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Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-Engagement - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (25 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I thank the Minister for setting out the code of practice and express my gratitude to all noble Lords who have spoken. Last week saw the two-year anniversary of the P&O Ferries dismissals, the highest-profile abuse of fire and rehire in recent years—but, sadly, not the only one. The Minister might say that the P&O case is not fire and rehire, but many will not agree with that...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, this year we celebrate 25 years of the national minimum wage, which was brought in by the Labour Government. It has played a vital role in protecting the UK’s lowest-paid workers. Some 524 employers were recently named and shamed for underpaying around 172,000 national minimum wage employees by nearly £16 million. Can the Minister confirm that these underpaid employees have now...

UK Tradeshow Programme Closure - Question (18 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: To ask His Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the UK Tradeshow Programme on the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to export to new markets

UK Tradeshow Programme Closure - Question (18 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, the Tradeshow Access Programme provided vital support to thousands of SMEs to attend international trade events. The return on investment was remarkable; then the Government closed it. Last year, UK exports were £860 billion—well short of the £1 trillion target. Does the Minister agree that we need to get out there and sell, sell, sell? Can he tell the House when the...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 104 (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate. Once again, I have been extremely impressed by the range of expertise and the depth of insight. Conscious of the time we have all been here, I will address some of the key amendments as briefly as I can. Amendments 104 and 118, in the names of the noble Baronesses, Lady Hayman, Lady Bakewell, Lady Ritchie and Lady Harding,...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 23 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I have listened to the Minister and I am afraid I am not persuaded. Our amendment would take the Bill back to the original version as in the other place and, on that basis, I wish to test the will of the House. Ayes 209, Noes 193.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 14 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I have listened to the Minister, and I respectfully regret that I am not convinced. Our amendment is more comprehensive and would really provide a level playing field. As we have seen in the EU, big tech companies will go out of the way to circumvent any regulations. Therefore, I wish to test the will of the House. Ayes 199, Noes 199.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 12 (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, it has been illuminating to listen to the varied and valuable contributions from all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate. I thank all those who have risen to speak. As may be expected, a broad range of knowledge, differing views and important concerns has been shared and expressed. The noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, referred to Apple’s dominance and it not being prepared...

Regulator of Community Interest Companies - Question (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, as the Minister said, there are 31,000 CICs in the UK. They deliver significant benefits to communities across sectors including the environment, education, health and sports. However, the number of CICs being dissolved is increasing year on year, reaching an alarming 3,100 last year. What assessment have the Government made of whether dissolutions are the result of fraudulent...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, spring is in the air and love is all around. With Valentine’s Day last month and Mothering Sunday this weekend, florists’ businesses should be blooming. Unfortunately, they face additional costs and paperwork on the 80% of flowers that are imported from the EU, due to the border target operating model. The Government’s lack of a plan for Brexit has been particularly exposed...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: I thank the Minister for giving way. Does he agree that the Bill offers employers the flexibility to consult their workers before the terms of the employment are changed? It does not ban the practice; it is just a last resort that offers a consultation period with the employees.

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have contributed today, and especially acknowledge the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, on the Conservative Benches. I declare my interests as the director of several businesses and companies, as set out in the register. I have been in business for the past four decades and employed several thousands of people. One of the most important things...

National Minimum Wage - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for his tireless campaigning to tackle homelessness and poverty. Even at my advanced age, I enjoy celebrating birthdays, but I have never believed that my hourly work increases by 50% simply by ageing a year—yet that is implied by the national minimum wage banding between 17 and 18 year-olds. These days it is a real struggle to survive on the...

Tata Steel: Port Talbot - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, as the Minister said earlier, and as the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, mentioned, Tata Steel secured £500 million of taxpayers’ money in state aid, yet it rejected union proposals for a two-phase plan that would protect more than 2,300 jobs over a decade and that would see no compulsory redundancies at Port Talbot. The loss of these jobs will clearly have a very hard impact on the...

UK-EU Trade: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, small businesses have reported that access to export markets has been hindered lately by import licences and EU regulations and they have either retreated or considered retreating to domestic markets. In addition to the Minister’s meetings with exporters, have the Government made any assessment of the impact of such decisions, and what consideration have they given to possible...

UK-Canada Trade Deal: Suspension of Negotiations - Question (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, the Institute for Government has warned that the Government’s failure to set out red lines on key issues in trade talks is a “recipe for disaster” and could delay new trade agreements. They now need to move urgently to put them in place, otherwise they will find themselves losing control of trade negotiations to better-prepared partners. What assessments have the Government...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 7 (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I am speaking to Amendments 7 and 8, and I thank all noble Lords for their contributions. Intellectual property, particularly copyright, plays a pivotal role in the global trade in creative content, with the UK music industry serving as a prime example of its significance. It is imperative to acknowledge the substantial impact of copyright on fostering innovation and ensuring the...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions and the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, for presenting this amendment calling on the Secretary of State to publish a report assessing the potential impact of China’s accession to the CPTPP on the United Kingdom and saying that both Houses of Parliament must be presented with a Motion for resolution on the said report. As the...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 4 (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Leong: My Lords, as we have heard, this government Amendment 4 is really a relatively minor and technical amendment, so there is not much to add, except for some questions we hope the Minister will respond to. How often do the Government expect this test to be utilised, and are there any potential ramifications they will come across? What happens if the name change application is not successful—is...


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