Results 41–60 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

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

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I think that I would have congratulated my noble friend Lord Truscott on introducing this debate if I had not had to listen to the way he introduced it, which was another example of all the scare stories that we have heard about fracking in the past. I am disappointed to hear them reiterated, because they have all been roundly disproved. The earthquake stories have been recycled...

Cycling: Women - Question (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, with the permission of the House I beg leave to move the Question standing in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. He has been delayed returning from the Scilly Isles. Some people will do anything to avoid the Brexit debate.

Cycling: Women - Question (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. Does he agree that the Government could do a bit more? Given the number of recent deaths of women cyclists in London, there is still fear and concern among women. Does the Minister agree that supporting local groups which encourage women to cycle would be a good start in helping to increase the number of women cyclists? I should have declared an...

Technical and Further Education Bill - Second Reading (1 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I asked about the application of the levy and the involvement of SMEs in apprenticeships. I do not know whether the Minister is intending to address those points.

Technical and Further Education Bill - Second Reading (1 Feb 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare my interests: I am an ex-apprentice, I had a brief ministerial career dealing with skills and apprenticeships and I am a school governor at my local primary school, which I will refer to later. I am indebted to the noble Baroness, Lady Mone, for educating me in the complexities of manufacturing a bra. Most of my knowledge has come from watching “Coronation Street” and...

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill - Third Reading (31 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, as someone who spent six months of my life serving on the Select Committee, I feel I have to answer some of the points that the noble Lord made, in particular that the Bill has not been scrutinised. It had two years’ scrutiny in the Commons and a further six months on every aspect imaginable. Whether concerns were about the environment, noise, or construction, every aspect of the...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, to concur with what the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, said, we did discuss this at great length in the committee. A target of 28% target has been set; it is certainly not a maximum, as I am sure the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, knows. Most of the points that she made are valid, except for the comparison. We are not comparing like with like. In Crossrail, for example, although...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I am surprised that yet again we are exploring the wonders of Wendover—which was one of the many exotic foreign trips we went on. It was important that we went out to see these places. I think it was a slight exaggeration when the noble Baroness, Lady Pidding, said that the area of outstanding natural beauty would be destroyed. There will be changes, but I do not believe that the...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: No, I am not going to because I have just remembered—

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, it is nice to be thanked for one’s work. I see several Lords from the eclectic group who served on that committee, including the noble and learned Lord, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, whom I must congratulate on the way he handled both the hearings and the committee. I have recently been reading a book—I hope this slight digression will be acceptable, as it relates to this...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: But that is if you are given a true 10 megabits per second, is it not? The complaint so often is that you are told that that is what the speed is going to be, but they fail to deliver—so that is the important thing. It is delivery that counts.

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare an interest as an ex-BBC governor and a former BT employee—in the days when you could hear a call go through a telephone exchange. I have a sense of déjà vu all over again, as someone once said, about this Bill, as I endeavoured to get the previous one through the House. Despite a total of about 700 amendments, it fell into the wash-up—an ignominious fate for any...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, this has been a fascinating and wide-ranging debate and I declare an interest as a former governor of the BBC. I suppose that it was a unitary board in those days, when I reflect on it. I am also an avid listener and viewer and I go back as far as the crystal set, so that dates me. I do not want to indicate the programmes that I liked then, because I have done that once before, and...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I rise primarily to speak to Amendment 102D, to which my name is attached, but I cannot resist commenting on the paean of praise from the noble Lord, Lord Deben, for landowners. I could not help thinking that he might have a desire to involve the local planning authority if a large basement were being dug underneath his property or someone was proposing a building that did away with...

Children: Sexual Abuse — Question (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, in the age of the internet, potentially all children are vulnerable to grooming and sexual abuse? Does this not stress the importance of sex education in schools?

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Of course we welcome the decision on BBC iPlayer, but just as important would be a guarantee that there will be no more top-slicing of the licence fee.

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare my interest as an ex-governor of the BBC. Given the time limit, I presume that the noble Earl, Lord Courtown, is playing the role of Nicholas Parsons to ensure no hesitation, repetition or deviation. I want to make a couple of quick points. The new director-general—the noble Lord, Lord Hall, who is in his seat—has presided over a massive transformation programme. Some...

Circular Economy — Question for Short Debate (3 Mar 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for introducing the debate. I will try to rise to the challenge. The noble Baroness, Lady Jenkin, mentioned tights, which we cut up and use as plant ties. Cotton, if it is good quality, gets absorbed into Lady Young’s quilts, one-sided printed paper is always cut up and recycled, and the carcass of the chicken goes into the stock pot for making soup....

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I made the point in my contribution that we did not think that the wording was initially absolutely perfect, but there were constraints on the wording, as we have already heard, given the nature of the Bill. It would be useful to hear from the Minister that they would be willing to meet us to discuss the potential of improving employee engagement.

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Prosser on her amendment. I can pay her no higher compliment than I wish I had thought of it myself. I was a junior Minister in the previous Labour Government, who supported the concept of employee engagement. As I understand it, the present Government continue to support that concept. The amendment gives the Government an opportunity to put...


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