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Debate on the Address (16 Nov 2006)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, in addressing your Lordships' House for the first time, perhaps I too may begin by saying how much I have appreciated the generous welcome extended to me by noble Lords on all sides of the House, matched by the courtesy and infinite patience of the Doorkeepers and Attendants and the delightful banqueting staff. I particularly thank my noble friend Lady Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde for...

Planning: Airfields (5 Feb 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with the recent report from the Town and Country Planning Association that the best way to protect the countryside and support much needed new housing growth in many parts of the country is to continue to promote new settlements—I declare an interest as chair of English Partnerships—but to promote new settlements on previously developed land and...

Energy: Electricity Supply (8 Feb 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the noble Lord on his success in securing the debate. Although I am a newcomer in your Lordships' House, I come to this debate with great enthusiasm, support and a terrific respect for the expertise and experience which the noble Lord brings to these matters. I declare my interests. I am a director of the Serco Group plc, which has some commercial interests...

Olympic Games 2012 (1 Mar 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for securing this very important debate. She is a powerful voice for business in London and when she tells us that the conditions and arrangements for proper business engagement with the 2012 Games are not right, we should pay attention to her. Like the noble Baroness and very many other people in the UK, I am delighted that the 2012 Games will be held in...

Housing: Overcrowding (11 Jul 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, is there a particular problem with overcrowding in relation to London? What steps are the Government taking to address this?

Government: Legislative Programme (11 Jul 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for repeating the Statement and particularly welcome the priority given in three Bills to housing and planning. This generation will not forgive us if we do not act quickly to deal with the scourge of unaffordable housing, but the next generation will not forgive us if we do so at the expense of the environment, so I am particularly pleased to see these...

Housing (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for repeating the Statement made by my honourable friend the Minister for Housing in another place. We should be generous in extending our welcome to an additional £3 billion investment in the next spending period on social housing, and £8 billion in the period to 2016. I draw attention to two aspects of the Statement that are extremely welcome. We are...

Debate on the Address (13 Nov 2007)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, in contributing to this evening's debate on the gracious Speech, I would like to draw attention to one very strong theme running through this important new legislative programme. It is something that, as the retiring chairman of English Partnerships—I declare an interest—I am very glad to be able to pick out, since it has also been the theme of the six years that I have spent at...

Banking (Special Provisions) Bill (20 Feb 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I support the Bill before the House to enable the Government to take Northern Rock into temporary public ownership. I realise that is a bit of a minority interest in the House today, but I shall persevere. I very much regret that the Government find themselves in this position but, from the moment last autumn that my right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer provided...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (28 Apr 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I too am pleased to welcome the Second Reading of the Housing and Regeneration Bill and to offer the strongest possible support to my noble friend the Minister as she guides us through this. Not content with turning in a virtuoso performance on the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill and the Greater London Authority Bill in the previous Session, she is now a...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I am afraid that I cannot support the noble Baroness's amendment nor those of the noble Lord, although I articulated some sympathy with their sentiments in Committee. I have two or three important points to make. In the valuable debate we had in Committee, we all understood how strongly views were held on planning powers. I say to the noble Viscount that some evidence suggests that...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I, too, welcome the amendment. I take slight issue with one aspect of what my noble friend Lord Howarth said. He listed a whole range of organisations on whose advice the Homes and Communities Agency should rely: CABE, the professions and so on. Later, he mentioned "post-occupancy analysis". I have no idea what that is, but I suspect that it is a question of asking people what is...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I am not able to support the noble Earl's amendment, but not because I do not think the spirit of what he described is right. We all understand that the fragility of services in rural communities has a direct relationship to the critical mass of hamlets and villages, and the inability to maintain basic services—education, local schools and so on—is critically dependant on the...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, simply and briefly, when the HCA brings forward developments, it will obviously have to go through the planning system and then engage as part of the statutory consultation process where appropriate. In the exceptional circumstances in which it had to use its own planning powers, it would still be doing so within the overall framework of the Town and Country Planning Acts and would...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I hope the Minister can clarify a couple of points for me. The nature of urban regeneration is that a large proportion of time is spent assembling land for projects. Sometimes that can be just as tricky and complex with very small parcels of land as it is with much larger sites. My experience was that from time to time English Partnerships disposed of land at less than top whack for...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, the noble Lord has put his finger on a very important point. I recall having a lot of conversations when the surplus National Health Service portfolio was transferred to English Partnerships about whether a multi-acre former mental hospital site was genuinely a brownfield site. If my memory serves me right—I think that this speaks to the noble Lord's point about a partially...

Housing and Regeneration Bill (9 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I am disappointed that we return to the issue of home information packs, because the House has debated them long and hard in the past 12 months and, finally, we agreed on the way forward. I take issue with the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith—oddly, because I do not do that often—but it is unreasonable to blame home information packs and energy certificates for the current lack of...

Planning Bill (8 Oct 2008)

Baroness Ford: I too support the amendments and, in so doing, apologise to Members of the Committee for not having been able to be present at Second Reading. I shall make two brief points but, before doing so, I pay tribute to the absolute tour de force from my noble friend Lord Howarth. This has been an absolutely superb short debate today and I will be very brief, but I wanted to pick up on a point made...

Financial Markets (13 Oct 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I welcome the Government's Statement and, in so doing, draw attention to two aspects of the scheme last week which understandably will not necessarily hog the headlines today. I declare an interest: I hesitate to say this to the noble Lord, Lord Newby, but I earn my living in the capital markets, so he may simply flay me when we go outside. The two important measures—the credit...

Financial Markets (13 Oct 2008)

Baroness Ford: My Lords, I am sorry that noble Lords do not like the answer, but there has been a 7 basis points reduction in the LIBOR rate today. Here is my question: does my noble friend agree that that is an endorsement of the very strong and decisive action that was taken last week?


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