Results 1–20 of 1100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Young of Norwood Green

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 2004)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it is both a privilege and a pleasure to address noble Lords for the first time. I have some concern when I look around the House to see assembled so much erudition combined with a vast array of experience. An inner voice tells me that I should proceed with caution or, as they say in trade union circles where I come from: "Don't forget to engage the brain before opening your mouth!"...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, on entering the debate, I cannot help reflecting on that Russian proverb which says that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive. Can we have a measured debate on immigration in the somewhat febrile atmosphere of a pre-election period? As I said in my maiden speech, as the child of second-generation Jewish immigrants, I have reason to be grateful for a sympathetic immigration...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (1 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I hesitate to enter a debate of such legal complexity and controversy, but, as somebody who has no legal background, I felt that my opinion would perhaps have some validity. As has been said in a variety of ways, the scales of justice are a balance between the rights of the individual and the need to protect society as a whole. I listened carefully to the noble Baroness, Lady...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, before the noble Baroness—

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Government responded to a request from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman? In our previous debate, she said: "I believe that it would be possible to provide perhaps for renewal, which would be more realistic, and then an absolute sunset clause, to allow the Bill to be enacted—as I think there is a universal feeling around the House that it should...

Iraq (16 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Garden, for initiating the debate and congratulate him on the measured way in which he introduced it. We have to remind ourselves that only two years ago Iraq suffered under Saddam's ruthless dictatorship. Elections took place with a 95 per cent, even 100 per cent, turnout. There was a slight snag—there was only one candidate. Dissent led to...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I applaud the Government for taking what I consider to be a sensible and necessary approach on this matter. Like my noble friend Lady Wall I believe that there is a certain irony in having this debate in this Chamber when we know that some individuals do not just remove their identity badges, or security passes, when they enter the Chamber but refuse to wear them at all. They do not...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Not a lot, my Lords. I do not think that the use of the word "variously" counts as a conclusive proof. The Government have started, although not finished, the analysis in giving us some idea of costs and of the best estimate for a combined passport and identity package and other cost evaluations. We have not seen the full scope of that evidence. Maybe it is not all available at the moment,...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it may have been, but it is not the only reason, and we have heard that from the Minister. It is not the only reason that I have quoted. I was merely picking up on the point that it is wrong to say that it will not play any part at all. I also do not understand how we can say that it will conflict with the European Convention on Human Rights, when 21 out of 25 countries in the...

Identity Cards Bill (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I would agree with the noble Lord to the extent that it is important that we get the technology right. I am sure that will be a challenge. However, to hear the caricatures of technological systems as mostly failing and not working, we might imagine that we had a society that was in a permanent state of collapse. That is far from the case. I am making a plea that we get this in...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (19 May 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I apologise for missing the opening speeches due to unforeseen circumstances. I will mind the gap and keep my contribution brief. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, on his appointment, and the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, on his new role. I visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in January, where I was fortunate to hear first-hand from both peoples at the dawn of a...

Middle East Peace Process (14 Jun 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that greater political and economic co-operation between Israel, Palestine and the EU in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the EU/Israel action plan gives the Union a greater stake in the Middle East peace process and thus further strengthens its role as a member of the quartet?

Pensions (17 Nov 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, for the opportunity to debate this vital issue; but given the imminence of the Turner commission's final report, I feel that this debate can fairly be described as a curtain raiser for future debates. Like a successful West End show, this one will run and run! I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, if congratulations are the...

Johnson's Dictionary: 250th Anniversary (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to mark the 250th anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language in 1755.

Johnson's Dictionary: 250th Anniversary (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his response, which is ironically appropriate given his former occupation as a publisher. After all, it was a group of publishers who offered Dr Johnson the princely sum of £1,575, payable in instalments, to undertake the task. I confess that the Question was tabled in part as a device to ensure an honourable mention of a great Englishman who has left a...

Johnson's Dictionary: 250th Anniversary (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I am coming to that. Some 15 years before he worked on the dictionary, Dr Johnson was employed by Edward Cave, the publisher of The Gentleman's Magazine, to prepare summaries of parliamentary debates. An example of this is on display in the Salisbury Room.

Johnson's Dictionary: 250th Anniversary (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I am definitely coming to my question now. In 2009, we shall celebrate the tercentenary of Dr Johnson's birth. I hope that the Government will mark the occasion and support the Johnson Society in its request for a stamp to commemorate a truly remarkable man.

Royal Mail (12 Jan 2006)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Clarke for initiating this debate. Like him, I, too, declare an interest. I joined the GPO, as it was called in those days, in 1958 as a telecom apprentice, which is most of my background. But I can remember on one or two occasions sitting at the negotiating table opposite the noble Lord, Lord Dearing. So there is a strange sense of déjà vu—"all over...

Palestine (23 Jan 2006)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I shall make a couple of brief points. Most of the points have been made already. I welcome progress on the Israeli side. It needs to be welcomed; it needs to be encouraged. While we all want to see faster progress, movement is in the right direction. Interestingly, despite what looks like the final departure of Mr Sharon, Kadima has created a base and it looks like it is going to...

Drug Classification System (2 Mar 2006)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, first, I make my profuse apologies for not being here to hear the opening statement of the noble Lord, Lord Cobbold. I was stuck in a local traffic jam which was impossible to get out of. I crave noble Lords' indulgence, and I shall limit my remarks accordingly. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cobbold, and welcome the debate, because I feel that there are no easy or perfect...


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