Results 1181–1189 of 1189 for speaker:Lord Cotter

Orders of the Day — Regional Development Agencies Bill (14 Jan 1998)

Mr Brian Cotter: May I begin by joining my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Mr. Harvey) in his expression of support for the concept of the Bill. As he said, the Liberal Democrats, in broad principle, welcome the Government's proposal to create regional development agencies. We have long argued for a more devolved system of government. However, our view is tempered by several serious reservations about...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill (16 Dec 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: Perhaps we can be allowed to speak for ourselves on that subject and not have words put into our mouths.

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Ms Jones) on her knowledgeable contribution to this morning's debate. She spoke clearly and raised a number of serious issues, such as late payment and business support. I whole-heartedly welcome the opportunity today to debate innovation and the role of small firms. As the Liberal Democrat spokesman on small businesses and as a...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: I agree with you about any reduction in the effectiveness of business links. However, I think the idea is that business links are supposed increasingly to become free-standing and to finance themselves, so the scheme will progress in that direction. I would join you if the Minister, unless she says otherwise—

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: rose—

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: May I give way to the Minister, Mr. Deputy Speaker?

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: What we look for within the business links system is advice, and I shall touch briefly on some important details. Many small firms are not well aware of how to produce their own management accounts. That is the sort of system that I would hope business links could promote among small companies. Perhaps one way of helping companies in a financial direction would be a "lend an accountant"...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Mr Brian Cotter: I welcome this opportunity to make my maiden speech in today's important Budget debate and I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me. I congratulate the hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy) on his interesting maiden speech and I can assure him that there are plenty of conveniences in Weston-super-Mare. I pay tribute to my predecessor, Sir Jerry Wiggin, who represented...

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