Results 41–60 of 1189 for speaker:Lord Cotter

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the importance of this debate is immense—the last words of the Motion refer to strengthening the United Kingdom economy. I thank my noble friend Lady Sharp for introducing this subject. I have a small business background. In addressing skills and lifelong learning, I will be talking about further education colleges and their importance. They are vital. Our college in...

Legal Aid — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, there have been so many concerns expressed in recent times about the change in the laws related to our legal system. Nothing should be sacrosanct, but the proposals made have not been well thought out. A recent survey found that only a quarter of the population believes that the UK’s legal system is fair and transparent. Two-thirds of those questioned feel that wealth is now a...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Small Businesses (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to data published by the European Commission in its 2015 Annual Report on European SMEs, which found that access to finance and finding customers are some of the greatest issues faced by SMEs in the EU.

Business: Advice Services — Question (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister has raised the issue of late payment. There is a tremendous problem within the construction industry, as she may know, and a lot of people are getting together to put the facts forward. Will she address this issue in the new year? Retention of payments, payments after 120 days when they should be within 30 days—these are very live issues, which I and others will be...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (7 Dec 2015)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to implement the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015's mandatory referral scheme.

Legal Aid — Question (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, it is clear that this has been a very faulty process. I give an example. A very reputable organisation with quality and community knowledge in London has been ignored and not appointed in any way. The work has been given to firms in Stafford and Leicester. It is surely ridiculous when a firm based in London has a great reputation that work for London should be given to firms in...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (28 Oct 2015)

Lord Cotter: As has already been mentioned, there are special problems when it comes to the construction industry. In particular, SMEs in the construction industry have lost £30 million through cash retention so far in 2015. Will the Minister make a strong commitment to look at this issue, which is vital for the survival and growth of small businesses?

Economy — Motion to Take Note: 1.08 pm (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, today we are considering the economy. Growth is generated through businesses, of course, but the Government, as ever, have a role to play. SMEs are crucial, so the Government’s commitment in the Queen’s Speech to cut red tape for business by £10 billion is very important. So often business has been held back by unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy—I have experienced that...

Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (7 Sep 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for introducing this Motion to Regret, which I and many others hope will lead to a sustained examination of legal aid now and in the future, as a result in particular of the cuts proposed by the Government. My intervention will be very brief because I have no legal background whatever. I saw that this Motion was proposed for today, and I came to listen and to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Government have a big job on their hands when it comes to business. We have had an excellent debate today and many issues have already been raised. I should like to raise a few more points on some of those issues. How the business community operates is crucial for jobs but also for trade, and thereby for the profitability or otherwise of this country. We need to include in our...

Small Businesses: Finance — Question (25 Feb 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, recently the Business Minister wrote to the FTSE companies which are not signed up to the Prompt Payment Code. More than £39 billion is owed in overdue payments to SMEs, so this is a very important issue. Can the Minister tell us what progress has been made on encouraging the many FTSE companies which are not signed up to the code to do so and on ensuring that we carry on pursuing...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Cotter: My Lords—

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Cotter: I am not down to speak but I want to say that I disagree with my colleague about turkeys. I have great respect for the experience of Members of this Chamber. I am sorry that I have not put my name down to speak so that I might say more but perhaps I will be able to do so on another occasion. I thank the noble Lord for giving way. I certainly think that we have great strength in this Chamber...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Second Reading (4 Nov 2014)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the words “common sense” strike a chord. It is good that we are addressing this issue today. A point has been made that the main purpose of a Bill should not be just to send out a message. That is fair enough, but the Bill is useful in trying to bring more certainty and common sense to the life that we lead. I come to this as an ordinary member of the public, with a small...

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

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Government recently announced that 60 new Foreign Office staff have been placed across China. Can the Minister give me an update on that? Hopefully, the numbers are increasing, the staff will be more widespread throughout China and increased language training will be part of the approach. Do the people involved have experience in business, particularly to help small businesses...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Late Payments — Question (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Cotter: Will the Minister consider very carefully the issue of retention for the construction industry and, specifically, the roofing industry? Will he also give a firm commitment that he will listen to the Federation of Small Businesses and the construction industry, because there are considerable problems still, with over 50% of small businesses waiting for payment? Would he have a constructive...

Business Rates — Question (11 Jun 2014)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that there is a big issue still to be addressed? In particular—there are many other points that I could make but time will not allow—there is the differential between small shops and the bigger retailers. There is a massive unfairness there which has been evident for some time, and I very much hope that the Minister and the Government will consider...

Businesses: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Motion to Take Note (6 May 2014)

Lord Cotter: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Cope, for initiating this very important debate. It is very important for our country’s growth and it is so essential that the committee has addressed the issue of exports. SMEs in particular need every possible help they can get to enable them to negotiate such a difficult and challenging path of business growth. There are many issues to raise and I shall quote...

Mental Health: Funding — Question (18 Mar 2014)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s repetition of the parity issue but, in practice, many young people nowadays—one in four, perhaps, as has come out in recent surveys—are suffering from mental health problems. I have evidence, which I would be glad to give to the Minister for his intelligence network, that there is no parity when it comes to young people. For example, one GP said that...

Banks: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (12 Mar 2014)

Lord Cotter: My noble friend has just said that, following the consultation, the Government will look at all options. Does this include the previous commitment to producing legislation to address this very serious issue of funding for small businesses and others?

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