Results 121–140 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Indeed it is. The timetable for TTIP is very aggressive, with the aim of completion by 2015, which would be almost unprecedented. I met with the US ambassador to the UK just before Christmas and we discussed TTIP at some length. Certainly, his enthusiasm for it is there, albeit that I recognise that not everyone in the American political system feels that way. However, we made that point very...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: As I indicated earlier, from the free trade agreement that was recently conducted in Bali, for example, the biggest beneficiaries by far will be the developing nations. The improvement of trade facilitation will yield £100 billion in benefit, most of which will come to them. Actually, a lack of free trade, rather than the absence of it, has been the challenge for a lot of developing nations....

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is correct that EU agreements, including for instance the one with Canada, have standard clauses on human rights. I am not aware that any of these clauses have been invoked, although it is feasible to suspend all or part of the agreement if human rights have got worse in a particular country. I think that the engagement in free trade and the free movement of people, services...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The challenge of child labour in certain countries can happen irrespective of free trade, but I think that free trade will actually help through the exposure and openness of the economies, which is a major help to improving the conditions of workers in individual countries. That is something we will continue to push for. As I said earlier, we also put human rights clauses in the various...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: As I said earlier, energy prices are a significant issue for EU-US relations, but they are not the only issue and there are many industries that are not wholly reliant on energy prices. In fact, energy prices are just one part of the total package. We would also look to see the exploitation, for instance, of alternative energy sources in the UK, which will hopefully act to balance some of...

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...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend makes a very good point. We have indeed looked at successful exporting countries such as Germany, Japan and the US. One feature in a number of them is, and has been over the past 20 or 30 years, the use of chambers to assist companies in overseas markets; we are indeed adopting this model. We have targeted 41 more-difficult-to-reach markets where chambers will assist us in...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The noble Lord is indeed correct that we are seeing much change in manufacturing capability. The Government are investing significantly and have ring-fenced a science budget to assist in many UK projects. We have the “eight great technologies” that we will be investing in, and we are increasing the links between companies and universities; I commend the universities on that. We are...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: There are a number of questions there. At this point, I am probably not looking to rebrand the Queen’s award for exports, as the Queen does seem to be the right person to award it. In terms of UK Export Finance, my noble friend does make a good point; UK Export Finance has predominately supported larger companies. We have, however, doubled the number of regional advisers for UK Export...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: In terms of procurement rules—and I will talk in relation to exports, as procurement within the UK will be a different matter—we absolutely look at human rights, and discuss the subject regularly with many of the NGOs involved. We look at the relevant UN guidelines, and we will of course look to and abide by the appropriate and relevant guidelines from the UN. Government procurement is...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: That is an excellent point. I commend the ambassadorial network; I have seen its work both as a Minister and as an exporter. Its enthusiasm and positivity to assist the UK in increasing exports is to be commended. In fact, the work of the FCO and its focus on our export efforts has been excellent. We will continue to work very closely; of course, as a Minister I am part of FCO as well as...

Exports — Question ( 8 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Trade envoys have been established to assist in countries to which government Ministers do not make regular visits. I commend the various Members of the House who act as trade envoys and thank them for their hard work. We are reviewing the success of the trade envoy programme, and how we could perhaps expand it slightly into new areas. When it works well, it is certainly helpful. We combine...

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...

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...


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