Results 1–20 of 110 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Valentine

Future of Seaside Towns - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, it was a pleasure to be on this committee. We looked at a wide range of issues and there was always constructive debate, ably chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Bassam. Flaubert’s Madame Bovary says: “Doesn’t it seem to you … that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse of sea, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (8 Jan 2018)

Baroness Valentine: I am honoured if somewhat hesitant to follow the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, and I am pleased to say that I will pick up a few of those themes in my remarks. I congratulate the Government on bringing forward their industrial strategy. I believe that it has largely struck the right balance in setting a post-Brexit economic direction and in recognising government’s role as a facilitator...

Air Quality: London - Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2017)

Baroness Valentine: I know that we are preparing to leave the European Union, but I start by recognising that it is Europe that has kept the pressure on successive Governments over air pollution standards—or, rather, tried but on the whole failed, given that we have been breaching agreed limits for a long time. In 2015, the Supreme Court ordered the Government to produce a new air-quality plan to better...

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Baroness Valentine: I will limit my remarks today to the impact of our relationship with continental Europe on London’s talent mix. London is possibly the most successful and concentrated service-sector economy in the world, and given that it contributes nearly a third of the nation’s tax take, it is important that it continues to flourish. There are roughly 1 million mainland Europeans in London, but only...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Second Reading (14 Apr 2016)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I declare that I am a non-executive director of HS2 and chief executive of London First. I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Mair, on his excellent and interesting maiden speech. I am delighted to have someone who knows about tunnels in the Lords, in the case of both HS2 and, possibly, Crossrail 2 in the future. World-class institutions, with their very sensitive...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Tope. Making better use of surplus public land represents one of the best and quickest ways of getting homes built and thus meeting the Government’s targets.

Airports: Expansion — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a final decision will be taken on airports expansion before the summer recess.

Airports: Expansion — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Baroness Valentine: As the Minister will be aware, various Governments have avoided taking a decision on where to put a runway in the south-east since the Second World War, so he is in good company in failing to be too precise about exactly when that decision might be taken. We are all aware of the gathering political storms which may yet blow the Government off course. If we eventually get a decision, given all...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Baroness Valentine: Over the past decade, house prices in London have doubled, while private rents have increased by more than a third. But prices are the symptom, not the cause. The problem, as we all know, is that supply is not keeping up with demand. London is expanding by a population the size of Birmingham every decade. It is a Conservative Party mantra, evidenced in this Bill, that home ownership is good....

Airport Capacity — Statement (14 Dec 2015)

Baroness Valentine: Does the Minister understand how deeply frustrated the business community feels about this further delay? We had a three-year independent commission, which was supposed to take the politics out of it, but it has come back into political soup. It appears that the Government have answered the interim report of two years ago, which suggested that we focus on three options and that we accept that...

Affordable Housing — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2015)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for his opening remarks. I shall focus my remarks on having the right incentives in place to increase housebuilding. I declare that I am a director of Peabody and London First. In London, we are building roughly half the houses that we need. Simplistically, if there were a free market, we would be providing everything from cheap and flimsy broom...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Valentine: I appreciate that the recent Budget should be treated more as political positioning ahead of the election than as a serious attempt to tackle macro long-term issues, but I want to touch on two things in that latter camp: the north/south divide and the provision of housing. I declare that I am on the boards of London First, HS2 and Peabody. I turn first to the north/south divide. I am...

Higher Education: Overseas Students — Question (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, as a member of the UCL Council, may I say how delighted I am that the Chancellor scotched the rumours before Christmas about further curtailment of the post-study work route? At London First, we have again issued a report showing how important the relationship with emerging economies is. Is the Minister aware of a study by Loughborough University which showed that nearly half of...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Baroness Valentine: My Lords, before I begin, I declare that I am chief executive of London First, a not-for-profit business membership organisation. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, on securing the debate. I am pleased to serve as a member of Lords EU Select Committee Sub-Committee B. We are tasked with investigating matters relating to the internal market, infrastructure and employment—three...

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.

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