Results 1–20 of 160 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Leigh of Hurley

Interfaith Dialogue - Question (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I am the president of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. We have conducted a survey about anti-Semitism among young Jewish people in every EU state. Sadly, we have discovered that nearly half of all those young people have suffered from some form of anti-Semitism activity over the past 12 months. The UK has the second-largest Jewish population in the EU and it is clear that...

Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe on securing this debate. As President Ronald Reagan once said, you cannot be for big government, big taxes and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. It is exactly because we on this side of the House are for the little guy that our approach to business growth and tax is what it is. As your Lordships discussed recently...

Universities: Racism - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Yesterday, the United States special envoy on global anti-Semitism came to this House. He told us that global anti-Semitism has risen, in part due to anti-Semitism taking place on campus. The Jewish Leadership Council, of which I am vice-president, met the Minister, Chris Skidmore, a short while ago, and he wrote to every vice-chancellor asking them to adopt the International Holocaust ...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lady Berridge on securing this debate. As your Lordships will see in the register of interests, I am somewhat involved in the Jewish community and am constantly deeply moved by, and in awe of, those people from outside that community who clearly care about and are prepared to fight anti- Semitism, as opposed to others who just walk away. What is...

Employment - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: I thank my noble friend the Minister for her remarks and thank every Member who has participated in this debate. I can honestly say that I have taken something from every single speaker, and that every single speaker has given me some new information and pause for thought. In many cases, they have countered my arguments absolutely with some interesting observations. I am clearly on the sunny...

Employment - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, why the focus on employment? I have always considered this to be central to our country’s success and quality of life. This fact was brought home to me by my right honourable friend Robert Halfon MP, who, having lost Harlow by 97 votes in 2005, went on to win well in 2010. He is disabled and not mobile. He told me the story that during his campaign he had to have a new tyre for...

Gaza - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Noble Lords will be aware of the terrible state of the healthcare system in Gaza. This is partly because in Hamas-controlled Gaza much of the reconstruction material has been misused for tunnels and the like. One thing Her Majesty’s Government could do—perhaps my noble friend the Minister could state whether they are minded so to do—is to keep an eye on the misappropriation of...

Political Parties: Donation Rules - Question (22 May 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I refer to my interests as a senior treasurer of the Conservative Party. Does my noble friend the highly respected Minister agree that, unless we want political parties funded by taxpayers, there needs to be a sea change in the way that donors to all political parties are treated and respected? There should be no discrimination against them, and they should stop being vilified in...

Sri Lanka - Statement (24 Apr 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, while the intended targets of this atrocity were clearly meant to be Christian, the terrorist bomb does not discriminate. The Linsey family were members of Westminster synagogue, of which I am president. Amelie and Daniel shared the same classes as my children. Amelie celebrated her Bat Mitzvah just last March, reading with poise, maturity and warmth from our Torah scrolls. Daniel...

Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the wide-ranging speech of the noble Earl, Lord Lytton. I welcome the chance to contribute to today’s debate, in which we are asked to take note of the economy in the light of the Spring Statement. It is important that we take note of it; with everything else that is going on and the demands on our time with regard to exiting the European Union, we are in...

Official Listing of Securities, Prospectus and Transparency (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: I very much agree with the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull. His remarks were spot on. This has been around for some time, everyone in the industry is adamant that it is necessary for ongoing financial services success, and there is no quibble about its importance. The only quibble that I might have with the noble Lord, Lord Adonis—who has explained that he is not a financial services expert—is...

Equivalence Determinations for Financial Services and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I welcome this statutory instrument. I note that paragraph 77 of the consolidated impact assessment states: “This does not remove the general need to review and improve legislation, which HM Treasury remains committed to doing in due course and where appropriate”. Following the debates we had on the Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill, there are areas which...

Election Expenditure - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: Despite my noble friend’s last answer, does he think that the Electoral Commission provides good value for money, with a budget of £17 million a year and 200 staff, which is more than most of the organisations it regulates?

Mental Health: Children and Young People - Question for Short Debate (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler of Enfield, on securing this debate. I think it is almost four years to the day since we last debated this subject in your Lordships’ House, and I read the speech the noble Baroness gave then with great care. She commented then on the need for much greater awareness of the issues and recognised the commitment to parity of esteem...

National Health Service: Missed Appointments - Question (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, the Minister says that she is not able to disclose the numbers because they are not monitored, but NHS Digital very helpfully gives the number of mental health service appointments that are unfulfilled, as it calls them, with children and young adults not turning up. In the year to October 2018, there were 600,000 unfulfilled appointments. Given that the Government know the nature...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Report (29 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I too refer to my declaration of interest in the Members’ register, which has not changed since I last spoke. Despite my interest, I confess that I had some difficulty understanding all of subsection (1A)(b) of the proposed new section. The noble Lord, Lord Sharkey, read out the easy bit. The difficult bit is the words, “but does not include changes that result in provision...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill - Second Reading (18 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I am delighted to see this Private Member’s Bill in your Lordships’ House for us to consider, and I congratulate my noble friend Lord Hunt of Wirral and Sir Greg Knight on its reaching this stage. Although some may think that politics is fairly quiet in the Westminster bubble, it is good to see that your Lordships’ House can turn its attention today to three Bills that are of...

Takeovers (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: My Lords, I rise partly in response to the noble Lord, Lord Fox, who I was worried at one point was about to decimate the industry from which I have made a modest living for some years—albeit in the private sector rather than in the public sector. I declare my interests as set out in the register and that some 10 years ago I sat on the appeal committee of the Takeover Panel. The Takeover...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: I thank my noble friends Lord Flight and Lord Hodgson for supporting this amendment. They have become the wise old birds. I was very pleased to have two people supporting this amendment who have started financial services businesses in London and grown them to be global financial services businesses. It goes to show the power and expertise that resides in this House. I thank the noble Lord,...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: With great respect, I must say that that is not the situation in respect of the AIM market. This is where market-makers who are bound to make a market respond to requests for specified sums or amounts of shares with quoted prices. I think that the noble Baroness is talking about a different type of short selling.

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