Results 101–120 of 223 for speaker:Lord Lennie

Shale Gas Production - Commons Urgent Question (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the Government’s consideration of fracking is a potentially dangerous and risky policy that neither addresses the real concerns about future affordable energy supplies nor contributes to achieving our net-zero targets. Surely, a better way to proceed would be to reintroduce government support for onshore wind as a cheap and generally reliable fuel source—it was abandoned by the...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his customary courtesy and thoroughness in handling this somewhat uncontentious Bill. In fact, the Bill has been so successful that the hundreds of thousands of cases which were presumed to require arbitration are now down to either the thousands or the hundreds. They are certainly a reduced number and that is a credit to the Bill. I place on record my...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - Report: Amendment 2 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his detailed response to the contributions and questions raised. It is good to know that only 2,500 cases remain. He is quite right that the longer we talk, the fewer cases will be left. I am not entirely convinced that this is proof that the market-based approach is working. It is something else, probably about the voluntarily nature of agreements entered...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - Report: Amendment 3 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: The noble Lord, Lord Fox, raises the central concerns of the struck-ill noble Earl, Lord Lytton, about the expectations of arbitrators. I would add that he seemed to suggest in Committee that the role of arbitrators in this legislation is inconsistent with the expectation of arbitrators in the Arbitration Act—that is, they decide either one way or the other between two competing cases,...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - Report: Amendment 2 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, Amendment 2 builds on the debate in Committee. The House will be pleased that I will not repeat all the arguments put forward then, but it is worth saying at the outset that this amendment is in response to severe pressures that businesses, tenants and landlords are under following an extremely difficult trading winter, plus the economic pressures of national insurance increases,...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 9 Mar 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, as the House may have spotted, I am not the noble Baroness, Lady Blake, as she is one of the two noble Lords who have fallen victim to Covid. We all wish her well for a quick recovery. On this side of the House, we also welcome the Government’s moves, which follow on from representations made by the Welsh Government and the DPRRC. They show that the Government have listened and...

National Living Wage - Question (17 Jan 2022)

Lord Lennie: I remind noble Lords—before the Minister takes too much credit for it—that it was the Labour Government who introduced the national minimum wage and that it was introduced against universal hostility from the Tory Opposition. Given the doubling of energy prices expected in April, does the Minister believe that the rise in the minimum wage to £9.50 an hour will be sufficient for ordinary...

Construction Sector: Roadmap to Zero Retentions - Question (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, in April, eight months ago, the Government stated: “The Government, in conjunction with the Construction Leadership Council, is working to identify a sustainable strategy on retentions for the whole construction sector.” Will the Minister update the House on where the strategy is? There may not be legislation, but is the strategy coming out?

Construction Sector: Roadmap to Zero Retentions - Question (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Lennie: I will try again: could the Minister say whether he agrees or disagrees that retentions in the construction industry are an appropriate or proportionate mechanism for ensuring quality and fair payment?

Newport Wafer Fab - Question ( 6 Dec 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, while there can be no doubting the strategic importance to our national security of the part played by Newport Wafer Fab, can the Minister explain why the Government did not intervene in a takeover earlier this year? Could he tell the House what tools the National Security Adviser will have at his disposal that could be applied when the ongoing review is completed?

Football Clubs: Ownership Test - Question (29 Nov 2021)

Lord Lennie: I add my congratulations to those offered to Tracey Crouch and the team for producing the report with its 47 recommendations. It has the potential to become truly transformational, if and when it is implemented in full. But can I clarify one point? As a Newcastle United fan, under some pressure, I ask the Minister what the Government believe is meant by the term “good character” on page...

Horizon Europe - Question (18 Oct 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, following on from the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, and my noble friend Lord Berkeley’s Question, just a couple of weeks ago the European University Association said: “The lengthy process of associating the UK to Horizon Europe … is creating unnecessary insecurity within the European knowledge community, and this insecurity threatens plans for scientific cooperation—with negative...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 42 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I welcome the amendment of my noble friend Lord Berkeley, which returns the House’s attention to the application of ground rents charged by the Crown, such as the Duchy of Cornwall. It is a bad day to be away from the Scilly Isles, but there you go. My noble friend is probing the issue again, after clearly incomplete answers in Committee. I look forward to the Minister’s...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 44 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, this amendment may be the final one to be considered by the House today, but I hope the Minister agrees that the issue at hand is very important none the less. It relates to retirement properties, which are excluded from the main provisions of the Bill. I was grateful for the Minister’s confirmation in Committee that they will soon be included, following the transition period....

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 44 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: I will briefly comment on the position that has been arrived at on retirement properties. Initially, there was to be an exception for retirement properties; then it was decided that there would not be. That was from 1 April this year, giving two years’ notice. The main argument of the noble Lord, Lord Best, was that this would cause price rises, as it would falsely inflate the market from...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 41 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the Minister will be glad to hear that this amendment is another technical change that we on these Benches fully support. However, has the department identified whether the same drafting issue is present in any earlier legislation?

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 27 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I will speak to Amendments 28 and 29, in my name, and welcome Amendment 27, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, and also in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Stunell. Amendment 28 is intended to raise four issues, which I have focused on at previous stages of the Bill: lease forfeiture, transfer fees, redress schemes and enfranchisement. This amendment is intended to probe,...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 10 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the sole amendment in this group increases the maximum penalty to £30,000 per lease, in line with other housing legislation—namely, the Tenant Fees Act. I am pleased that the Minister has brought forward this change following concerns raised in Committee, but I trust that the sum of £30,000 has not been decided purely based on precedent —not just because there is not a direct...

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 25 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, obviously we welcome this amendment to the drafting error in the original Bill. Can the Minister explain briefly what the consequences would have been if it had not been identified? I mean briefly; I do not want a whole essay on the subject. Is there a risk that similar errors could be identified in other legislation which relates to guarantors?

Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 26 (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I beg to move and wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 219, Noes 243.

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