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European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, could I just—

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 ( 6 Sep 2019)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: So tolerant of democracy. I support the amendment suggested by the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, for one reason only: there is not a small business woman or small business man in this land who has not had it up to here with this place and the other place. They just want everybody to get on with it and give the businesses of the land—which generate the profit, pay the tax and build the schools...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2A (15 Mar 2019)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, I do not think I need to remind noble Lords that, at this moment, all over the nation, the political class is seen to have failed the country. If ever there was a time when noble Lords could make a stand for connecting more with the people, it is now. I assure noble Lords that, in pubs from Cradley Heath to West Bromwich, to Kings Heath in my home town, they talk of nothing but...

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) ( 7 Sep 2018)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: May I add to that? When you are in a hole, stop digging.

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) ( 7 Sep 2018)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, far be it from me to intrude on the private grief of the Benches opposite, but I would ask noble Lords to think about this. At the moment, we are watching a constitutional polemicism of British life. The division and nastiness of that shows in so many ways. If I was a voter of any party at any time from Birmingham to Manchester and back again and I saw what was going on in this...

G7: Charlevoix, Quebec - Statement (11 Jun 2018)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Will the Minister please give us the benefit of her observation on the fact that we heard only a few months ago from members of the Opposition in this House and the other place that President Trump would not be welcome in this country and that the Government should not extend an invitation to him—yet those same people are now saying that we are at the bottom of the list of his affection? I...

Warships - Question (11 Apr 2016)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Can the Minister please answer two points on the same issue? First, will the strategy review that Sir John Parker undertakes cover the question of productivity? Every country builds warships more cheaply for the taxpayer if there is a regular drumbeat on the strength of which you can invest your money, skill your people and buy your capital equipment. If you have peaks and troughs at the...

European Union: United Kingdom Renegotiation — Statement ( 4 Feb 2016)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Does the Minister agree that in main street UK this debate and the whole issue of reform will be reduced to a grubby little debate about immigration instead of what reform of this amazing group of 520 million people should be, which is how to enable southern Europe to make enough money to compete with northern Europe, and how to enable the whole lot to be globally competitive in Asia’s...

Deregulation Bill: Report (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2015)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, could I just draw on two aspects—

Extradition — Statement (16 Oct 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Will the Minister shed some light on an aspect of the Statement? I am not a learned Lord but I was a practising lawyer for 20 years and I was always taught that one is innocent until proven guilty and should be treated as such. I refer to extradition to the United States on a whim whereby a businessman or businesswoman can now languish in a jail in America without transparent evidence having...

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Trade and Investment — Question (16 Oct 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: I declare an interest as a chairman and an adviser to many of the exporters who benefited from UK Trade and Investment at Lancaster House during the Olympics. I start by congratulating Her Majesty's Government on a very good business programme linked to the Olympic Games. Can the Minister give three assurances? First, will the business club, started at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in...

British Time Harmonisation — Question (11 Jul 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Will the Minister please comment on the fact that everything should be done, in this House and the other place, to ensure that at this time business has every single break to allow us to create jobs and make profit to pay tax? Will he reflect on the fact that, at the end of the day, if we are going to be internationally competitive, we have to be internationally attractive? That would mean...

Banking Reform — Statement (14 Jun 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, I declare an interest, and refer noble Lords to the register of interests, advising both providers of finance and also those who consume it. I remember my Yorkshire grandmother when I was about 12 saying that it was a condition of my Christmas present that an account was opened at the Halifax Building Society, and it went in there. Little did Grandma Jones ever believe that that...

Libraries — Question (14 Jun 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Can the Minister please comment on the fact that, due to the successive policies of Governments of all parties over many years, one in five adults in this country now cannot read to the standard expected of an 11 year-old? Governments of all parties have then expected business to go out and compete in a globalised economy with a workforce that is not fit for purpose. Will she please comment...

Companies: Executive Remuneration — Question (13 Jun 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, can the Minister explain exactly what a worker is? What is important is that directors on boards are seen to-and do-fulfil a duty to all the stakeholders in a business, including creditors, suppliers, employees and, above all, customers. I would welcome the Minister's illumination on what constitutes a worker.

Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012: Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, I declare an interest, as I chair and advise many businesses that will benefit in one way or another from the outcome of the implementation, or not, of this statutory instrument. Listening this afternoon I am left with the impression that, if ever the other place or the general public want to know about the value of this place, it can be found in the marvellous depth of expertise...

Education: Languages — Question (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: My Lords, I declare an interest as a chairman and adviser to many exporters, who will always benefit from a more competitive, globalised UK economy. Does the Minister agree that if we do not start selling around the world even more than we do today, especially in developing and emerging markets, this country will not generate the wealth, tax and jobs that 21st century Britain will need? One...

Schools: Satellite Sites — Question (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: Does the Minister agree that there is increased selection? It has happened under all Governments for at least a quarter of a century. It is now selection on the basis of money-whether you can afford a house in a certain area with a good school, or whether you can afford to send your kids to a public school. Governments of all parties have pursued a policy of selection by money, as opposed to...

Police: Vehicles — Question (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: I draw noble Lords' attention to my declared interests. Would the Minister agree with me that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the businesses of this nation to believe that Her Majesty's Government want business to employ more people and pay more tax when they buy their ships from South Korea, their police vehicles from Korea, their trains from Germany and their cars from Japan?...

Office for Budget Responsibility — Question ( 6 Jul 2011)

Lord Jones of Birmingham: How on earth do this Government intend to meet their growth forecast if they do not rebalance the economy through a quality manufacturing strategy and at the first whiff of gunshot they still buy German trains and not those made in Derby?


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