Results 1–20 of 327 for speaker:Lord Leigh of Hurley

Anti-Semitism in the UK - Statement (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his words, and particularly for reminding us of the wise words of the late Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks of Aldgate. I echo the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Mann. It is as he says, but it is actually worse. I was talking to a beauty journalist yesterday and she was telling me of the tweets going around about beauty products, telling people not to buy from...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Can the noble Lord clarify a point that he made in response to a point that I made about non-dom taxation? I understand that the Labour Party originally thought that taxing non-doms in the way that he described would raise £3 billion—it then reduced it to £2 billion and I think that it now thinks that it is £1 billion. It would be very helpful to have precision and clarity on the...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Does the noble Lord have an answer to my question on the specific amount that the non-dom tax proposals will raise?

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Desai, even though I do not agree with much of his analysis. In particular, I cannot understand why he thinks that if one takes a risk and invests capital, the rewards should be taxed at the same rate as banking a salary and working at a desk. They are two different sources of income and wealth, and therefore deserve...

UK Economy - Commons Urgent Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Would my noble friend agree that comparisons with the United States are not really appropriate, particularly given cheap energy costs in the States due to fracking, which we do not have? It might be better to compare us with European countries. Since 2010, the UK has had the fastest growth of any European G7 country—faster than Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Will she welcome today’s...

UK Economy - Commons Urgent Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Does my noble friend agree that it is highly complimentary to Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng to suggest that their actions are responsible for interest rates in every country around the world, which are broadly comparable to ours?

Hate Crimes - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I refer to my entry in the register of interests, which discloses that I am president of Westminster Synagogue. This Saturday, we had 20 policemen and four vans to protect us as a demonstration went past Knightsbridge. Does my noble friend agree that these demonstrations, with anti-Semitic slogans and rhetoric calling for genocide against the State of Israel, need to be controlled...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Question for Short Debate ( 8 Feb 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, the current situation in Gaza is of course horrific, but it could be resolved within hours, if Hamas wanted to, by releasing the hostages. Hamas does not want that and should be held liable for the terrible deaths, destruction and injury, as Israel has no choice but to try to protect and rescue its citizens. Gaza was a tragedy before 7 October, when Israel totally withdrew; it...

Situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister clarify his last remarks? When he said that my noble friend Lord Cameron has had discussions with the Prime Minister of Palestine, can we be crystal-clear that the United Kingdom will not recognise a state of Palestine that is led by the current Palestinian Authority and the Fatah organisation, which has been so involved in terror, and will not...

Pension Investments - Question (23 Jan 2024)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Does my noble friend not agree that this issue needs not just a meeting with the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, but wider discussion in this House? It is incredibly important to facilitate investment in UK plc. The issue is not unlisted investment; it is investing in the UK market, and it is not just about defined contributions. What progress has been made in respect of direct benefit in...

Financial Stability: Private Equity Firms - Question (13 Dec 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: I agree with my noble friend’s comments in respect of the private equity industry. I am sure she is aware that the private equity industry raised £70 billion last year but has £145 billion in dry-powder capacity in case of financial instability. Is not the real possible instability for companies in the UK the threatened changes to employment laws, which currently allow firms to respond to...

Autumn Statement 2023 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I will start where the Chancellor started, with his opening remarks. If I have to criticise those remarks, it is because he was far too modest. We have a growing economy. We are doing a lot better than he gave us credit for. The recent IMF figures show that average real GDP growth from 2010 to 2023—to take a period at random—was 1.53%. That is not great, you might say, but look...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (22 Nov 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I too wish to speak in the gap. I am quite sure that I put my name down for this debate, but it seems to have disappeared. I have a horrible feeling that I am expected to be in another debate tomorrow which I had not expected to speak in. I want to very much welcome this Bill. I do not think I have any declarations of conflicts of interest, other than that I have lived and worked in...

Research, Development and Innovation Organisational Landscape Report - Question (20 Nov 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Does my noble friend the Minister agree that, in addition to government spend, R&D tax credits have risen to £7.3 billion from £6.6 billion last year, which is very welcome, but perhaps the figure could be higher if there were a campaign to explain to SMEs the availability of R&D tax credits?

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, shortly before the fateful day of 7 October, I had just read Jonathan Freedland’s book The Escape Artist about the one person who managed to escape successfully from Auschwitz, and I had just started the outstanding book by my noble friend Lord Finkelstein entitled Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad. Both works tell remarkable stories about a minuscule number of exceptionally brave and...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Before my friend the noble Lord sits down, is he aware that the Israel Defense Forces categorically and specifically denied using white phosphorus, and would he care to withdraw that suggestion?

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, there is a prayer said in my synagogue and others at least once in every service by the whole community, and particularly by those in mourning: “May He who makes Peace in His high places, may He make Peace for us, for all Israel and all mankind”. It is pretty much the last prayer of the service, when we do not pray for a better quality of life, for happiness or for material...

Counter-Disinformation Unit: Israel and Palestine - Question (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, there has been a huge rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on social media, much of it due to disinformation. What steps are His Majesty’s Government taking to educate the public to spot disinformation and stop them forwarding and repeating it?

Israel and Gaza - Statement (23 Oct 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I assure my noble friend of how much the Jewish community appreciates the words of the Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and other Members of Parliament today. We have appreciated the messages of support we have received from not just non-Jewish but Muslim members of the public, and not just non-Jewish but Muslim Members of this House, who reached out to us. In this...

Private Parking Code of Practice - Question for Short Debate (14 Sep 2023)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, on securing this debate. It is, perhaps, a slightly strange moment to have it, being right in the middle of the call for evidence to which he referred, which closes on 8 October. We might have perhaps had the debate when we had made a bit more progress, as he indicated—but so be it. I remind your Lordships of my interests and inform...

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