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Results 61–80 of 1189 for speaker:Lord Cotter

Banks: Lending — Question (5 Feb 2014)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, exporting is very important for this country, but can be daunting and difficult for small businesses. Will the Minister ensure, through UKTI and otherwise, that it is made easier for small businesses to actually get funding for exporting, which is an essential need for the country?

Consumers: Vulnerable Consumers — Question (29 Oct 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister has responded somewhat defensively on this issue. Could he please listen? We are talking about 7 million adults, largely elderly, and vulnerable and disabled people who cannot have access to the net, and many rural areas still do not have good broadband. These are very serious issues. Companies are pushing people in the wrong direction, for example, by renewing...

NHS: Keogh Review — Statement (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Cotter: In the report there are, quite rightly, robust words about poor management. However, I refer the Minister to a point that I and others have raised in the past. There is a great concern in the health service about untrained, or poorly trained, healthcare assistants. Nurses have said to me that they are held responsible for the work done, often by untrained or inadequately trained people. I...

Retail: Portas-plus Package — Question (15 Jul 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, pro rata to turnover, small shopkeepers provide more jobs than the big supermarkets do, although we are also seeing a great increase through mini-expresses and other means employed by the supermarket chains. It is welcome that the Government have come forward with schemes for business rates but those schemes lack a certain breadth and viability for many people. Will my noble friend...

Economy: Sustainable Jobs — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this debate is timely and essential, as noble Lords have said, and we thank my noble friend Lady Brinton for introducing it. We need jobs—at least, many people of all ages need them—but I am particularly concerned about young people’s jobs, and for those we need growth in this country. This is a widely held view. As the CBI said just the other day: “We believe that the...

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Funding — Question (25 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this point may have been made already, but it is worth making again. Does the Minister not accept that many small businesses do not know how to get different sources of funding, as there are so many that are potentially available? Specifically, what is being done proactively to let businesses know what is available out there for them to tap into? I know from running my own small...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (11 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: When the Government place contracts with large companies in future, will they ensure that it is a requirement that those companies sign up to the prompt payment code, and that they publicise their record on the payment of bills in their annual reports?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Music Companies: Finance (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many music companies in the past year have obtained loans under (1) the Funding for Lending Scheme, (2) the National Loan Guarantee Scheme, (3) Community Development Finance, (4) Enterprise Finance Guarantee, (5) Business Finance Partnership, (6) Business Finance Partnership: Small Business Tranche, and (7) Government- backed start-up loans.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Music Companies: Finance (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many music companies have in the past year obtained investment under (1) the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, (2) the Enterprise Investment Scheme, (3) the Venture Capital Trusts Scheme, (4) the Business Angel Co-Investment Fund, (5) the Enterprise Capital Funds, and (6) the UK Innovation Investment Fund.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Music Companies: Finance (27 Mar 2013)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many music companies have accessed finance under (1) the Regional Growth Fund, and (2) the Growing Places Fund.

Medical Research: International Rare Diseases Research Consortium — Question (28 Feb 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his interest in rare conditions. I declare an interest as my wife, like many others, has suffered from birth from arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular condition. She received a correct diagnosis only at the age of 52 years. Even now, in her 70s, she is struggling to receive appropriate treatment. Would the Minister consider seriously Rare Disease...

Retail: Business Rates — Question (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Cotter: What are the Government doing about the situation, which has long applied, whereby small shops proportionately pay a large amount more than supermarkets do in business rates? In proportion, they pay an enormous amount more.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Public Sector: Contractors (27 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to determine whether sub-contractors of public sector construction contracts are paid by their contractors in a full and timely manner; and whether those steps will include unannounced inspections.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Public Sector: Contractors (27 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of non-payment on public sector contracts have been reported to the Efficiency and Reform Group to date; and what actions the Efficiency and Reform Group has taken to resolve those complaints.

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Question (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: Does the Minister agree that we need to continue with increasing competition within banking in the country, have greater transparency and more locally focused initiatives to lend to SMEs, as happens in the USA and Germany, for example?

Employment: Science and Technology — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage young people to pursue careers in the science and technology based industries, and in manufacturing.

Employment: Science and Technology — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for that Answer. There is still a very big issue here when it comes to young people and careers advice and guidance. Does the Minister agree that we should have far more face-to-face help for young people? Many need encouraging to go into manufacturing and technology. Would he agree that this Government need to emphasise this face to face, rather than by looking at computers?

Winterbourne View — Statement (30 Oct 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords-

Winterbourne View — Statement (30 Oct 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I very much welcome the mention of training once again today. It is so important that support workers are trained. One issue that has come to my notice quite frequently is that through a lack of training, support workers question the trained professionals an awful lot. The management also need to be trained to back up the professionals who are trained in their job as a vocation, so...


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