All 14 results for speaker:Lord Kirkham

Building Britain's Future — Statement (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Kirkham: When, my Lords?

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (13 Dec 2000)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, 56 years ago--56 years ago tomorrow to be more precise--a child was born in a hospital on the outskirts of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. I am sure that several children were born that day. I want to talk about just this one. The healthy bouncing baby boy did not stay very long with his natural mother and within a few weeks was adopted. The adoptive couple had no children. They were...

Design in Public Services (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, I should like to add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, for initiating the debate, and to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Foster, on a very interesting maiden speech, which lifted my spirits. The debate could be more accurately headed, "How to improve the quality of life for all in the United Kingdom"—and do it easily and effectively. Public services are at the very...

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2013)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, I add my rather hoarse voice to other speakers, who, almost to a man, congratulated my noble friend Lord Deighton, and welcome him to the Treasury Bench. It is probably appropriate and relevant to declare an interest. I am a director of a food retailer that employs more than 24,000 people here in the UK. We trade from almost 800 stores today although, interestingly enough, 40 years...

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, most of us as consumers or indeed as retailers—a job which I have been doing for over 45 years—have benefited massively from the awesome Chinese economic miracle. The world economy is underpinned by low-cost, high-quality, great-value goods made in China, from kids’ toys to sex toys, from machine tools to motor cars, including 90% of the world’s personal computers, 50% of...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (3 Jun 2015)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, little is more important to the future of this country than the education of our young people. It is entirely right that the Government should take action to improve “failing and coasting schools”. However, in their commitment to, “give every child the best start in life”, I urge that we do not focus simply on academic excellence, on constantly improving exam results to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, I speak to you today as a northerner, a businessman, the adopted child of parents from the humblest of backgrounds and a keen proponent of helping disadvantaged young people make the most—the very best—of their life chances, particularly through two organisations with which I am fortunate to be associated: the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Outward Bound Trust. From all...

Race in the Workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review - Question for Short Debate (24 Apr 2017)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, to minimise the danger of repetition, the scourge of all debate, my contribution is based principally on my personal experience of more than 70 years as a UK-based born and bred citizen, more than 50 years of learning about, building and directing the affairs of UK retail businesses, and more than 25 years’ involvement with charities that are dedicated to improving the prospects...

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

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, reflecting on Her Majesty’s gracious Speech, I was struck by the extraordinary scale of the challenge being faced by our Government over the coming Parliament. However, I was greatly encouraged to see that, alongside the dominant theme of Brexit, the commitment to developing the skills of our future workforce has not been lost. Our industrial strategy will ensure not only the...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, my clear views on the vital importance of housing have been shaped by my personal experience, first as a child who grew up in a rented terraced house in a pit village and was happily able to get on to the ladder of home ownership at quite an early age; secondly, as a sofa salesman for more than half a century, who witnessed many thousands of times the sheer joy that people...

Education and Society - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2017)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, education is too good to be devoted entirely to the young, and the young are far too important to all our futures for education to be anything less than holistic. By holistic, I mean educating the whole person in every aspect: not just their brain but their heart, their hands and, in a debate initiated by the most reverend Primate, I might risk adding their soul. We should be...

Museums and Galleries - Question for Short Debate (23 Jan 2018)

Lord Kirkham: Good news, my Lords: regardless of economic pressures, we have the best museums and galleries in the world. I say that not in a spirit of nostalgia; it is backed by hard facts. Mendoza tells us that the British Museum, National Gallery and Tate Modern are among the top 10 most-visited museums and galleries in the world. All the top 10 most-visited tourist attractions in the UK are English...

Obesity - Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, on a smashing maiden speech. The Duchess of Windsor famously observed, “You can never be too rich or too thin” and I have often reflected on both parts of that proposition. If we accept the Dalai Lama’s analysis that the purpose of life is to be happy, the jury is definitely out on wealth—I have met a number of billionaires...

English Football - Question for Short Debate (8 May 2019)

Lord Kirkham: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Bolton, for initiating this debate. It is not surprising that she is concerned about recent events involving her beloved football club, Bolton Wanderers, because football clubs are at the very heart of our communities. For many they are the subject of truly lifelong devotion. They are a source of unity and local pride, or...

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