a viable approach? Secondly, I should say that there is still a severe shortage of laptops in London, which is handicapping pupils who are dependent on...

Skills for Jobs White Paper - Statement (26 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s White Paper but I share some of the concerns expressed by my noble friend Lord Bassam. Implementing many of the Augar report’s recommendations is important, although personally I think that instead of talking about loans we should be talking about a graduate tax, which is a much more progressive approach. I have two points that I want to raise. First,...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2021)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare my interest as an apprenticeship ambassador. Like many of my colleagues I voted remain but, as George Brown once said, “democracy has democked”. I, like many noble Lords, prefer to focus on how we put flesh on the bones of what I would describe as a framework agreement. The noble Lord, Lord Curry, referred to the importance of European vets in our export/import trade....

Puberty-blocker Drugs - Question (10 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the administration of puberty-blocker drugs to children under the age of 16.

Puberty-blocker Drugs - Question (10 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I wish to make my position clear: I am opposed to all forms of transphobia and transgender discrimination, but this should not override the rights of women as defined in law. I welcome the Minister’s statement on the guidance and the research, and I am sure he agrees with me on the importance of the NHS guidance. Does he also recognise that this needs to be ported? What actions...

Malaria Vaccine - Private Notice Question (9 Dec 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply; I am sure that he agrees with me that the impact of malaria, which kills hundreds of millions of people a year, is probably even worse than the Covid epidemic. Can the Minister confirm that the proposed reduction in the overseas aid budget will not impact the funding of this vital vaccine, which will do so much to enhance the reputation of the...

Universal Credit - Question (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for recognising the important contribution of the £20 a week increase. Does she also recognise that the increase in housing benefit rates has made a significant contribution to reducing poverty? Does she agree that we should recognise the contribution made by the key workers in the DWP? The case managers, job coaches and all the staff have coped with a 600%...

Domestic Abuse: Protection of Victims - Question (27 Oct 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, how will the Government ensure that Refuge and other providers which choose to prioritise the well-being of women by applying single-sex exemptions are not penalised through contracts awarded by local authorities, CCGs and PCNs, many of which have misinterpreted the Equality Act by making gender-neutral or trans-inclusive provision for members of the opposite sex a condition of...

Performing Arts: Job Support Scheme - Private Notice Question (29 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady McIntosh on asking this Question, and I thank the Minister for her response. However, does she recognise—I think that she does—that thousands of jobs in the arts community are at risk, especially in local communities? Does she also recognise the valuable work that they do in a variety of locations—for example, in care homes and through...

Gender Recognition Act Consultation - Commons Urgent Question (25 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, as can be seen from today’s debate, this is a controversial issue. I want to see a fair deal for transgender people and their ability to identify as trans. However, I believe that there is a balance to be struck, and the Statement issued by the Government is a balanced approach. I would welcome a comment from the Minister as to whether any further guidance needs to be issued on...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 79 (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I first declare an interest as a member of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, which has done a lot of work on agriculture. I congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Dundee, on an excellent amendment. We certainly need to encourage new entrants and young farmers. Looking at some statistics about farming apprenticeships, I was interested that they talked about a 2.7% growth in the industry...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 75 (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I too wish to speak in support of these amendments. I am pleased to learn that the Government say that they will carry on research into reducing the use of pesticides. There are perhaps somewhat controversial methods of reducing the use of pesticides, and one I will refer to is known as gene editing. This is a very significant variation on genetic modification, which was...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome the statement from the Minister, but to be candid, when I hear talk about Moonshot, I will believe it when I see it. What members of the public want is the ability to access Covid tests in places such as Bagshot, or Aldershot, or any other testing centre. The reports we get are that they cannot get appointments. Schools are closing because they cannot get test results,...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (21 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I am addressing all these questions to the Minister. My last point is this: will there be testing capacity in general practice surgery?

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 31 (15 Sep 2020)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee. It is certainly a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lady Jones of Whitchurch—I wholeheartedly endorse her views—and the noble Lord, Lord Krebs. As a number of speakers have already said, we are seeking to bring about the most profound change in the way agriculture is managed and focused. If ever...


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