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Prepayment Meters - Question (14 May 2024)

Lord Woodley: Does the Minister agree that these energy companies are very fast in putting up their prices but very slow in paying compensation? Does he agree that pensioners and poor people should not be forced to put these meters into their homes if they do not want them?

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (10 May 2024)

Lord Woodley: With your Lordships’ indulgence, I will say a few words. Fire and rehire, as I have said here many times, is a despicable tactic used by unscrupulous employers to rip off workers, cut costs and boost profits—notwithstanding the very rare occasions when it may be necessary, as a last resort, to ensure a company’s survival. That is why it gives me so much pleasure to see this Bill make...

Indeterminate Sentences - Question (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Moylan, in his crusade for justice for these prisoners. The Government rejected resentencing of DPPs and IPPs, as the Minister knows, arguing that the Parole Board has consistently not backed these prisoners so therefore they should just lie in prison and rot there. However, the former head of the Parole Board, Martin Jones, now the...

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of racial bias in Crown Prosecution Service charging decisions.

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, as a very happy Evertonian, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Crown Prosecution Service: Racial Bias - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Bellamy, as the Minister knows, told me from the Dispatch Box that “race plays no part in individual charging decisions”. However, the Crown Prosecution Service itself, as has just been said, in its report last year, “found evidence of disproportionality in relation to ethnicity in the outcomes of our decision-making”, and that, “ethnic...

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Order of Commitment (22 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to the Bill and that no noble Lords have indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Middle East: Deployment of British Armed Forces - Question (17 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: Will the Minister confirm that it was three British-supplied drones that killed three British aid workers last week in Gaza?

Police: Joe Anderson - Question (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine—one of the few Tories whose reputation is still strong in the city of Liverpool, thanks to the work following the Toxteth riots all those decades ago. I declare an interest insomuch as Joe Anderson is a friend of mine. He is a man who—as has just been said—has been destroyed. His reputation has been completely and...

Steel: Port Talbot - Question (15 Apr 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, my union, Unite, last week voted to strike over Tata’s disastrous plan. The plan is an appalling act of industrial vandalism as far as we are concerned, with the loss of thousands of jobs devastating the local community and the local economy. As the Minister knows, Tata has other options, especially as Unite has secured a commitment from the Labour Party to invest £3...

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

Lord Woodley: My Lords, this has been a lively, interesting and, indeed, productive debate. I just want to say one thing to the Minister. In a previous life, I was the leader of Britain’s largest trade union, and I spent more time fighting for companies and for company survivals, and indeed to make sure that they had the right investment to protect jobs and increase jobs in our country, than I ever did...

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

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I do not intend to repeat the arguments made earlier this month at the Second Reading of my Private Member’s Bill. However, I must again put on record my sincere belief that, irrespective of the comments the Minister has just made, the Government’s proposed code of practice is utterly toothless. It will do nothing to end the fire and rehire abuses taking place in this country....

Prison Officer Pension Age - Question (18 Mar 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, prison officers are, unfortunately, banned from taking industrial action and the Government are, in my opinion, exploiting this unjustifiable restriction. Lifting the pension age to 68 is a classic example of this, and looking after violent, overcrowded and understaffed prisons is not a job for older workers. Does the Minister agree that this policy, which is “lock until you...

Earnings: Mothers and Fathers - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, to pick up the previous question, the Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of maternity. The Body Shop sacked 750 workers without any notice or redundancy package, and the company admits it broke the law. The sacked workers include 15 women on maternity leave, who will now receive only government maternity pay and not full redundancy packages, which they should...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 149 (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I support this group of amendments. I support of all the IPP amendments debated now and later this evening. First, I express my sincere regret for being unable to speak at Second Reading, as this is a subject, as colleagues know, that is very dear to me and of great interest to me and I have raised several times in your Lordships’ House. I had the humbling experience of meeting...

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

Lord Woodley: I thank the Minister and your Lordships. I think we can all agree that this has been a stimulating and valuable debate. I do not know about anyone else, but I have certainly learned some lessons from today’s speakers and I thank them for their excellent contributions. I thank my noble friend Lord Balfe; it was nice to have cross-party support, especially as nobody here has spoken against my...


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