Lord Young of Cookham Portrait

Lord Young of Cookham

Conservative - Life peer

3 APPG memberships (as of 6 Oct 2021)
Cycling and Walking, Deliberative Democracy, Smoking and Health
3 Former APPG memberships
Cycling, Homelessness, Squash and Racketball
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
25th Jul 2016 - 29th Aug 2019
Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jan 2017 - 29th Aug 2019
Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords)
3rd Nov 2015 - 13th Sep 2016
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
19th Oct 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
28th Oct 2009 - 6th Sep 2012
Public Accounts Commission
12th Jul 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
8th Sep 2009 - 6th May 2010
Committee on Reform of the House of Commons
20th Jul 2009 - 21st Oct 2009
Liaison Committee (Commons)
5th Nov 2001 - 14th Oct 2009
Standards and Privileges
16th Jul 2001 - 14th Oct 2009
Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (Joint Committee)
1st May 2008 - 22nd Jul 2008
Shadow Secretary of State
15th Jun 1999 - 26th Sep 2000
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
2nd Jun 1998 - 26th Sep 2000
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
11th Jun 1997 - 2nd Jun 1998
Secretary of State for Transport
5th Jul 1995 - 4th May 1997
Public Accounts Committee
18th Oct 1994 - 17th Oct 1995
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 1994 - 5th Jul 1995
Minister (Department of Environment) (Housing)
28th Nov 1990 - 19th Jul 1994
Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
23rd Jul 1990 - 28th Nov 1990
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Environment)
15th Sep 1981 - 10th Sep 1986
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Security)
7th May 1979 - 15th Sep 1981


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 27th October 2021
15:00
Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
15:00
Public Services Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability
3 Nov 2021, 3 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Will Quince MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children and Families) at Department for Education
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Division Votes
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 141 Conservative No votes vs 4 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 150
Speeches
Thursday 14th October 2021
Inequalities of Region and Place

My Lords, I very much welcome this debate, so ably moved by the noble Lord, Lord Liddle. Like him, I …

Written Answers
Tuesday 28th September 2021
Robert Mugabe: British American Tobacco
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations in the BBC’s Panorama programme on 13 September …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 14th June 2021
Cigarette Stick Health Warnings Bill [HL] 2021-22
A Bill to require tobacco manufacturers to print health warnings on individual cigarette sticks and cigarette rolling papers
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Young of Cookham has voted in 172 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 13 Conservative Aye votes vs 208 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 339 Noes - 235
9 Nov 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 44 Conservative No votes vs 147 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 165 Noes - 433
9 Nov 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 134 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 148 Noes - 407
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(65 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(32 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(26 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(61 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(26 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(18 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(14 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Young of Cookham, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Lord Young of Cookham has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Young of Cookham has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Young of Cookham


A Bill to require tobacco manufacturers to print health warnings on individual cigarette sticks and cigarette rolling papers


Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Monday 14th June 2021
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Lord Young of Cookham has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


24 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Serious Fraud Office about reports of British companies engaging in bribery overseas.

The SFO is an independent law enforcement agency, superintended by the Attorney General’s Office. As set out in the Framework Agreement between the two organisations there are regular meetings between the Law Officers and the Director of the SFO to discuss both the SFO performance at an organisational level and to provide an oversight of high-profile casework.

Lord Stewart of Dirleton
Advocate General for Scotland
14th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of allegations in the BBC’s Panorama programme on 13 September that British American Tobacco paid a bribe to the then President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

Following a three-year investigation into British American Tobacco, in January 2021 the SFO determined that this case did not meet the evidential tests as defined in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. As with all cases that fail this first limb of the Code, it was therefore not in the public interest to continue with the investigation.

The SFO is aware of the allegations made in the BBC’s Panorama programme in September 2021.

The SFO continues to assist its international law enforcement partners with ongoing investigations related to this matter, and will assess any new material on its merits, as with any allegation of serious fraud, bribery or corruption. The SFO does not disclose the actions it takes to assess allegations.

Lord Stewart of Dirleton
Advocate General for Scotland
14th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to conclude their investigation into allegations of bullying of officials by the Home Secretary; and when the report of that investigation will be published.

To protect the interests of all involved the Government does not comment on the specifics of ongoing process.

