Results 81–100 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Immigration (EAC Report) (14 Nov 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, for securing this pertinent debate. Given the current implementation of the Government's new five-tiered points system, it is indeed worth reflecting on what we want from our immigration policy. As the leader of a London business organisation, I can tell noble Lords that immigration is critical to business. I start from the premise that business...

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I want to speak in particular to Amendments Nos. 129A and 136B, but the point I shall make also stands in support of government Amendment No. 135A, which is grouped separately. Taken together, these amendments are extremely welcome. They address some of the principal concerns of London First and the British property industry regarding the proposals for the community infrastructure...

Economy (3 Nov 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, this is a timely debate and I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Myners, for its scheduling. Rather than repeat the many wise points made earlier, I base my remarks on my experience of London business over recent months as chief executive of London First. Indeed, the Minister, in one of his first official engagements, shared a breakfast with London First business leaders, where he...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Baroness Valentine: I wish to speak to Amendment No. 442ZAA in this group. As we have heard, the purpose of CIL is to contribute to the funding and delivery of infrastructure. For the industry coalition, including London First, which last year put forward the proposal for a planning charge as the alternative to planning-gain supplement, the rationale of this new levy has always been about co-ordinated and timely...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Baroness Valentine: I wish to touch on some of the points raised by my noble friend Lord Cameron. I turn to my four amendments in this group, which are in two pairs—Amendments Nos. 438EA and 438HA and Amendments Nos. 438CA and 438CB—because they tackle two specific points on how CIL should be set. My previous amendments related to the purpose of CIL. These amendments concern how local authorities go about...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Baroness Valentine: I support the community infrastructure levy in principle. I have grave concerns about the tax on increase in land value, a point the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, touched on. My amendments in this and subsequent groups relate exclusively to the community infrastructure levy. Before speaking to my amendments, I must mention that I am chief executive of London First, a business membership...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Airports: Passport Queues (29 Sep 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 16 June (WA 121-22), whether they will place in the Library of the House the records on which his reply was based.

Planning Bill (15 Jul 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, the business community has long advocated reform of planning to overcome long delays in delivering vital national infrastructure. Does democratic accountability have to equate to as much as 20 years from concept to delivery? We need to find a better solution for UK-level, strategically important projects which affords proper scrutiny and accountability but secures reliably prompt...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Airports: Passport Queues (3 Jul 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord West of Spithead on 28 February (Official Report, col. 751), whether they will publish in full the most recent information available on queues at passport control at London's major airports.

Higher Education (26 Jun 2008)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Luce on securing this debate. I declare an interest: 21 higher education institutions are members of London First, the business organisation that I lead. Each year, London's universities turn over £11 billion and earn £1 billion in export earnings. The higher education sector in the 21st century continues to fulfil its traditional role of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: London Underground (26 Jun 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: What outputs were expected to be delivered in the second phase of the London Underground Public Private Partnership when contracts were signed; and whether there is funding for these to be achieved.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers (17 Jun 2008)

Baroness Valentine: asked the Leader of the House: Why the Government have not answered the Question for Written Answer tabled by Baroness Valentine on 24 January (HL1619); and when the Question will receive an Answer.


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