Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

Ageing: Public Services and Demographic Change Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, I speak here today with some amount of nervousness and a large dollop of disbelief. First, I thank the House for the warmth of its welcome, and particularly my two supporters, the noble Lord, Lord Reid, and my noble friend Lord Green, whom I will be honoured to succeed as Minister of State for Trade and Investment in December. I also thank my mentors and the people who are huddled...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Trade Agreements (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Lisbon Treaty and previous EU/EC/EEC treaties have stated where competence lies in relation to trade and investment policy. Who signs therefore depends on the scope of each agreement and the treaty in force at the time. Accordingly, some trade and investment agreements between the EU and non-EU countries have been signed by the EU alone since they deal only with matters within EU...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, last week I was delighted to help the Prime Minister lead the largest ever UK business delegation to China. Our bilateral trade and investment relationship with China is improving. Exports to China have almost doubled since 2009 and more Chinese investment has come into the UK in the past 18 months than in the past 30 years combined. However, there is more to be done, especially in...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I thank my noble friend Lord Wei for that point and his efforts in promoting UK-Chinese trade. He is right to raise a number of areas, including export from the UK, imports from China and our relationship as regards investment. During the trip, I was delighted that we announced programmes that will help UK investment in China and Chinese investment in the UK, particularly in the area of the...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I thank the noble Baroness for her comments and absolutely agree that this was one of the highlights of the trip, particularly Joey the Horse, who got a standing ovation at the gala lunch that we held. Joey was the star of the trip, after the Prime Minister of course. It was not just in culture that our DNA was represented, but in the Premier League as well. This not only has export potential...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is correct that the legal services sector is one of the most important sectors for the UK. He may not be comforted by the fact that we took some accountants on the trip. The law firms were represented, particularly in discussions on the Shanghai free trade zone, in which the UK is going to provide excellent support. The UK legal sector is a great strength, not just as an...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Chinese refer to us as partners for growth. Particularly since the third plenum, the Chinese see a real opportunity to partner the UK in key areas, as China expands its cities and needs to make its environment greener—there are a lot of environmental issues in China. UK products are loved in China. The cultural sector was mentioned earlier. Yes, we can mention whisky. We have even been...

China: Exports — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I thank my noble and learned friend for that comment. We are certainly seeing substantial investment from China into the UK—and, indeed, vice versa. We visited a city where Diageo has made a large acquisition. WPP is a very strong firm in China. It certainly is a partnership. China, as one of the most powerful nations in the world, having a stake in the success and growth of the UK economy...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Imports (17 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Government is committed to free, fair and open markets. The Trade and Investment White Paper, published in 2011 states that, “access to imports improves the competitiveness of UK companies and spurs innovation”. In addition, this Government is committed to strengthening and rebuilding the capacity and competitiveness of UK supply chains. Promotion of import substitution does not...

Written Answers — House of Lords: World Trade Organisation (17 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Noble Friend Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint represented the United Kingdom at the 9th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference held in Nusa Dua Bali on 3- 7 December. Lord Green also acted as one of the three Vice-Chairs at the Conference supporting Chairman, Gita Wirjawan, Indonesia's Trade Minister. Further details can be found in the Written Ministerial Statement tabled before the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Small Businesses: Export (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: UK Trade and Investment (UKT1) welcomes the publication of the BCC and DHL Quarterly International Trade Outlook. As highlighted in the publication, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is pleased to be working with the BCC to support the development of business networks in key markets across the globe. As a result of the funding made available to UKT1 in the Autumn Statement 2012, a range of...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: World Trade Organisation (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The WTO Ministerial Conference took place in Nusa Dua, Bali from 3 to 6 December 2013. The Trade Foreign Affairs Council meeting was held in the margins of the Conference. My predecessor Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint represented the UK at both and acted as a Vice-Chair at the WTO Ministerial Conference. The Trade Foreign Affairs Council was held in the margins of the WTO Conference to allow...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aerospace Industry ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The UK aerospace sector directly employs over 100,000 people and indirectly supports an additional 130,000 jobs.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aerospace Industry ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Non-destructive testing is carried out widely by the aerospace industry to validate the quality of components during research and development activity and production. The funding provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through collaborative Research and Development grants and repayable interest-bearing loans will have included elements of non-destructive testing and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aerospace Industry ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The following grants were paid to aerospace companies including their academic partners between 2008 and 2013 for the purposes of collaborative research on civil aerospace projects: 2008/09 - £74 million 2009/10 - £84 million 2010/11 - £73 million 2011/12 - £59 million 2012/13 - £55 million

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aerospace Industry ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The value of aerospace exports from the UK between 2008 and 2012 are as follows: 2008 - £14.26 billion 2009 - £15.89 billion 2010 - £17.93 billion 2011 - £20.61 billion 2012 - £22.4 billion The export value for 2013 was not yet released at time of writing. (Source ONS)

Written Answers — House of Lords: Apprenticeships ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Final data on apprenticeship starts by framework title for the 2002/03 to 2012/13 academic years are published at the following link: http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/A358E6DC-825D- 40B0-94BC-039C0443DAA0/0/Nov2013_Apprenticeship_Starts_Frame work_Grouped.xls Apprenticeship data are not available by industry. Within an industry, a learner may undertake a wide range of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Airbuses ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The UK Government provided a repayable interest-bearing loan of £530 million to contribute towards Airbus' design and development costs for the A380 programme.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Airbuses ( 7 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Noble Lord is advised that there is no Airbus aircraft programme called the A50. We have assumed there was a typographical error in the question and it was meant to say A350. The question has been answered based on this assumption. The Government has committed to provide up to a total of £400 million to GKN and Airbus in the form of repayable interest-bearing loans to contribute towards...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, the Government have significantly increased their support for exporters. UKTI expects to assist 40,000 businesses in this fiscal year, an increase of 50% over the past two years. The Government have also provided additional funding to increase support for exporters in key fast-growing markets such as India and China. In addition, the Chancellor recently announced a significant...


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