Results 61–80 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

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his comprehensive introduction and declare an interest as an ex-member of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body between 2004 and 2008. It gave me an interesting set of life experiences, including a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan and right out to the front line, including a bit of light shelling at Basra air base, which is not to be forgotten. So I am well aware...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I do not profess any particular expertise in this issue but nevertheless I have an interest in what is clearly one of the most important challenges we face in our society. I, too, congratulate the maiden speakers on their contributions, although I cannot help inclining especially towards the mayor of Watford, given her background in teaching as well. Three little words have...

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I first congratulate my noble friends on their maiden speeches, which showed great promise of some superb contributions to come. Unfortunately, the Minister is not in her place. I listened carefully to her contribution, which was short—I suppose we should be grateful for that in some ways—but I was not convinced that she was convinced about many aspects of this Bill. I find that...

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the noble Lord. I have always been aware of the fact that a significant number of my members voted for the Conservative Party, despite my attempts to persuade them otherwise. We did not use the video, thank goodness—if we had they might have been convinced of something, although I do not know what. Although I have tried to lighten my approach to this debate, it is a serious Bill...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for dealing with all those questions without hesitation, repetition or deviation. That was a brilliant effort. I would like a bit more detail on some points and welcome her further comments. I am sure that I am not the only person in that situation. Although she gave us lots of assurances, given the importance of these issues I only wish that schools were...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, given the time, I shall endeavour to be succinct and to the point. Nevertheless, Amendment 68 is important as it seeks to ensure that we receive a proper report from the Government on the various aspects of apprenticeships defined in it. I shall speak also to the other two amendments in the group. The Government have set themselves an ambitious target of 3 million apprenticeships...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Frankly, given the large number of what are described as adult apprenticeships, I think that we should distinguish, but I can see that I have not won that particular argument. I could not help reflecting on the point that the Minister made about the institute and apprenticeship standards. It will guarantee the quality of standard but not the quality of delivery, and that is the...

Enterprise Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (25 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 56, which is in my name. I endorse what my noble friend Lord Mendelsohn said about ensuring that we get high-quality as well as high-level skill. We are about to enter quite a complicated area in relation to apprenticeships. In the Autumn Statement today, the Chancellor talked about the apprenticeship levy. How it operates in relation not just to...

Trade Unions — Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Foulkes on a tour de force—I mean that genuinely. He gave us the historical sweep of the trade union movement and I am truly grateful. I am also grateful for the maiden speeches. I must confess to a slight bias towards that of the noble Baroness, Lady Burt, and her attitude towards industrial relations, rather than the SAS approach of the...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, confidently predicted, I shall focus mainly on the question of apprenticeships. I welcome the Government’s commitment in the welfare Bill to both full employment and reporting on the status of apprenticeships. It is hard to quarrel with a Government who announce the ambitious target of 3 million apprenticeships. I make my usual comment that I only...

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: We talked about trust and getting the balance right in the Bill, but it works both ways. Yes, of course, the public have a right to feel confident that there will be controls on the way in which these investigatory powers are used, but they are just as concerned, as the Minister said, to ensure that we understand the very real threats to the security of this country, not just from terrorism...

Energy Bill [HL]: Third Reading (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I hesitated whether to enter into this debate but, on the basis of the last remark, I think that I would like to. I am certainly not rising to my feet to oppose carbon capture and storage, only to make the comment that it has proved an elusive goal, despite significant amounts of time and effort spent on research and development. I make no more comment than that. In this complex area of...

Education and Employment Opportunities — Motion to Take Note (22 Oct 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Stedman-Scott, on introducing this debate. She gave a very interesting and practical analysis, on which I agree with many areas. I wish I could say the same about the following contribution. I will resist responding to a number of provocative statements but it was a bit of a Panglossian analysis of this Government’s record and perhaps...

Apprenticeships — Motion to Take Note (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lady Prosser for initiating this debate and for her contribution. By the time we reach this part, most of the good points have already been made, but I am never afraid of reiteration, so I will do my bit to keep it relevant. Like the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, I was a telecom apprentice, but it was slightly before him as it was called the GPO when I...

Renewable Energy: Solar — Question (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent collapse of Mark Group, a solar energy company, in the light of their decision to reduce the subsidy on domestic rooftop solar installations.

Renewable Energy: Solar — Question (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the Minister for his reply and declare an interest. This year I finally persuaded my local primary school, where I am a governor, to utilise a large area of flat roof to install solar panels; with the current feed-in tariff, the payback time for investment is about seven years—with, of course, a significant saving in the electric bill. Does the Minister appreciate that the proposed...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I apologise to the House for coming in at the wrong time. I was too captivated by my noble friend Lord Smith’s contribution, which distracted me. I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lady Bakewell on creating this opportunity and on her superb opening speech. I declare interests as an ex-governor of the BBC and a long-time viewer and listener. As an East End kid, I can remember...

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Before the noble Lord sits down, while I welcome that, given the circumstances—that it was a government-supported training provider—surely there ought to be some further review of the actual process of allocating young people to these employers. Of course, we know where primary responsibility lies, but if we are entrusting young people to a training provider and they are allocating them...

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his explanation of the draft statutory instrument. I welcome the proposals, although I see a certain irony when I look at the Conservative Party’s track record on the national minimum wage, which has gone from one of, shall we say, opposition to enthusiastic espousal. Nevertheless, this is welcome, and we are going beyond it now to the national living...

Care Sector: Apprenticeships — Question (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, is the Minister confident that there really is an attractive career path for young people going into the care profession, whether in homes or in domiciliary care, and that there really is a pathway through to nursing in this vital vocational route, taking into account that demand in this area will expand significantly?


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