Results 61–80 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Decisions regarding the NHS are made by the commissioning authorities. If I recall correctly, substantial privatisation of the health service took place under the previous Government. It will be a matter for the democratically elected Government and the commissioning authorities as to what may be done by private services and what may not.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: That is absolutely correct. In fact, Commissioner de Gucht has been very clear: “Public services are always exempted ... The argument is abused in your country for political reasons”. That is pretty clear. The US has also made it entirely clear. Its chief negotiator said that it was not seeking for public services to be incorporated. No one on either side is seeking to have the NHS...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Productivity (17 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The most up to date productivity data for 2012 are in the table. Current Price Productivity, 2012, G7 countries, Index UK=100 Japan Germany Canada Italy France US UK G7 excl. UK GDP per worker 90 108 104 116 115 140 100 120 GDP per hour worked 85 129 100 109 128 130 100 117 Source: International Comparisons of Productivity, First Estimates for 2013, ONS...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland (30 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The most recent official figures available (calculated by the Irish government and estimating the figure at 198,000 jobs) are now 5 years old. We were unable to find an estimate more current than this. In this case, we consider that the time and the associated costs involved in generating an estimate of the number of jobs would be disproportionate to the outcome. Figure calculated by...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Foreign Affairs Council (27 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The EU Informal Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) took place in Rome on 15 October 2014. I represented the UK on all the issues discussed at the meeting. A summary of those discussions follows. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) The Presidency took stock of the recent negotiating rounds. Member States reiterated their commitment to securing a deal, recalling the...

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, we are pushing for a broad agreement that eliminates the vast majority of tariffs and reduces other unnecessary barriers to trade. This will help small businesses in particular and promote growth and jobs. There have been seven rounds of negotiations with good progress, given that it is slightly over a year since the negotiations started. We are aiming for an ambitious agreement in 2015.

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The difference between the NHS and audio-visual services is that audio-visual services were included originally, whereas the NHS was always exempted. It is probably best if I quote the EU Trade Commissioner on the matter: “Public services are always exempted—there is no problem about exemption. The argument is abused in your country for political reasons but it has no grounds”.

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is right: there are a number of concerns about TTIP, some of them genuine but some of them ill conceived. We are engaging with a number of interest groups, particularly NGOs, consumer associations and small businesses. In fact, I have a meeting within the next two weeks with some of the people who were protesting outside BIS’s offices quite recently.

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The UK is a great champion in the EU of free trade and the single market. As Trade Minister, I take this role very seriously. The UK continues, and will continue, to have a lead position in promoting free trade within the EU and from the EU to other countries around the globe.

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The EU and the UK have been very clear: standards will not be reduced as a result of TTIP. EU laws will remain EU laws, and the US negotiators have accepted that fact.

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: As was mentioned earlier, the EU is conducting a consultation on ISDS clauses and has received a large number of responses. I think the appropriate question on ISDS clauses is, “Which ISDS clause?”, rather than whether one should have a clause. Noble Lords should understand that, in the UK, we have 94 ISDS clauses that have in total lasted for 2,000 years. The number of cases that the UK...

Free Trade Agreement: US and EU — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: That is a hypothetical question. As the Prime Minister has stated very clearly, he will be campaigning to remain in the EU—an EU that will be founded on free trade. Free trade is a very important part of the EU and we will continue to push for that.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Patrol Craft: Iraq (13 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Her Majesty’s Government is not aware of any UK firms formally bidding for the building of the new Iraqi naval patrol craft.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Productivity (13 Oct 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The most up to date data currently available is for 2012 and is set out below: Current Price GDP per worker, G7 countries, Index UK=100 Japan Germany Canada Italy France US G7 excluding UK 2012 93 108 111 118 118 146 125 Source: International Comparisons of Productivity, Final Estimates for 2012, ONS (Feb 2014)...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Russia (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The European Union has co-ordinated very closely with the United States on sanctions against Russia. The European Union and the United States acting in a co-ordinated manner not only has the maximum possible effect on Russia’s policy calculations but also ensures that we reduce to an absolute minimum the likelihood that any UK companies that comply with the European Union legislation will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: In general the Department holds information only about the value of goods licensed for export, not about the value of sales. In 2013, the UK granted a total of 178 Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) for military-rated goods with a value of £10,011,169. Cryptographic equipment and software are dual-use items and the vast majority are for civil end use – they are not arms. In 2013...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Correction to Lords Written Answer (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I wish to inform the House that the Answer I gave to the Countess of Mar on 22 July (Official Report: col. WA182), copied below, requires clarification. The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Livingston of Parkhead) (Con): Data showing the volume (kilograms) of UK imports of aspartame during 2000-2013 is given in Table 1...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Balance of Trade (30 Jul 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Between April and May 2014, the Office of National Statistics have reported that the total UK trade deficit widened from £2.1bn in April to £2.4bn in May. This £0.4bn1 increase was driven by a £0.2bn increase in total exports while imports increased more, by £0.6bn. Goods exports increased by £0.1bn while goods imports increased by £0.5bn—more than service exports and imports which...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aspartame (22 Jul 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Data showing the volume (kilograms) of UK imports of aspartame during 2000-2013 is given in Table 1 below. The figures are sourced from HMRC’s Overseas Trade Statistics database. Table 1: UK imports of aspartame (HS code 21069092) Year Net mass (kgs) 2013 76,393,895 2012 85,600,024 2011 63,298,987 2010 54,483,436 2009 51,466,542 2008 58,734,046 2007...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Exports (14 Jul 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Government launched the Retail Industry International Action Plan in March 2013. The plan has two main elements which aims to deliver £500 million of value to the UK economy and assist 1,000 UK companies: 1. We are assisting UK retailers to grow internationally through global campaigns in high growth markets such as China, India, the ASEAN markets and Emerging Europe. The work has...


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