Results 81–100 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

European Union Membership: Science and Technology — Question (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I hear what the Minister says about EU funding and assessment, but will she comment on the fact that although the science budget was protected from government cuts, five years of ring-fencing have effectively reduced UK science spending by around 15%? Is the Minister concerned about that?

Zero-hours Contracts — Question (11 Jun 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I reassure the noble Viscount, Lord Ridley, that we are not opposed to zero-hours contracts. However, when someone is on a zero-hours contract for six months or more, surely they deserve an offer of a permanent contract. The Minister talked about flexibility and a fair deal. Is it a fair deal to continue in the same employment without any pension contribution or guarantee of holiday...

Apprentices — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, while I welcome the Government’s commitment to expanding apprenticeships, including the personal commitment from the Minister, it would help if, instead of referring to 3 million, we recognised that of that 3 million at least 50% are accounted for by the re-skilling of over-25s—not that I deplore that. The real challenge, as the Minister well knows, is to expand the number of...

Employment Tribunals — Question (12 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, the costs involved in going to an employment tribunal are still a deterrent, even taking into account what the Minister said. I ask him to reflect on the fact that, even when you have won your claim at an employment tribunal, the matter does not end there; it depends on the employer paying the award. In a situation where an employer does not pay—I have referred to this previously,...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his introduction to the amendments. He will be pleased to know that at this time of night we do not wish to pick holes in them. We think that they address an understandable concern, which I suppose became apparent in the NHS reorganisation that we thought we would never see where people disappeared out of one door and came back through another. It is right...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her contribution. If I may paraphrase, “Never look a gift horse or a gift concession in the mouth”. However, in this case I will make a slight exception. We had a useful meeting with the noble Baroness—who has disappeared out of sight now, but not, I hope, out of hearing—and her civil servants. I was asked by the noble Lord, Lord Low, to make his...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, we have again had a long debate this afternoon about the flexibility of zero-hours contracts and what constitutes fairness in such contracts. The last Division was on an amendment which looked at the question of cancellation; unfortunately, we were not successful on that. Again, in this area there is an unfairness to zero-hours contracts. The House will note that we have not...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I listened carefully to the Minister. If the wording of the amendment is not perfect, that does not stop her accepting the principle contained therein: and proposed new subsection (4A) does end with the words, “to be determined by the Secretary of State”. Yes, there will be a need for regulations, and I accept the noble Baroness’s point about freelancers and so on; there will...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I intend to be brief. My noble friends Lady Hollis and Lady Drake have given a forensic examination, based on factual analysis, and I do not feel I need to go through it again. I want to address some of the comments made by the noble Lords, Lord Stoneham and Lord Deben, and the noble Baroness, Lady Harding. On the UK labour market, the first thing we need to understand is that it is...

Modern Slavery Bill: Third Reading (4 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I declare an interest as the ex-vice-chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. I have spent a good few years of my life discussing with companies, trade unions and NGOs the complexities of supply chains. The noble Lord, Lord Alton, spoke of the positive endorsement of the Ethical Trading Initiative, and I hope that the Minister will be able to respond positively. Although I agree...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the Minister for her response. Like my noble friend Lord Mendelsohn, I do not want to appear churlish, especially at this time of night, but it was a predictable response and a rerun of the previous analysis. Of course, I do not want to introduce any level of bureaucracy that would act as an impediment to SMEs in bidding for contracts. That would be perverse. However, that does not...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 Mar 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, at the end of a long day I will endeavour to be as succinct and to the point as possible. We did think carefully about returning to this issue and I have today read through the comments made by the Minister in Committee. Given the importance of the issue, we felt that it was worth doing so. I shall quote the Minister from the previous proceedings: “We have already delivered 2...

Modern Slavery Bill — Report (2nd Day) (25 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I support the amendment. I think that anybody who heard the recent Radio 4 programme and listened to the first-person testimony of people who are in this situation could not fail to be moved by it. A question was raised during the programme where the Government were invited to answer why they had not signed convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers. Not every country has...

Local Enterprise Partnerships — Question (11 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords,does the Minister share our concern about the decline in the number of apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year olds, when there are still areas of very high youth unemployment, and apprenticeship demand vastly exceeds supply? What contribution are LEPs making to encourage employers to offer apprenticeships? Can the Minister give examples of the most successful LEPs working with local...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (9 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I support the government amendments, because in effect they are in keeping with the spirit of the Commons amendments and ensure a practical application so that shale gas exploration will go ahead. I will address as briefly as I can some of the assertions —and they were assertions—made by the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb. She was invited to give the source of what...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (9 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: With due respect, I do not think that is good enough. If we are going to enter into a debate in your Lordships’ House in which assertions are made that in essence the exploration of shale gas and fracking is unsafe, it ought to be backed up now with the evidence. The noble Baroness has had the opportunity to do so. I try to enter this debate sharing the same concerns as the noble...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (9 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank my noble friend, but a significant amount will still be LNG and I do not think that undermines my point. I know that my noble friend Lord Truscott has lots of experience, but I must admit that I was surprised by his analysis. Even if we are sceptical, it was a British geological survey, after all, which identified 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. If we take only 10% of that...

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill — Second Reading (6 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I will do my best to act as a stand-in for my noble friend Lord McKenzie. I do not profess to be an expert on this subject but it is one that I have a lot of enthusiasm for. It will be clear from the deliberations in the other place that we support and welcome the Bill. As we have heard, it aims to make it easier for prospective self-builders and custom builders to seek a suitable...

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill — Second Reading (6 Feb 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I do not usually enter these debates because I do not necessarily feel that I have the knowledge to do so. I was impelled to do so—I must admit that it was a fairly late impulse—by the Bill’s title and then having a cursory glance at its substance. I was not expecting much humour in this debate but I am indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Willis, for the idea of chipping at...

Museums: Funding — Question for Short Debate (26 Jan 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I am exceedingly grateful to my noble friend Lord Monks for raising this issue. I rise for two reasons. First, I had the privilege of having a tour of the People’s History Museum and I was exceedingly impressed by the contribution that it makes. It made me reflect upon the situation that we find ourselves in in London. We are so privileged to live in London. We have access to some...


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