Results 41–60 of 893 for speaker:Mr John Lee

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Quota Exemptions (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: We are always doing just what my hon. Friend suggests and I also stress that the Government have spent substantial amounts of money on help for the disabled—about£220 million in mainstream employment terms and a further £128 million on specific programmes in 1988–89.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Quota Exemptions (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: As I have said, the Government are spending a substantial amount in trying to help disabled people in a host of ways. I resent the hon. Gentleman's claim that we are threatening the quota system. That is far from the truth. I am saying only that the quota system is being examined sensibly as part of our overall review. In addition, I draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to the fact that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Quota Exemptions (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We believe in a policy of promoting the employment of disabled people by good practice rather than by legislation and with the increasing tightening of the labour market there are greater opportunities than ever before for the employment of disabled people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 6 July to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Mr. Bevan) at column 278.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: Not at all. As a result of the findings of our review, we are asking the BTA to put more of its marketing effort and more of its personnel abroad at the sharp end. The problem at present, in our view, is that its staff is concentrated very much in this country. Of a total complement of 460 staff, only 170 are overseas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: I get a little upset when hon. Gentlemen, such as the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Cryer), knock the wage levels in the tourist industry. The truth is that the remuneration packages in the industry are increasing all the time. It is being increasingly seen as an attractive industry to join. I remind the hon. Gentleman that no other industry is creating jobs at the rate of nearly 1,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Tourism (18 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: On my hon. Friend's latter point, either I will have a word with the chairman of English Heritage or I will ask my successor to do so.

Remploy Factory (Rutherglen) (13 Jul 1989)

Mr John Lee: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow, Rutherglen (Mr. McAvoy) on his good fortune in securing an Adjournment debate on this important matter, which is understandably causing considerable concern in his constituency. People with severe disabilities have a real contribution to make to the economic life of this country and for over 40 years Remploy has been playing a major role in making...

Employment Bill: Repeal or Modification of Provisions Requiring Different Treatment of Different Categories of Employees (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 6, line 23, at end insert— '(4A) In section 17 of the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (fencing of exposed parts of machinery)— (a) subsection (3),(b) in subsection (4), the words from ", except when any" onwards, and(c) subsection (5), shall cease to have effect.'

Employment Bill: Repeal or Modification of Provisions Requiring Different Treatment of Different Categories of Employees (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: These amendments to schedules 3 and 7 and clause 7 deal with a matter that is virtually a technicality, but they have been tabled to ensure that safety standards remain at the present high level. If the amendments are not passed, there is a theoretical possibility that young people and adults may be at risk from dangerous moving parts of certain kinds of machinery. At the moment dangerous...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: As the hon. Gentleman would expect, I do not have that figure with me—

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: —and indeed, it is not my personal ministerial responsibility. Although I should emphasise that we currently have no plans to do this, it seems to me perfectly possible that, at some time in the future, circumstances might make it appropriate to move to a lower figure.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: What I would say is that the quota is one of many items under consideration in the overall review that we are undertaking. That has been made perfectly clear. New clause 16 would end the current arrangement whereby the power to bring or authorise prosecutions for offences under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944 is restricted to this Department. It has been the policy of successive...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: As anyone concerned with these matters will concede one of the problems is that we just do not know the size of the market or the size of the problem. That is one of the reasons why my Department is undertaking a major survey whose results we expect to have by the end of the year. Many employers have other employees who could have registered disabled but who have chosen not to do so. I...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: With respect, the hon. Gentleman's points suggest to us the need for the flexibility that we seek. I reiterate my earlier comment that the whole question of the quota is being looked at in the review that is under way. We shall take the figures to which the hon. Gentleman rightly referred into consideration in the consultative document. We are pledged to publish that document and consult...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: I should have thought that the answer was fairly obvious—the criteria would be the requirements of the particular employer and the numbers of disabled people available for employment in the relevant jobcentre areas. Those would be the dominant considerations, together with any other sensible and realistic evidence. I hope that the Opposition will not press the amendments, but if they do we...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Discrimination on Grounds of Age (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: I and—the hon. and learned Member for Leicester, West (Mr. Janner) will be pleased to hear—my youthful ministerial colleagues, have some sympathy with the Opposition's intention in tabling the new clauses, which seek to outlaw discrimination by potential employers on the grounds of a person's age or because he or she is unemployed. The Government firmly believe that employers should...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Discrimination on Grounds of Age (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: I do not agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman. As I shall show, increasingly employers who discriminate are realising the error of their ways, and the changing labour market profile and demographic changes will push them even more in the direction that we wish them to go. Employers are showing increasing flexibility in this area. For example, Tesco's is already actively recruiting older...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Employment of Disabled Persons (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: The new clauses would affect in various ways the arrangements for ensuring that people with disabilities can obtain and retain suitable employment. Although I am in sympathy with the motives underlying them, they are all of doubtful value as a means of achieving improvements in this very important area. New clause 15 would make it impossible to lower the standard percentage of registered...

Employment Bill: Repeal or Modification of Provisions Requiring Different Treatment of Different Categories of Employees (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Lee: The hon. Gentleman is being uncharacteristically churlish about an amendment that initially he supported in broad terms. To answer his technical questions, the reason we are altering clause 7 and not clause 8 is that the amendment essentially concerns treating young people and adults the same rather than simply removing a restriction on young people. The Government amendment makes doubly...


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