Lord Young of Cookham Portrait

Lord Young of Cookham

Conservative - Life peer

Became Member: 29th September 2015


Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee
19th Jan 2022 - 31st Oct 2022
Public Services Committee
13th Feb 2020 - 19th Jan 2022
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
Public Accounts Commission
12th Jul 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
28th Oct 2009 - 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
Standards and Privileges
16th Jul 2001 - 14th Oct 2009
Liaison Committee (Commons)
5th Nov 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


Scheduled Event
Thursday 14th March 2024
Debate - Main Chamber
The housing needs of young people
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Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Electoral Commission Strategy and Policy Statement
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 152 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 159
Speeches
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Housing: Section 21 Evictions
Could the Minister clarify that? On the Laura Kuenssberg programme, Michael Gove said that Section 21 would be “outlawed” before …
Written Answers
Friday 9th February 2024
Tobacco
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Markham on 25 January (HL Deb col 845) when …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Thursday 1st December 2022
Leasehold Reform (Forfeiture) Bill [HL] 2022-23
A Bill to make provision requiring landlords exercising a right of forfeiture or re-entry in relation to a property subject …
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Young of Cookham has voted in 501 divisions, and 16 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
17 Jan 2022 - Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 98 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 144 Noes - 101
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 140 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 154
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative Aye votes vs 102 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 120 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 156 Noes - 123
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Conservative Aye votes vs 113 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 146 Noes - 114
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 117 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 137 Noes - 123
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 110 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 94 Noes - 117
25 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 192 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 265 Noes - 199
13 Sep 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 139 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 148
6 Sep 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 151 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 129 Noes - 164
4 Sep 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 141 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 158 Noes - 149
18 Sep 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 133 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 153 Noes - 134
23 Oct 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Young of Cookham voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 178 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 191
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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)
(95 debate interactions)
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
(59 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
(45 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(48 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(37 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(33 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023
(25,155 words contributed)
Building Safety Act 2022
(11,346 words contributed)
Pension Schemes Act 2021
(8,129 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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


2 Bills introduced by Lord Young of Cookham


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

Lords Completed
Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision requiring landlords exercising a right of forfeiture or re-entry in relation to a property subject to a long lease to account to the tenant for the tenant’s equity in that property and to hold the tenant’s equity on trust; to restrict the landlord’s right to legal and administrative costs; and for connected purposes.

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Thursday 1st December 2022
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Lord Young of Cookham has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


59 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
2 Other Department Questions
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether letters applying for Leave of Absence from the House of Lords are in the public domain.

No. Members applying for leave of absence are required under Standing Order 21 to specify in their written application both their reason for seeking leave of absence and either a date by which they expect to return to the House or, if they are unable to specify a date, the circumstances which will allow their return. Letters requesting leave of absence may therefore contain sensitive personal information, which it would be inappropriate to disclose.

5th Sep 2023
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker when the Leave of Absence Sub-Committee last met.

Under Standing Order 21(8) the Clerk of the Parliaments, in applying the provisions of the Standing Order, may seek the advice of the Leave of Absence Sub-Committee of the Procedure and Privileges Committee. The ex officio members of the Sub-Committee are the Senior Deputy Speaker (as Chair), the Chief Whips of the three largest parties and the Convenor of the Crossbench peers. The Sub-Committee last met formally on 13 July 2015, but the Clerk of the Parliaments consults me, and other individual members of the Sub-Committee as appropriate, when issues relating to the operation of the scheme arise.

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 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 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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
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
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
6th Sep 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 26 July (HL1955), what discussions they have had with local Trading Standards regarding retailers selling private e-scooters in the last 12 months.

None. Local Trading Standards offices operate independently of central Government and their enforcement priorities are a matter for local authorities.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inspections Trading Standards have made of retailers selling private e-scooters in the last 12 months.

BEIS does not hold this information. Trading Standards services are provided by local authorities who operate independently from central government and are therefore responsible for their own enforcement activity and are accountable to their local electorate.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
17th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when the proposed Special Educational Needs and Disabilities NPQ course will commence.

The department is currently developing the transition arrangements for introducing the National Professional Qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators as the new mandatory qualification for those in the role.

