Lord Hendy Portrait

Lord Hendy

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 15th October 2019


Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
28th Jan 2021 - 31st Jan 2024


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 4th March 2024
16:00
Statutory Inquiries Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Statutory Inquiries
4 Mar 2024, 4 p.m. View calendar
Select Committee Meeting
Monday 11th March 2024
16:00
Statutory Inquiries Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Statutory Inquiries
11 Mar 2024, 4 p.m. View calendar
Division Votes
Tuesday 6th February 2024
Electoral Commission Strategy and Policy Statement
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 94 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 159
Speeches
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill
My Lords, we live in a globalised world of goods and services where capital seeks the cheapest raw material and …
Written Answers
Tuesday 20th September 2022
Pay: Inflation
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that wage levels keep pace with …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Status of Workers Bill [HL] 2023-24
A Bill to make provision for the creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning of “employee”, …
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Hendy has voted in 376 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

21 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hendy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 116 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 29 Noes - 440
14 Dec 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Hendy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 138 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 229
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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 Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(41 debate interactions)
Baroness Barran (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(7 debate interactions)
Lord Fox (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(21 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(18 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Trade Bill 2019-21
(3,700 words contributed)
Status of Workers Bill [HL] 2021-22
(2,733 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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


2 Bills introduced by Lord Hendy


A Bill to make provision for the creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning of “employee”, “worker”, “employer” and related expressions in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Employment Rights Act 1996 and cognate legislation; and for connected purposes

Lords Completed
Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision for the creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning of “employee”, “worker”, “employer” and related expressions in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, the Employment Rights Act 1996 and cognate legislation; and for connected purposes.

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 6th December 2023
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Lord Hendy has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


7 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
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a 'roadmap' setting out the allocation of responsibilities relating to (1) fire safety, and (2) building safety, between departments.

The Government is delivering fundamental reform of building and fire safety across both the Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety Bill.

The List of Ministerial Responsibilities can be found on GOV.UK.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
27th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 26 January (HL Deb, cols 1509–13), who is being consulted as part of their review of workers' rights; whether the Trades Union Congress and trade unions have been excluded from such consultations, and if so, why; and how that review relates to the Employment Bill referred to in the Queen's Speech.

There is no Government plan to reduce workers’ rights.

In our manifesto, the Government promised to maintain existing levels of protections for workers provided by our laws and regulations as we left the EU. In any case, our high standards were never dependent on our membership of the EU. The UK has one of the best employment rights records in the world and it is well known that in many areas the UK goes further than the EU on worker protections.

We have also committed to enhancing workers’ rights now that we have left the EU. We have already set out plans to bring forward legislation which will make workplaces fairer, provide better support for working families and new protections for those in low-paid work.

Our manifesto contains commitments to create a new, single enforcement body for labour market abuses, to give greater protections for workers, as well as plans to encourage greater flexible working.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 14 May (HL Deb, cols 781–2), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have to review their guidance Working Safely during COVID-19, published on 11 May, to ensure that it is compatible with the statutory duty to provide personal protection equipment to any employee who may be at risk. [T]

The Government continues to work with stakeholders on developing sensible guidance for businesses that will give UK workers the utmost confidence on their return to work. We will now focus on sectors that are not currently open to help them plan for when they can open. The Government is keen to stay in close contact with other business sectors so we have the right information ahead of any further guidance publications.

We will keep the guidance under review and will consider updating it as circumstances change. We are being led by the science and we will make changes to the guidance when they are needed as determined by the science and as we learn best practices from businesses. We welcome views on the guidance. If there are specific points you would want to make about safer working, contact details can be found on the gov.uk/workingsafely?webpages.

The guidance outlines where an employer’s risk assessment identifies that certain steps need to be taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19, such as ensuring social distancing is maintained or providing additional handwashing facilities, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that these steps are taken. This is already an existing obligation for employers, which this guidance does not change. If an employer’s risk assessment does show that PPE is required, employers must provide this PPE free of charge to workers who need it, and any PPE must fit properly.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce legislation that would result in a reduction in the level of protections for workers contained in health and safety regulations from those provided for in current regulations which implement EU Directives, such as the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992.

The Government has given a very clear commitment to protect worker’s rights now that the United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU). This includes health and safety in the workplace. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 has led to the UK having one of the best records on health and safety in the world. Health and safety requirements derived from EU law will become part of retained EU law at the end of the Implementation Period and continue to apply in the UK. There are no plans to change this.

5th Sep 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that wage levels keep pace with inflation.

The government understands that people across the UK are worried about the rising cost of living.

On 8 September, the government announced that the Energy Price Guarantee will supersede the energy price cap, which means that a typical UK household will pay no more than £2500 a year on their energy bill over the next 2 years from 1 October.

To address cost of living in the longer term, it is important that we help people into work, support them to increase their incomes and ensure they keep more of what they earn.

In April, the National Living Wage (NLW) increased by 6.6% to £9.50 an hour for workers aged 23 and over, which is expected to benefit more than 2 million workers. This means an increase of over £1,000 to the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW.

We are also supporting people to improve their earnings prospects and support their success in the labour market. At Spending Review 2021, the government confirmed that it is investing a total of £3.8 billion in skills in England by 2024-25.

More broadly, our economic plan will be pro-growth. As a matter of priority, the Chancellor will set out a package of measures to deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to cut taxes and boost growth, laying the groundwork for the change we need in the long term to make our economy stronger.

Baroness Penn
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their response of 28 March 2013 to the Coroner’s report on the Lakanal House fire, what progress has been made on their review of Approved Document B to the Building Regulations 2010.

The Department considered and acted on the recommendations of the Coroner's report into the Lakanal House fire in 2009. A note setting out the action the Government took in response to the recommendations was been placed in the Library of the House in September 2017 in response to Question UIN HL1281 on 5 September 2017.

Since the publication of this note we have published a clarified version of Approved Document B available (attached) at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-approved-document-b

In April 2020, the Government published the workplan for the technical review of the statutory guidance to the Building Regulations with regards to fire safety (Approved Document B).

We are commissioning the research for this fundamental review which will address a number of key fire safety issues. We have already started research for means of escape for disabled people, specialised house and care homes, trigger thresholds and other important topics.

Details of the technical review (attached) are set out at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877365/Technical_review_of_Approved_Document_B_workplan.pdf

12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the protection provided by safety guidance in relation to (1) fire, and (2) building, with respect to (a) flats, (b) care homes, (c) hospitals, (d) schools, and (e) hotels.

In April 2020, the Government published the workplan for the technical review of the statutory guidance to the Building Regulations with regards to fire safety (Approved Document B).

We are commissioning the research for this fundamental review which will address a number of key fire safety issues. We have already started research for means of escape for disabled people, specialised house and care homes, trigger thresholds and other important topics.

Details of the technical review (attached) are set out at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877365/Technical_review_of_Approved_Document_B_workplan.pdf