Results 1–20 of 44 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Wade of Chorlton

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill: Third Reading (18 Mar 2014)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, other Members may remember a similar discussion in this House in the early 1990s when the Duke of Devonshire said in terms—I cannot remember exactly what he said—that in his view any well brought up young man should have a mistress, a yacht and a racehorse; and that, if he could not afford any one of them, he jolly well should not have them. I am inclined to agree with him.

Olympic Games: British Companies — Question (22 May 2012)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, if one of the benefits of the Olympic Games is to encourage people to get more involved in sport, why not keep the site open next year and have an industrial exhibition to encourage people to be wealth creators?

Localism Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2011)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, listening to this discussion, I am prompted to remind the House that in 1994 the then Conservative Government established an ad hoc Select Committee of the House of Lords to reveal the relationship between central and local government. I was privileged to be a member of that committee. We took a great deal of evidence at the time from local authorities, government officials and...

Economy: Enterprise and Innovation — Debate (4 Feb 2010)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for introducing this debate which, as noble Lords have said, is one of the most important matters that we can discuss. So often in this House we talk about how to spend money. It is marvellous that we can now discuss for a short period how we might create some. It is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, who is a recognised expert in this area, and I was...

Digital Economy Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (12 Jan 2010)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: The Minister mentioned the national plan. I remind your Lordships that in 2002 we launched an inquiry, which I chaired for the Select Committee on Science and Technology, into the microprocessing industry. We produced a report called Chips for Everything, in which we looked very closely at the impact that producing a smaller and smaller microchip would have on future technology and on the...

Banking Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2009)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: Could a bridge bank be used to take over the toxic assets of a bank or banks, or could it take over only an entire bank?

Banking Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2009)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: That is not really what I was looking for. It is clear that a number of banks are having problems and nobody knows how many toxic assets they hold. That is one of the fundamental issues. One solution might be if banks could get rid of their toxic assets and make it clear what their proper balance sheets were. Would it be possible for the Government to use this process to take hold of those...

Small Businesses (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of a venture capital fund, Rising Stars Growth Fund Ltd, which was started specifically for early-stage technology companies. Does the noble Lord agree with me that venture capital fund companies generally throughout the country are a very good source for getting money into companies, particularly early stage and follow-on funding? I was surprised...

Science: Funding (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords—

Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 (4 Mar 2008)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I thank everyone who has taken part in this debate, in which the views of the majority of this House have been made very clear. I appreciate that the Government are in a difficult position, but it is of their own making. This is the first time that we have had an opportunity to hear the views of Members of this House and it is the first time that we have had an opportunity for the...

Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 (4 Mar 2008)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: rose to move, as an amendment to the Motion, at end to insert "but this House calls on Her Majesty's Government not to proceed with the draft order until the residents of Cheshire have been fully and properly consulted and have been able to express a view on the division of their county."

Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 (4 Mar 2008)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for the rather lengthy explanation that she gave us of how the Government came to this decision. I listened to it with great care. I thought that, if she had come to a different conclusion, she would have said something very similar. I have lived in Cheshire all my life. My family has lived and farmed in Cheshire for a couple of hundred years...

Debate on the Address (27 Nov 2006)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I wish to draw attention to the needs of the technology industry's small business sector and the venture capital available to it. First, I congratulate our two maiden speakers today; it is a privilege to be taking part in a debate in which we have heard two such excellent speakers and I look forward to hearing them on many future occasions. I am particularly enthusiastic because...

British Army Uniforms (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, is the Minister aware that in placing the order with a company in Northern Ireland, which then gave the order to a company in China to manufacture the goods, production was stopped at a similar plant in the north-west of England that had produced the garments for the past 20 years? As a result, a lot of English people in the north-west, where manufacturing jobs are dropping at a...

Manufacturing Employment (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: How the number of jobs in the United Kingdom manufacturing sector has changed since 1997.

Manufacturing Employment (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that reply, but he is no doubt aware that there is considerable concern about the fall in our manufacturing capacity in the UK. That is particularly so in the north-west of England, where our manufacturing GDP is down to 20 per cent, although that is still the highest figure of all regions. A recent report—the business forecast for the north-west of...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: If there is one thing that came across to me when meeting the various casino owners over the past few months is that they are very smart businessmen. To build a big leisure casino, you have to commit something like $0.5 billion if not more—say £300,000 or £400,000 minimum—to create it. That decision is not going to be taken by anybody unless they are very confident that it is going to...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: Perhaps I may make a general point. On the evidence that we took in the Scrutiny Committee, it is clear that the eight regional casinos will not really be casinos. They will be very large hotels with a very wide range of leisure facilities within them. A relatively small part of those very large facilities will be a casino. They will attract people who will travel some distance with their...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: I probably have not made myself clear. It is not the non-gaming facilities that I want to see in the smaller casinos but the ability to cope with the very high rollers. The high rollers will not go to the big regional casinos, where there are category A machines and opportunities for much higher levels of gambling; they will be more likely to go to the smaller-sized casinos.

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Wade of Chorlton: Will the Minister confirm that there is no restriction on who applies for the eight, eight and eight, so that all UK companies, existing companies and new companies from around the world can apply?


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