Results 1–20 of 1000 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 Drayson

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.

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.

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am currently working with the Government's chief scientific adviser, colleagues across government and the wider scientific community to develop a set of principles to underpin the relationship between the Government and independent scientific advisers. We will consider in the light of this work whether there is a need to review the code of practice for scientific advisory...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: The noble Lord is right that the particular circumstances in the case of Professor Nutt caused concern in certain parts of the scientific community. That is why it is so important for the Government to reiterate the importance of the independence of scientific advice, and to have clarity between the scientific community and the Government on the rules of engagement between the two. We regard...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, it is important for me to restate the Government's position. It is absolutely the case that the Government recognise the central importance of the independence of scientific advice, and where that advice is taken. If the Government decide to go against that advice, and unless there are grounds, say, in the case of national security, they should explain why they have come to a...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, as I believe I have already made clear, we regard these principles as an excellent framework. The majority of the principles are already enshrined in the code of practice which scientific advisers adhere to when providing advice to the Government but, as the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, has already highlighted, certain aspects are not covered by the principles. We believe that the...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My noble friend makes an important point. The scientific community and the Government have to work effectively together. That requires absolute clarity about scientists' ability to give their independent advice and to talk about the advice that they give unless, as I say, there are security considerations. But in return there has to be understanding within the scientific community that...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we do not believe that it is in the interests of good government and good decision-making for such advice to be suppressed. That is not our policy. In the increasingly sophisticated world in which we live, which depends on so many matters of science, it is extremely important to ensure that the Government can access the best possible scientific advice. That means that we have to...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, here we get into a detailed discussion of the definition of the nature of advice and the ability of scientists to go about their normal practice as academics. In the majority of cases, scientists have been able to work effectively with the Government under the code of practice. However, there is an important principle in that the scientists have often spent the whole of their...

Scientific Advisory Committees: Codes of Practice — Question (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: It is not for me to comment on the quality of the scientific advice that Professor Nutt has given; that is for scientists in the field, and I am not a scientist in that field. Notwithstanding that, I think that the point at the heart of the noble Lord's question is whether it is possible for government to take decisions that contravene advice from scientists. Of course it must be possible for...

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we have heard many thoughtful and wise contributions in the House today. I truly expected nothing less, given the expertise on defence that there is in the House. I will be taking noble Lords' ideas and recommendations back with me to the Ministry of Defence, and I will ensure that the MoD reflects carefully on them. I will read Hansard and ensure that all noble Lords' questions are...


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