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Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, at a time of financial and economic crisis, it is understandable that businesses cut back. Difficult as it is, this is not the time to neglect training and skills. It is more urgent than ever to provide our workforce with the skills they need. I quote here from a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility: "As the economic situation facing the UK and the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran (11 Feb 2009)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government following the ruling of the European Court of First Instance on 4 December 2008 ordering the European Union to remove the People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran from its asset freeze list, whether they will vote against the group's continued inclusion on the European Union list when the Council of Ministers next meets.

Economy: Automotive Industry — Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, we have had a timely debate today, as there is no question but that the automotive industry is highly important. I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for calling this debate and particularly for referring to the importance of the small business sector. Of course the automotive industry is important as an exporter—it accounts for 11 per cent of this country's...

Financial Markets — Statement (19 Jan 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, led by my noble friend Lord Newby, I want to carry on asking for clarification about the Royal Bank of Scotland. I am specifically concerned that, to quote the Statement, "we have agreed with them an extension of lending commitments to large companies". I am somewhat puzzled by that, because there is widely felt concern about small businesses and the Royal Bank of Scotland has...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (8 Dec 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, today we get the chance once again to address the issue of business and the economy. We have had much activity in recent weeks, with Statements, the Pre-Budget Report and the Queen's Speech; but still there is much to do in a continuing scenario. I will concentrate on the small business sector, which provides six out of 10 jobs. My whole working life outside Parliament has been in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Contractors (26 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which contractors of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform do not pay their suppliers within 30 days; and what representations they will make to these contractors about withholding retentions from sub-contractors, in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's fair payment charter.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Contractors (25 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which contractors of the Department for Children, Schools and Families do not pay their suppliers within 30 days; and what representations they will make to these contractors about withholding retentions from sub-contractors, in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's fair payment charter.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Contractors (19 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which contractors of the Ministry of Justice do not pay their suppliers within 30 days; and what representations they will make to these contractors about withholding retentions from subcontractors, in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's fair payment charter.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Contractors (19 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which contractors of the Department of Health do not pay their suppliers within 30 days; and what representations they will make to these contractors about withholding retentions from subcontractors, in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's fair payment charter.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Contractors (14 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints the Office of Government Commerce has received from sub-contractors over non-compliance with the Fair Payment Charter's commitment to payment periods not exceeding 30 days.

Post Office Card Account (13 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister rightly referred to the turbulence in the banking sector, and the solid and reliable service that post offices give in this country, which is why we welcome the announcement today. But I should like to press the point made by my noble friend that this solution for the five-year period will develop into a permanent solution. In response to the question asked by the noble...

Employment Bill [HL] (13 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I should like to take this opportunity to refer to the national minimum wage, an issue covered by Amendment No. 2 and also by the Employment Bill. For my sins, I participated in the National Minimum Wage Bill in the other place, where we had one of the longest Committee sittings ever—over 24 hours—to discuss it at great length. It is good that the issue has been addressed again...

Small Businesses (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to assist small businesses in the current financial situation.

Small Businesses (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I understand that Ministers are meeting the banks today. Will they agree with the banks a memorandum of understanding to ensure availability of finance, competitive interest rates and no increases in fees for small businesses? May I also point out that the issue of small shops has not been addressed? I presented to this House the Retail...

Small Businesses (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his welcome Statement—although I agree that it would have been better if it had been presented yesterday—and I welcome him to his new role. We look forward with great expectation and anticipation to the Government's actions. We have had Statements on the financial crisis but it is important to have this Statement focusing on SMEs. I am not sure that I...

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2008 (16 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I welcome the Secretary of State to his new role and thank him for his excellent speech. I shall be brief—I wish to raise only one issue—but I hope I will not put my foot in it as I characteristically do sometimes. As the Secretary of State may recollect, shortly after his departure from his second role in government he entered a lift in which I was going upwards, as it were. I...

Banking: Financial Stability (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Newby has said, we welcome the Government's proposals, and it is particularly encouraging that they have mentioned small and medium-sized businesses in this connection. However, in the light of the rate reductions we have seen today, perhaps I, too, may ask the Minister to ensure that those reductions, and indeed more, are passed on to small businesses in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diplomatic Recognition (29 Sep 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, following the finding of the House of Lords that Mr Hany Salaam was dishonest in a $50 million fraud, he was subsequently accredited to the United Kingdom as a diplomat with full diplomatic status, whilst continuing to conduct business transactions from an office in London.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diplomatic Status (24 Jun 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the past 12 months civil action in respect of the commercial obligations of foreign diplomats accredited to the United Kingdom has been blocked because of the respondent's diplomatic immunity; and what were the countries concerned.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diplomatic Status (24 Jun 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether accredited foreign diplomats may use diplomatic immunity to avoid enforcement of commercial debts and obligations incurred in the course of business trading; and what steps they take if such an individual abuses diplomatic immunity to avoid commercial obligations.


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