The Prime Minister will make any decision on the matter public once the process has concluded.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
27th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answer from Lord True to Lord Norton of Louth on 14 July (HL Deb, col 1546), when the information referred to will be provided to Lord Young of Cookham and Lord Norton of Louth.

Further to the question posed during the debate on 14 July, a letter was sent on 21 July.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 29 January (HL Deb, col 1439), what representations they have received regarding citizens' engagement in the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission; and what progress they have made in establishing that Commission.

Further announcements will be made in the usual way.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in compensation to beneficiaries of Disability Living Allowance because of financial abuse by their appointees, for the latest year for which figures are available.

Where an allegation of financial abuse is confirmed, that is, that the DLA received by the appointee has not been used in the best interests of the claimant, the appointment is revoked. However, compensation is not paid.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Penn on 19 July (HL Deb col 4), how many retired pensioners have been issued with pre-payment cards.

The Department of Work and Pensions does not offer pre-paid cards. The main method of paying customers is into a standard bank, building society or credit union account. However, there are exceptions in limited circumstances.

The Department currently provides two Payment Exception Services which allow customers access to their payments. These are Her Majesty’s Government Payment Exception Service (HMG PES) and the Post Office Card account.

The Payment Exception Service is aimed at those customers who are unbanked and are either unable to open or use a bank account. It is designed for access to cash only. The contract expires 30 September 2021, but a similar procured new Payment Exception Service will replace HMG PES.

The Post Office Card Account is a basic deposit service for benefits and pensions, delivered by Post Office Limited on behalf of the Department. This service is due to end and customers will either convert to a standard bank, building society or credit union account. Those customers who are unable to open or use an account will be migrated to the new Payment Exception Service on a staged basis from August 2021.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals received Disability Living Allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.

From the latest published benefit expenditure and caseload tables, in 2019/20 the average caseload of people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance was 1.539 million, with nominal terms expenditure of £7.233 billion.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in Disability Living Allowance in the latest year for which figures are available.

From the latest published benefit expenditure and caseload tables, in 2019/20 the average caseload of people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance was 1.539 million, with nominal terms expenditure of £7.233 billion.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any evidence of (1) fraud, or (2) abuse, connected with the benefits appointee system.

No assessment has been made. Benefit fraud committed by an appointee is considered in the same way as benefit fraud committed by any claimant. Allegations of financial abuse against an appointee are investigated and will result in the appointeeship being revoked if proven.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legal basis of the benefits appointee system.

Appointments are made under regulation 33 of The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987/1968 for legacy benefits and regulation 57 of The Universal Credits, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013/380 for the New Style benefits. Both are supplemented by detailed guidance and provide a sound basis for the department’s appointee system.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to suspend repossession of leasehold properties until potentially dangerous cladding in such properties has been replaced.

The Government has announced a globally unprecedented investment in building safety and hundreds of thousands of leaseholders will be protected from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes.

On 10 February the Government announced it will provide an additional £3.5 billion grant funding for removal of unsafe cladding on buildings over 18 metres, which brings the total investment in building safety to an unprecedented £5 billion.

Lower-rise buildings between 11 and 18 metres, with a lower risk to safety, will gain new protection from the costs of cladding removal through a generous new financing scheme. As part of this financing scheme, no leaseholder will pay more than £50 per month towards the cost of cladding remediation.

This builds on steps already taken to support leaseholders, including £1.6 billion of funding to remediate unsafe cladding, the £30 million waking watch fund to help end excessive costs and new legislation in the Building Safety Bill which will ensure homes are made and kept safer in future.

The schemes will be launched in due course, and we will publish more details on how these will work as soon as we are in a position to do so.

The Government has worked with the lending industry and the regulators to prevent both homeowners and landlords from facing unaffordable bills or repossession if they can’t work, or if their tenants can’t pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus.

Mortgage holidays have been extended, with applications open to 31 March 2021. Borrowers that have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six-month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.  Current FCA guidance states all mortgage holidays must end by 31 July, so while no one can have more than a six-month deferral, any consumer applying now for their first payment holiday will not be able to take the full six months. Information on mortgage payment holidays is set out on the FCA website: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-confirms-support-mortgage-borrowers-impacted-coronavirus

The FCA has been clear that for borrowers who have taken six months’ holiday and continue to face ongoing financial difficulties, firms should continue to provide support through tailored forbearance options. This could include granting new mortgage payment holidays. Mortgage customers in this situation should speak to their lender to discuss their options.

