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Consumer Rights Bill — Report (19 Nov 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, this has been a marvellous debate. I have heard so many wonderful, emotional things, and now I have to pull myself down and say, “Actually, fraud is already illegal in this country; we do not need any more law—we have enough of that”. We need what we have heard about today from my noble friends Lord Stoneham and Lord Younger of Leckie. The secondary and primary movers in this...

China: United Kingdom Trade — Question (23 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am sure the Minister will correct me, but am I right in saying that the Intellectual Property Office has sent out Mandarin-speaking ambassadors from this country to protect the intellectual property rights of people with small and medium-sized businesses who go to China? I understand that they are working extremely well and that the project has been an enormous success.

Royal Mail Sale — Question (16 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: Would the Minister remind the House that the Labour Party failed completely in its own attempt to sell Royal Mail, and was much relieved when this Government managed to sell it for what was certainly at that time a fair price, in order to save the post offices which we still have and—most importantly—to save the pension scheme, which had no money left in it at all?

Scientific Research and Development — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage greater investment in scientific research and development within the United Kingdom.

Scientific Research and Development — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister for his helpful response to my rather stuttered Question. I am afraid that I got overtaken by what has happened thus far concerning what we should say and what we should and should not read. If I can remember to ask the question as I intended to, I want to know what the long-term framework for science and innovation is. We all agree that we ought to have advance notice...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I take the opportunity that I am given to thank everybody for taking part in this debate today. I particularly thank the Minister for such a full response. I do not think that he missed out anybody who spoke so there is no reason for me to pick up in any way on individual speakers. I have been walking with giants today. I have been sitting here, listening to manufacturing being...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I shall try to stick to time. I am glad to have this chance to offer some thoughts on UK manufacturing. I have spent much of my life in manufacturing and the food industry. I ran my family business in the West Country. I sold fish to the Japanese, which took quite a long time—longer than I would have thought—but was well worth doing in the end. I became a director of Cadbury...

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, on bringing forward, as sponsor, a Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill. From her I learn that, while the divorce decree itself has become largely an administrative process, the division of income and property between spouses is often a contentious, long-drawn-out and expensive process. The noble Baroness has outlined why: the...

Cornwall: EU Structural Funds — Question (19 Jun 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, is the Minister happy with and encouraged by the progress of the local enterprise partnerships, particularly the local enterprise partnership that has looked into this great allocation of money from the European Union to ensure that it best serves what is now a new Cornwall, having had a status awarded by this Government to bring it in line with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?...

English Parish Churches — Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Cormack very much for giving the House the chance to debate the importance of the English parish church. I am an oblate of the Anglican Community of St Mary the Virgin at Wantage. I go home at weekends to my village and my church of St Just in Roseland. When I am in London for the rest of the week I can worship at St Peter’s Square, so I am used to a...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, following the gracious Speech, it is a privilege for me to take part in the debate today. I am delighted to start by congratulating our Government on the measures they have taken to bring our economy firmly back on course, and delighted to have heard those measures so well outlined by the Minister, my noble friend Lord Livingston. We now know that education, training, business and...

Deep Sea Mining Bill — Order of Commitment Discharged (25 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Economy: Manufacturing — Question (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the levels of manufacturing activity in the United Kingdom.

Economy: Manufacturing — Question (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank the Minister and am delighted to know that my Government are doing so well. However, if we are to fill industry’s growing need for a young workforce who are skilled in new techniques and disciplines—such as those required in the pharma industry—it is time that careers advisers and teachers in our schools understood and offered equal status as regards the choices between...

Deep Sea Mining Bill — Second Reading (7 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I have been fortunate indeed to have as my Minister someone with whom I have worked over time. My noble friend Lord Wallace of Saltaire knows the area that we are talking about and certainly knows the sea very well; it is certainly worth having him on board. I am always interested to hear about the career of the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, because he has always done something with...

Deep Sea Mining Bill — Second Reading (7 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, some noble Lords will be aware of my keen interest in the sea as a native of Plymouth, with its rich maritime history. So my curiosity was drawn to this Deep Sea Mining Bill, despite its less than auspicious title. Now, knowing more about it, I am persuaded of the importance of this Bill and of UK involvement in deep sea mining, including, paradoxically, for the marine environment....

Young People: Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase the take-up of apprenticeships among young people.

Young People: Apprenticeships — Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, it is an enormous pleasure for me to lead this topical Question for Short Debate this afternoon. I reassure all noble Lords present that I am conscious of the need for brevity given that this is intended to be a short debate, and will accordingly try to keep my remarks brief. However, I am also conscious that the question of how we can improve the employment prospects for young...

Railways: British Rail — Question (12 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wilcox: While I am delighted to travel by rail most of the time, all the way down to the West Country, I am very sorry to see, after all these years since 5 November 1993, that raw sewage is still going out on to the lines. Before we rush forward to HS2—to which I am looking forward enormously—I urge our new Minister to think about the men working on the lines and in the stations who have to...

Payday Loans — Question for Short Debate (20 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, 23 years ago, in 1990, I chaired the National Consumer Council. We brought out a book called, Credit and Debt. With the permission of the House, I will read one or two lines from its foreword, which states: “People have always needed or wanted things that they cannot immediately afford. And there have always been people on hand with the money to lend to them—at a cost”. The...


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