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Hammersmith Bridge - Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, I obviously welcome the commitment of the Minister to treat this as a matter of urgency. I will follow on from the questions put by my noble friend Lady Kramer. Does the Minister not accept that, irrespective of the cost, the only organisation that is going to pay for either the temporary or the permanent solution is central government? Hammersmith, Richmond and Transport for London...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (17 Jul 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, this is clearly our opportunity to comment on the Chancellor’s economic policy. He has an unenviable task. The unemployment forecast is grim, particularly for the under-25s, and a recent forecast for the manufacturing industry shows the cost of the pandemic at £37.5 billion and recovery postponed to 2022 at the earliest. Obviously I welcome the overall thrust of his actions....

OneWeb - Question (8 Jul 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, following up the question by my noble friend Lord Fox, are the Government not concerned that the American technological market, which undoubtedly loves these sorts of investments, was not prepared to put in the money and so the company was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy? Do the Government accept that very significant further investment will be required to get this off the ground?...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, a number of noble Lords, including three of my Liberal Democrat colleagues, have raised the crisis facing performing arts organisations. It seems that the Government’s answer to this is simply that they are aware of the problem and that talks are going on. Does the noble Baroness not accept that the time for talking is probably now over? Furthermore, is she not aware of the...

Covid-19: Recovery Strategies - Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, the Motion calls for a fairer, cleaner and more sustainable economy: three separate goals, all of which I endorse. As for fairness, we all seem to agree that we cannot simply go back to the world we had before. With at least 10% unemployment forecast by the Bank of England and even more by the OECD, there is no doubt that young people will be the worst hit. It is generally...

Covid-19: Economy - Motion to Consider (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, it is now commonplace to agree with the evidence of the Chancellor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that we are facing a recession like no other we have seen before, and that it is not obvious that there will be an immediate economic bounceback. The facts are stark. As other noble Lords have said, currently, the Government are paying 80% of wages of employees on the...

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Question (12 May 2020)

Lord Razzall: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for small- and medium-sized businesses. The Question was considered in a Virtual Proceeding via video call.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Question (12 May 2020)

Lord Razzall: Does the Minister accept that, although the number of loans is quite large, the number of SMEs receiving them as a proportion of the whole is relatively small? Is he concerned that, under the two existing schemes, banks are primarily lending only to people to whom they would have lent anyway in normal times? This is particularly hitting the hospitality and retail sectors.

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, while thanking the Minister for introducing this important debate, I share the concern of my noble friend Lord Oates that the noble Lord seems to have delivered a speech that he would have delivered last Wednesday, without realising that the economy has moved on since then. As he has raised the issue of the Budget, I will touch for a moment on the criticisms that we have from these...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, I feel both proud and disappointed—proud to be participating in this extremely important debate and disappointed that more of my sex have not seen fit to participate. As the Minister said at the beginning, if we are to talk or do things about equality for women, men have just as much a role to play as women. There is no doubt that since I was born there has been progress in the...

Arts and Cultural Services - Question (3 Mar 2020)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, I am sure the Minister is aware of the importance of the creative arts and creative industries to the economy in general. Is she aware of a recent survey showing that 42% of employees in the creative industries generally lack the necessary skills, that 22% of employees in those industries come from overseas, and that 10% came as freelance workers from the EU last year? How does all...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 Oct 2019)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, numerous noble Lords have indicated that it is difficult to treat the gracious Speech as a serious programme of legislation. There is no doubt that a general election will come soon, so Her Majesty will have to start again. It is only fair to treat the content of the gracious Speech as part of the Government’s election manifesto, together with Boris Johnson’s speech to the Tory...

Whirlpool Tumble Dryers: Product Recall - Statement (17 Jun 2019)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, I have one small point and two questions. My small point is that I am very glad that the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, is in her place, because she has been fighting this campaign for as long as I can remember. Whether she regards this as progress we will see when she rises to her feet. I turn to my first question. I know that the Minister has been trading numbers with the...

Productivity: Work-related Stress - Question (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, without meaning to hog the Question from the Liberal Democrats Benches, can I follow up the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Haskel: that we appear to be working considerably harder without improving productivity? What does the Minister think about the suggestion made by a commentator in the Sunday Times that every company needs to invest in making the most of the talent they have...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, it is apparent that, since the publication of the White Paper, all hell has broken loose within the Tory party. It is not for me to intrude on private grief, so I shall concentrate my remarks on a number of concerns where, if we are not careful, withdrawal without agreement will throw a spanner in many works. I speak for my party on manufacturing, and the concerns of manufacturing...

Defence: Helicopters - Question (14 Jun 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, following up on my noble friend’s Question, I am sure the Minister will agree that this is not only a question for the south-west but also affects the position of Airbus, which, after all, provides at the moment one-third of all UK defence helicopters. Bearing in mind the likely pressures on Airbus to shift production to France or Germany if Brexit happens, what steps are the...

Product Safety: Freezers and Refrigerators - Question (8 May 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, the Minister is of course aware that his noble friend, the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, has led a continuous charge on this and related issues since she ceased to be a Minister. Does he accept that there is a suspicion that the failure to take proper action over this and related issues is an indication that, as a result of Brexit, government decision-making elsewhere is paralysed?

Media: Press Sustainability - Question (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Razzall: I am sure that the noble and learned Lord is aware that it is five years since Parliament endorsed the Leveson royal charter. It is some progress to have the sustainability review, but is he confident that press regulation is really working?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, I suspect that I am not alone in your Lordships’ House in having spent the last year being asked what I was going to do about Brexit. People who would be described as leavers have been asking why we are not getting on with it; remainers like me have been asking what I am going to do to stop it. With more than 180 speakers—as the noble Lord, Lord Porter of Spalding, has...

Brexit: Audio-visual Services - Question (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Razzall: Do the Government agree with the recent recommendation of the DCMS Committee in the other place? The committee said: “To address profound industry uncertainty … the Government must as an urgent priority state its negotiating intentions with respect to the Country of Origin rules framework and”, more particularly, “set out its contingency plan, should the rules cease to apply after...

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