A mortgage holiday is not the right solution for everyone, and a prolonged payment deferral may not be in a consumer’s best interest - it is important to remember that whilst someone takes a payment holiday, they will still owe the amount they don’t pay during the deferral period, and interest will continue to accrue. Where consumers can afford to re-start mortgage payments, it is in their best interest to do so.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
6th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the consultation paper by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Raising Accessibility standards for New Homes, published on 8 September 2020, when they plan to publish a response; and what plans they have to align the mandatory baseline for accessibility standards for new homes with the accessible and adaptable standard.

Evidence gathered by the consultation on raising accessibility standards for new homes will help government consider whether to mandate a higher baseline accessibility standard or to reconsider the way existing optional standards are used. We are currently analysing responses and will publish a government response in due course.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce the reliance on interim measures such as waking watch and evacuation management plans by residents of high-rise buildings awaiting remediation for building safety defects.

The most effective way to make buildings with unsafe cladding safe and eliminate the need for interim measures and associated costs is to have the unsafe cladding removed as quickly as possible. That is why we are prioritising £1.6 billion public subsidy on remediation of unsafe cladding. However, we recognise residents’ concerns about the cost of waking watch measures and the lack of transparency of these costs. That is why we have collected and published information on waking watch costs. This will enable those that have commissioned it to make comparisons and challenge providers on unreasonable costs. The data is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-programme-waking-watch-costs

The Government also welcomes the National Fire Chiefs Council update to its guidance on Simultaneous Evacuation published in October (available at: www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Simultaneous-evacuation-guidance). We have asked the Fire Protection Board to advise Fire and Rescue Services on how best to operationalise the revised guidance including looking into other measures such as installing building-wide fire alarm systems to reduce the dependency on waking watches wherever possible.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
5th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the letter sent by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to Manchester City Council in August on planned 'smoke-free' pavement licences was agreed in advance with the Department of Health and Social Care.

The national smoke-free seating condition in the Business and Planning Act was agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care, as was the associated guidance. Ministerial correspondence is not generally cleared across Government.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
17th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a package of financial support to enable tenants to pay off arrears accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order (1) to prevent the risk of evictions when the ban comes to an end, and (2) to support smaller landlords.

The Government has established an unprecedented package of support to protect tenants and landlords throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with support for businesses to pay staff salaries and strengthening the welfare safety-net with a nearly £9.3billion boost to the welfare system. This includes an extra £1billion to increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates so that they cover the lowest 30% of market rents. These measures are supporting both landlords and tenants by enabling renters to continue paying their rent.

For those renters who require additional support, there is an existing £180 million of Government funding for Discretionary Housing Payments made available this year, an increase of £40 million from last year and which is for councils to distribute to support renters with housing costs.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely throughout the Autumn and Winter.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many associated Fee Waivers the Court of Protection has received in respect of Child Trust Fund applications; and how many have been granted.

The Court of Protection has received fifteen applications since August 2020 where the assets included a Child Trust Fund. Of the fifteen applications received, thirteen have resulted in a deputy being appointed. The remaining two applications resulted in ‘one off’ orders. In four cases, a Child Trust Fund was the sole asset and the court fees were waived.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications that have been received by the Court of Protection in respect of Child Trust Funds have resulted in a Deputy being appointed.

The Court of Protection has received fifteen applications since August 2020 where the assets included a Child Trust Fund. Of the fifteen applications received, thirteen have resulted in a deputy being appointed. The remaining two applications resulted in ‘one off’ orders. In four cases, a Child Trust Fund was the sole asset and the court fees were waived.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been received by the Court of Protection where the only asset is a Child Trust Fund.

The Court of Protection has received fifteen applications since August 2020 where the assets included a Child Trust Fund. Of the fifteen applications received, thirteen have resulted in a deputy being appointed. The remaining two applications resulted in ‘one off’ orders. In four cases, a Child Trust Fund was the sole asset and the court fees were waived.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications have been made to the Court of Protection for access to Child Trust Funds since September 2020.

Since September 2020, 11 applications have been made to the Court of Protection concerning access to Child Trust Funds.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Working Group on Child Trust Funds, announced by the Ministry of Justice in December 2020, has produced a report.

The Working Group on Child Trust Funds has met monthly. A report has not been produced, but regular updates have been provided to Ministers.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)