Results 1–20 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

Tourism — Debate (22 Jan 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for securing the debate, and I echo many sentiments that previous speakers have expressed. For too long, the tourism sector has been considered as "nice to have" or as some sort of luxury, but that view is out of date and surely not shared by most noble Lords. We are in the middle of the sharpest downturn that any of us can remember. The whole UK—London in...

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government following Sir Andrew Foster's recent report and given their aspiration to accelerate infrastructure investment, when the further education college building programme will resume.

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit organisation that includes further education colleges in its membership.

Education: Further Education Building Programme — Question (20 Apr 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. I wonder whether he can give me a date for when the first project might resume.

Business Rate Supplements Bill — Second Reading (22 Apr 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare my interests in this debate. I am chief executive of a non-profit-making pressure group, London First, which, with subscriptions from businesses, universities and colleges, pursues its mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. I want to make it absolutely clear that I am not a paid advocate for any individual business and that my views are...

Economy — Debate (7 May 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, for calling this debate. I want to focus my remarks on London and I declare my interest as chief executive of London First. London is a highly successful world city and the engine of the UK's economy but it is fuelled by professional and financial services, two of the sectors hit hardest by the recession. Therefore, I welcome the...

Tourism — Debate (14 May 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Pendry, for securing this debate. I declare my interest as chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business membership organisation that seeks to ensure that London can compete successfully with other world cities on exports, tourism and inward investment and so continue to generate substantial economic benefits for the whole of the UK. I...

Public Transport: Cost, Quality and Crime — Debate (11 Jun 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, on securing this timely debate. As many noble Lords may recall, I am chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business organisation whose membership includes both transport providers and users. When business leaders are asked what is the major driver of London's future success, the quality and quantity of transport...

Olympic Games 2012 — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I add my thanks and congratulations to LOCOG and the ODA for the first-class job they are doing in preparing for the Games. I remind noble Lords that I am chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business membership organisation that actively supported the London Olympic bid. Many of us supported our country's bid largely for the legacy. I will briefly mention two legacy...

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Commons Amendments (29 Jun 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I support Amendment A1. I remain in favour of the principle of the Bill—to provide a mechanism for business to make a financial contribution to local infrastructure provision where it is in favour of that infrastructure. But that is the crux: are they in favour? As noble Lords are aware, I am chief executive of the non-profit-making business membership organisation London First. I...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Airports: Passport Queues (9 Jan 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to monitor queues at passport control at United Kingdom airports; and whether they will publish the most recent information.

Crossrail Bill (9 Jan 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, hurrah that we have got this far on Crossrail. Building Crossrail matters hugely to me personally, and it should matter to anyone who cares about the UK economy. I could talk about the subject for hours, but I shall spare noble Lords that this evening. To keep the UK competitive, we need London to succeed, and for London to succeed, we need a world-class transport system. London is...

Olympic Games 2012: Legacy (17 Jan 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, for securing this debate. I, too, have visited the Bromley-by-Bow Centre and been impressed by his activities there. Understandably, government attention has focused on staging the Games in 2012, and excellent progress is being made. But it was the promised legacy that persuaded the IOC to pass the Olympic torch to London. There are many...

Immigration: Airports (28 Feb 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to tackle the length of immigration control queues at the United Kingdom's major airports.

Immigration: Airports (28 Feb 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. It is of course essential that we do not compromise security, but the opening shortly of Terminal 5 provides an excellent opportunity for setting standards for immigration queues across our major airports. Surely it is unacceptable that our overseas visitors should have to wait 45 minutes to clear immigration and that that should be set as the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Airports: Heathrow (17 Mar 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many immigration officers were employed at Heathrow Airport on (a) 1 January 2006, and (b) 16 October 2007; and what arrangements are in place to ensure that border control staffing levels at Heathrow are responsive to the expected numbers of passengers passing through the airport at any time.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Employment: Labour Shortage (27 Mar 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the Migration Advisory Committee to consider the production of a separate labour shortage list occupation for London, given the different nature of its labour market, as they are doing for Scotland.

Tourism: London (6 May 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, for calling this timely debate, and will touch on many of the themes that she has already introduced. Visit London tells us that last year there were 16 million visitors to London, and, as the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, said, they contributed an estimated £15 billion to the economy. Many of these visitors go on to visit the UK. London is...

Transport: London Underground (7 May 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, given the unfortunate collapse of Metronet and the funding required for Crossrail, does there remain sufficient funding to deliver the Tube modernisation programme at the rate originally envisaged for phase 2 of the PPP?

Entertainment: Facilities (7 May 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lloyd-Webber, for drawing our attention to this issue tonight, as well as for his contribution to all of our entertainment. May I just say in passing that I thought Jessie was phenomenal on Saturday night, though my other favourite Nancy was Sarah? Indeed, I have an "Oliver" strand running through my contribution this evening, so, to start: "I'm...


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