Results 181–200 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

Employment Law — Statement (21 May 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I have listened carefully to the Minister on Mr Beecroft's proposals as we saw them last October. Is making millions of workers' lives more insecure a price worth paying? That is a phrase that I cannot help remembering from a previous Conservative Administration. Beecroft himself said: "The downside of the proposal is that some people would be dismissed simply because their employer...

Businesses: Debt — Question (17 May 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: During a House of Commons debate on late payments on 14 September 2011, the then Business Minister, Ed Davey MP, announced that the Government would transpose the EU directive on late payments, "into UK law in the first half of 2012, which is earlier than we are required to do".-[ Official Report, Commons, 14/9/11; col. 280WH.] Can the Minister tell us why we are now talking about some time...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (16 May 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, first, I congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham and the noble Lord, Lord Ashton of Hyde, on their maiden speeches, which were stimulating and interesting. I do not want to say too much about the economy because that has been amply covered by my noble friend Lady Royall in her contribution and the noble Lord, Lord Low, in his analysis. I want to concentrate on...

Finance: Equity Markets — Question (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Either I was too slow or someone else was too hasty. I am advised that the Kay report does not address the question of employee shareholders. Does that mean that the Government will reconsider their previous statements on employee shareholders?

Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012: Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I will again be brief because we have explored the arguments in great detail and I have partially covered them in my previous contribution. I will refer to one aspect, in relation to the contributions of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Scott, on reasons for unfair dismissal. I listened carefully to what the Minister said, and I must admit that, again, this is totally the wrong...

Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012: Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his extensive reply. I will keep my remarks very brief. I see that I am getting support for that intent. It is not because I think that the issues are unimportant, but because my noble friends did ample justice to the reasons for both amendments to the Motions. I will pick up a couple of points. The noble Lord, Lord Jones, invited us to leave ideology at the...

Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012: Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his contribution, although that does not mean that I agree with it. I also thank him for the speed with which he responded in writing to the questions that had been raised but, again, I do not necessarily thank him for the content. I do not feel that he helped to clarify or justify the Government's proposals, and that is why we have put down these amendments...

Consumers: Low-Cost Flight Information — Question for Short Debate (27 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I do think that the noble Earl should clarify the situation because now I am confused. I thought that he had given us a more helpful answer when he said that the consultation on the payment surcharges provision would take place during 2012 and that the new rules would be introduced in 2012. However, the last comment that he made in response to the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, left us somewhat...

Consumers: Low-Cost Flight Information — Question for Short Debate (27 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Mitchell for giving us the opportunity to debate this interesting issue. I must admit to feeling a bit inhibited about contributing to the debate as I do not have a property near Perugia-which is a matter of deep regret, as it is somewhere I have visited-but I will, nevertheless, do my best. It is an important issue and so we are grateful not only to my...

Economy: Growth — Question (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, with record levels of unemployment, is the noble Baroness concerned about the performance of the Government's flagship growth policy? The regional growth fund was hugely oversubscribed because of the Government's cuts, meaning that it has created more losers than winners. Will she explain why, of the winners, more than a year after the bidding process began and more than 10 months...

Commonwealth Countries: Trade — Question (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Given the importance that the Government attach to involving SMEs in exporting, can the Minister tell us what progress has been made in this area in relation to Commonwealth countries and what the strategy is?

Charles Dickens: Bicentenary — Question (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens: Bicentenary — Question (9 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the Minister for her reply. I must admit that I was hoping for a more imaginative response from DCMS, but I know these are hard times. I did not have great expectations. I suggest that a Dickens day in schools would not be a bad idea. I, too, pay tribute to the BBC, which has given us great value for money recently in both TV and radio adaptations. There are also the Royal Mail's...

Cyclists: Accidents — Question (8 Feb 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, without trying to lay blame on cyclists or lorry drivers, we want to promote safer cycling and a greater awareness among lorry drivers? I venture to suggest that the problem is not just in London, although I cycle practically every day so I am aware of it. For the Minister's benefit, I can say that the Paris experiment is about allowing cyclists to go...

Education: Careers Advice — Question (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, having visited a comprehensive school this morning and talked to the lower sixth form, never have I been more reminded of the importance of careers guidance when young people begin to make choices about further education and careers. Is the Minister worried about the comments by the president of the Institute of Career Guidance? He said: "In reality, the National Careers Service is...

Health: Influenza Vaccination — Question (10 Jan 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the take-up of influenza vaccination among those who work in the health and care services.

Health: Influenza Vaccination — Question (10 Jan 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his statement and welcome the improvement, but does he agree that there is still a significant way to go? Indeed, Professor Openshaw, the director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, said that in his view healthcare staff should be vaccinated and wear a badge saying, "I've been vaccinated. Ask me why". I am not suggesting a...

Business: Ethical Values — Question (14 Dec 2011)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the high executive pay which the public at large find so objectionable is only one symptom of the real illness, which is the broken relationship between shareholders and managers? How are the Government going to repair this so that the values of shareholders are reflected in the decisions of management, including perhaps having an employee representative...

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Boateng for securing this debate at a very appropriate time given all the other relevant legislation that is going through the House. He gave us a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the Government's proposals and rightly suggested that they ought to think again. Given the unanimous view of noble Lords on this issue, I was tempted...

Citizens Advice Bureaux — Question for Short Debate (8 Dec 2011)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: It is. I spoke in that way to create a certain effect-nothing more than that. I do not need to quote the Cambridge CAB briefing because the noble Lord has already done that. There is another quote that I shall come to later. The noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, rightly reminded us of people's ability to make use of the law as regards social justice. He is absolutely right. Sixty-four per...


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