Results 101–120 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

Insurance Bill [HL] — Report (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thought it would be appropriate for us to say that we support these amendments. It is a good example of Parliament working to improve a valuable service industry, enhancing its position globally. That is important because the UK is a world leader in this. It is not a subject that I profess a great deal of knowledge about but I cannot help having a slight ironic feeling. My late...

Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (17 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, what a thrilling set of statutory instruments to end the year with. I can understand why people have stayed in the Chamber. To paraphrase the bard, I suppose that a company’s name would be the same as any other if it was allowed to use the diacritics and ligatures and things that I must admit I was not absolutely sure of until I waded my way through the regulations. We are happy...

Malala Yousafzai — Question (10 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, as I tried—and failed—to get this as a Topical Question when the award was first announced. Her timing is superb, as we know, because Malala received her award this morning. Perhaps the best way that we can recognise Malala’s astounding achievement, as a very courageous young woman with a wise head on her shoulders, is to...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Second Reading (2 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her contribution, to which I listened with interest. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Harding, who, unfortunately, is not in her place, on her maiden speech. I think it is an odds-on racing certainty that she will make a successful contribution to this House.

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Second Reading (2 Dec 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: It took a long time for noble Lords to appreciate that masterly piece of wit. As I said, I listened to the Minister’s contribution but I want to redress the balance and mention what is missing from the Bill. We have heard a lot today about the flexible workforce and the need to ensure that we have minimum regulation. However, one of the most disturbing statistics I have come across is that...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (17 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I will be brief as I am speaking in the gap and I am conscious of time. I declare an interest as the former vice-chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative, so I have a deep and abiding interest in this. I, too, congratulate the Government on making time and bringing forward a very important piece of legislation. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Kennedy on introducing a debate on...

Low Pay: Resolution Foundation Report — Question (11 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s last point—that BIS is paying everybody in the department the living wage—but it would be even more welcome if he could give us a guarantee, as the Government say they support the living wage, that every government department should pay its employees the living wage. Also, should there not be a condition that people who have the advantage of gaining a...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: As I understand it, seismic monitoring is done on a continuous basis. While I cannot remember the exact figures, I think that if a tremor registers 0.5, the operation is stopped. That is a very low-level seismic shock and reflects a high level of safety precaution. Can the Minister confirm that?

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, in taking part in the debate, my only interest is that we should make a judgment based on supported evidence, rather than on allegations. If nothing else, the amendment is important because there is a battle of ideas on fracking that we need to win. Noble Lords have said that we are not currently doing so well on public opinion. Unfortunately, the scare stories are believed. There...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Of course, we have to address the safety issues. I am not seriously saying that anybody in the Chamber is recommending that we embark on a process of mining or whatever activity without addressing safety issues. I listened carefully both to the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, and to his companion sitting next to him, the noble Baroness, Lady Jones. They both expressed a deep-rooted opposition to...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: That is an indisputable fact and I am glad it has been affirmed. I may not have been there when the earth moved for the noble Baroness, but I am going by the evidence of the recorded seismic shock. I again appeal to the House: that is what we must do if we want to win the battle of ideas. It is a really important one. Of course we need to get the regulation right, but it needs to be...

Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 Oct 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Kennedy of Cradley on creating a precursor debate before we come to deal with the Modern Slavery Bill. The debate has been interesting and my noble friend’s opening contribution was very powerful. It covered the waterfront and the land masses as well. As I listened to her, I thought, “You could have left us something to cover”, but I say...

Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 Oct 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I thank the noble Baroness. She is absolutely right. There certainly are organisations that specialise in supplying people. Whether we can somehow embrace that in terms of the supply chain, I am not so sure. The noble Baroness, Lady Cox, made a number of really interesting points. She gave us the example of the Noble Foods egg company—an absolute classic—and used the phrase “demonising...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Monks on what has been an absolutely fascinating debate. I do not envy the Minister’s having to try to sum up and respond to all the suggestions she has received. I want to make a few points. If there is one thing that we all share—there are some common objectives—it is that we all want to enhance the quality of apprenticeships as well...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord O’Neill on bringing this debate to the House today. It has been a fascinating debate. I cannot possibly hope to respond to all the various aspects that have been raised. I wish the Minister luck in trying to deal with them. This debate has exposed an issue that is vital for the economy of the country and the social well-being of our...

Autonomous Vehicles — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I first congratulate the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Ashton, on his appointment. I am looking forward to his first contribution from the Dispatch Box. I am sure he is, too—or to its completion, no doubt. I must confess that, despite my eclectic range of knowledge of often arcane issues, autonomous vehicles is not a subject that attracted my attention, other than a vague...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I have listened carefully to the 45 contributions so far. When I have been out of the Chamber briefly, I have watched them on the screen. I regret that I have to disagree with, the noble Baroness, Lady Grey-Thompson, whom I have come to respect and regard as a friend, as I do the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell. We do not often disagree and I deeply respect their views and concerns....

Royal Mail Sale — Question (16 Jul 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the value for money achieved from the sale of Royal Mail.

Royal Mail Sale — Question (16 Jul 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, even though it was what I expected. If the enhanced share price, which today stands at 479.60p, was just market “froth”, can the Minister explain why the long-term priority shareholders sold their stakes for huge profits? Given that the National Audit Office has said that the business department’s desire to sell Royal Mail before the...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox, on introducing what we would all agree has been a fascinating debate. There are far too many facets for me to comment on in a relatively short speech, but I congratulate her on both the subject and her contribution. I did not necessarily agree with every aspect of it, but most of it was an excellent analysis. The characteristics...


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