Results 21–40 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Buildings (14 May 2014)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much property in London is owned by central government; and how much of it is not in use.

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2013)

Baroness Valentine: Our economic relationship with China is often presented in terms of imports and exports. However, as chief executive of London First—a business membership organisation that helped to create the UK China Visa Alliance—I know that this fails to capture the extent of the connection. Many UK organisations do business with China in less obvious ways. Arup is advising on construction projects,...

Economic Prosperity and Employment — Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2013)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a business membership organisation, which includes companies involved in infrastructure and development. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, for introducing this debate and presenting such a cogent argument. However, I want to gently challenge the title and suggest that the role of government is not to generate economic prosperity and...

London Finance Commission: Raising the CapitalQuestion for Short Debate (3 Jul 2013)

Baroness Valentine: First, I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit membership organisation for businesses based here in the capital. I am also a board member of Peabody housing association. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harris, on securing this debate today. The London Finance Commission and its report on local government finance might sound arcane but its analysis is in fact...

Airports: Heathrow — Question (13 Feb 2013)

Baroness Valentine: As chief executive of London First, I hear daily of businesses' frustration that capacity constraints are not being tackled more urgently. In the mean time, recent trails at Heathrow using both runways to land and take off appear to have reduced the number of stacking planes and to have improved punctuality. If the Government are satisfied with these trials, when do they intend to make the...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2013)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, Amendment 75ZAB stands in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a business membership organisation. The demands on our roads are growing. In major urban centres such as London, there are severe physical limits to building more capacity, and congestion is a serious problem. I believe that road charging will be an...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 Feb 2013)

Baroness Valentine: Yes, indeed, it would be a national system.

Visas: Student Visa Policy — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, whose members include higher education institutions. My brief contribution today will follow the same theme as pursued by many who have already spoken. I fully endorse the Government's quest for an immigration policy that supports growth, addresses public concern and clamps down on bogus students. However, our actual policy is based on...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Second Reading (8 Jan 2013)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit membership organisation that seeks to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. I am also a board member of Peabody housing trust. Wearing both hats, I have a strong interest in the efficacy of the planning system. Too often, planning is seen by both those seeking approval for schemes and those charged...

Financial Services Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (3 Jul 2012)

Baroness Valentine: I am grateful to the Government for tabling Amendment 35A. This is a very important and conceptually challenging issue. I hope noble Lords will excuse me if I talk around the subject a little because, while it is certainly a step in the right direction, it is not at the moment clear to me whether, in legal terms, this amendment sets the right framework. We should, perhaps, first consider that...

Economy: Growth — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Baroness Valentine: I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. I start by adding my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, on securing today's debate. It is timely, since finding ways of generating and sustaining growth is surely the central priority for the Government. The Government have already taken some welcome steps. Last week...

Financial Services Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation, whose members are drawn from a wide range of business sectors, including banking, insurance and professional services firms, and their customers Over centuries and through several crises, the UK has built a global reputation as a safe and honest place in which to do business. Its financial...

Financial Services Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Valentine: I could give a long answer to that. I do not believe that industrial representatives from the City are necessarily welcome in the European supervisory bodies, and that creates a complication in dealing with that particular issue. I think that they would be happy to put forward people but you have to be clear that the Chinese walls are there. I am not sure whether that answers the noble Lord's...

Financial Services Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Jun 2012)

Baroness Valentine: A draw. However, we have long been pre-eminent in financial services and we should aim to remain so. I therefore urge the Government seriously to consider the suggestions I have made this evening.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Passenger Duty (30 Apr 2012)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering introducing differentiation of air passenger duty rates between the major airports in London and the south-east and regional airports across the United Kingdom.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Tourism: UK Visas (27 Feb 2012)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that United Kingdom tourist visa application forms are available for completion in foreign languages, including Mandarin, in time for the expected influx of visitors for the Olympics.

Financial Supervisory Framework: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2012)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation which includes financial institutions among its membership. I am also a board member of a Triplepoint venture capital trust. It is very easy when discussing complex regulatory matters to focus disproportionately on the detail of the regulations themselves. The risk is that we lose sight of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Waterloo International (21 Dec 2011)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect platforms at Waterloo International to be brought back into use for passengers; and what assessment they have made of any plans to transfer ownership of Waterloo International from BRB (Residuary) Limited as a means to expedite this process.

Independent Commission on Banking — Debate (15 Sep 2011)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation that includes businesses from a range of important London sectors, including banks, professional services firms and their customers. I start by joining others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Myners, for introducing this debate, but I thank him more for his swift action back in 2008. The...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways: Waterloo International (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring Waterloo International station back into use for passengers.


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