Results 1–20 of 42 for speaker:Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach

Cost of Living - Motion to Take Note (9 Jun 2022)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, for securing this debate. I will concentrate not on the whole panorama of government policy in its economic and political context, which he has done wonderfully, but on the number one issue of the day and the first part of his three-part Motion: the cost of living and inflation. I will make three points. The first is about the seriousness of...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my Whip, especially when I agreed with almost everything they said. The Government’s priority in the gracious Speech—strengthening growth and easing the cost of living—is something I think we would all agree with. It means better housing, better public services, making a reality—not simply an aspiration—of levelling up, reducing inflation...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate. The gracious Speech outlined a number of policies, but what hit me particularly was that it underlined a great vision—for jobs, full employment, lifelong training, the younger generation moving from Generation Rent to Generation Buy, and prosperity. On the economy, let us not forget that we are in a very fortunate position. Last...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: He is behind me. Thank you—the invisible man. If I learned one lesson being in No. 10 for five and a half years as head of the policy unit, it was the difference between the design of a policy, the ideas in a policy and the implementation of a policy. I saw it in the privatisation of gas, electricity and so on, and in education reform. In the gracious Speech we have a terrific statement of...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2021)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I welcome this agreement. It is certainly better than no agreement but, more importantly, it delivers to the people of the United Kingdom what a majority voted for, and for that the Prime Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Frost, and his negotiating team deserve great credit. Could the agreement have been more extensive—less thin? Almost certainly it could have been, but on the one...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate. We have had a long day and I have been given a very short straw. I want to make three points but before I do so I should declare an interest. I voted for Brexit with terrific enthusiasm. As I thought back, the first time I ever debated publicly in favour of Brexit was with Sir Christopher Soames when he was a European Commissioner...

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

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate on this very important subject. I thank the Minister for enabling us to take part in it. The Government’s White Paper was an important document, ambitious, strategic and long term. If it is implemented successfully, recognising all the comments that the noble Lord, Lord Hollick, made, it clearly will lead to the long-term creation...

Education: Early Years - Question for Short Debate (29 Nov 2017)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Storey, for bringing forward this debate. In doing so, I declare an interest as the vice-president of the Foundation Years Trust, which is involved in this area. Unlike other speakers, this is not my special area. However, it is something that I am very interested in and I feel very humble in taking part in this debate. I feel strongly about this issue,...

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, after listening to many speeches today in your Lordships’ House, I fear that mine will appear to be contrarian. I make it not in a contrarian spirit nor with a contrarian mind. I voted in 1975 to remain in the European Union. The Lord Privy Seal said in opening the debate this morning that the referendum was a momentous democratic event. In our post-war history, the Attlee...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I feel very humbled to take part in this great debate, not least after our two maiden speakers, who were excellent and regaled us with their Scottish credentials. I am not Scottish and have only a modest knowledge of Scottish politics. My reason for taking part is that I am a member of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which for the past four months has been looking at the...

Civil Society — Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2015)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans for introducing the debate. It is a pleasure to take part in it. He was absolutely right in saying that the report is a genuine attempt to set out a moral vision of our country based on the Christian faith. It is a vision to which people of other faiths and no faith will, I hope, be able to subscribe. As the right reverend...

Shale Gas and Oil (EAC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Nov 2014)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, before we hear the winding-up speeches, and although my name is not on the list of speakers, I would like to make a few brief remarks. Before I do so, like others, I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding chairmanship of my noble friend Lord MacGregor. He was very fair and even-handed—and he was determined, when there was an issue that we were not sure about, to really get...

Ageing: Public Services and Demographic Change Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2013)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it was a great pleasure to be a member of the committee. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Filkin, on his chairmanship of it as this subject is potentially politically divisive. He chaired the committee brilliantly. He listened carefully to everyone’s arguments and was very balanced in his judgment. We have heard two outstanding maiden speeches this afternoon. I am delighted to...

Business and Society — Question for Short Debate (12 Jun 2013)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I am delighted to take part in this debate for two reasons. The first is that the subject is hugely important. As we have just been reminded, business is the source of jobs, of wealth creation, of innovation and of tax revenue. The second reason is my regard for the noble Lord, Lord Sacks. As a religious leader in this country, he has been unrivalled in his support for...

Credit Unions — Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, I am delighted to take part in this debate and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, for initiating it. First, I must declare my interest. Last year I was appointed by my noble friend the Minister to the project steering committee of the DWP credit union expansion project, which reported earlier this year. More recently, I have also supported, but in a very small way, the initiative...

Independent Commission on Banking — Debate (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, in taking part in this debate I declare my interest as a vice-chairman of an investment bank based in London, not a universal bank-we do not take regular deposits so it is less relevant in that sense to this debate-and a subsidiary of a bank based in New York. I, too, appreciate the noble Lord, Lord Myners, initiating this debate, not simply because of the publication of the Vickers...

Economy: Government Policies — Debate (24 Mar 2011)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Valentine, who has done so much to increase prosperity and jobs in this great city of ours. It is also a great pleasure to take part in a debate secured by the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, who has had such a distinguished record as Chancellor, and who is raising important issues in this debate. I should like to make three points....

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2010)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow a fellow Welshman with such an intimate knowledge of the university sector, which I was in for the first 20 years of my career. I agree with almost everything he said. Before speaking on some issues relating to the economy and business, I, like most others today, congratulate my noble friend Lady Wilcox on her appointment as a Minister in the...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2010)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: This is a complex subject, and we do not have time tonight to deal with it in detail. Clearly, we need a stronger regulatory structure with very clear rules on capital, liquidity, the structure of compensation and so on; about that I have no doubt. It would be wrong for politicians and regulators to respond to the public anger by piling so much regulation and tax on to the financial sector...

Immigration (EAC Report) (14 Nov 2008)

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach: My Lords, as a member of the Select Committee it is a great pleasure to pay tribute to the outstanding chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, which brought back happy memories of those same skills being deployed when he held high office in the 1980s at No. 12 Downing Street. Two of my former teachers have taken part in this debate. The noble Lord, Lord Peston, was my first teacher of...


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