Results 1–20 of 517 for speaker:Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted

Spring Budget 2024 - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I declare my interests as in the register. The economy is in the doldrums, which gave the Chancellor little room for manoeuvre. I will address two mendable reasons for the doldrums. One issue will come as no surprise; it is the double-counting cost disclosure that is killing the investment trust sector. The Mail’s “This is Money” led yesterday on over 130 investment company...

Alternative Investment Fund Designation Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: I am sure that my interruption is unwelcome, for which I apologise, but it is quite important. Further consultations have been measured and, as my noble friend Lady Kramer pointed out, the aspects of PRIIPs and MiFID where there has been gold-plating that is causing these problems were never consulted upon. It is within the gift of the FCA to make changes. These cost disclosure issues have...

Alternative Investment Fund Designation Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I declare my financial services interests as in the register. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, on her speech and on the great energy that she has put into seeking clarity for the consumer, and fairness for listed investment companies and their investee businesses. A series of legislative time bombs planted under listed investment companies have culminated over the...

Alternative Investment Fund Designation Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: I will exercise my privilege to continue, if the House is willing. It is necessary for such an important subject. The FCA alleges that it cannot change the rules to undo the misleading cost allocations, as they are in retained EU law, but as has been said, it has to change only its own interpretation. For the record, the damage that the FCA’s illegal, irrational and inconsistent...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 29 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: I thank the Minister for his explanations. I am a little further forward, in that I understand Clause 95(2). I am not sure that I agree with what he said would be the effect of adding “intellectual property” to a new paragraph (c), but, for now, I am prepared to continue conversations with officials so that, between us, we can thrash out whether we understand one another on the point, or,...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 29 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I have tabled four amendments which constitute this group. There are two interacting issues: public interest and commercial interest. It is clear that where safety, human lives or participation are at risk, that has to win over commercial interest. This is what we are dealing with in these amendments. I have made some suggestions because I do not really understand what the...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 (10 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: Can I just clarify something? I accept what the Minister says. In most cases there may be a public interest provision and there are not statutory protections on the information that the public interests can win. But where there are—I will take the statutory protection of a patent—that is essentially exerting a Crown user provision with no compensation, which would offend against...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 (10 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I have four amendments in this group. I am looking more at the commercial interest side of things, partly because “information” is a very broad word that can mean all kinds of things. My Amendment 29 adds to the end of Clause 14 that information sharing “must respect rights of ownership and privacy, including with a view to compensation in respect of any commercial rights”....

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (10 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I have two amendments in this group, which add to the safety principles. Amendment 7 would add “road environs” to Clause 2(2) so it reads that “The principles must be framed with a view to securing that road” and road environs “safety in Great Britain will be better”. I had two broad points in mind—one that it is relevant what happens next to the road, on pavements,...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (10 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his responses. At this stage, of course, everything is probing. I possibly still entertain a hope that we can have some little light-touch mentions that are not overbearing somewhere in the text. Maybe we will return to some of these issues on Report. There are one or two things other noble Lords have said that I would like to touch on. The noble Lord, Lord...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (10 Jan 2024)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I think that this is the first time I have had an Amendment 1, but, in any event, it gives me pleasure to start the Committee stage of the Bill. For the purposes of Committee, I declare my interest, in that a family member works in the vehicle connectivity sector, but I have no financial interests. I have three amendments in this group: Amendment 1, and Amendments 20 and 27, which...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Second Reading (28 Nov 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I declare my interest, as a member of my family works in the vehicle connectivity sector, but I have no financial interests. I have migrated to this Bill from my usual territory of financial services, business and intellectual property, and it is those aspects which I will mainly cover. At present, there is a thriving ecosystem in the automated and connected vehicle sectors,...

Alternative Investment Fund Managers Regulations 2013 - Question (13 Nov 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: Does the Minister recognise that the debate around aggregated cost disclosure and associated errors arising from misapplied legislation has highlighted difficulties of amending retained EU law rapidly and the absence of FCA powers to amend legislation or issue useful forbearance notices when needed, given concerns about FiSMA Section 138D on right of action? Can the Minister explain whether...

Water and Sewage Regulation (Industry and Regulators Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I have been on the Industry and Regulators Committee since its inception and I am pleased that, before my time to rotate off, we will be looking at the issue, among other things, of whether regulators have the right kinds of remits, overlaps and priorities and whether the government/regulator relationship is right. It is my view that our Ofwat inquiry highlights well areas for...

UK Economy: Growth, Inflation and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, we have had an interesting and important debate and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, for putting it on the agenda. We have had wide-ranging speeches about the macroeconomics of inflation, higher interest rates and the woes of productivity and growth. As a business owner in the 1980s, I remember all too well having a commercial mortgage rate around 17%, and inflation being...

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 104 (27 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, my name is on several amendments relating to failure to prevent fraud, and I support what has been said already and what was said extensively in Grand Committee on both failure to prevent fraud and the identification doctrine. If the noble and learned Lord, Lord Garnier, moves his Amendments 110 and 125A, we on these Benches will support them. I retabled my amendment on regulatory...

Financial Services and Markets Bill - Commons Reason and Amendments: Motion A (27 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: My Lords, I first pass on the apologies of my colleague and noble friend Lady Kramer, who is unable to be in her place; hence, you have me instead. I identify with the comments made by the noble Baronesses, Lady Hayman and Lady Boycott, and will not repeat them. Although the Government have given some territory, I do not feel that it is substantial enough. Two points in particular worry me....

Written Answers — Treasury: Pension Funds: Investment (27 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the tax relief that will be claimed on future payments made by companies to replace liability-driven investment asset losses in pension schemes, taking into account the Office for National Statistics' increased estimate for losses of £545 billion.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Accounting: Standards (26 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have assessed, or will assess, the risk to UK public interest of the setting of international accounting standards being influenced by (1) rogue states, in particular where financial crime and human rights abuses occur, (2) accounting firms with global networks which co-operate with rogue states, (3) accounting firms with global networks which...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: UK Endorsement Board (26 Jun 2023)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Minto on 25 May (HL7684), what work the UK Endorsement Board has undertaken to consider the effect of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill on its work to assess international accounting standards; and what steps they have taken to ensure compliance with the public interest test provided under...


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