Results 41–60 of 154 for speaker:Baroness Grender

Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I particularly thank my noble friend Lord Clement-Jones for so ably chairing the Select Committee and leading this debate. It is a tribute to his indefatigable energy and intellect that the report was so well received. Indeed, when we had a training session on neural networks, he left us all in his wake and proved why he was such an able chair. It is also a tribute to the excellent...

Rogue Landlords - Question (13 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree that we need an open register urgently and cannot afford to wait for it, given that nearly a quarter of households in the UK now rent privately? Can the Minister explain the difference between an open register of that nature for landlords and, let us say, food hygiene ratings? Surely it is just as important to have a rating for where you live as it is for...

Social Media Services - Question for Short Debate (12 Nov 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, for initiating this debate on such an important subject. It is timely because while so much seems to be at the stage on initiation, very little has reached a conclusion, so it is good to take stock. It is good that he has led us through a complex debate with his usual clarity. As ever, it has also been a real treat to hear in more...

Housing: Rent Payment History - Question (31 Oct 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, if a quarter of all households will be renting as of 2021, there must be an end to the bias against people who pay rent rather than a mortgage? With that in mind, will he commit to ensuring that the larger retailers such as Dixons and Argos are included in any initiative that comes out of the Rent Recognition Challenge? Without their participation in...

Tenant Fees Bill - Second Reading (10 Oct 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, as the Minister said, today is World Homeless Day. It therefore seems fitting that we are discussing the Bill. The loss of a private tenancy remains the biggest cause of homelessness. One in six households now rents privately; that includes more than 1 million families with children. It is in that context, looking out for people on low incomes who have no choice but to rent, that we...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Museums and Galleries: Conditions of Employment (27 Jul 2018)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they have taken, following the ruling of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith, to ensure that workers in museums and galleries in the UK that are public bodies have appropriate rights.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Museums and Galleries: Conditions of Employment (27 Jul 2018)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, following the ruling of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith, to advise those museums and galleries in the UK that are public bodies about sick pay and holiday pay.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Museums and Galleries: Conditions of Employment (27 Jul 2018)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who work for UK museums and galleries that are public bodies who are on the payroll and taxed at source but inaccurately described as freelance, following the Supreme Court ruling in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Museums and Galleries: Conditions of Employment (27 Jul 2018)

Baroness Grender: To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they have given to those UK museums and galleries that are public bodies regarding the employment status of workers who have been employed for 10 years or more.

Housing: Short-Term Lets - Question (19 Jul 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House when the Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Reduction Taskforce last met? Further, will he ask it to consider the impact of Airbnb on homelessness, given that it has been estimated by Inside Airbnb that in London alone, nearly a quarter of secure tenancies that could be available are now affected by Airbnb?

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] - Committee (11 May 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, this is a probing of an airing, to give the technical term. The primary aim of this amendment is to counteract the other amendments tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Naseby and Lord Blencathra. Amendment 5 has been tabled to say, “This needs to happen now”. Its primary point is that the FCA needs to conduct a review and do it now. I am fully aware that the FCA is at the moment...

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] - Committee (11 May 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, we on these Benches fully support the Bill as originally drafted and therefore oppose the amendments in group one for all the reasons set out so far by other Members. Renters are such a large part of the population now. They have every right to be full participants as consumers. I will give a very specific example: if you are a renter in social housing—78% of renters in social...

NHS: Artificial Intelligence - Question (24 Apr 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the recommendations of the AI Select Committee, regarding NHS data, that a framework for the sharing of data is now urgent or needs to be delivered by the end of 2018? Does he support the need to digitalise, in consistent formats, by 2022? Evidence received by the committee suggests that failure to do so risks our missing out on profound opportunities...

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Database of Rogue Landlords and Property Agents) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Regret (17 Apr 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, for bringing forward this regret Motion. We share his deep frustration that this legislation is not already in place—if indeed legislation is necessary. In every possible debate on this issue, during the passage of what became the Housing and Planning Act 2016, during the passage of my Private Member’s Bill on tenants’ rights in 2016, and...

Housing Associations - Question (8 Feb 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, does the Minister believe that there is a crisis in this area, given that last year saw more homeless children than we have seen in a decade? Does he recognise that it is hard to believe that this Government see it as a crisis if expenditure is 79% on private housing and 21% on affordable housing? As he well knows, “affordable” is not really affordable for families on low incomes.

Independent Radio Production - Question for Short Debate (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Grender: My understanding is that there is a meeting at DCMS next week. It sounds like an excellent idea; it is about whether some of the contestable funding is available for radio. As the noble Baroness will be aware, that is something that was hard fought for. The £60 million is going towards children’s TV content and maybe some radio, but we would like to know that it will still be directed...

Independent Radio Production - Question for Short Debate (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, on securing the debate. He has championed broadcasting issues here in the Lords for longer than I have been in this place, and I look forward to hearing even more from him on this. I also thank all those organisations that provided briefings for the debate. There is clearly strong interest in the progress of building a...

Rough Sleeping - Question (1 Feb 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, will the Minister consider a small, simple and immediate step, which is to reverse the cut in housing benefit for 18 to 21 year-olds? The cut was snuck in on a Friday afternoon by secondary legislation, and the savings are negligible. If just 140 young people are homeless out of the 10,000 affected in one year, it will start to cost the state more, not less. It is a simple measure...

Museums and Galleries - Question for Short Debate (23 Jan 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, for introducing this all-important debate. Museums and galleries in the UK are available for all levels of interest, knowledge and understanding; indeed, they provide many of us with deeply personal and lifelong memories. I will never forget my visit to the Jorvik centre in York in my early 20s and the sense of magic as I held in my hand...

Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Grender: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of the banning orders. This is one part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 where we agreed with the Benches opposite, regarding the need to introduce measures to address rogue landlords. Where we parted company—although we would still like to pursue the argument—was about the need to ensure that if there were a register or database of...


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