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The Universities (8 Dec 1999)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I join my noble friend Lady Rawlings in welcoming the maiden speech of the bee-keeping right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby. It was lovely to hear him today. I also join the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar, on her wonderful maiden speech. I am sure that had her parents been here, they would have been most proud of her. I...

River Thames (23 Feb 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, perhaps I may first declare an interest. I am the vice chairman of the Port Of London Authority, and have been a member of that authority for six years. I am grateful, therefore, to the noble Lord, Lord Greenway, for introducing this debate on the future use of the Thames for commercial and leisure purposes. It gives me the opportunity to share a little of what I have learnt over...

Combined Universities in Cornwall (2 May 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, does the Minister agree that many major companies seeking to invest in the UK require a location close to an established higher education centre, in order to have access to well qualified staff and an appropriate range of people, before they will even invest? I admit to an interest as a governor of Plymouth University and as one who is hopeful about the project going forward. One...

Utilities Bill (4 May 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, as my noble friend Lady Buscombe has so eloquently and movingly said, it is a great disappointment that the Government removed the telecommunications and water provisions from the Bill during its Committee stage in another place. I disagree with the suggestion by the noble Lord, Lord Beaumont, that my noble friend spoke only of money. Water now rates its own Bill--so disadvantaged...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: Perhaps I may ask for a point of clarification. I more than likely misheard the Minister. Did she say that two-thirds of married women are working?

Transport Bill (5 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I should like briefly to turn the attention of the House to parts of this large Bill which have received less attention than they might merit. The noble Lords, Lord Hoyle, Lord Bradshaw and Lord Hogg, have raised my spirits in the past hour with regard to buses. While the future status of NATS and workplace parking levies are important, it is the quality of bus and rail services...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 20: Page 4, leave out lines 10 to 20 and insert-- ("(1) The Authority shall publish advice and information which will promote the interests of consumers in relation to gas conveyed through pipes, and may publish that advice or information in such manner as it thinks fit. (2) In particular, it shall secure that records of its decisions, and the information on which they are...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: In speaking to Amendment No. 20, I should like to speak also to Amendment No. 23. Today we are discussing the role of an important body--the new gas and electricity markets authority (GEMA). It will make important decisions about energy affecting most consumers and, of course, the regulated energy companies. I believe that public bodies that make decisions for us--such as the new GEMA--should...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: Not today.

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: In his reply the Minister referred to the National Consumer Council, but when I spoke I did not refer to that body. I should have done so and for that I apologise. The National Consumer Council, of which I was chairman, and the National Federation of Consumer Groups, of which I am president, along with other consumer groups, have all pressed for the wording to be changed here. I have come...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 30: After Clause 8, insert the following new clause-- :TITLE3:APPEAL TO AUTHORITY BY NON-LICENCE HOLDERS (" .--(1) A person who is not a licence holder may appeal to the Authority to withdraw or vary a decision (other than that in section 47 of the Competition Act 1998). (2) In this section "decision" means-- (a) the introduction of a new licence condition; (b) the...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: At Second Reading, I raised the matter of third parties having the right to appeal against the decisions of the authority. I raised the distinction between this legislation and the Competition Act 1998, under which consumer bodies, for example, have the right to challenge competition decisions of the Office of Fair Trading. The utility regulators are subject to this provision where they have...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I hate to think that I have made it sound as though "any old bod" could challenge a decision. I thought that there were safeguards to ensure that bodies challenging a decision would have a legitimate interest. I refer to subsection (4).

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for his reply. I am grateful that he recognises that there appears to be an imbalance on the face of the Bill. I am somewhat thrown by the fact that noble Lords do not like the wording of the amendment. It was modelled on Section 47 of the competition legislation. However, I accept that the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, knows more about these issues than I do. I apologise if...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister. I shall continue to press for the consumer where I can. I am grateful that the Minister did not raise the concern that such a right would delay the decision-making process. It is an argument I hear from others. I believe that we take as long as necessary to make these important decisions on behalf of the consumer and with regard to open and fair competition. I beg leave...

European Food Authority: Select Committee Report (23 Jun 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I rise to speak as a member of Sub-Committee D and in support of the noble Earl, Lord Selborne, our distinguished, experienced and most able chairman, who has spoken so eloquently today to the recommendations which are the unanimous recommendations of the committee. Therefore, I should like to highlight the recommendations which I have most experience of and can with a degree of...

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I tabled Amendment No. 357A on behalf of private consumers, to deal with concerns raised recently that current legislation is inadequate for ensuring that passengers are properly informed and consulted about service alterations. There was a reluctance recently to display notices at railway stations in relation to Thameslink 2000 closures--as had previously been the custom and practice....

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: moved Amendment No. 316A: Page 261, line 16, leave out (""Strategic Rail Authority (in this Act referred to as "the Authority")"") and insert (""Secretary of State"").

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I confess to being slightly confused by the grouping. I can only hope that it is because somewhere among the different amendments to which I shall speak is a prize for me. I hope that the Committee will bear with me. Amendments Nos. 316A to 316G relate to independence for the rail passenger councils from the strategic rail authority. Amendments Nos. 337A and 338B refer to disadvantaged...

Transport Bill (17 Jul 2000)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for his response, particularly in relation to something I had not even read! It related to the information and I apologise that I did not outline the point. I have had a response but not the response I would have liked. The Bill's weakness as regards information suggests that the Government do not really intend the rail passengers' council to be an independent voice in...

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