Results 1–20 of 656 for speaker:Lord Eatwell

Autumn Statement 2022 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2022)

Lord Eatwell: I know that the Minister would not want to mislead the House, so I was very surprised by her figures on government investment. I looked up the OBR figures and, as a share of GDP, public sector net investment is now half what it was in the last year of the Labour Government.

Autumn Statement 2022 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, over the past three months, the Government have subjected the British economy to two episodes of extreme foolishness. First came the Truss-Kwarteng episode, going for growth without a coherent strategy and throwing money at the wealthy. Unfortunately for Britain, the ideology and economic reality did not mix. As a result, all Britain is worse off and the poorest suffer most. Then...

Economy: The Growth Plan 2022 - Motion to Take Note (10 Oct 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, it was encouraging to hear the Prime Minister echo Keir Starmer’s conference speech, putting growth at the heart of the political agenda, but terribly discouraging that her policy for growth embodies the libertarian philosophy that she has soaked up at America’s libertarian think tanks. Her libertarian economics has already been tried. Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017...

Cost of Living - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I am grateful to all participants in this debate, which has been I think both timely and interesting. There have been two background themes in what people have had to say. One has been concern about the very bad place that Britain is in now, whether we are referring to inflation, as did the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths, and my noble friends Lord Davies and Lord Stansgate; whether we...

Cost of Living - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Eatwell: That this House takes note of (1) the increasing cost of living, (2) the level of economic resilience in the social capital of the United Kingdom, and (3) the case for Her Majesty’s Government to take further steps to address these issues.

Cost of Living - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, consider this family holiday in Britain today. Setting off for their luxury staycation in their brand new electric BMW, our family spends wearisome hours sitting in noxious traffic jams. They pass through pretty towns rendered ugly by dilapidated high streets and persistent potholes. At lunchtime, they enjoy an exquisite picnic hamper, complete with champagne, sat beside a handsome...

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 40 (6 Apr 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I was struck by the argument from the noble Lord, Lord Rennard, that one does not have to opt in for taxation. I think he is arguing for “no taxation without representation”, a slogan which if recognised in the past might have eased some pain which a British Government suffered. At the end of the debate in Committee, I put it to the Minister that someone should turn up at a...

Elections Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 141 (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: Could the Minister address the inconsistency to which I referred—that someone with a British passport and a British driving licence, obeying the requirements in this Bill for identification for voting, could be denied the right to vote because they are not registered?

Elections Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 141 (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: So the Minister is saying that a British passport and a driving licence are random pieces of paper. Is that how she is referring to them?

Elections Bill - Committee (5th Day) (Continued): Amendment 141 (23 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord True, has made two sets of powerful arguments about the right to vote. First, he made a series of powerful arguments in favour of photo identification as a right to vote and, just now, he talked about the rights and responsibilities of citizens with respect to prisoners’ right to vote. Would an acceptance of this amendment not represent some consistency, and a...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: Will the noble Baroness explain the relationship between intimidation and the intimidating need to get photo ID?

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, there is a great temptation to stray into clause stand part issues, which we shall debate later, and it is unavoidable in the context of these amendments and of our first discussion of this issue. I was struck, as I think all of us were, by the speeches by the noble Lord, Lord Woolley, and the noble Baroness, Lady Verma. Both spoke in favour of greater participation and greater...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: I refer the noble Lord to the evidence mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Woolley, and the study by the Rowntree Foundation. I am quite willing to believe—

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: As I was saying to the noble Lord, an accurate study to achieve a careful assessment of the impact of any measure would have to take into account all the circumstances of the time. Over time, there will be a change in circumstances, and therefore the gross figures may appear as if there has been no impediment. However, if you disaggregate the components of the motivations to vote, it is...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: I think the noble Baroness would agree that the electoral issues in Northern Ireland are rather different from those in the rest of the United Kingdom. As I have just said, studying a phenomenon over time requires a careful disaggregation of the effects. Looking at the gross numbers does not tell you anything. Specific studies which carefully disaggregate the impact of particular measures are...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 42 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I always think that the government defence of “not necessary” is the weakest we ever hear in this House. My amendment calls for a clear statutory requirement for verification. Just think of the contrary, which the noble Lord is supporting: that there will not be final statutory verification, and that information will be provided by professionals, enablers. He says that we can...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 42 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I explained at Second Reading that lack of data verification at Companies House has been a fundamental factor in enabling—indeed, encouraging—the flow of dirty money to London. Lack of data verification has played a major part in securing London’s position as the money laundering capital of the world. As I argued last week: “Companies House is a library in which any shameful...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, on the same point, would it not be helpful for a third party to know who it is actually dealing with? Under the Minister’s proposal for 12 months, it could rely on the register and find out that it is dealing with someone it had not expected at all.

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Eatwell: Just thinking off the top of my head, I can think of four registers of this ilk which exist already.


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