Results 1–20 of 1945 for speaker:Lord Drayson

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: National Measurement Office: Performance Targets (30 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: I have tasked the National Measurement Office to provide a measurement infrastructure which supports innovation, facilitates fair competition, promotes international trade and protects consumers, health and the environment. I have set the National Measurement Office the following targets for 2010-11: To increase efficiency by reducing by at least 3 per cent activities which are not directly...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Intellectual Property Office: Performance Targets (29 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My right honourable friend the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property has today made the following Statement. I have tasked the Intellectual Property Office with managing and shaping an intellectual property system which encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of rights holders and the public, provides support to businesses on managing and exploiting their...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: As stated in the previous Answer of 5 May 2009 (WA95), the MRC has funded one project relating to human somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The award, held by the University of Newcastle, aims to improve the efficiency of SCNT in human oocytes. The project will not derive stem cells for use in the treatment of patients.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Drugs (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body which receives its grant-in-aid from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The MRC does not hold comprehensive information on research papers relating to the 15 studies reported in the response given on 4 December 1984...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: UK Space Agency (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: I am pleased to announce that it is intended to establish the UK Space Agency as an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. From 1 April 2010, it is intended that the UK Space Agency will operate as a shadow executive agency prior to being established as a full executive agency. The new agency is being created following the Space Innovation Growth Team report...

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the Government recognise the concerns surrounding the use of pre-pack administrations and foreign companies relocating to the United Kingdom. It is important that we rigorously monitor the system and root out any abuse.

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we are aware of the concerns that were raised by the Wind Hellas case. It is important to note that that case went before a High Court, which determined that what had happened was properly carried out and in the interests of creditors. However, our monitoring of pre-packs is thorough. Since 1 January 2009, we have been monitoring all pre-pack administrations, whether coming from a...

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we have to recognise that the legislation relating to this matter is governed by European law. Our policy as a Government is to be as open as possible, to encourage businesses to relocate to the United Kingdom and not to put up any unnecessary barriers to that investment. However, it is also vital that our Insolvency Service is rigorous. Independent studies by the World Bank have...

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: The noble Lord makes a very good point, with which I agree. The important advantage of a pre-pack, particularly in people-type businesses such as an advertising agency or a football club, is that in a difficult insolvency situation it enables the value of the business and, most particularly, the jobs to be retained. Up to 91 per cent of pre-packs lead to a situation where all the jobs in that...

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: I thank my noble friend for raising that point. Sound business practices apply to football clubs as they apply to all businesses and I will ensure that they are made fully aware of the potential of the pre-pack approach.

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we monitor this very closely. We have noticed the very high profile in a small number of cases, but we are not seeing any significant trend relating to foreign firms. However, we monitor all pre-pack administrations and we are not complacent. One important fact is that, in this recession, we are seeing a marked reduction in the overall level of insolvencies in the corporate world...

Debt: Insolvency Laws — Question (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: If the noble Lord would like to write to me to make me fully aware of the proposals that he heard on the telephone, I will look into it.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (10 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: The Government and the research councils do not collect information on the numbers of patient-specific human pluripotent stem cells that have been derived in the UK. The Medical Research Council (MRC) funds a wide spectrum of stem cell research supporting a range of approaches. This includes research on induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, some of which may involve the derivation of stem...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (10 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: The Medical Research Council (MRC) granted a one-year extension to the University of Newcastle for the research project "Improving the Efficiency of Human Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer" so as to allow recruitment targets to be reached and the completion of the planned research. The MRC has also commissioned an independent study to investigate the views, values and experiences of potential...

Defence: Export of Military Components — Question (3 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, first, I am sure that the whole House will wish to join me in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, II Squadron RAF Regiment, Rifleman Martin Kinggett, 4th Battalion The Rifles, Sergeant Paul Fox, 28 Engineer Regiment, Rifleman Carlo Apolis, 4th Battalion The Rifles, as well as a soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, who died...

Defence: Export of Military Components — Question (3 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we recognise that the defence industry is very important to the United Kingdom. It contributes about £12 billion to our GDP. I certainly give him that assurance. If he would like to provide me with any more detailed information about any concerns that companies have, I will follow them up. We are undertaking a customer satisfaction survey right now about the department in this...

Defence: Export of Military Components — Question (3 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: I am very happy to give the noble Lord that assurance.

Defence: Export of Military Components — Question (3 Mar 2010)

Lord Drayson: That really is a matter for France.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Drayson: The Medical Research Council (MRC) considers excellence as the primary consideration in taking decisions on which proposals to fund and all research proposals submitted to the MRC are subject to stringent scientific peer review. Considerable emphasis is placed on the written proposal submitted. The MRC does not rely solely on the record of published papers; this is just one aspect of an...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Patents: Single European Patent (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Drayson: The UK supports an EU patent system which delivers real benefits for business by reducing the cost of protecting innovation across Europe. One of the main costs of patenting in Europe is the cost of translations. The UK therefore supports a reduced language regime for the EU patent which will significantly cut patenting costs. An approach based on one international and one country of origin...


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