Results 1–20 of 700 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

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, the UK invests in nuclear fusion research through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the EPSRC. Almost all UK fusion research takes place at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culham, which will receive grant support from the EPSRC of £106 million over the four years culminating in 2009-10. The UK also participates in the EURATOM European fusion...

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, we can guarantee that continuing collaboration. ITER is a globally publicly funded scientific collaboration on nuclear fusion. It involves the EU, China, India, Japan, Russia, Korea and the United States and is being constructed at Cadarache in the south of France, to which the noble Viscount referred. The ITER agreement was signed by the seven parties in November 2006. We strongly...

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I can confirm that we undertake the vast majority of fusion research in the UK and maintain the Joint European Torus as a fusion facility for European scientists. I agree with the noble Lord about the importance of the contribution that we make to this project.

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I must confess that I am not an expert in nuclear physics, as has probably been obvious from my replies, but we have a long-term commitment to the ITER project. It could lead to a demonstration of full-scale power generation in a prototype power plant in 30 to 35 years. It certainly requires an act of faith but the leading physicists in this area believe that it is possible and...

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, according to the information with which I am supplied, we are fully committed to this project. I agree with the noble Lord about its significance and the importance of a long-term commitment.

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, my noble friend is right. We believe in a balanced and integrated approach to energy and not in putting all our eggs into one basket. The Government have demonstrated their commitment to all forms of renewable energy, including nuclear.

Energy: Nuclear Fusion — Question (26 Jan 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, these statistics are always complicated. It would be best if we wrote to the noble Lord on laser energy.

Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2009 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I shall speak also to the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Orders 2009. The orders seek authority for the Construction Industry Training Board and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board to impose a levy on employers in the industries they cover. The House will be interested to note these are the first orders made in...

Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2009 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their response. I will deal with the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley, first. I was a bit disappointed with his response on apprenticeships, but I suppose it follows on from some comments by one of his colleagues in the other place. I find it astonishing; in my recent comments about apprenticeships I have likened them to a hospital patient, and when we encountered...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, extend my grateful thanks and appreciation to the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, for initiating this debate and for presiding over the all-party parliamentary group report. It is an excellent report, which gave us a lot of food for thought and raised issues in a very constructive way. In thanking the noble Baroness sincerely for that report, I shall try to touch on a...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, all that I can say is that I will take away that question. I would not say that there are no circumstances in which that would happen, and I take the point that my noble friend makes about the uncharted territories that we are in. However, we are spending more than we have ever done before; look at what we are spending on apprenticeships alone. These are huge amounts that require...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it is certainly our intention to write that into public procurement contracts. We are on a journey here, constructing guidance. In many areas, people are not yet aware of their ability to do that, but that is the direction that we are intending to go. Our first task was to ensure there were no legal obstacles to doing that and we have completed that task. A number of noble Lords...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, fortunately it is not the apprentice but the employer. Why do we make the distinction? We do not have unlimited funds. We take the view at the moment that the adult apprentice brings to the employer a bit more experience than the 16 to 18 year-old. I am not saying it is a perfect solution but that is why we did it. It certainly does not penalise the apprentice and it has not stopped...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, this Government have invested more than £2 billion in modernising FE facilities since 1997 and will spend a further £2.3 billion in the current spending review period. Nearly 400 colleges in England have been modernised, and the programme has delivered real improvements to learners and communities. Sir Andrew Foster will complete his review shortly and will make his...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, can we give a complete answer at this point in time? No. I suppose that Donald Rumsfeld summed it up when he said that there were "unknown unknowns". This was certainly the case. We were not aware of the extent of encouragement that undoubtedly was given by the LSC. That is why, in the circumstances, Mark Haysom, the chief executive, acknowledged his accountability and resigned. Do...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for her question. I have a strange feeling that I attended that college just a year or two ago. I cannot give her an assurance now that the projects will go ahead because the new chief executive will review the situation on a case-by-case basis. I know that some concern was expressed because this is one of the smaller colleges. I can give her an assurance...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I had to keep my Answer brief. Of course we recognise that there is a problem; that is why we appointed Sir Andrew Foster. I would just ask for perhaps a little bit of, shall we say, humility. When we inherited the further education college situation in 1997, the National Audit Office told us that FE college buildings were, "ageing and their quality and fitness for purpose was often...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, yes we have. We want to use that programme to pull some of the colleges forward but, given where we are at this point, we have to assess each college on a case-by-case basis. However, the point that you make is valid.

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: No, my Lords, I cannot tell you about 1979. I would have thought that you would be more concerned about the state in which you left the colleges in 1997—I say "you" collectively rather than individually. After the NAO report said that they were in a dire state, for you to somehow suggest—

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I apologise. For the noble Baroness to somehow suggest that what we have done has not been a fantastic improvement surprises me. Yes, we intend to go ahead with the capital programme but, as I said, we need to review each project on a case-by-case basis.


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