Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Wilcox

Smart Meters - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wilcox: I should refer to my entry on the system before I admit that I have something to do with consumers. I want to congratulate the Minister on having had the courage even to get suppliers started on the rollout of smart meters. I would be interested to learn whether he has helped them in any way so far and, if so, whether he will do more.

Theatre Market - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, follow that. It will not be easy. However, I hope that I have a couple of lines, which might cheer you up, on how one gets one’s husband up there. I learned a great deal when I was Minister for Business and Intellectual Property. I thought it was going to be stiff and difficult but the intellectual property part proved to be marvellous. I learned a great deal from the theatre and...

Brexit: Consumer Rights - Question (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the rights of consumers who purchase goods from retailers or manufacturers based in the European Union.

Brexit: Consumer Rights - Question (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I beg leave the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register.

Brexit: Consumer Rights - Question (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank my noble friend the Minister for his response, short though it was. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute runs a centre called the UK consumer centre network, which assists consumers in cross-border disputes with EU traders. Since it was formed just 11 years ago, it has handled more than 100,000 cases. The UK centre is currently co-funded by the UK Government and the European...

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (20 Jul 2018)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, it was 14 years ago last month that the Lords passed an amendment to the Civil Partnership Bill, which was then going through Parliament, to extend its scope so that adult family members who lived together permanently could come within it. I supported the amendment at that time but it was of course overturned in the Commons. Looking back, I have all the paper from that time—there...

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (14 Jun 2018)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in encouraging the private rental sector to increase housing supply.

Housing: Private Rented Sector - Question (14 Jun 2018)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank my noble friend for his short reply; it is very helpful. Have the Government any plans to extend the tenancy length before stamp duty land tax is charged, and what are they doing to ensure that local authorities and people in general are aware of the new changes that are coming? I have only recently visited some of these things that are being built and the people who are moving in. It...

Royal Marines - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, it is wonderful for me to be the only girl so far to say something which, I hope, will make a contribution to the debate. There is another girl on the other side of the House who will be closing for the Liberal Democrats and I have no doubt that she will contribute too. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Burnett. I have read his CV: it is quite extraordinary. He seems to have been...

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 Nov 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am grateful to be allowed to speak in the gap because it gives me an opportunity to say that I am now back in the consumer world, having just taken on once again the presidency of the National Consumer Federation. Some 10 years on, I am listening to very similar things. It has been marvellous to see the noble Lord, Lord Bird, stand up and speak in words that he would say are not...

Japanese Knotweed - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lady Sharples, and at her request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in her name on the Order Paper.

Japanese Knotweed - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: Is my noble friend aware that when knotweed stems are trimmed they are eaten by Japanese children? Will he tell us whether landowners with knotweed on their property can still obtain a mortgage?

Devolution (Constitution Committee Reports) - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (9 Oct 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I am pleased that I follow the noble Lord, Lord Bruce, because I was getting madly overexcited about the life ahead that I am going to have when we get out, have our go and enjoy ourselves. Listening to the noble Lord, I thought: “Gosh, what a dreary world he wants to live in”. I am glad to follow him because I think I can cheer him up. I am a member of the EU Select Committee....

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I know that at this stage there is no necessity for me to thank the two maiden speakers, but in this case I really would like to. I thought they were terribly good. I found the history of the mighty forebears of the noble Lord, Lord Mountevans, fascinating. I come from Plymouth, and everything he talked about seemed to me to be maritime—cargoes at sea and so on. I look forward to...

Digital Economy Bill - Second Reading (13 Dec 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing this welcome Bill. Increasing the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement to 10 years, making it the same as that for physical copyright infringement, is a long overdue recognition of reality. To some extent, therefore, Clause 27, while most welcome, is merely playing catch-up. For many years, serious offenders in the...

Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill [HL] - Report (23 Nov 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, after being on the committee entrusted by the House with scrutiny of this Bill, I am only too fully aware of what a complex area of law intellectual property is—it is crucial that we get it right. We must ensure that we create a climate as positive as any in the world for businesses to innovate and grow, especially after we leave the European Union. I thank the Minister for her...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Howe for moving that this House takes note of the Government’s assessment in the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 that the United Kingdom’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent should be maintained. I agree 100% and I support the Government in this. We must build the replacements we need. It is a pity that we...

Cyclists: Road Traffic Laws - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which general road traffic laws are enforced in respect of cyclists.

Cyclists: Road Traffic Laws - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: I thank my noble and learned friend for that crisp and helpful Answer. Does he agree that, at the very least, signs should be added for visitors who take bicycles in London and elsewhere warning them that it is illegal in Great Britain nationally to cycle on pavements and that they will be fined if they do so?

Apprenticeships — Question (17 Mar 2016)

Baroness Wilcox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeships have been created since 2010 compared to the previous six years; and what they are doing to spread best practice amongst employers of apprentices.


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