Results 41–60 of 162 for speaker:Lord Davies of Abersoch

Written Answers — House of Lords: Planning (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The terms of reference, outputs, timing and measures of success of the Penfold review of non-planning consents were all decided by the steering board at its first meeting on 10 December 2009. The terms of reference to the Penfold review can be found at www.bis.gov.uk/penfold.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Planning (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Research across BIS and CLG, with input from the Whitehall and Industry Group, identified Adrian Penfold as a strong candidate for the role of independent reviewer. Following advice from officials and a short telephone interview Ian Lucas, the Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, appointed Mr Penfold as independent reviewer. The terms of engagement are a commitment of approximately...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Planning (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Decisions on which review recommendations to accept will be taken collectively by the relevant government departments at the appropriate time. The Better Regulation Executive, within BIS, will co-ordinate the government response to the review. Ian Lucas, Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, will be the Minister with responsibility for agreeing the cross-government response.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Planning (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The Penfold review terms of reference enable the review to consider how obtaining consents, that are considered problematic by developers and other stakeholders, could be made simpler and more cost-effective. On this basis, the review has the ability to make recommendations affecting both regulatory regimes and to the systems involved in issuing consents.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aerospace: Research and Development (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The value of aerospace grants for research and development (R&D) to the UK civil aerospace industry in each of the financial years 1997-98 to 2007-08 is as follows: Year Research Grants Commitments 1997-98 £20.0 million 1998-99 £20.0 million 1999-00 £20.0 million 2000-01 £20.0 million 2001-02 £20.0 million 2002-03 £20.0 million 2003-04 £20.0 million ...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Aircraft (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The Government provided £530 million in a repayable launch investment for the Airbus A380 for the design and development of the wings by Airbus UK. No other financial assistance was provided for the development of the programme.

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Retail: Grocery (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: My honourable friend the Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprentices and Consumer Affairs (Kevin Brennan) has today made the following Statement. Today the Government are publishing the government response accepting the Competition Commission's recommendation to establish an enforcer to monitor and enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP). The Government want to ensure...

Written Answers — House of Lords: East Midlands Development Agency (5 Jan 2010)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) does not have a minimum project size for funding assistance to livestock farmers. The minimum project size for funding assistance to livestock farmers across eight regional development agencies (RDAs) varies from no minimum project size (four RDAs) to a minimum project size of £6,250. This is not applicable to the London Development Agency given...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Wind Farms (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Individual grant decisions are made on a case by case basis. Each project that has been funded or will be funded has to go through the existing value for money process for government. All proposals for funding from the SIF have been appraised in line with Green Book principles, particularly to ensure that they provide good value for money in delivering longer term benefits to the UK wide...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Retail: Contracts (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: In England, contracts are the free expression of the choice of the parties, which are then given effect by law. However, there are exceptions to this general rule-for example, provisions in the Race Relations Act 1976, Sale of Goods Act 1979, Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. Contracts with overseas companies would be drawn up under the appropriate national laws of...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Competitiveness Council (14 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: My right honourable friend the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property (David Lammy) has today made the following Statement. The EU Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on 3 and 4 December 2009. The following is a summary of those discussions. Kevin Brennan, Minister for Consumer Affairs, represented the UK on 3 December on EU consumer issues, while on 4 December...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Free Trade Agreements (9 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The European Union (EU) has free trade agreements (FTA) with South Africa, Chile and Mexico. As part of the European Economic Area the EU has FTAs with Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. Currently, the EU is negotiating FTAs with: India; Ukraine; Libya; Central America (comprising Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama); Andean Nations (comprising Colombia and...

Economy: Modern Languages — Debate (3 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: My Lords, I start by declaring an interest. I did not speak English until I was about seven years of age, so it is very much my second language. I also declare that I am chair of the council of the University of Wales at Bangor. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, for providing an excellent opening to the debate and I thank all noble Lords for the huge range of opinions that they have...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Higher Education: Funding (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Government funding for each of the organisations over the past four financial years is set out in the table below. Organisation Funding in Financial Year (£000s)(a) 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 (a) Institute for Learning 589 932 2,864 5,048 (b) UK Commission for Employment and Skills - - - 66,635(b) (c) Foundation Degree forward 4,662 2,036 5,748 4,589 ...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Regional Development Agencies (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The number of individuals directly paid and employed by each regional development agency as of 31 October 2009 is shown in the table below. This does not include agency or temporary workers. RDA Employees AWM 338 EEDA 226 Emda 264 LDA 388 NWDA 403 ONE 415 SEEDA 296 SWRDA 337 YF 437.5 Each regional development agency has a unique structure, designed to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Universities: Research (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Assessment of research in higher education should aim to identify research of the highest quality as well as recognising the impact of that research. The detailed approach to assessment is rightly a matter for the higher education funding bodies. The Higher Education Funding Council for England is currently consulting on proposals for a new research excellence framework on behalf of the four...

Business: Entrepreneurship — Question (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: My Lords, our economy depends on healthy, successful small businesses. The Government have taken steps to develop a strong enterprise culture, giving everyone the opportunity to be entrepreneurial, irrespective of background or location, and seeking to ensure they have the skills they need. We have developed an environment in which enterprise can flourish, reducing red tape, ensuring small...

Business: Entrepreneurship — Question (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: I thank my noble friend for his question. We welcome NESTA's findings. It is an important topic for which we need better data. The report demonstrates the extent to which UK businesses already invest in innovation, but it also demonstrates that entrepreneurship is a critical element of successful innovation. Because the UK is strong on entrepreneurship, we are well placed to transform good...

Business: Entrepreneurship — Question (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Well, hear, hear. It is a real challenge. Only an estimated 15 per cent of the UK's 4.8 million SMEs are led by women. There are 1.1 million self-employed women in the UK, which is a 20 per cent increase since 2000, but this is a real challenge for the UK. If we had the same percentage of women in business as the US has, we would have another 700,000 to 800,000 SMEs. That is why the results...

Business: Entrepreneurship — Question (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Davies of Abersoch: The World Bank still rates the UK as the first in Europe and the second in the G8 with regard to ease of doing business. We need to start educating and inspiring young people to be entrepreneurs and to start new businesses. That is why the Youth Enterprise is important; it is also why we must inspire international students in the UK who decide to stay. We must inspire young people to start...


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