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Future of Seaside Towns - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, it was a pleasure to be on this committee. We looked at a wide range of issues and there was always constructive debate, ably chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Bassam. Flaubert’s Madame Bovary says: “Doesn’t it seem to you … that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse of sea, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Blackpool (21 May 2019)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 May (HL15423), whether the Ministry of Defence has consulted Blackpool Council about the potential to locate jobs elsewhere on the Fylde Coast; and whether the decision to relocate the jobs from Norcross is in line with the guidance from the Government Property Unit.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Blackpool (9 May 2019)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in determining the relocation of 370 Ministry of Defence jobs at Norcross, Blackpool, Blackpool Council has been consulted on the possibility of co-locating these jobs with other civil servants at the proposed civil service hub near Blackpool North station; and what assessment of value for money of that option has been made.

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Baroness Valentine: I am honoured if somewhat hesitant to follow the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, and I am pleased to say that I will pick up a few of those themes in my remarks. I congratulate the Government on bringing forward their industrial strategy. I believe that it has largely struck the right balance in setting a post-Brexit economic direction and in recognising government’s role as a facilitator...

Air Quality: London - Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2017)

Baroness Valentine: I know that we are preparing to leave the European Union, but I start by recognising that it is Europe that has kept the pressure on successive Governments over air pollution standards—or, rather, tried but on the whole failed, given that we have been breaching agreed limits for a long time. In 2015, the Supreme Court ordered the Government to produce a new air-quality plan to better...

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Baroness Valentine: I will limit my remarks today to the impact of our relationship with continental Europe on London’s talent mix. London is possibly the most successful and concentrated service-sector economy in the world, and given that it contributes nearly a third of the nation’s tax take, it is important that it continues to flourish. There are roughly 1 million mainland Europeans in London, but only...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Second Reading (14 Apr 2016)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare that I am a non-executive director of HS2 and chief executive of London First. I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Mair, on his excellent and interesting maiden speech. I am delighted to have someone who knows about tunnels in the Lords, in the case of both HS2 and, possibly, Crossrail 2 in the future. World-class institutions, with their very sensitive...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Tope. Making better use of surplus public land represents one of the best and quickest ways of getting homes built and thus meeting the Government’s targets.

Airports: Expansion — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a final decision will be taken on airports expansion before the summer recess.

Airports: Expansion — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: As the Minister will be aware, various Governments have avoided taking a decision on where to put a runway in the south-east since the Second World War, so he is in good company in failing to be too precise about exactly when that decision might be taken. We are all aware of the gathering political storms which may yet blow the Government off course. If we eventually get a decision, given all...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: London Airports (10 Feb 2016)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December 2015 (HL Deb, col 1885) on aviation capacity, what additional work is now being undertaken on (1) air quality, (2) noise, (3) carbon emissions, (4) surface access to airports, (5) managing the wider impacts of airports on local communities, and (6) the funding and financing of new runways;...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Baroness Valentine: Over the past decade, house prices in London have doubled, while private rents have increased by more than a third. But prices are the symptom, not the cause. The problem, as we all know, is that supply is not keeping up with demand. London is expanding by a population the size of Birmingham every decade. It is a Conservative Party mantra, evidenced in this Bill, that home ownership is good....

Airport Capacity — Statement (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Valentine: Does the Minister understand how deeply frustrated the business community feels about this further delay? We had a three-year independent commission, which was supposed to take the politics out of it, but it has come back into political soup. It appears that the Government have answered the interim report of two years ago, which suggested that we focus on three options and that we accept that...

Affordable Housing — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2015)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for his opening remarks. I shall focus my remarks on having the right incentives in place to increase housebuilding. I declare that I am a director of Peabody and London First. In London, we are building roughly half the houses that we need. Simplistically, if there were a free market, we would be providing everything from cheap and flimsy broom...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Valentine: I appreciate that the recent Budget should be treated more as political positioning ahead of the election than as a serious attempt to tackle macro long-term issues, but I want to touch on two things in that latter camp: the north/south divide and the provision of housing. I declare that I am on the boards of London First, HS2 and Peabody. I turn first to the north/south divide. I am...

Higher Education: Overseas Students — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, as a member of the UCL Council, may I say how delighted I am that the Chancellor scotched the rumours before Christmas about further curtailment of the post-study work route? At London First, we have again issued a report showing how important the relationship with emerging economies is. Is the Minister aware of a study by Loughborough University which showed that nearly half of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gatwick Airport: Immigration Controls (15 Jan 2015)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the maximum immigration control queue waiting time at each of London Gatwick’s terminals on Sunday 4 January; and why the immigration control desks were not fully staffed at times of high demand.

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, before I begin, I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, on securing the debate. I am pleased to serve as a member of Lords EU Select Committee Sub-Committee B. We are tasked with investigating matters relating to the internal market, infrastructure and employment—three...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Female Genital Mutilation (14 May 2014)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is available for general practitioners in identifying cases of female genital mutilation.

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