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Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Report (2nd Day) (12 Mar 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I have a question for the Minister about timing. There are three separate contributors to a policy that the amendment seeks to address. One is the report of my noble friend Lord Heseltine, to which we hope there will be a response quite soon. Separately, there is the request in this amendment that, within one year of the second round of city deals being completed, a report would be...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Mar 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I was hoping for several measures to be announced in the Budget, and each has been met: initiatives to generate investment to drive growth, particularly growth that can rebalance our economy away from overdependence on financial services and London; initiatives to get Britain building again, boosting the construction industry and getting houses built; action to implement the report...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Commons Reasons (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I should declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I have had many concerns in recent months over the proposals on permitted development. However, I am grateful to the Minister for these proposals, albeit that they were revised at the last moment. They go a long way towards improving the proposals on permitted development. It would have been wrong...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I welcome the comments of my noble friend the Minister, reflecting his and the Government's support for faster growth by devolving greater financial powers to local government and local enterprise partnerships, particularly from 2015 with the proposals for the single pot. They are hugely welcome. In the...

Bailiffs — Question (14 May 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, will those guidelines explain why some local authorities are considering implementing a charging regime and taking part of the bailiff’s gross fees? Is there not a clear conflict of interest when a local authority appoints a bailiff, supervises a bailiff and then shares in the gross fees of that bailiff?

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 May 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I have found this a very helpful debate. It has identified all the key issues that we need to examine in Committee and I look forward to doing that. I agree with the main thrust of the Bill in terms of audit. It was right to abolish the Audit Commission and the complex inspection regime that it had...

Railways: East Coast Main Line — Question (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am a user of the east coast service. Will a new franchisee be tied to the presently proposed trains, or may they be able to propose an alternative of a much cheaper rolling-stock package?

Deaf People: Telephone Services — Question (13 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make it easier for deaf people to access telephone banking and other similar services.

Deaf People: Telephone Services — Question (13 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: I thank the Minister for his reply which I find most encouraging. Given that some 800,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and 25,000 rely on British Sign Language, and given also that the technology exists pretty cheaply to provide the necessary communications and security checks, does the Minister agree that implementation of the Equality Act 2010 by all providers should be...

The Economic Implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish Independence: Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I have spent much of my life as a firm advocate of increased devolution in the United Kingdom. I would have voted for a Scottish Parliament had I lived north of the border. I have watched with enthusiasm the devolutionary trend in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and London, and now increasingly in England, through local enterprise partnerships and the single local growth fund...

Future Investment — Statement (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement on infrastructure investment, in particular the commitment to removing bottlenecks on the A19 in Tyne and Wear, both to the south and to the north of the Tyne Tunnel. May I ask him about the proposals for the A1 north of Newcastle and the western bypass? As I understand it, there is a feasibility study to consider problems and solutions to the...

Economy: Sustainable Jobs — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Brinton for initiating this important debate on sustainable jobs, in which the word “sustainable” is of crucial importance. This is about creating growth and long-term employment opportunities for everyone who wants to work. We should note some helpful trends in the overall position on jobs in the past year or so. There are almost 30 million people...

Council Tax — Question (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one way of helping those on low incomes would be to increase the number of council tax bands at the top end, so that those who are wealthier pay more?

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL]: Report (15 Jul 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I remind the House of my vice-presidency of the Local Government Association. I was unable to discuss this matter when it was raised by the noble Lord, Lord Wills, in Committee, but he is making a very powerful case. I hope Ministers will be able to respond in a way that meets the issues that he has so rightly raised. It is clear in Amendment 18 that a private company that is...

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL]: Report (15 Jul 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendment 43, and will be brief. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Beecham. I think it is bad policy to backdate the definition of an excessive council tax rise so that it includes a levy from April 2013. I understand that in January this year letters were sent out to local authorities, suggesting that the Government might take this course of action. I will say...

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (17 Jul 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I will add a brief comment about this, because from the perspective of the general public it is a very important issue. I understand that the Secretary of State has made a statement, published in the Local Government Chronicle, that a change will be effected in two years’ time. However, we need to be a bit clearer about what this might mean because of the rights of people to know...

Economic Prosperity and Employment — Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, for enabling me to say that I count myself as a progressive capitalist. I understand the importance of profit and the private sector to drive growth and tax revenues and the central role of government to intervene in market failure and to prevent abuses of capitalism when it consumes excessive wealth rather than creating it. It is for the public...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, history is littered with examples of military interventions that did not work out as planned. We know from experience that things can end up worse than before. Experience also tells us that, if you have no strategy for what happens next, you should avoid intervening. The desire to respond to the atrocities in Syria is entirely understandable, but that response should be based on...

Care Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (9 Oct 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I rise to support Amendments 15 and 23. I would draw attention to a welcome tribunal judgment in Middlesbrough last week concerning the decision by Redcar and Cleveland Council on the under-occupancy charge. A woman, who is disabled, won an appeal against the decision of her local council which the council claims it took in line with DWP guidance. The tribunal concluded: “In...


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