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Upcoming Business – Lords: Select Committee (29 July 2014)

Digital Skills: Digital Skills. 10:00 am; Room 2, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 10.15am) evidence will be heard from Guy Levin, Executive Director, Coalition for a Digital Economy (COADEC), David Pollard, Chairman for Education, Skills and Business Support, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, techUK and at approximately 11.15am from witnesses tbc.

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

Baroness Valentine: ...However, it is worth reflecting on the opportunities that membership provides. It provides access to the largest economic bloc in the world. The GDP of the EU is worth around $18 trillion compared with the US economy of $16 trillion, and is more than twice the size of China’s $8 trillion. Particularly in services, where the UK is exceptionally strong, there is a further up side to...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 11 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: ...to my noble friend Lord Plumb for calling this important debate, not least because it enables us to emphasise the huge contribution that our farmers and those in our food industry make to the economy. I feel immensely privileged to be answering the noble Lord. This is my opportunity to tell him that, when I was young, I recall my father, a tenant farmer, speaking in awed and hushed terms...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Regional Planning and Development (24 July 2014)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The Coalition Government has reversed years of centralisation to rebalance our economy so it can achieve strong, lasting growth that shares prosperity more widely across the country. We have put power in the hands of local councils and businesses: 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships bringing together business and civic leaders to drive their own economic development and fulfil growth...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Waste Management: Radioactive Waste (24 July 2014)

Baroness Verma: ..., which will provide skilled employment for hundreds of people over many decades. Hosting a GDF is likely to bring significant economic benefits to a community. It will contribute greatly to the local economy and wider socio-economic framework. There are likely to be further infrastructure investments and positive impacts on local service industries associated with the development. In...

Euro Area Crisis Update (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (23 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Newby: ..., is much sharper than the one we have decided to follow here. It has had a number of consequences, one of which has been high unemployment and a fall in real wages. What is interesting about the Spanish economy is the extent to which it is rebalancing away from property and rebounding. The absolute pace at which some of these economies are adjusting and the extent to which that is optimal...

China: United Kingdom Trade — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Popat: My Lords, small businesses are the engine of the economy. I am pleased to say that we have a large number of people from UKTI now based in our Chinese embassy. English is an international language, but it is important that they all learn Mandarin as well. Language plays an important part in bridging the gap between us and the Chinese when it comes to trade. I am pleased to say that UKTI is...

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Haskel: I welcome what the Minister says but is it actually working? Thanks to the Government’s policy of the job-rich, low-wage, low-skill, long-hours economy, as a nation we are producing fewer goods and services than we did six years ago. With such a policy, how do the Government intend us to pay our way in a competitive world, reduce our balance of payments deficit and raise living...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (23 July 2014)

Helping local markets throughout the UK prosper and expand the national economy - /. Short Debate

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Energy: Oil and Gas (23 July 2014)

Lord Deighton: ...into increasing oil and gas production clearly set out the size of the prize that still remains in the North Sea. The government is committed to maximising the benefits these natural resources can bring to the UK economy. This includes incentivising investment in projects which generate jobs, supply a large portion of the UK’s primary energy needs and support a world-class supply...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Baroness Randerson: ..., however, if it grows slower, the Welsh Government’s budget will be lower. That is a simple consequence of more accountability, linking the Welsh Government’s budget to the performance of the Welsh economy. This arrangement would incentivise the Welsh Government to grow the economy in Wales but, importantly, it would protect it from UK-wide effects that the UK Government are...

HMRC (Scotland) (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gregg McClymont: ...about what would happen if Scotland was to leave the United Kingdom—things that will depend on negotiations with the rest of the United Kingdom, which will depend on the future performance of the Scottish economy in particular. But Scotland’s role in HMRC is not one of those things about which there is uncertainty. The arithmetical facts are these. Across the UK, HMRC employs...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: ...recovers from the loss. I commend him on the first and, I think, only use of the “long-term economic plan” phrase, which gives me an opportunity to say that the Government are building a stronger economy and a fairer society. Finally, I echo the thanks of the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Thomas Docherty) to long-serving members of staff—John Pullinger,...

SMEs (Local Authority Procurement) (22 July 2014)

Mary Glindon: ...chain. With the call to Government from businesses and politicians to strengthen the prompt payment code, such a system could be one answer. We all recognise that small and medium–sized enterprises are an important part of our economy locally and nationally. The Government must listen to their concerns about late payments and about strengthening the prompt payment code. The...

Healthier Together Programme (Greater Manchester) — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jamie Reed: ...it is a quid pro quo process and the specialist hospitals also need to put some services back into a general hospital setting. When the proposals from a review appear to be a power grab by the big players in the local health economy, it is no wonder that people fear for the future of their services. If services are taken away, “How viable will we be?” becomes a worrying...

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