Results 81–91 of 91 for speaker:Baroness Ford

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 (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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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?

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...

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...

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...

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...


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