All arrangements, including those around the delivery and start dates, will be communicated in the coming months.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
23rd Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will respond to their SEND review: right support, right place, right time consultation, which ran from 29 March 2022 to 22 July 2022.

On 2 March the department published the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan in response to the SEND Review Green Paper. This outlines the department’s mission for the SEND and AP system to fulfil children’s potential, build trust and provide financial sustainability.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
6th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what penalties have been incurred by NATS Holdings for failure to meet service targets in each of the past five years.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sets targets and financial incentives on NATS (En Route) Plc’s service quality for three measures related to delays - average delay, peak delay and delay impact score and one environmental measure relating to flight efficiency. In the Reference Period (RP) 2 period (2015-2019), penalties were applied in relation to NERL’s delay performance for both 2016 (£0.42 million) and 2018 (£0.26 million) where it contributed to delays that were above its target levels.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Active Travel England budget will be protected.

The Department is considering the budget for Active Travel England and for active travel more generally as part of its examination of all future spending plans following the Autumn Statement.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Sep 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 July (HL1954), whether they will publish the estimated figures of privately owned e-scooters in the UK from (1) 2020, and (2) 2021.

Based on findings from the Department’s Transport and Technology Tracker, we estimate that as of June 2021 roughly 750,000 individuals aged 16+ owned a private e-scooter in England. We currently do not have data for the whole of the UK, or data for 2022.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the number of privately owned e-scooters in the UK in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) 2022.

Alongside the national evaluation of the e-scooter trials, we are continuing to gather wider evidence on the safety of private e-scooters, including through DfT official statistics (such as STAT19), social behavioural research, as well as by following research conducted by external bodies. The findings report from the evaluation, and underlying datasets, are due to be published later this year.

Based on findings from the Department’s Transport and Technology Tracker, we estimate that as of June 2021 roughly 750,000 individuals aged 16+ owned a private e-scooter in England – we do not have data for the whole of the UK, or data for 2022 currently.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have commissioned on the safety of private e-scooters, outside of trials.

Alongside the national evaluation of the e-scooter trials, we are continuing to gather wider evidence on the safety of private e-scooters, including through DfT official statistics (such as STAT19), social behavioural research, as well as by following research conducted by external bodies. The findings report from the evaluation, and underlying datasets, are due to be published later this year.

Based on findings from the Department’s Transport and Technology Tracker, we estimate that as of June 2021 roughly 750,000 individuals aged 16+ owned a private e-scooter in England – we do not have data for the whole of the UK, or data for 2022 currently.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in benefits was disbursed by the Department for Work and Pensions through the appointee system in the last year for which figures are available.

Information about the amount of benefit paid to appointees is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Markham on 25 January (HL Deb col 845) when he stated that a levy on the profits of the tobacco industry would result in a net increase of "only about £25 million or so", what is the basis for that assertion.

In the United Kingdom, smoking is responsible for approximately 80,000 deaths a year and causes approximately one in four cancer deaths. It also costs the UK £17 billion a year and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. This is why, alongside our plans to create a smokefree generation, we are also supporting more smokers to quit by nearly doubling funding to local stop smoking services.

In respect to the remarks made on 25 January 2024, these relate to a response to the Tobacco levy consultation published by HM Treasury in 2015. This cites HM Revenue and Customs analysis which, at the time, showed that a tobacco levy of £150 million would only raise £25 million. A copy of the Tobacco levy consultation is attached.

However, the Department continues to work with HM Treasury regarding tobacco taxation and revenue. This includes reviewing options for the most effective way to raise additional funds to further support smoking cessation services moving forward.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to disseminate the guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care on gov.uk for government engagement with the tobacco industry to all of government, including executive, legislative and judicial branches of government at national and local level, as well as all public authorities.

The Department has written to other Government Departments who may engage with the tobacco industry to inform them of the publication of ‘Guidance for government engagement with the tobacco industry’ that was published 19 June 2023. A copy attached. A version of the guidance tailored to local authorities developed in collaboration with the Local Government Association will be published shortly.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Government Actuary was consulted by Reclaim Fund Ltd when it implemented the Internal Capital Guidance issued by the Financial Conduct Authority for reserves under the Dormant Assets Acts 2008 to 2022.

