Results 121–140 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Insurance Industry (27 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will make a statement on the prospects for the insurance industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Insurance Industry (27 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is she satisfied that the accounts of insurance companies fairly represent their liabilities? Moreover, is she concerned that certain regulatory arrangements designed to ensure that companies can meet their liabilities have a cascade effect on equity prices, whereby several companies selling at once generate a fall in equity prices, which itself triggers...

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: The situation, which we on the Treasury Committee looked into, is not exactly as the hon. Gentleman represents it. Sir John Bourn believes that the Railtrack debt should be a contingent liability. It should not therefore be added to normal Government debt, or be considered against the golden rule or national debt. That is quite different from off-balance-sheet accounting.

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that some of the complaints fulfil George Bernard Shaw's aphorism that there is nothing more indignant than a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle?

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman not recognise the nature of the problem that Higgs addresses? That is that far too narrow and inbred a group of people occupy the posts of non-executive directors, many of them enjoying as many as eight such positions. They cannot possibly be giving adequate scrutiny to any one of them. The proposal to put the matter in the hands of a non-executive director has been...

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: The failure of Enron and WorldCom has been a disaster, and not only for their shareholders and employees. Such dramatic examples of malfeasance have triggered a crisis of confidence among all investors in equity shares in all public limited companies. They have contributed to an avalanche fall in share prices over the past two years, with baleful consequences for people's pensions, life...

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: Of course I do not believe that. There is a reasonable risk involved in the market. However, in the two cases to which I have referred there was reckless risk taking far beyond what would normally be expected. That is the issue that I raise. The hon. Gentleman trivialises it by suggesting that I believe that people can have a risk-free existence. I am surprised that he felt his intervention...

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: I have already given a list of the issues that arose from the two crises that I mentioned in Britain. Those issues are very similar to those that arose in Enron and WorldCom. I do not suggest for one moment that all joint-stock companies are subject to them; however, they can be found in several of them. This is not only a matter of deficiencies in accounting standards and auditing practice....

Public Limited Companies (Financial Regulation) (13 Mar 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: Let me return to the quotation from Sir David Tweedie cited by my hon. Friend the Member for Dumbarton (Mr. McFall). Sir David Tweedie was talking about the perverse financial incentives that can be obtained. He was not talking about tax, but about the corruption of the purposes of people who receive such stock options. I heard the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Mr. Flight) say...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Euro (27 Feb 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: If the five tests are satisfied, what is the likely timetable before the United Kingdom joins the European monetary union?

Auditing and Accounting (29 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the statement, which I think will make a major contribution to securing the integrity of corporate finance. In the light of what happened with Equitable Life, and other difficulties in the insurance industry, will she consider whether the special risks of insurance require special treatment, both in accounting and in auditing?

Written Answers — Education and Skills: London Institute (28 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public money has been given to the London Institute; and how the use of this money has been accounted for in each year since the foundation of the Institute.

Written Answers — Defence: US Missile Defence System (27 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of whether the US missile defence system could protect the UK and her allies from ballistic missile attack.

Excise Diversion Fraud (23 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: May I congratulate the Government on the statement and on the steps that have been taken over some years to remedy the record of grossly inadequate direction and management in Customs and Excise, which stretched back way before 1997, when this Government took office? What is being done to remedy the position whereby cigarettes are being exported duty free to Andorra and smuggled back to this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Foreign Direct Investment (23 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will make a statement on recent trends in foreign direct investment into (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Foreign Direct Investment (23 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is there any implication in the figures of a preference for the eurozone at the expense of the United Kingdom among foreign direct investors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: The Thames gateway project is widely supported on both banks of the Thames in east London. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if the private sector is to have the confidence to plan early investment, key public infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the new bridge over the Thames must not be left as indefinite aspirations, but must have credible timetables for their completion backed...

Missile Defence (15 Jan 2003)

Mr Nigel Beard: If the technology is successfully developed, what are the prospects of extending the missile defence umbrella to the United Kingdom and the rest of NATO?

Written Answers — Treasury: Infrastructure (12 Dec 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to make firm financial commitment to major transport infrastructure projects once they have been started.

Pre-Budget Report (27 Nov 2002)

Mr Nigel Beard: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the robust strength of the economy, despite the uncertainties and difficulties in the rest of the world. What steps have been taken to encourage business investment and innovation, particularly in manufacturing industry?


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