Results 121–137 of 137 for speaker:Baroness Valentine

Skills Base (28 Jun 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Leitch, for placing skills firmly on the public agenda. I welcome Sir Michael Rake's appointment to the new Commission for Employment and Skills; I am sure that he will bring his leadership from BT and KPMG to bear on an employer's perspective on that commission. I am chief executive of London First. Our 300 members include London's...

Greater London Authority Bill (26 Jun 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I shall speak about two issues on thresholds, one relating to housing and the other to Westminster thresholds. I should mention before continuing that I am chief executive of London First, which is a business membership organisation. I think that we are all struggling to find the appropriate strategic point of intervention on various issues. There appears to be common agreement that...

Airports: Heathrow (14 Jun 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, the ability for business leaders and traded goods to reach anywhere in the world quickly and efficiently has long been a singular advantage for London as a world city. Will the Minister work with other colleagues in government—the Home Office, particularly, Revenue and Customs, Defra and the Department for Transport—to ensure that all understand the potential impact of business...

Police: England and Wales (7 Jun 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dear, for securing the debate. When police patrols began in 19th-century London, today's complex challenges were unimaginable; in particular, terrorism. I thank the security services for their constant vigil against the continuing terrorist threat. I acknowledge the Metropolitan Police and all of the emergency services, Transport for London, Tube Lines,...

Local Government: Lyons Inquiry (26 Apr 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I have two interests in this debate. The first is that I believe that London should have more devolved powers and funding and should be able to tackle its own challenges and make its own decisions about prioritising resources. The second is that I believe that business and local authorities should be encouraged to work better together. On the subject of devolution, this slot was...

Higher Education and the Economy (19 Apr 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I join previous contributors in thanking the noble Baroness for securing this important debate. What can be more important to the future success of our country, economically and otherwise, than a thriving and responsive university sector where young people and others can explore their potential alongside the best students from around the world and where pioneering research takes...

Greater London Authority Bill (28 Mar 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I relish the opportunity to speak about governance of the capital, a recurring theme in the symphony of London over the past quarter-century. As far back as the early 1990s, the business community identified the need for an executive mayor for the capital. London First, the business body of which I am chief executive, lobbied hard for London devolution. They say, "Be careful what...

Olympic Games 2012 (1 Mar 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I found the debate stimulating and interesting. I thank all noble Lords who offered insights. I found particularly valuable the comparisons with the Millennium Dome, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and Barcelona, and even failed sporting bids. I referred to turning couch potatoes into runner beans. When the noble Lord, Lord Lee, spoke about the three "p"s, the debate risked taking...

Olympic Games 2012 (1 Mar 2007)

Baroness Valentine: rose to call attention to the actions needed to ensure that, in staging the Olympic Games, London and the United Kingdom secure a lasting legacy of economic and social benefit; and to move for Papers. My Lords, like most noble Lords, I was delighted, if somewhat amazed, when on 6 July 2005 London won the vote to host the Olympics in 2012. I am proud that the organisation of which I am chief...

Economic Competitiveness (11 Jan 2007)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I should perhaps begin by saying that my jacket is mail order from Boden. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kingsmill, for introducing this debate today. I know that she backs bringing business and government closer together. I would add to that the need to bring business and skills provision closer together, particularly given today's debate. I also endorse her encouragement of more...

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] (13 Dec 2006)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, before commenting on the Further Education and Training Bill, I declare my interest as the chief executive of London First, which has members from the commercial and educational sectors. It is from the perspective of fostering closer working relationships between business and education that I shall contribute to the debate. I shall begin by making some observations about the Bill...

Debate on the Address (27 Nov 2006)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I shall concentrate on one vital element of the national economy—London. I should therefore begin by declaring my interest as chief executive of London First, an organisation which seeks to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. My sights are not solely on London. The shape of the UK, and indeed the world economy, has changed. In this increasingly global...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Thameslink (18 Oct 2006)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they received the inspector's report on the Thameslink 2000 public inquiry; and when they expect to announce a decision.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Transport: Eddington Review (3 Jul 2006)

Baroness Valentine: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect Sir Rod Eddington's review of the long-term links between transport and the United Kingdom's economic productivity, growth and stability to be completed; and whether the report of the review will be published.

London: Financial Centre (8 Jun 2006)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, for introducing this important debate. It could not be more timely or relevant and raises issues with which I deal daily in my role as chief executive of London First. The financial and business services sector is the most successful part of the UK economy. Forty per cent of the UK's export growth from 2000 to 2004 has come from London,...

National Lottery Bill (6 Feb 2006)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, as a former National Lottery Commissioner I am delighted to be speaking at the Second Reading of the National Lottery Bill. I should also mention that I am chief executive of London First and that Camelot is one of our 300 business members. The lottery has been a great success. It has raised over £17 billion for good causes nationwide since the first draw in November 1994, and has...

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Bill (11 Jan 2006)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, it is an extraordinary and unexpected privilege to find myself in your Lordships' House. I have been made to feel most welcome and look forward to becoming—dare I say?—one of the younger members of the team. And team spirit is what we need for the Olympics. It is what delivered us the bid and will deliver the best Games yet. But before leaving the starting blocks, I would like...


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