The Internal Capital Guidance was set and implemented whilst Reclaim Fund Ltd was a private company, as such it did not have access to the Government Actuary‘s Department. Nonetheless Reclaim Fund Ltd received, and continues to receive, external specialist advice.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Nov 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how much money has been paid out to claimants by The Reclaim Fund in each of the past five years, following enactment of the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008.

Reclaim Fund Ltd (RFL) has distributed the following amounts in each of the past five years to dormant account owners:

Year

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021/22

2022/23

Reclaims (£m)

15.7

13.9

12.9

12.9

15.4

15.3

In line with its statutory obligation, RFL continues to meet customer reclaims in perpetuity. Reclaim rates have remained broadly consistent since the inception of the Dormant Assets Scheme in 2011.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to increase interest rates on National Savings & Investments accounts.

NS&I’s core purpose is to raise cost effective financing for the Government and must balance the interests of savers, taxpayers and the wider market when setting interest rates. On 30th June, NS&I announced increases to the rates on Direct Saver and Income Bonds to 3.40% and Premium Bonds to 4.00%, the highest rate since 2007.

NS&I continues to keep all interest rates under review.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Sep 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of e-scooters imported into the UK in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, and (3) 2022.

HMRC is responsible for the collection and publication of data on imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics (OTS), which is available via their dedicated website. From this website, it is possible to build your own data tables based upon bespoke search criteria.

Classification codes (according to the Harmonised System) are available to assist you in accessing published trade statistics data in the UK Global Tariff. Goods moving to and from the UK are identified by an eight-digit commodity code. These are publicly available from the UK Trade Tariff on the gov.uk website.

HMRC are unable to provide the requested information due to the way E-scooters are classified. E-scooters do not have their own specific commodity code. Instead, they are classified within more general codes, dependent on a few factors. For example, commodity code 8711601000 covers bicycles, tricycles, and quadricycles, with pedal assistance, with an auxiliary electric motor, and with a continuous rated power not exceeding 250 watts. However, there are other commodity codes that could also be applicable to E-scooters.

More information about any specific commodity code within the UK Trade Tariff can be accessed via UK import and export statistics on the UK trade information website.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
16th Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they first knew that the Building Safety Act 2022 removed protection from remediation costs from qualifying leaseholders who extended their lease.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Baroness Swinburne
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
19th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what support they are giving to shared-ownership leaseholders in buildings requiring remediation.

Qualifying shared ownership leaseholders are protected from all cladding remediation costs. Additionally, where capped contributions for non-cladding and interim measure costs are required, they are reduced in proportion to their equity stake in the property. Where the landlord is associated with the developer, the landlord has an obligation to pay for all costs associated with the remediation of all defects and any associated interim measures.

All leaseholders can benefit from the funding available for cladding repairs for buildings over 18 metres through the Building Safety Fund and, potentially, the new scheme for 11-18 metre buildings (currently at pilot stage) where developers or building owners are not currently funding cladding remediation.

For those shared ownership leaseholders looking to increase or 'staircase' their ownership share, on 20 December 2022, the six largest mortgage lenders confirmed that lenders will consider mortgage applications on properties in buildings in England of 11 metres or 5 storeys and above in height with building safety issues, providing it is being self-remediated by developers, is covered by a recognised government scheme, or the property is protected by the leaseholder protections in the Building Safety Act.

For shared ownership leaseholders who need to move for work or family reasons, the Government has also made it easier for those living in buildings that require remediation to sublet their homes.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposals contained in their consultation Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy, published on 22 December 2022, on their commitment to build 300,000 new homes a year.

I refer my noble friend to the impact assessment for the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill here.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review of the effectiveness of the Tenants’ Associations (Provisions Relating to Recognition and Provision of Information) (England) Regulations 2018 will be carried out.

The Government wants to make it easier for leaseholders to come together to take on responsibilities for their properties. We are currently considering the Law Commission's report and recommendations on improvements to the Right to Manage for leaseholders. We will also continue to monitor the operation of the Statutory Instrument.

18th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they consider that the QEII Conference Centre is unsuitable accommodation for the House of Lords; and what evidence they have for this.

Levelling Up is central to the Government's mission and the Government would welcome the House of Lords playing a leading role in that effort.

