Results 21–40 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

International Women’s Day: Progress on Global Gender Equality - Motion to Take Note (8 Mar 2018)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I too pay tribute to the Minister for initiating the debate and giving us a very good introduction. I am part of the quota of men, by the way, and pleased to be so: I expected it to be a bit larger, I must admit. I have to confess that in this historic year I learned only recently the nuanced difference between the suffragist and the suffragette movements—a gap in my political...

Review of Post-18 Education and Funding - Statement (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome the review. I have a couple of questions. The Minister said that there would be an interim report. When is that likely to be? He gave us the final date. The Statement refers to participation to drive social mobility, the teaching outcomes and excellence framework and, “the facilitation of further diversity with new providers and shorter degrees delivered at a lower cost...

Review of Post-18 Education and Funding - Statement (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I stressed the importance of quality; it is not just about the price.

Work: Lifelong Learning - Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I apologise for disrupting the flow, but I raised the issue of the importance of apprenticeships in the care industry. It is often described as low skilled, and my point was that we need to raise the skills. I am not expecting the noble Viscount to have all the answers now but I hope he will recognise the importance of that issue.

Work: Lifelong Learning - Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Watson. Timing is everything—that applies to a whole range of activities—but he has certainly got that right, and I think he got the issue right as well. I had to reflect as chair of my local primary school governing body that we are engaged in lifelong learning: we have safeguarding and e-security training courses, all my board of...

Future of Work - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Knight on ensuring a debate on this vital issue and on his tour de force contribution. I thank the Library for producing its usual high-quality briefing. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wyld, on her contribution. However, I make one small correction, which extends also to the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft. I am campaigning for...

Schools Update: National Funding Formula - Statement (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it would be churlish not to congratulate the Government on a fairer formula, although we will need to look at the repercussions. I still meet head teachers who are having to reduce the number of teachers and are under pressure as a result of national insurance, pensions and things like that. There is concern on that front. I have two other points to make. I presume, as we have not...

English Baccalaureate: Creative and Technical Subjects - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness on securing this debate. We share an interest in this area, and I like to think of her as a friend as well. I declare an interest as chair of the governing body of my local primary school. I have been on the governing body for a while, but as there was a vacancy, I thought I would try my hand at chairing it. It has been an interesting...

Local Housing Need - Statement (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I was not intending to enter this debate but I want to make a couple of comments. On the point that was just made about local authorities apparently having enough reserves to build more social housing, even if they do, all those properties—given the Government’s formula—eventually become subject to the right to buy. They come back on to the private market and their prices rise...

Schools Update - Statement (17 Jul 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I am assuming that £50 million of this saving is because we have not mentioned the expansion of grammar schools. I hope that is the case and I would welcome confirmation of that because, if we are focusing on areas of real need, if ever there was a waste of money it was that. I would also welcome some indication that we are going to continue with the expansion of the university...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome some of what the Minister said about education and skills, which are the areas on which I wish to focus. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Sherlock, who is no longer in her place, on her outstanding contribution. She covered the waterfront, and I do not intend to try to match her. I declare an interest as the recently elected chair of the board of governors of my local...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Third Reading (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank the Government for the series of meetings and echo what the noble Lord, Lord Baker, has said. I was a little disappointed with the letter sent to us on 30 March. The noble Baroness, Lady Vere of Norbiton, promised on 27 March, at col. 391 of Hansard, to write about the question of signing of contracts, but the letter does not tell us whether or not this is taking...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, if you want to change attitudes in schools and colleges, one of the most powerful influences you can have is to send in their peer groups to talk to them. I met a young woman today who had taken a degree in mechanical engineering. It was interesting talking to her about what her influences had been in taking that decision. More importantly for me, when I asked her whether she was...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I would like some clarification. The Minister said that the Sainsbury panel identified low-skilled or unskilled occupations that could be learned in a matter of weeks. We are talking about apprenticeships. The Government have already said that the minimum period for an apprenticeship is one year. That covers a very wide range of occupations. I would not necessarily call them unskilled or even...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: This is another area about which we have had a significant amount of dialogue with the Government during the interregnum between the Committee and Report stages, and we have had some correspondence from the Minister. At first sight the Bill seems to be a modest little measure, until you look into its implications. If there is one area with significant implications, it is around the...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I listened carefully to what the Minister said but am not sure that it entirely dealt with the transition process. Maybe I did not quite grasp what he said. I understand his point: I fixed upon a period of time that I thought would be sufficient for him to be able to describe to the various stakeholders how this would happen. Telling them at the end, “We’ve identified this particular new...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I welcome a lot of what the Minister has been saying, but is that formal signing process taking place now in all cases, or is the noble Baroness advising us that it will be a requirement from whenever? Can she clarify that?

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her comments. A number of them seem extremely helpful. I am appreciative of the fact that she will consider the one-stop-shop approach. I may be wrong and only time will tell, and I do not accuse the Minister of complacency because I do not believe that that is the case, but I think that the Government are erring on the side of optimism in relation to small...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Report (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, in moving Amendment 4, I shall also speak to Amendments 7 and 19 in my name. Amendments 4 and 19 have the same intention and objectives. I support what the Government are trying to do and thank the Minister and his team for the meetings we have had and the information they have conveyed to us. I come at this from the point of view of constructive criticism and suggestions. Getting...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I hesitate to interrupt the noble Baroness, but twice she has referred to fracking being not sustainable. Can she therefore explain why she is in favour of gas being imported for at least the next 30, 40 or 50 years? That is the bit in her argument that I do not understand. I could dispute many things that she says on the environmental impact, for which she has produced no evidence whatever...


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