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European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, we need the protection provided by the Bill because the potential losses from a no-deal Brexit are so grave. I will not repeat what the House has heard many times about potential short-term disruption, which could indeed be very serious. I will not repeat what it has heard about security and Northern Ireland, although these things are very worrying. As an LSE professor and current...

World Bank: Selection Process for President - Question (28 Feb 2019)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. The perpetuation of the de facto monopoly by the USA and Europe of the positions at the head of the IMF and the World Bank undermines confidence in those institutions and in internationalism, and is surely unacceptable in a world that has changed radically since the founding of those institutions seven decades ago. First, will the Minister now...

World Bank: Selection Process for President - Question (28 Feb 2019)

Lord Stern of Brentford: This is important. Thirdly, when the tenure of Christine Lagarde, who has done an outstanding job as head of the IMF, comes to an end, will the Minister state clearly and strongly that Her Majesty’s Government will not support the perpetuation of Europe’s monopoly of this position and will actively seek good candidates from outside Europe and the USA?

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I have spoken before in this House on the economics of Brexit, but in many ways the political arguments are still more important. My father, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, experienced directly—like so many others of his generation—the consequences of extremism and conflict in Europe. For all its faults, the EU has brought Europe together and made both Europe and the world...

Brexit: Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2018)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, the Prime Minister has told us that we have three options: no deal, this deal or no Brexit. I want to speak on the economics of these options. I am a professor of economics at the London School of Economics but of course I do not speak on behalf of that institution. Let us examine the medium-term effects rather than the very short run, which many have spoken about this evening....

Swansea Tidal Lagoon: Hendry Review - Question (1 May 2018)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, will the Minister ensure that, in the economic analysis that lies behind the project, he considers the tremendous benefits in terms of recreation, much longer life and above all its use as a prototype? This could and should lead to the Cardiff lagoon, which would be highly competitive with other sources of energy, and could and should lead to tremendous exports. Countries around the...

Local Congestion: Investment - Question (10 Jan 2018)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, does the Minister agree that dealing with congestion is not always best done through tarmac? There are tremendous opportunities in design, digital management, road pricing and public transport.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, we have heard very clear and convincing arguments about the future of Euratom. They are clear and strong. But it is more than that. Science depends on collaboration, mechanisms of collaboration, funding and movement of people. Many of us would see the attitude to Euratom as symbolic of this bigger issue. The noble Lord, Lord Winston, made the point that our academics worry about the...

Paris Climate Change Conference — Statement (15 Dec 2015)

Lord Stern of Brentford: Does the noble Lord agree that the UK delegation, including himself and the Secretary of State, played a strong role in what happened in Paris? They were everywhere and the UK’s position was largely respected. I was fortunate enough to be badged with the French delegation, and they were enormously appreciative of the work done by the UK. That appreciation is founded on two things. One is...

Global Climate Change — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2015)

Lord Stern of Brentford: I join noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, not only for his past work but for bringing this debate to the House today at a very important moment in international discussion. I refer to my own interest as an active researcher on these issues, and as a speaker, and I am involved, as a friend of the chair, in preparations for Paris. Our understanding of international and UK action...

Fifa — Statement (1 Jun 2015)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I should declare an interest as I was directly involved with the English bid—a rather good bid, I thought. There is one fundamental point which I hope the Government will press strongly, and that is the importance of the expansion of football in Africa and in Asia. We should not let Sepp Blatter have a monopoly of that issue. It is very important for us to declare our support and,...

Income and Wealth Inequality — Question (26 Nov 2014)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, will the noble Lord, who is my former student and was a very good student, join me in recognising that after three or four decades of being roughly constant, income inequality in the UK shot up during the 1980s, and the Gini coefficient went from around 0.25 to about 0.35 in household disposable income and has stayed there through different Administrations over the last 20 years? We...

Census 2021 — Question (16 Jul 2014)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I speak as the president of the British Academy and on behalf of researchers who are working on the big social and economic issues of our time. In thinking about the census design, will the Minister place a high priority on its enormous value in validating other surveys that are at the heart of much of the research on these issues in the UK? Without the ability to validate them...

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (27 Nov 2013)

Lord Stern of Brentford: Does the noble Baroness agree that our credibility on openness would be much greater if we did not tacitly collude in the IMF for Europe and the World Bank for the United States?

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Stern of Brentford: Coal is the dirtiest of fuels: it emits around twice as much carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour as gas; it is responsible for more than 40% of world energy greenhouse gas emissions, and for more than 25% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. Amendment 74 will encourage the switch from coal to gas; delaying that switch could substantially increase the cost of meeting our climate change targets. Gas...

Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register, in particular my chairmanship of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, which is part of my role as professor of economics at the LSE. I am perhaps one of the few unretired professors of economics in your Lordships’ House, if not the only one. I will not dwell on the...

Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

Lord Stern of Brentford: I do not have a department. I am chair of a research institute and an academic. The cost of energy to industry is indeed an important factor in its competitiveness, but it is not nearly as important as the investment climate, wage rates, productivity and exchange rates. This is of fundamental importance. Primary energy in the UK and similar economies is about 5% of GDP. Even a 20% increase...

Monetary Policy Committee: Inflation — Question (13 Feb 2013)

Lord Stern of Brentford: The Minister sees virtue in flexibility in monetary policy. Will he comment on the virtue of flexibility in fiscal policy?

EAC Report: Development Aid: Motion to Take Note (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Stern of Brentford: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, and his committee for their interesting and important report, and I thank the noble Lord for his thoughtful introduction. I declare an interest and an involvement. For more than 40 years, I worked as an academic economist on development issues. I have been directly involved in decision-making in the Africa and Asia committees of...


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