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Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions to this debate, which has been incredibly helpful. I particularly thank the noble Baroness, Lady Fraser of Craigmaddie, for introducing words like “whiff”, “processes” and “painless”. That is the whole point: this should be painless rather than putting things in people’s way. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 37 (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, this provision is often described as a “grandfather” clause or policy, or “grandfathering”, although those words are not in the amendment. It is a provision by which an old rule continues to apply to certain existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all further cases. Those exempt from the new rules are said to have grandfather rights, or acquired rights, or to...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 34 (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I am a co-signatory to Amendment 34. In fact, I put the same one in because its source is the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, of which I have been a fellow for 50-odd years. I view that as an interest, I suppose. As has been stated by noble Lords, the amendment gives greater discretion over which foreign auditors and foreign audit qualifications are accepted...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 14 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I apologise that what I am going to say has nothing to do with devolved Administrations, because the Bill obviously affects them greatly. The Bill is a law of unintended consequences. It has been described as having been written on the back of an envelope; that envelope has got a lot of writing all over it by now. Amendment 52, to which I have attached my name, is about how many...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I am rising rather surprised. We have heard my noble friend Lord Fox elegantly put the reasons why the Bill needs to be slightly tidied up, if nothing else. The amendments in this group do all they can to allow overseas qualifications to be treated as acceptable in the UK. The amendment in my name seeks to deal with a situation where the qualifications and experience are held to...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 May 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, in a debate on professional qualifications, I need to declare that I am yet another fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, although long retired from general practice. I compliment the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, and the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, on their very interesting comments. I hope that, during the passage of the Bill, we can develop those...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (19 May 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, when a few years ago I was asked to lead on defence from these Benches, I was told that defence and foreign affairs were easy, as one rarely had contentious Bills in your Lordships’ House. However, when Harold Macmillan was asked the greatest challenges for a statesman, he replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Knowing how to respond is a key skill for leaders. Today I will talk...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, first I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Khan. This is surely a Budget of unintended consequences. For two years, investment in plants and machinery will qualify for a 130% capital allowances relief, which means an extra £25 tax reduction for a spend of £100. I am sure the creative tax avoidance industry is already working on a redefinition of what is “plants and machinery”....

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (8 Mar 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I have signed all the amendments in this group, which have been signed by noble Lords from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties and the Cross Benches—not very usual. As the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, said so very clearly, all these amendments relate to a spouse—usually the husband—unreasonably preventing the dissolution of a Jewish religious marriage. My...

Inheritance Tax: Cohabiting Siblings - Question (10 Feb 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, in support of the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, without a change in the law, it pushes siblings who can afford it to employ expensive lawyers to incorporate a discretionary trust in their wills, which on a joint estate of £800,000 will save tax of £130,000, not as the Minister has just said. Does she agree that there is an urgent need to change the law to make such imaginative tax...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (25 Jan 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I first declare my interests as noted on the register; I think the relevant ones would be as a vice-president of the Jewish Leadership Council and as a long-standing member of the United Synagogue. I have signed all the amendments in this group, and I shall not refer to them individually. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, for leading on them. She said that she was...

New Businesses: Capital Gains Tax - Question (20 Jan 2021)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, business asset disposal relief is mistargeted if its aim is to stimulate investment. Does the Minister agree that it has become a form of retirement relief for successful and wealthy entrepreneurs?

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 114 (2 Nov 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendments 116, 127 and 130, to which I have added my name. I agree with the arguments put forward by my noble friend Lady Bowles, who put it much better than I can. The aim of the amendments is to seek to bring some clarity to the office for the internal market. Gosh, it needs some clarity. I am unsure that we even require this quango. If it stays in the Bill,...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 110 (2 Nov 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, my purpose in speaking today is to support Amendment 111, which I have signed, and the detailed comments made by my noble friend Lady Bowles. Amendment 111 aims to clarify that the role of the CMA and the office for the internal market is not the resolution of disputes. We already have common frameworks; we do not need a topdown resolver of disputes. Last week, the Minister said...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, it appears that Brexit will not only have queues of trucks on roads leading to the Channel ports but will lead to an expected plethora of disputes in the internal market between parts of the UK. The Bill, by its very existence, acknowledges the divisive self-harm being inflicted on our nations by this clueless Government. We already have a common frameworks programme, so well...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: I call the noble Lord, Lord McColl of Dulwich. He is not there. I call the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy.

Post Office: Horizon Accounting System - Private Notice Question (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill: My Lords, the Hybrid Sitting of the House will now resume. The time limit on the Motion is one and a half hours.


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