Debates between Lord Watts and Lord Johnson of Lainston during the 2019-2024 Parliament

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Debate between Lord Watts and Lord Johnson of Lainston
Monday 18th March 2024

(4 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Johnson of Lainston Portrait Lord Johnson of Lainston (Con)
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I thank my noble friend for that point. Absolutely, promoting our activities is one of the key issues we face and we rely on chambers of commerce, and indeed the general body politic, to do that. There is always more work to do and I am grateful to her for amplifying our message.

Lord Watts Portrait Lord Watts (Lab)
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My Lords does the Minister agree that we need to do much more to support small and medium-sized businesses, bearing in mind that there is no chance that we will do a deal with America, with China or with India in the foreseeable future, as we were promised under Brexit?

Lord Johnson of Lainston Portrait Lord Johnson of Lainston (Con)
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I totally agree. Indeed, my own Secretary of State has made this the year of small business, very ably led by my colleague Kevin Hollinrake. As we speak—although it may have just finished—the Prime Minister has been hosting a very successful SME event in Coventry, which I hope will continue to amplify our message that we are doing everything we can to see this vital sector grow and flourish in this great nation of ours.

Workers’ Rights

Debate between Lord Watts and Lord Johnson of Lainston
Thursday 23rd November 2023

(8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Johnson of Lainston Portrait Lord Johnson of Lainston (Con)
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The Government have done a huge amount to ensure that principles such as zero-hours contracts can remain flexible, allowing millions of people to do the work they wish to do and allowing students to participate in the workforce, while ensuring that they have the right levels of protection for holidays and other crucial concepts in workers’ rights. It is important that we have a strong economy, which will enable people to have these jobs. I remind all noble Lords that we have increased the number of employed people by over 3 million since we came to power in 2010.

Lord Watts Portrait Lord Watts (Lab)
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My Lords, when we left the European Union, Ministers stood at the Dispatch Box and promised that workers’ rights would be protected. Will the Minister produce a list from his department of the rights that have been lost since we left the European Union and a list of the Government’s actions to address that issue?

Lord Johnson of Lainston Portrait Lord Johnson of Lainston (Con)
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This debate has run for many months. Over the last year in this House—I am honoured to have played my role in this—we have introduced a number of key workers’ rights Acts, including the Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act, the Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act, the Carer’s Leave Act and, very importantly—I am a generous tipper myself—the Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023, which ensures that people who are given their tips are, rightly, receiving them.