Results 41–60 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I support the government amendments but would like to make one suggestion about simplification. There should be two votes in all cases, a business and a residential vote, except where either businesses or residents are a negligible presence in the neighbourhood area. The benefit of that would be that the local authority can test the mood of both residents and business. Where they agree, the...

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (19 Jul 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a business membership organisation including infrastructure providers in its membership. I support Amendment 148C, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, which seeks to exclude development associated with nationally significant infrastructure from the scope of neighbourhood development orders. This refers to infrastructure which...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Heathrow Airport (4 Jul 2011)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 November 2010 (WA 126), whether they will publish the data on immigration queues at each Heathrow airport terminal from 1 January 2010 to 31 May 2011 by month, queues measured, average queue time, maximum queue time, and number of queues over service level agreement target for European Economic Area...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, which includes businesses that may be affected by the provisions in this Bill. I support these amendments as I consider them to be in the spirit of the Bill. The noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, gives a useful example in Gatwick Airport, but there is a wide range of third parties that may be affected by any referendum. When decisions are being...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I was aware that the noble Lord had introduced the amendments and I am delighted that he did.

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Border Agency (29 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider any offers from ports of entry to support or fund an enhanced service from the UK Border Agency.

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation that includes developers, infrastructure providers and others who may have an interest in the practical implications of the Bill. As a general point of principle, it is unreasonable to transfer the financial sanctions that emanate from European law to a subsidiary body unless that body...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: This is a subject I tackle hesitantly, given the weight of discussion which precedes me, but I want to make a few brief points. First, on this emotive and political subject, it is important that Cross-Benchers do not feel constrained by being seen as turkeys with a view one way or the other about Christmas. The non-partisan views of those with broad experience are vital to ensuring that what...

Localism Bill: Second Reading (7 Jun 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a not for profit business membership organisation that includes property companies, energy providers, retailers and others who may have an interest in the practical implications of this Bill. I support the Government's philosophy of empowering individuals and communities. I also support policy that brings growth and jobs. One of the...

Government: Convergence Programme — Motion to Approve (12 May 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. I am also pleased to serve on this House's European Sub-Committee B, under the able chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain. I welcome this debate. The EU Committee's report says of the reform programme, "No surprises, no panacea, but still worth doing". It is worth doing because...

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules: Motion of Regret (3 May 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I first declare that I am the chief executive of London First. I acknowledge that the Government have done a lot to address business concerns about the immigration caps. I remain, however, a sceptic on the benefits of a tier 1 and tier 2 cap and I certainly remain a sceptic about a net migration target where the Government have so little control over the factors influencing it. They cannot...

Economy: Government Policies — Debate (24 Mar 2011)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, on securing this timely debate. I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation seeking to improve London's competitiveness. My contribution comes in the form of a "SWOT"-strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats-although I have taken the liberty of reordering it into a "TSWO"....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Taxation: Income Tax (31 Jan 2011)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government how the top rate of United Kingdom income tax compared with other G7 countries in (a) 2000, and (b) 2010; and what plans they have to address that aspect of the United Kingdom's competitiveness.

Tourism — Debate (27 Jan 2011)

Baroness Valentine: I congratulate the noble Viscount, Lord Younger, on securing this important debate. I also congratulate all those who have given their maiden speeches today, which have variously been insightful and humorous. In passing, I point out that London's innovative bike scheme, to which the noble Lord, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, referred, has been provided by a fellow maiden speaker, the noble...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration (13 Dec 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 November (WA 126), why there are no specific rewards or sanctions in place to incentivise the UK Border Agency Border Force to meet its targets on immigration queues.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Taxation: Income Tax (8 Dec 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 18 November (WA 244) what they consider to be the revenue-maximising top rate of income tax.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Taxation: Income Tax (18 Nov 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 23 June (HL Deb, cols 1310-11), what steps HM Treasury have taken to identify the revenue-maximising top rate of income tax.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Heathrow Airport (11 Nov 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the previous Administration's performance targets on immigration queues at Heathrow airport remain in place; whether performance is consistently improving against those targets; and what rewards or sanctions are in place to incentivise the UK Border Agency to meet these targets.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Heathrow Airport (11 Nov 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what technological improvements the UK Border Agency has considered to enable it to process immigration queues at Heathrow airport more efficiently; and which it will implement.

Immigration — Debate (21 Oct 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank everyone for their fascinating and multifaceted contributions to today's debate and I hope that the Government will take account of the weight of opinion expressed. I thank the Minister specifically for his constructive reply on this thorny issue and I look forward to a continuing and constructive dialogue. It is critical to get this right. I point the Home Office, again,...


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