Results 61–80 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

Immigration — Debate (21 Oct 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, before opening this debate I would like to declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. It is a great pleasure to introduce this debate today; I thank my noble friend Lady D'Souza for allocating me the time. I look forward to the contributions of noble Lords from all sides of the House; there is much expertise and experience...

Railways: Crossrail — Question (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Valentine: Does the Minister therefore accept that all parties have done a very good job in supporting Crossrail thus far?

UK: International Competitiveness — Question (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect and strengthen the United Kingdom's international competitiveness.

UK: International Competitiveness — Question (23 Jun 2010)

Baroness Valentine: I thank the Minister for her reply and welcome the Government's recognition that reducing the deficit depends fundamentally on continued economic growth. In yesterday's Budget, the independent Office for Budgetary Responsibility determined the revenue maximising rate for capital gains tax. Given that the top rate of income tax of 50 per cent is a deterrent to attracting talented individuals...

UK: Competitiveness — Question for Short Debate (8 Jun 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Levene, for introducing this important debate. I declare an interest and, I trust, a valuable perspective as chief executive of London First, the non-profit-making business membership organisation which champions the competitiveness of the capital. London and the south-east account for one-third of Britain's GDP. Productivity rates in this region are...

Financial Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Apr 2010)

Baroness Valentine: I speak to Amendment 186. As I set out in respect of Amendment 336, I believe that a time limit on this clause would be beneficial, given the unique environment in which this legislation is being drafted.

Financial Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (7 Apr 2010)

Baroness Valentine: I speak to Amendment 336 which would apply sunset clauses to the clauses of the Bill relating to remuneration, living wills, short selling and the FSA's disciplinary powers. I must declare my interest as chief executive of London First-a not-for-profit business membership organisation. As set out on the website of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, sunset clauses are...

Economy — Debate (25 Mar 2010)

Baroness Valentine: I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, on securing this debate. I also welcome the wise contributions that he and other speakers have made. I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. In talking to businesses in the capital, I detect a little more confidence and optimism than a year ago; yet that confidence is fragile. London...

Financial Services Bill: Second Reading (23 Feb 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. My perspective today is not that of the financial services sector alone, but that of business in general. This is the third piece of legislation introduced by the Government in response to...

Taxation: Income Tax — Question (1 Feb 2010)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of those paying the higher rate of income tax who have left, or plan to leave, the United Kingdom tax jurisdiction in the current and next financial years.

Taxation: Income Tax — Question (1 Feb 2010)

Baroness Valentine: In asking this Question, I declare an interest in that I am chief executive of London First.

Taxation: Income Tax — Question (1 Feb 2010)

Baroness Valentine: The Chancellor recently stated that the 50p top rate of income tax was not a matter of ideology. If in practice it will do little to increase tax revenue and instead may drive away many of those contributing the most to the Exchequer, what is it a matter of?

Taxation — Debate (28 Jan 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare an interest as chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business membership organisation that works to secure London's competitiveness as a location for globally mobile business. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McNally, on securing this debate. From a business perspective, taxes fund investment, which is vital to our competitiveness: from heavy...

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 — Motion to Take Note (5 Jan 2010)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, it is always a challenge to follow the noble Lord, Lord James. I declare an interest, in that I am chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business organisation which has consistently supported the Games coming to London, particularly for their legacy. I am delighted that the noble Baroness, Lady Ford, has taken on the challenge of delivering that legacy in east London....

Pre-Budget Report 2009 — Motion to Take Note (16 Dec 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit organisation whose members include the capital's leading businesses and universities. I begin by thanking the Government and the noble Lord, Lord Myners, for saving us from the abyss in October of last year. We should all be grateful for the leadership and courage shown at that point. The Government are right to...

Public Spending: Infrastructure — Question (9 Dec 2009)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty's Government which major projects have benefited from an acceleration of public spending on infrastructure in the current and previous financial years.

Public Spending: Infrastructure — Question (9 Dec 2009)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply and for the Government's recommitment to Thameslink and Crossrail in the Pre-Budget Report. But short-term spending commitments are not a substitute for sustained investment, especially as the OECD notes that in Britain infrastructure projects are, "typically the first victim of fiscal consolidation efforts, while other less productive but...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (25 Nov 2009)

Baroness Valentine: I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Sugar, on his maiden speech. I am an enthusiastic follower of "The Apprentice" and anything he can do to champion apprenticeships in the current economic climate will be welcome. I should declare that I am chief executive of London First, a non-profit-making business membership organisation. I shall focus on financial regulation and fiscal responsibility,...

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...

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...


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