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Alcohol Strategy: Role of Drinks Industry — Question for Short Debate (10 Jul 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, for initiating this debate and for enabling us to scrutinise the performance of the drinks industry. Here I declare my interest as a patron of Street Pastors in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since the Portman Group was founded in 1989, the affordability of alcohol has increased by 32%. The number of alcohol-related deaths in England has...

Georgia: Public Services — Question (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the £4 billion new investment programme announced today for our rail network needs to be accompanied by a more streamlined planning system and that following the abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission, the Secretary of State has become the one-stop shop for major projects? Will the noble Lord confirm that the planning process will be better...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I feel that this amendment is actually extremely important. I draw the Minister's attention to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which has confirmed that councils in the north of England are having to cut spending at almost three times the rate of councils in the south. In absolute terms of course, many councils in the north receive more revenue support per head than...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (1st Day) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I agree with my noble friend Lord Jenkin about the share of the business rates. If the central share continues at 50%, there is a disincentive to local growth by local authorities. The series of amendments tabled by my noble friend, in favour of an escalator, would result in local growth being driven more...

Local Government Finance Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (10 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I express my full support for the speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer. The amendment is about getting TIF written into the Bill as a financial lever that can generate growth. All the international experience suggests that other countries are well used to using it. I fully understand the need to ensure that investment and borrowing are responsibly undertaken and I have no...

Local Government Finance Bill: Report (2nd Day) (16 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I first declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. This is a helpful debate. I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Bichard, that this is not a time for political tactics. That is because it is a time to help those most in need. Last week the Deputy Prime Minister stated that as we have to tighten our belts and, "as we have to make more savings...

Local Government Finance Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (16 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I should like to speak to Amendments 107C and 108. The noble Lord and the noble Baroness in whose names those amendments stand will be reassured to know that I support their comments. There are several issues of principle which I hope the Minister will take on board in her response. There has been a lot of discussion about demand: what the demand is and what it could be. The figure...

Fire Services: Funding — Question (18 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I understood the Minister to say that London had been protected from the recent round of cuts over the past two years. I also understand that this was due to the Olympics. Will she confirm that there will now be fairness in the distribution of reductions in budgets, particularly in view of the fact that a number of senior firefighters believe that there is now a danger to the...

Local Government Finance Bill: Third Reading (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of this amendment. My reason is that we need to understand better than I believe the Government do the impact of various changes being implemented at the same time over coming months. Next year, a large number of people will be taken out of income tax because of the rise in the threshold. At the same time, universal credit, and its housing elements in...

Local Government Finance Bill: Third Reading (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I agree entirely with the noble Lord, Lord Smith, that this is the best of the options that we have available. Crucially-and it is the reason why I thought that the Government might be willing to accept it-the amendment would cost them nothing. In her Written Statement last week announcing a £100 million transitional grant, the Minister said that it was, "to help those councils who...

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

Lord Shipley: My Lords, this report is the outcome of many months' deliberation by the Economic Affairs Committee, during which we heard from many expert witnesses who challenged our perceptions of development aid. I present the apologies of my noble friend Lord Smith of Clifton, who as a member of the committee hoped very much to speak on this report but is absent because he is recuperating from surgery....

Police Service: New Governance Structure — Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, for initiating this debate. She was right; we debated the proposals for police and crime commissioners at great length last year, and many views were expressed about the nature of the commissioner's role, the powers that would be vested in them, their relationships with chief constables and local councils, and how checks, balances and...

Planning — Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I should first declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I am grateful to the Minister for the opportunity to have this debate, albeit at very short notice. The reason is that we shall not be discussing the Growth and Infrastructure Bill for several weeks and, given the importance of growth to the economy, this is a valuable opportunity to debate...

Education: Early Years — Motion to Take Note (8 Nov 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my vice-presidency of the Local Government Association. I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lady Walmsley for initiating this debate and for rightly drawing our attention to the crucial importance of early years learning. Those charged with the responsibility for making decisions on how to invest public money most effectively in education, whether politicians or...

Arts Funding in North-East England — Question (28 Nov 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, can I draw the attention of the Minister to the latest annual report from Arts Council England, which confirms that just over half of its support to regularly funded organisations went to organisations in London? Does he agree that just a small percentage switch in the balance of funding could have a profoundly beneficial effect on the English regions and should therefore be made?

Social Care — Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, for initiating this debate and declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. My contribution will amount to a plea for urgent clarity in the future funding of adult social care. Time is short, given the enormous pressures on local authority budgets, where the cuts in central government grant amount to 28%...

Economy: Growth — Question for Short Debate (6 Dec 2012)

Lord Shipley: Every time I cross the Gateshead Millennium Bridge I think back 25 years to a polluted River Tyne with little economic activity. The transformation has been inspirational. It is the result of public sector intervention through urban development corporations, led largely by local people triggering private sector investment. Those corporations were, of course, the creation of my noble friend...

Developing Countries: Impact of Multinational Companies' Financial Practices and UK Tax Policies — Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby for initiating a very timely debate. The current debate on the payment or non-payment of corporation tax in the UK shows that it is a tax that does not work well for the UK, so it is unsurprising that it is not working well for developing countries either. We know that developing countries lose significantly more from lost...

Local Government: Provisional Finance Settlement — Statement (19 Dec 2012)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association and as a recipient of a small local government pension. I should like to raise two issues with the Minister. The first concerns the tri-borough initiative in London and the basis for the statement that if councils merged their back offices, as in the tri-borough...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Second Reading (8 Jan 2013)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. The Government have been pursuing a strongly devolutionist agenda in England. The Localism Act established a range of devolved powers and provided a structure for enhanced borrowing powers to drive growth. City deals are passing powers from Whitehall to localities, a trend which will continue, with...


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