Results 141–160 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

Young People: Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Before the Minister sits down, if time does not allow a response now, I should welcome a written reply on the question of public procurement contracts and apprenticeships and on the question of encouraging group training associations and ATAs.

Young People: Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wilcox. Normally, when we have exchanged views on this she has been at the Dispatch Box on one side or the other. She has given us a great opportunity to discuss, albeit briefly, the vital issue of young people and apprenticeships. I cannot match the academic achievements of many of the noble Lords in the Chamber, but I am part of a select...

Post Office — Statement (27 Nov 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. Let me start by paying tribute to our sub-postmasters up and down the country. They are integral to all our local communities and the social fabric of the country. However, the job of a sub-postmaster has become much more difficult in recent years. Research from the National Federation of SubPostmasters shows that incomes are falling...

EU Report: Effectiveness of EU Research and Innovation Proposals — Motion to Take Note (21 Nov 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I felt inhibited participating in this debate even before that tour de force, delivered by my noble friend Lord Hunt. Like all other participants, I congratulate the committee on its comprehensive report, which has initiated a debate that is definitely one for the connoisseurs but fascinating and wide-ranging. Everyone who participated in the debate recognised the challenge facing...

Royal Mail: Pricing of Shares — Question (22 Oct 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, can the Minister explain the contradiction between the Secretary of State’s claim that value for money was central to the Government’s strategy, given the current share price of over £5, and the view of many respected analysts that the offer price was seriously undervalued and 20% oversubscribed by banks? Can he give the House an assurance that the remaining 38% of shares will...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Report (23 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his comprehensive, constructive and helpful answer. We welcome the fact that the principle is accepted and that it is a question of establishing some principles about how cases are counted and of eliminating uncertainty—that seems a very worthwhile approach. We also welcome the fact that the Minister is working with the devolved Administrations. We trust...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Report (23 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Howarth has comprehensively analysed the need for more transparency and the need to protect integrity. We support the basis of the amendment and I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response.

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Report (23 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, this amendment seeks to ensure that the Secretary of State consults with appropriate consultees before conferring, removing or varying court jurisdiction. In addition, where sufficient numbers of patent cases in the UK allow, he should confer on each separate legal jurisdiction throughout the United Kingdom a court which has local divisional court status, allowing patent cases where...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Report (23 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, these government amendments implement the DPRR 3rd report recommendations and we welcome them on that basis. On the Clause 8 orders giving effect to the Hague agreement, the DPRR Committee found that the Bill created a Henry VIII power, and commented that it, “would therefore expect to see some justification for the negative procedure that is to apply”. However, the committee...

Royal Mail — Statement (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I raised a number of questions that the Minister did not answer and, before he sits down, I request that he addresses those in writing. I do not have time to reiterate them all. I also could not help but observe that the right reverend Prelate did not get an absolutely explicit answer on the uniform tariff and the universal service obligation. Maybe I missed something.

Royal Mail — Statement (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I should declare an interest as a former joint general secretary of the Communication Workers Union and, many moons ago, an apprentice in Royal Mail when it was called the GPO. We opposed the Government’s privatisation of Royal Mail during the passage of the Postal Services Act 2011, and we oppose it today. Maintaining Royal Mail...

Added Tribunals (Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal) Order 2013 — Motion to Approve (8 Jul 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, my noble friends have made the key points, but I want to emphasise a couple of issues. The Government wanted to do something really positive and constructive, as my noble friend Lady Donaghy said, and they started to do it by enhancing the role of ACAS and encouraging mediation. We support that wholeheartedly. It is the right way forward. It is positive, it is constructive, it does...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I support the Bill and oppose the amendment, and I congratulate the Government on having the courage to come forward with this legislation. I listened carefully to what the noble Lord, Lord Dear, said in moving his amendment and I could not understand his justification for wishing to deny the Bill any Committee discussion. If there are problems with the Bill, surely the obvious...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 May 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I start by thanking the Minister and noble Lords from around the House for what has been an extensive and very interesting debate. As I look around I see that a number of the usual suspects have been rounded up. I was actually a bit surprised that the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, is not in her place, as she said that we had not done anything on it. I spent at least three months of...

UK Clothing Sector: Safety — Question (13 May 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, does the Minister agree that if the owner of that company had listened to the concerns of the workers who complained the day before about cracks in the building then this tragedy could possibly have been averted? That stresses the importance of having independent trade unions, independent health and safety committees and workers committees in these factories if we are to ensure a...

Ethical and Sustainable Fashion — Question for Short Debate (19 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, with that fresh in my mind I will endeavour to proceed without hesitation, repetition or deviation, as they say. If every Member in the Chamber could examine the labels in their clothing, it would reveal the global nature of high-street supply chains. I am not suggesting we do it as it might cause embarrassment for some. However, I checked my jacket-not that I pretend to be anything...

Apprenticeships — Statement (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: We did not find that to be a problem. That was said to me when I was a Minister, yet we challenged it and were able to bring about those apprenticeships. I am just asking the Minister not to accept that. We have never called for a set number of apprenticeships, although there are various formulae. I find what the Minister says regarding apprenticeships being part of a public procurement...

Apprenticeships — Statement (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I will take advantage of the fact that we have not exhausted the time. This is a really key issue. I apologise if I sounded negative. I do not want to be negative but just want to get the Government to recognise the size and scale of the problem. Even though the Minister says that youth unemployment is coming down, as I am sure she knows, in some parts of the country it is not and...

Apprenticeships — Statement (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I did wait to see whether there were any further Back-Bench speakers and there were not, so I took the opportunity. If there are any, I will give way. However, as there are not, I will just use the opportunity that we have. On higher-level apprenticeships, again, there is a view that it is an either/or choice: you either take an apprenticeship or you go to university. However, it should not...

Apprenticeships — Statement (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. However, we cannot help feeling that this is another lost opportunity on the Government's part. On one level, we do not challenge their commitment to apprenticeships as they have certainly tried to drive up the number. However, there is a danger in going for volume without ensuring that the quality is sustained, as was mentioned in...


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