Results 1–20 of 69 for speaker:Lord Bhattacharyya

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I thank my noble friend, Lord Darzi, for securing this debate, which has demonstrated how important our National Health Service is to the lives of so many in this House. I was very proud of the IPPR report—I was a long-standing trustee of the IPPR. I am an engineer; I am not a doctor. I design cars. However, I am married to a midwife, as well as the proud father of both a...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick, as set out in the Register of Lords’ Interests. It is fitting that the first debate of the year is on the industrial strategy; 2018 is, after all, the Government’s Year of Engineering. Being an engineer, I shall concentrate just on the engineering sector of industry. The industrial strategy is most welcome. I...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Bhattacharyya: Oh, hi. The turnover of people is matched by changes of policy. For many years, everything was seen as interventionist. Even research and science budgets were reduced—it was not the job of government. I remember that the first thing done by the Blair Government was to put back the science budget because it was in a terrible state. However, the research institutions that worked with industry...

Work: Lifelong Learning - Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Watson on securing this important debate. As chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, I have worked on creating modular degrees and in-work education for many years. Workplace learning is at the very core of WMG’s purpose, so I declare my interest. I know from WMG’s work that many noble Lords speaking today...

Science and Innovation Strategy - Question for Short Debate (23 Oct 2017)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Patel, on securing this vital debate and applaud the Science and Technology Committee for producing an excellent submission to Ministers on innovation’s place in the industrial strategy. I declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick. WMG has a strong record of industry innovation partnerships going back many years. It was...

Steel Industry - Question for Short Debate (25 Apr 2017)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick. When I started my engineering career back in the 1960s, British Steel was respected around the globe. From Bessemer’s processes to Goodeve’s BISRA stainless steel, Britain was the home of global steel innovation. However, no other nation has treated its steel industry the way that we have since. We did not...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (4th Day) (15 Mar 2017)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as declared in the register, and specifically to my chairmanship of WMG at the University of Warwick. I should also mention that I served as a member of Sir Paul Nurse’s review of the UK research and innovation landscape that put all this together. As peace appears to be breaking out today, I hope that those who laboured for so long in the salt...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests as declared in the register, including my chairmanship of the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. Last week, the Chancellor unveiled a Budget that lacked any sense of theatre. There was no big reveal and no rabbit from the hat, but what a relief—we have had enough shocking plots and twists in the last year, and producing a...

International Trade Opportunities - Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2016)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Mobarik, for the opportunity to focus on the future of British business. Trade is the lifeblood of the British economy, but the significance of trades goes far beyond the boardroom or the factory floor. As they choose their next leader, noble Lords opposite might remember that from the corn laws to imperial preference and the EU, trade...

The Economy - Motion to Take Note (28 Apr 2016)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill, for securing this vital debate and declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick. I also pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill—or rather to Lord Peston; the Minister is still alive. We used to have great discussions on the role of manufacturing industry and how it declined. Economic policy debates often focus on...

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning — Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Bhattacharyya: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for securing this debate and declare my interest as chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group. I agree with previous speakers that it was an honour to hear the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, make her valedictory speech. The number of us seeking wisdom from the noble Baroness shows our real appetite for lifelong learning. Furthermore, the noble Lord, Lord...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Turnberg for securing this debate and declare my interest as an engineer and chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. I also run the Institute of Digital Healthcare jointly with the medical school. Two years ago, I was treated for pneumonia at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a fantastic new hospital led by an...

Residential Care: Cost Cap — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I also thank my noble friend Lady Wheeler for securing this debate. When two years ago the Government committed themselves to capping the cost of care, the Health Secretary said that the policy would create, “certainty, fairness and peace of mind”.—[ Official Report , Commons, 11/2/13; col. 592.] Both the summer postponement of the cap and our debate today demonstrate that...

Apprenticeships — Motion to Take Note (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Prosser on securing this important debate. I declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick. At WMG we are partners in Jaguar Land Rover’s Lifelong Learning Academy. I set it up. We have a budget of just under £1 billion. We train workers from across the industry, from advanced apprentices to senior managers. This...

Economy — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick. I thank my noble friend Lord Haskel for this opportunity to look beyond austerity. In politics, current issues can obscure future opportunities. Ministers must have sweated over their deadline to offer 40% budget cuts last Friday. We have had a few pressing issues to absorb us on these Benches too. So it is a...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I declare my interest as chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, an academic department of the University of Warwick. It is a pleasure to debate our economic situation in such distinguished company. The summer Budget may have been a mere sequel to the spring Budget, but it had a very different plot. I welcome the Chancellor’s decisions that the pace of deficit reduction...

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

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for securing this vital debate. I meet global business leaders regularly and they all agree that Britain must improve its infrastructure in order to attract inward investment. From China to Holland, they see what good infrastructure achieves. British business also says that we need to improve. Some 60% believe our roads are poor. Five years ago, the cost of...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Monks on securing this important debate. Along with many noble Lords speaking today, he deserves great credit for this issue having moved to the top of the political agenda. I declare my interest as chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. A university chair may seem an unusual interest to declare in this debate, but...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Bhattacharyya: I thank the noble Lord very much. Building a better bridge to career success via technical courses is the only realistic prospect for student expansion. That means thinking in radical ways about the nature of vocational provision, from recruitment to integrating work and study. I started by mentioning Professor Chris Toumazou. If his story tells us anything, it is that in the forgotten half...

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

Lord Bhattacharyya: My Lords, it is a pleasure to speak in this debate and to have heard the outstanding speech by the noble Lord, Lord Bamford. It is an even greater pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham. On his arrival in Durham, he made it a priority to take the church’s message into the most difficult, challenging and inaccessible places. No wonder, then, that he has arrived in...


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