Results 121–140 of 174 for speaker:Lord Sharman

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, the Minister was right in two aspects of his response. First, Clause 32 is a critical and important clause of the Bill. I would not disagree with him on that. Secondly, I would not disagree with him as to the Government's aims in that matter. I believe that they are entirely laudable. The issue between us is whether Clause 32 achieves those aims. On that matter I would like to...

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I should like to speak to Amendments Nos. 83, 87, 88 and 90, which are in this group. These parts of Schedule 4 all deal with claims of detriment where an employee has claimed that he has suffered a detriment already. This seems a simple issue of principle: where an employee is claiming a statutory right—as there would be in this case—it is difficult to see how one should...

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: moved Amendment No. 80A: Leave out Clause 32.

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, Amendment No. 80A standing in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Razzall seeks to leave out Clause 32. We have spent between one and-a-half to two hours debating the perceived frailties of the clause in the eyes of the noble Lords opposite who are, unlike me, somewhat more expert in matters of employment law. If I needed any convincing that, as they said, the view of the Law...

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I shall speak briefly in support of Amendment No. 46. The issue which concerns us most on these Benches is dismissal for gross misconduct. We accept that in a limited number of cases of dismissal an employee's behaviour may be both flagrant and unambiguous. But even in such apparently obvious cases, in our view there will remain an argument for proceeding with caution in taking the...

Employment Bill (11 Jun 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I want to speak to Amendments Nos. 38 and 50. The amendments tabled by the Minister respond in some measure to the debate in Committee. Essentially the issue is whether or not a proper investigation has been conducted prior to the decision to dismiss. The purpose of adding the words, "and detail the evidence upon which he relies", is simply to ensure that that proper investigation...

Corporate Regulation (20 Mar 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, before beginning, I must first declare my interests. My business interests are as set out in the Register of Members' Interests, but my most relevant interest in relation to this topic is the fact that I am a former chairman of KPMG—one of the so-called big five—and continue as a paid adviser to that firm. I must confess that I approach this Motion with a great deal of sadness....

Employment Bill (26 Feb 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. Is he aware that I have not yet received a reply to my report?

Employment Bill (26 Feb 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, in the spirit of the noble Lord, Lord Gladwin, I shall endeavour not to detain your Lordships too long in winding up. It is difficult to disagree with the stated objectives behind the Bill. Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said that the Government's priority was, "to deliver a high-skill, high-productivity economy". She went on to say: "Productivity is not...

Court of Auditors: EUC Report ( 8 Jan 2002)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell, on his chairmanship of Sub-Committee A which produced the report. I should also declare an interest as a member of that sub-committee: I am a former auditor and have other interests that are disclosed in Appendix 1. I also thank the Clerk, who did an outstanding job with a very difficult subject. In the few moments that I propose to...

Millennium Dome (29 Nov 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to debate the situation at the Dome. I begin by declaring both an interest and a prejudice. My interest is that for many years I was the financial adviser to the London Docklands Development Corporation where this site was manifestly evident as a dereliction that needed to be addressed. My prejudice is that I was never a supporter of the Dome as a...

Commons Amendment (29 Nov 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, Amendment No. 3 responds to a number of issues raised by my noble friend Lord Razzall and myself during the passage of the Bill. There is an element of retrospection included in the clause as it stands, which the amendment proposed by the noble Lord seeks to address. However, that element of retrospection is at the margin. Therefore, I cannot support the amendment proposed by the...

World Trade Organisation: EUC Report (14 Jul 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to contribute briefly to the debate. I too was a member of the sub-committee which produced this report and which was so ably chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson. I should like to associate myself with the tributes paid to the work of our Clerk, Dr Elizabeth Hopkins. It was my first experience of working on a sub-committee, and whatever this House may...

Postal Services Bill ( 8 Jun 2000)

Lord Sharman: We seem to have a competition going on this evening in terms of who can be the most diffident and who can be the most modest, which is an encouraging development in this Chamber. I want to make a comment on this matter because I think that these amendments seek to raise the issue of value for money. Value for money is more than just economy and efficiency. It includes effectiveness as well....

Postal Services Bill ( 8 Jun 2000)

Lord Sharman: I am uncertain why a person's interests do not include commercial interests. More importantly, if the amendment were accepted, I do not understand why it is possible to charge a fee for access to the register by conventional means whereas there is no provision for charging a fee for access by electronic means. The assumption may be that provision of information electronically incurs no cost,...

Postal Services Bill ( 8 Jun 2000)

Lord Sharman: I have listened with great interest to what has been said on both sides of the Committee and find it astonishing that there is a focus on one service within the Post Office. It seems to me entirely proper that the Bill should set out the minimum universal postal standard. I can think, for example, of recorded delivery and registered post, both of which are important to many parts of society,...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (13 Apr 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I listened with interest to what the Minister had to say on the amendment. I draw some comfort from what he was saying about the FSA indemnifying people appointed under the provision. On that basis, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Financial Services and Markets Bill (13 Apr 2000)

Lord Sharman: moved Amendment No. 28: Page 234, line 19, after ("Authority") insert ("or any person acting in the capacity of an agent of the Authority under any provision of this Act").

Financial Services and Markets Bill (13 Apr 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, Amendment No. 28 is very similar to that which was debated in Committee. It seeks to square off the circle, as it were, on statutory immunity. Part IV of Schedule 1, at paragraph 19(1), provides for exemption from liability in damages for the authority and its staff. Paragraph 19(2) provides a similar exemption for, "a person appointed to conduct an investigation". Furthermore, in...

Insolvency Bill [H.L.] ( 4 Apr 2000)

Lord Sharman: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a paid adviser to a firm which has a division practising in insolvency. I give a cautious welcome to the objectives which this Bill seeks to achieve. The reason for my caution is that I have some reservations as to whether the Bill will achieve its aims as regards moratoria for small companies. I share many of the concerns that the noble Baroness,...


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