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Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] - Committee (28 Jun 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I am curious to know what the minimum value envisaged is in the amendment from the noble Earl, Lord Clancarty. It seems to me that unless those minimums are fairly substantial—maybe a million but certainly in the hundreds of thousands—then it would make a complete shambles of the antique and flea market industry. People can know one generation of owner but they are never going...

Carers over 80: Support - Question (13 Jun 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords—

Carers over 80: Support - Question (13 Jun 2016)

Lord Flight: Thank you. My Lords, does the Minister recognise that there are large numbers of older people who simply look after each other? This is at the heart of the institution of marriage and they may not be registered as a carer because they are of similar age and shape. This whole issue is about not just the carer situation but older people who happily look after each other in old age.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the right reverend Prelate on her warm and human maiden speech. I welcome in the Queen’s Speech the digital technology and pensions Bills and I hope that they will underpin what is needed in the two key areas that I will say a little about. First, the Government need to focus more on the need for and advantages of supporting UK digital ID for financial...

European Union: United Kingdom Membership - Question (23 May 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, has the Minister seen the Brexit film, which stars a number of Members of this House? If not, I suggest that she might find it interesting to watch.

Immigration: Public Services - Question (10 May 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords—

Apprenticeships - Question (4 May 2016)

Lord Flight: May I draw the Minister’s attention to the contribution made by the Baker-Dearing university technical colleges? They are teaching both vocational skills and standard O-levels and A-levels. This enables the people attending and coming out of them to do much higher-quality apprenticeships, in the spirit of the noble Lord’s Question.

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (3 May 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I welcome the amendment but the issue of PEPs is by no means solved and there is still a lot of nonsense happening. The last ruling by the noble Lord, Lord Deighton, was, interestingly, that PEPs were politicians in countries outside the UK and not within it; that came as a great shock to all of us. The EU rules make it clear that that is not the case and that PEPs are to be treated...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (3 May 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, as I understand it, the proposed arrangements effectively give the Treasury Select Committee a sort of negative veto after the event. Why could this not be more straightforward, with senior appointments such as the head of the FCA requiring the approval of the Treasury Select Committee up front?

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I have a great deal of sympathy with long-standing trade union members on the other side of the Committee. First, who really likes change, and, secondly, who really wants more regulation? Our whole economy is tied up in string with regulation. It was a delight to hear Labour shadow Ministers arguing against more regulation and complaining about regulators being investigators,...

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: I am glad to hear that; the noble Lord will know all about it then. But he is probably about to enter the new senior managers’ regime where he will find that the extent of his regulation will increase substantially. If really heavy-handed regulation was being imposed on trade unions, there would be a fair argument. However, what is in the Bill is very meek.

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: I would dearly love to embark on a long debate with the noble Lord on the banking crash, but it was essentially caused in America and not in this country. I do not think that the regulations that have come in since have done very much to prevent another financial crisis arising in the future. They always arise and there is nothing new about them—just look at economic history. But I am glad...

Trade Union Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: I will dig myself in deeper and say that, to my mind, a great deal of the mis-selling issue is unjustified. First, if you go out and buy a new or second-hand car, you buy what you see. Individuals have some personal responsibility for determining what they buy. Secondly, and more specific to the whole area of mortgages, it was largely about inflation reducing dramatically and returns...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: The noble Baroness is entirely correct. That is why I asked the indulgence of the Committee quickly to address them now. That is for two reasons: first, they relate to Amendment 21 and, secondly, as I have given notice, I may not be able to be here when they are called later, for some particular personal reasons.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: I am bound by that judgment, but I did ask the Whips’ Office and was given permission so to do.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: I think I need to respond to that. Yes, it is correct that this would essentially be when a new residence starts, but there could be a simple form that went out with regular council tax demands.

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register, and will speak to Amendment 21, whose objectives I trust will command broad support. These are, in essence, to provide practical and low-cost measures to enforce existing laws to protect tenants from criminal landlords. If measures along the lines of this proposed new clause are adopted, I also believe they would avoid the need for...

Capital Markets Union: A Welcome Start (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I add my great appreciation of the noble Lord, Lord Harrison. I spent four years on the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, which he chaired. There were, shall I say, widespread views among the members of that committee, but we never had any problems in putting together sensible papers, and it was very much due to his most courteous and constructive chairmanship. I am...

Banks: Internet Banking — Question (1 Feb 2016)

Lord Flight: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that part of the problem is that the long-standing banks have computer systems that go back a long way and which are often very difficult to modernise? They cannot suddenly turn off the whole of their system for a fortnight and put in a brand new one, so existing systems keep getting added to until the scope for mistake and failure if anything gets greater.

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Flight: Companies are obliged by statute to vote on whether or not to make political donations, as a result of which virtually no public companies do so any longer.


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