Canlyniadau 81–100 o 507 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: In the recent Supreme Court judgment on Uber, it was made clear that those who qualify as workers under existing employment law are entitled to core employment rights and that all gig economy businesses must ensure that they fulfil their legal responsibilities. We now have a situation in which the national minimum wage is two-thirds of hourly median pay, and under OECD rules that means it is...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: One of the sanctions available to the Government is the naming and shaming scheme, which is very successful. We have a large number of companies which have been subject to that, and we have therefore increased greatly the number of companies complying as a result. When HMRC finds employers which breach this, it can impose a penalty of up to 200%; the penalties are severe for companies which...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for his question. There are a number of bodies that enforce our employment laws in the UK. Obviously, HMRC is the body that oversees the national minimum wage; my department, DBT, ensures that agency workers are well protected; and within the Home Office, we have the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. So we have three very effective regulators, which are well...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Since the introduction of the national minimum wage in 1999, the Government have ordered employers to repay over £173 million to 1.4 million workers. It is far more effective that the employers are made to pay the workers than be dragged through courts, which delays payments to workers and does not provide any respite. I am interested in the fact that this is the 25th anniversary of the...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As we have said before, our labour market in the UK is one of the most sophisticated and best-working in the world. Out of a population of 66 million people, 33 million are working, and only 5% of that workforce is on the minimum wage. In the meantime, 30% of the population do not pay any tax and the 1% highest earners pay 30% income tax. I think noble Lords would agree that our workforce is...

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Of the 33 million workers in the country, there are 27 million employees; that means that we have a proportion of the workforce which is self-employed. You might say they are the unsung heroes—the ones who put their laptop on at 8 am and close it down at 10 pm—and they deserve our respect.

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Obviously, that case is well known, and P&O was rightly named and shamed. I saw the article but I am not aware of the details of the case. However, I am very clear that we will check to make sure that P&O continues to act within the law.

National Minimum Wage Legislation - Question (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I am sure we all agree on one thing: that we want our workforce in this country to be well paid and to increase their training and skills. Surely the best form of welfare we can give anybody is a good job.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates some of the most robust export controls in the world. The Government continue to monitor closely the situation in Israel and Gaza, and if extant licences are found to be no longer consistent with the UK Strategic Export Licensing Criteria (the SELC), then those licences can be revoked, suspended or amended.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Red Sea: Piracy (21 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Department of Business and Trade is in regular contact with key businesses and industries to understand the issues they may be facing as a result of the disturbance in the Red Sea. We have open channels of communication with key stakeholders to ensure the most effective mitigations are in place to support with any increased costs they are facing. Our Critical Imports and Supply Chains...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Iron and Steel: Port Talbot (19 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Tata Steel and National Grid have been working closely to ensure the deliverability of a grid connection in line with the project requirements.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: UK Trade with EU: Productivity (18 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Since leaving the EU, the Department for Business and Trade has secured free trade deals with 73 countries in addition to our EU partners, which accounted for £1.1 trillion UK trade in 2022, and simplified import tariffs to lower costs for businesses and households. The UK’s total trade with the world (including goods and services) increased by £36bn (inflation adjusted) in 2023...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation (15 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Compensation offers depend on the compensation claim submitted. The total so far paid to the 102 postmasters whose convictions have been overturned is over £38 million, and £34 million has been paid out to 477 GLO claimants. This covers both interim payments and full and final settlements. Postmasters who claimed through the original Horizon Shortfall Scheme (HSS) have now all had offers...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Iron and Steel: Safeguard Measures (15 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Trade Remedies Authority published their preliminary findings on the steel safeguard extension review on the 21 February, which set out that evidence pointed towards a likelihood of recurrence of injury to UK steel producers, should the steel safeguard not be extended. Their review remains ongoing, and I cannot comment further nor prejudice their final recommendation. The Secretary of...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System (14 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: This is an operational matter for Post Office Limited. Post Office however continues to make improvements to the system and will be moving away from Horizon to a new cloud-based IT system. Government recently announced that it is providing £103 million to help with the development of the replacement for the Horizon IT system and to ensure Horizon is maintained while that replacement is...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 122 (13 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Once again, I thank all noble Lords for their passionate and eloquent speeches. I turn to Amendments 126A, 126B and 127A in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and Amendment 127 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, relating to reminder notices. The purpose of these notices is to give consumers essential information about their next renewal payment, and how to end their...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 122 (13 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I am delighted to speak to this group of amendments, and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and my noble friends Lord Lucas and Lord Mendoza for their amendments. I will first address the government amendments. Amendments 122 to 125, 138 and 139 aim to address the concerns raised by my noble friend Lord Mott about certain microbusinesses, such as small local farm shops,...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 104 (13 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As ever, I start by thanking noble Lords for their amendments and all who spoke for their important and considered contributions. On Amendment 104 on right to repair, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, it has been a great pleasure to discuss this with her during this process and, indeed, since Committee. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Leong, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Bakewell...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 68 (13 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: On the basis that my noble friend Lord Camrose has responsibility for the IPO, he has kindly offered to write to the noble Lord on this matter and give further clarification. This has been a varied and valuable debate. I thank noble Lords again for their engagement. I hope the assurances that I have provided will therefore give noble Lords confidence not to press their amendments.

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 68 (13 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank noble Lords for their amendments, contributions and questions. I turn first to Amendment 68, proposed by the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle. This amendment would provide that consumers’ collective interests included avoiding any detrimental effects resulting from the advertising of high-carbon products and services. The Bill already protects consumers during the...


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