Peers relocating out of London during the decant would not only be a powerful symbol but a very practical way to boost local economies and ensure that lawmakers could hear directly from those beyond the capital. For this reason, the Secretary of State cannot support the use of the QEII Conference Centre, a location in the heart of Westminster, as a decant location for the House of Lords.

21st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the progress of the Building Safety Fund.

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up made clear in his building safety statement on 10 January 2022 that the Government is focused on making sure the Building Safety Fund is more risk driven and delivered more quickly to protect leaseholders. The monthly Building Safety Fund statistics on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registrations-private-sector-and-social-sector show the progress that is being made with the Fund. Over £1 billion of funding has been allocated and over a thousand buildings are proceeding with a full application to the Building Safety Fund. This means that owners of over 80 thousand homes within high-rise blocks are covered by Building Safety Fund applications and leaseholders and residents can be assured the fire risks caused by the unsafe cladding will be addressed at no cost to them.

8th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on building safety by the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 10 January (HC Deb col 288), whether leaseholders who are buy-to-let landlords will be covered by the "protection for leaseholders" referred to.

As set out in our statement to Parliament on Building Safety on 10 January 2022, building owners and industry should make buildings safe without passing on costs to leaseholders, and leaseholders living in their own medium rise buildings should not pay a penny to remediate historic cladding defects that are no fault of their own. We have clarified that we have no intention of excluding leaseholders who have moved out and sublet from the protections that will be in place (including those in shared ownership) for buildings below 18 metres in England. We will explore whether this support should extend to other leaseholders, such as buy-to-let landlords.

10th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish their Levelling Up White Paper.

Levelling up is a transformative agenda and the Department’s priority is to produce a White Paper which matches our ambition, building on existing action we are already taking across Government and setting out a new policy regime that will drive change for years to come.

Work is progressing well and we plan to publish the White Paper soon.

9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish their review of the Vagrancy Act 1824.

The Government is clear that no one should be criminalised simply for having nowhere to live and the time has come to reconsider the Vagrancy Act.

Work is ongoing to look at this complex issue and it is important that we look carefully at all options.

We will update on our findings in due course.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3rd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the enactment of the Business and Planning Act 2020, how many local authorities have opted to make pavement licences subject to a smoke-free condition.

The new pavement licence provisions provide vital support for businesses, particularly in the hard-hit hospitality sector, helping with their economic recovery following the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Under the pavement licence provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 all pavement licences are subject to a national condition which requires provision for non-smoking seating. The Government will work with the Local Government Association to assess the uptake of the pavement licence provisions and the conditions that apply as part of this.

21st Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will respond to the consultation on the Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme, which closed on 22 January.

I refer my noble Friend to the answer I gave Baroness Altmann on 14 November 2022 to question HL3027.

Lord Bellamy
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme, which closed on 12 January.

The consultation exposed a number of issues that required further consideration. We have continued working with relevant stakeholders to unpack these further to test the feasibility and design of any scheme, in particular the safeguards required and practical considerations to meet the aims of simplicity.

We have also been working with the Court of Protection to consider operational improvements. We are preparing the Government response to the consultation and will provide the House with a further update in the autumn.

Lord Bellamy
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to respond to the consultation on Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme.

We received over 200 responses to the consultation and have been carefully examining the views submitted. This is a complex area and responses have raised a number of issues that require more detailed consideration, including the security and simplicity of the scheme, how it would be delivered and the role and operation of the Court of Protection.

We are currently working with the relevant departments and stakeholders to prepare the Government response to the consultation and will provide the House with a further update in due course.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses were received to the Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme consultation, which ran from 16 November 2021 to 12 January 2022.

I refer my noble Friend to the answer I gave on 27 January 2022 to his question HL5408.

13th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses the Ministry of Justice have received to their recent consultation on the Mental Capacity Small Payments Scheme.

We received 228 responses to the consultation on the Mental Capacity Small Payments Scheme. Officials are currently analysing the responses with the aim of publishing the Government response in the Spring.

1st Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish a consultation paper on reforming the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to facilitate small payments by people who lack capacity.

The proposals for consultation are being considered and I hope we will be able to update imminently.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how often the Working Group on Child Trust Funds, announced by the Ministry of Justice in December 2020, has met.

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

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.