Results 161–180 of 3203 for speaker:Lord Flight

Armenia: 1915 Atrocities — Question (16 Jun 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, while the treatment of the Armenians in 1915 is to be condemned absolutely as genocide, might we be able to persuade Armenia to withdrawn from those parts of Azerbaijan which it has been illegally occupying for some 20 years?

Electricity Supply: Decarbonisation — Question (15 Jun 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, what are the Minister’s views about the commercial viability of Hinkley Point? The increases in costs since the project was first envisaged have been very large indeed; might there not conceivably be cheaper ways of producing nuclear power on a smaller scale?

Pensions: Draw-down Charges — Question (9 Jun 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, the last Government introduced some really useful reforms for people saving for their pensions, and I trust the new Government will continue in that vein. I would simply make the point that it would be more useful if the Government were to put pressure on those firms providing products to have a reasonable charging structure, rather than seek to achieve this by legislative means. It...

European Union Committee — Membership Motion (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I had the privilege of sitting on the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Sub-Committee for four years. All the members got on extremely well and produced some very good papers. But there was quite a strong underlying Europhile bias to it, excellently chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, though it was. To completely neglect the point that has been raised is wrong, but I would...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (1 Jun 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Dunlop, on his most thoughtful speech. When I was the Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs, he and his wife were the most agreeable constituents and I wish him every success in the demanding and difficult area that he is taking up. I also congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leeds and the noble Lord, Lord...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, voters in this country understand that the Government have done a pretty good job in bringing the economy back after the worst depression since the Second World War. I will only make the point that, first, it was that much worse here than in most of the European countries because of the importance of the financial sector; and secondly, one of the main reasons for the decline in...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — Report (3rd Day) (11 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I thank the Minister for listening to the various concerns in this territory and for the government amendments. I am aware that the insolvency industry is comfortable with the legislation as it now stands. It understandably has the view that it hopes creditor meetings will not disappear as they can be extremely useful. However, a most satisfactory compromise has been achieved, for...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (2nd Day) (9 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I suggest that what will happen is that the EU directive will come forth and we will be heavily gold-plated on its requirement. It is pretty clear that its requirement is for a register, but one available only for legitimate purposes. I know that I have no chance of persuading the Government at this stage to fall in line with the EU and honour the privacy of private companies. What...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (2nd Day) (9 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My suggestion was that we fell in with the new arrangements, which are not complete but which use the language of a public register while stating very correctly that it should not be available to any old Tom, Dick and Harry but should be available for legitimate purposes. That seems to me to be the essence of what we are here to do.

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (2nd Day) (9 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I suggest that measures like this and other anti money-laundering measures are much more effective to the extent that they are common preferably among the G20 countries, but at least among the G8 and other more advanced parts of the world. There is less scope to pick and choose jurisdictions if the same rules broadly apply across all the important areas. In that context, I have made...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (2nd Day) (9 Mar 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, we touched on this previously. Four million small companies are going to be affected, and if any of them does not obey the law, it will be committing a criminal offence. How is a small entrepreneur with a plumbing business up in Norfolk going to even know that this law exists and that he needs to comply with it?

Entrepreneurs’ Relief — Question (26 Feb 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, are the Government aware of the tremendous success of entrepreneurial endeavour—

Entrepreneurs’ Relief — Question (26 Feb 2015)

Lord Flight: Excuse me. I apologise for my extremely embarrassing mobile phone. Is the Treasury monitoring the extent of entrepreneurial activity and success in this country? Never in my lifetime have I known such an explosion of entrepreneurship, particularly among all the new technologies, where other government measures are helping. This is a sort of Schumpeterian thing that is happening, which ensures...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I, too, have some reservations about the guidance arrangements, in two different types of area, which I hope can be put at rest. First, imagine that an individual with a pension of £20,000 goes to get guidance. Is the guidance likely to say, “Go on—pay the tax, take the money and spend it”? The main guidance will be divided between buying an annuity or entering into a...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, both on his speech and on his prize. He is clearly speaking very much to the converted. However, I have some reservations—and need to be convinced—about his argument for a commission. Over the past four years we have not done so badly given the difficult economic climate. Crossrail has gone well and projects have advanced,...

Autumn Statement — Motion to Take Note: 12 45 pm (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Flight: My Lords, in his absence, may I add my congratulations to my noble friend Lord Rose on his maiden speech and welcome him to the House? I would like to put on record my congratulations to the Chancellor on what I am going to call an Autumn Budget, both in an economic and political sense. Others have said much about the surprising success of the UK economy over the last five years, particularly...

Allotments — Question (3 Dec 2014)

Lord Flight: Do the Government know how many thousands of people have their names down for allotment plots when they come up, as a measure of the unsatisfied demand?

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Second Reading (2 Dec 2014)

Lord Flight: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady Harding, on her excellent and, if I may say, charming maiden speech. Seeing the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, in his seat, perhaps I may just mention—I declare an interest as a director—that Metro Bank has solved the issue to which he referred. You just present your driving licence and that plugs into a system that tells the bank...

Universal Credit — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Flight: Can the Minister tell the House how many more people are in employment as a result of the incentives offered by universal credit?

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