Results 161–180 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

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013: Motion to Approve (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response, even if I did not agree with the tenor of it, or the basis on which they have decided on this legislation. I thank all my noble friends and colleagues who have participated in this debate. They have raised a number of interesting points. As I think my noble friend Lord Monks made clear, this is not going to help industrial partnership or...

Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013: Motion to Approve (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, we regard this as yet another ill-founded government proposal to attack workers' rights. The Government's own figures, over which we have had a little exchange, estimate that this change represents a net loss of £252 million-or, on the same page, £290 million; I am a bit baffled by the two different sets of figures on page 2 of the impact assessment. Similarly page 3 of the impact...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I will be brief because my noble friends Lord Lea and Lord Monks covered the territory very well. I was glad to see that they received some support from the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton. I doubt that the Minister will rush to fully embrace the suggestion that the 10% trigger should be changed. However, one thing that the previous Government did and that this Government have...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I welcome government Amendment 33, which implements an amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Wills in Committee. This amendment addresses concerns that were raised across all sides of the House that the Government’s decision to introduce a public interest test to the Public Interest Disclosure Act would discourage whistleblowers from coming forward by placing an additional...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, welcome government Amendment 34, which implements protections that we called for in Committee. The amendment took us a bit by surprise considering that in Committee the Government were so adamant that the amendment was not necessary and when we met the Minister just a fortnight ago, we had no indication that they had changed their mind. However, no matter when the epiphany...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: Opposition Amendment 31 would use the new power introduced in Committee by the Government to amend the definition of “worker” in Section 43K of the Employment Rights Act in order to extend protections to job applicants. The purpose of this amendment is to make clear within the Public Interest Disclosure Act, the legislation which establishes specific protection for whistleblowers, that...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: I have listened carefully to the Minister’s remarks, which I welcome broadly. I trust that the secondary legislation will be affirmative legislation. I hope that he regards this issue as time critical. From listening to the tenor of his remarks, I feel that he does. We believe that the evidence is out there. Having heard the Minister’s comments and hoping that he will take into account...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, in Committee a number of noble Lords expressed our concern about confidentiality in settlement agreements and the inability of these agreements to be raised at an employment tribunal in the future. We felt that this was a totally wrong direction for the Government to proceed in. The worst aspect of this would amount to what we consider to be a charter for bullies. As the legislation...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I have listened carefully to the Minister, but I have found little in his words to alter my opinion. He talked about small firms that do not have HR departments. That is part of the problem. This provision is somehow meant to be a remedy for that situation. It does not matter what size a company is. Small firms often fall down because they think that HR is something that they do not...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the Minister for addressing the specific concerns that we raised in Committee. I wish to put that on record. Obviously, I share some of the concerns of my noble friend Lady Turner, which were echoed in part by the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, who, in her usual forensic way, rightly drew to our attention not only the question of diversity but the guidance that should be...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (1st Day) (26 Feb 2013)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I have great respect for my noble friend Lady Turner because she brings not only sincerity but a wealth of experience to these issues. I will be interested to hear the Minister’s response to the amendment. I want to raise with the Minister the question of funding for ACAS, on which we had an exchange prior to his inauguration in his current role. The noble Lord, Lord Marland, in...

Apprenticeships — Question (26 Nov 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, will the Minister confirm whether her action plan includes government departments? Have the Government monitored the number of apprenticeships in government departments that are held by people with disabilities? If this is in the action plan, will the requirement be extended to public procurement contracts?

Employment: Science and Technology — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, we welcome the efforts of the university technical colleges, careers advisory and others, but what we really need for young people is more apprenticeships. That has to be the focus. I have looked at the figures in this area, and they are rising but slightly. There is one area where the Government could make a positive contribution, and that is in public procurement contracts. We...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Second Reading (14 Nov 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I congratulate the House on the number of people who have participated in this debate. I admit that we had some concerns about it being on the day before a recess. To paraphrase the saying that goes around in other industries, we wondered whether it might be POET's day today-push off early, tomorrow's recess. However, I am happy to say that that did not happen and that we have had a...

Child Development — Debate (11 Oct 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester for introducing this debate, although I did not always agree with his analysis-but that is what the debate is about. I do not bring any particular expertise to this debate, other than the fact that I have been a parent for what seems a large chunk of my life, and now also a grandparent. When I look back on it, it seems...

Britain's Industrial Base — Question for Short Debate (9 Oct 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Adonis on creating the opportunity for this debate. Given the complexity of the subject, it is a short period to try to deal with it. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Marland, on his appointment. I do not envy him trying to sum up this debate given the varying strands and the different advice that he has been given. Given the time...

British Time Harmonisation — Question (11 Jul 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, will the Minister develop his idea on how consensus will be achieved? I reflect on the fact that, in theory, we are in summer time at the moment; perhaps we ought to change its name after the current spate. Seriously, can he give us some indication of the positive impact for business if we made this change? My recollection of the change 40 years ago is not quite that there was such...

Employment Tribunals — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, we are not opposed to constructive, evidence-based reform; however at a time when 2.7 million people are unemployed, the Government are making completely the wrong judgment in wanting to make it easier to fire rather than hire people. Slashing employee rights is no substitute for a proper growth strategy. Does the Minister not recognise that removing the rights of workers will only...

Apprenticeships: Ethnic Minorities — Question (18 Jun 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, while we support the Government's objectives in focusing on apprenticeships and the drive to increase their quantity, can the Minister assure the House that the Government will maintain the quality of apprenticeships? I am still waiting for a government response to a Question about a recent "Panorama" programme which showed some rather worrying abuses of apprenticeship programmes.

Small and Micro-Business Borrowing — Question for Short Debate (24 May 2012)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, for providing the opportunity for what might be a micro-debate in terms of numbers but a macro-debate in terms of the issue. I start with what my noble friend Lord Myners referred to as the core issue-if we do not get some growth and confidence back into the economy, we face a situation where potential borrowers and small businesses see...


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