Results 1–20 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, this is an utterly unnecessary, indeed otiose, Bill. It does serious damage to business and jobs in Britain and to stability and security in Europe. As my old friend the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, pointed out, it is playing with fire for long-term confidence and investment from all over the world. Let me make my own position clear. I was actively involved with my then boss, Roy...

House of Lords: Oral Questions — Question (21 Mar 2013)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, is this short enough?

Banks: Money-laundering — Question (18 Dec 2012)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, on that topic, I wonder whether the noble Lord and other noble Lords bank with HSBC. I have done so for the past 30 years. Last week I was rather surprised to be asked by bank staff to show them my passport and a utility bill. I am not sure whether noble Lords realise but we are all politically exposed persons in regulator-speak; some of us may be more so than others. But, honestly,...

Financial Services Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2012)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: It sounds as though the Minister is encouraging the regulator to ask the auditors more questions. If we have complacent auditors, surely it is even more important that they sign something, that their complacency is questioned and that they take more responsibility for their work.

Financial Services Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2012)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I, too, am delighted to support the amendment moved by my noble friend Lady Wheatcroft. With her characteristic delicacy and discretion, she did not mention the name of the auditors in question-but I will. I believe that Deloitte has very serious questions still to answer about its audit of RBS, particularly towards the end. There were some unhealthily close relationships between...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (5th Day) (20 Mar 2012)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: They did.

Energy: Winter Fuel Payment — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make the winter fuel payment subject to basic and higher rate tax and limited to United Kingdom residents.

Energy: Winter Fuel Payment — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: I thank the noble Lord for that reply. I am rather nervous about this Question because 674 noble Lords are entitled to receive the winter fuel payment. That is 81 per cent of us. Would I be right in guessing that the Minister, who is 61, is, like me, one of the half a million top-rate taxpayers who benefit from this farcical tax-free bung? Why cannot winter fuel payments at least be taxed...

Independent Commission on Banking — Debate (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I declare my interest as a pension fund investment manager for the past 35 years. Noble Lords may be surprised to hear that for half of that time I have worked in banks. I am also a friend and former colleague of Martin Wolf and Martin Taylor. The noble Lord, Lord Liddle, handed out marks to John Vickers. As one who sat at his feet at an Oxford college and did not learn nearly as...

Independent Commission on Banking — Debate (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: If I may say so, the noble Lord has put his finger on it; the trouble is that all these traders are working on behalf of their banks and it is about time they started working on behalf of their clients. There is a real problem of control when there is such a bonus culture and so much risk in the system. I will move on to how we implement the separate culture of the ring-fenced retail banks,...

Global Economy — Statement (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord McNally for that and for this invitation back to the Front Bench for one day only. I declare my interest as a pension fund manager for the past 35 years and an active investor in British shares and property. The noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, mentioned rating agencies. I have never taken a blind bit of notice of them in my life, which is probably why I still...

Economy: Government Policies — Debate (24 Mar 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend Lord Hussain, who is sadly not in his seat at this moment. I found his speech fascinating and moving. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Stedman-Scott. I think that she is the big society in person. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lawson for introducing this debate. He has lost nothing of his focus or timing. Some of us on these Benches might...

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I wonder whether I could just correct one thing. We on these Benches are not at all glum. We are greatly enjoying all the pro-European speeches from all around the House, including the noble Lord's.

Egypt: Mubarak Family Assets — Question (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, with the permission of the House and at the request of my noble friend Lady Williams, who is attending a funeral, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in her name on the Order Paper.

Egypt: Mubarak Family Assets — Question (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I accept the point about individual cases, but will the Minister say how long he would expect SOCA normally to take to assess and approve a request of this kind? In particular, will the firm and prompt action that the Foreign Secretary has promised in this case be firmer and prompter than in the disgraceful case of President Daniel arap Moi of Kenya, who looted hundreds of millions...

Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland — Question (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, can I encourage the Minister to use the full resources of the Treasury to try to find a way of untying his hands? I cannot believe that there is not a way around this. Is the Minister aware that Sir Philip Hampton, the chairman of RBS, a year ago told us that over 100 Royal Bank of Scotland bankers collected £1 million? What does the Minister expect the figure to be this year? Is...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: Will the noble and learned Lord kindly let us know how many letters he has had, when he gets the chance?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I am proud to put my name to this amendment, which has been moved by my noble friend and neighbour in Seaview. The case for keeping the Isle of Wight as a single constituency is overwhelming. I can confirm that it is supported by all three political parties on the island and, indeed, by every single person I have spoken to there. Only last Friday I spoke at a meeting of the Isle of...

Banking: Bonuses — Statement (11 Jan 2011)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement. I do not know whether he has read it lately, but I have here an excellent document, The Coalition: Our Programme for Government, in which Nick Clegg and David Cameron promised, "radical plans to reform our broken banking system". Item 1 said on banking: "We will bring forward detailed proposals for robust action to tackle unacceptable bonuses...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Second Reading (1st Day) (15 Nov 2010)

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay: My Lords, that was a very thoughtful and honest speech, which I am sure the House followed with interest. However, I found the beginning of it and the previous speech rather interesting examples of the cross-dressing that seems to be going on in this House. There have been some very powerful speeches against the Bill, but none more so than that of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. I am sure that,...


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