Former Crossbench Peer
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My Lords, I find myself in difficulty in that I retired as chairman of the trust 15 years ago—I took it on 25 years ago—and do not recognise in the criticisms that have been made this evening the trust as I knew it. I shall not try to defend it from those criticisms; I have no knowledge of the facts. I regret that but cannot help it. I want to talk about the word "modernisation". The...
My Lords, as a former chairman of the National Trust in the 1970s and 1980s, I thought that I would consult those in the trust regarding what they thought was the most important recommendation in this report to which they were important contributors. Their most emphatic reply was that the recommendation to reduce the rate of VAT on repairs to listed buildings was the most urgent and important...
My Lords, if this debate necessarily has a rather narrow focus, it is none the worse for that. The proposal of my noble friend Lord Freyberg for a small and simple amendment to a tax regulation would have a major effect on progression to what we all believe is the Government's declared aim; namely, universal free access to our national museums and galleries. The value of VAT recovery, if...
Former Crossbench Peer
Entered the House of Lords in 1975
Left the House of Lords on 20 April 2004
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