Results 121–140 of 165 for speaker:Lord Borwick

Planning Permission — Question (15 Dec 2015)

Lord Borwick: Declaring my interests in the register, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Planning Permission — Question (15 Dec 2015)

Lord Borwick: I thank my noble friend for those figures, which show that the speed of processing applications is indeed accelerating. However, I am told that the number of applications that are still outstanding after one year is at present around 13% and growing, and these are the big schemes with lots of social housing in them. Can the Minister tell us of any plans to accelerate the big schemes?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I first must congratulate my noble friend Lord Lupton for an outstanding maiden speech, in which he has carelessly set the bar very high indeed for his future performances. I have known the noble Lord for some years, and I know that he is widely respected in the City of London and by his colleagues. To have that combination of wisdom and friendliness is an awesome mixture, which...

Global Climate Change — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of the British Lung Foundation. I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, for tabling this important debate. He is absolutely right to highlight the need for action on global climate change. We as individuals can, and should, do what we can to help. We should turn off the lights when we leave the room, turn the heating off when we are not indoors...

Taxi and Private Car Hire Market — Question for Short Debate (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare a past interest, having spent 15 years in the London taxi industry as the chief executive and later chairman of Manganese Bronze, which made the London black cabs. Also, I now own a licensed London taxi and employ a taxi driver. I shall talk about one of the best features of all London taxis, which I introduced in 1997 with the late Sir Peter Baldwin and Ann Frye. We made...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, it is important to commend the Government on introducing this Bill. I am just old enough that the first time I voted was in the first referendum—but that was to join a trading bloc and it has changed a lot to become the EU. It is high time that the people were asked again for their view on the EU. It is also good that there are restrictions on government activity during the last...

Enterprise Bill [HL]: Second Reading (Continued) (12 Oct 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, this Bill will help small businesses up and down the country get on with the task of making things and providing services. It will help to ensure that regulators are on the side of business, rather than in conflict with it, and it will help millions of young people develop skills and get good jobs. These are all wonderful things. I want to address the general themes of the Bill in...

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (Continued) (10 Jun 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I am active in five charities—the British Lung Foundation, the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, the Ewing Foundation, the Federated Foundation and the Science Museum Foundation. I am also on the campaign board of Historic Royal Palaces. All of them are well-run charities, but this Bill is about badly run charities and bad trustees, and...

Air Pollution — Question ( 9 Jun 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords—

Air Pollution — Question ( 9 Jun 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of the British Lung Foundation. Does the Minister agree that the best thing an individual can do to help with this dreadful air pollution problem—other than not driving, which is totally impractical—is to buy a new car? The newest cars are very much cleaner on average than the old ones that we drive.

Air Quality: London — Question (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register. Does my noble friend agree that we need more internet-connected air quality meters in London in order to tell people quite how bad the air is?

Income Tax: Top Rate — Question (16 Mar 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, in my noble friend Lord Forsyth’s absence, and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name.

Income Tax: Top Rate — Question (16 Mar 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, there was therefore an £8 billion increase in revenue as a result of lowering tax by 5%. Would my noble friend agree that Labour’s policy of putting the tax rate back up would not increase revenue, but rather discourage entrepreneurs, who are so responsible for increasing employment?

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Report (2nd Day) ( 9 Mar 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, there is a very significant difference between privacy and secrecy. There could be lots of reasons for privacy, but not only involving an entrepreneur. Take Tony Blair’s tax return, for instance. That is his private matter, but this Bill will open up private matters to anyone for any proper purpose. Blair and others can support their own cases, but who will speak up for the...

Consumer Rights Bill — Commons Reason (24 Feb 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, this Bill, as the name suggests, is supposed to be about protecting consumers—indeed, most of it does. However, this recently tabled amendment, which places new duties on ticket sellers in secondary markets, could actually allow consumers to be ripped off under the guise of protecting them. All the tickets which the sports and music bodies are concerned about will now go back to...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments ( 9 Feb 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I welcome this government amendment and thank my noble friend for clarifying some extremely important points. I am particularly pleased that it is now clearer that the clauses apply to hydraulic fracturing, with any ambiguity removed. However, there are some further points that I hope will be addressed in secondary legislation. We have delayed shale exploration for too long. We have...

Small Businesses — Question for Short Debate ( 3 Feb 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for raising an important debate. I declare my interests in several small companies. I have run several businesses. I have always found it quite thrilling: the chase after a new customer, a new product or a profit—that is real fun. The best thing that government could do to encourage business is to show that government understands business by running...

Mental Health Services: Sign Language Users — Question for Short Debate ( 2 Feb 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of the Ewing Foundation for deaf children. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for again raising for debate important issues on deafness, but I rather disagree with the noble Lord on the definition of deafness. It should not be defined as the characteristic of those who use sign language, because there are a host of elderly deaf people...

Natural Environment — Motion to Take Note (15 Jan 2015)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interests as they appear in the register, particularly that I am a trustee of the British Lung Foundation. I welcome this debate, as all too often the push to reduce emissions and improve our green spaces means that we spend a lot of money on the wrong things. The result is more regulations and higher taxes, which push up the cost of living. The hardest hit are often...


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