Results 141–160 of 165 for speaker:Lord Borwick

Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest in the register that my wife is the statutory Deputy Mayor of London and a local councillor in London. So I welcome this debate, and thank the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, as I know first-hand that great cities need great economic leadership. I find it particularly interesting to debate this issue here in the House of Lords, where cities are perhaps...

Transport: Women’s Safety — Question (25 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I first declare an interest in the register that my wife is a Deputy Mayor of London and a member of the GLA. Will the Minister encourage the London Tube unions to allow Tube drivers who are not needed to drive the new automatic trains to walk along the carriages in the evening to improve the safety of women passengers rather than sitting in their cabins with nothing to do except...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, it is such a shame when a fan of sports, or theatre, or music, has their enthusiasm exploited, and is ripped off. But I do not think that the amendment would do what it intends to do. It is designed to allow sports grounds to cancel tickets not sold by them. When people hear of a secondary market, they think of shady touts selling fraudulent tickets on the street corner. They think...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I only wish that I could agree with the noble Lord, Lord Judd, that it is a short-term exercise to get planning permission for this sort of development. The planning permission process will take many months, probably years, and cost a large amount of money. It is not a short-term exercise, and that is why I think this amendment is unnecessary because it will be up to the local...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I think that the period for monitoring proposed in Amendment 113G—the previous 12 months—is unnecessary. The British Geological Survey found that background methane in aquifers is generally low. It also concluded that the majority of sites it studied showed little change in methane levels. That says to me that we should monitor situations on an individual basis, based purely on...

European Union: Reform — Question ( 6 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: On the vexed subject of the extra £1.7 billion bill, could we ask the EU for a certificate from its auditors that it is the right sum? Given its inability to get its accounts approved for the last very many years, would that be beyond it?

Shale Gas and Oil (EAC Report) — Motion to Take Note ( 4 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, the report of the Economic Affairs Committee is extremely sensible. It quite rightly stresses the urgency with which the Government must act to start the shale revolution. We have seen what economic benefits gas extraction can bring. North Dakota’s economy grew by 13.4% in 2012, according to a report by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. That was nearly three times the next...

Air Pollution — Question ( 3 Nov 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare my interest as a trustee of the British Lung Foundation. Does the Minister agree that there is a regrettable lack of research into the detailed effects of air pollution on the lungs of Londoners?

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I declare an interest in several housebuilding projects: in Bicester, in Scotland and in Sussex. The scheme in Bicester is for 2,600 houses, and because it was not controversial, it took only 10 years to get through planning and cost only £4 million in professional fees. I welcome this debate, as building more housing will probably do more than anything else to help poor people....

Autonomous Vehicles — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2014)

Lord Borwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for developing and manufacturing autonomous vehicles as part of the United Kingdom’s car industry.

Autonomous Vehicles — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to the Dispatch Box and look forward to discussing this important topic with him. As a pillar of the insurance industry, he knows about risk, judging risk and pricing risk and about the enormous importance of managing risk, rather than trying to eliminate it. That is one of the many reasons that the insurance industry is so successful and profitable in the UK....

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note ( 3 Jul 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, making things is great fun, and the joy that one gets from seeing a finished product in the hands of a contented customer is one that a lawyer or accountant will never feel. Despite the eyebrow-raising assertion of my noble friend Lord Lyell that there is nothing that an accountant cannot do, I doubt that the feeling that they have is the same. I have spent most of my working life...

Consumer Rights Bill: Second Reading ( 1 Jul 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, this is an important piece of legislation. The way that consumers buy products, the vendors they buy them from and the way that consumers receive them has all changed immeasurably in the last five years, let alone the last decade. The internet has given consumers unprecedented choice, and that is a wonderful thing. We now have access to an unimaginable number of products, we can buy...

United Kingdom: Exports — Question ( 8 May 2014)

Lord Borwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the export potential of the United Kingdom service sector; and what steps they are taking to strengthen it.

United Kingdom: Exports — Question ( 8 May 2014)

Lord Borwick: Does the Minister agree that service export figures are understated given that they are often hidden in the figures for goods exports?

Health: Deaf People — Question for Short Debate (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby, for bringing this matter to debate following the SignHealth report. I must, first, declare an interest. For about the past 25 years, I have been a trustee of the Ewing Foundation for deaf children, a charity that has, for the past 60 years, helped to improve the teaching of children who use their residual hearing and lip reading to...

Automotive Industry — Question (19 Mar 2014)

Lord Borwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on Midlands-based industrial component companies of the increase in automotive production in the United Kingdom.

Automotive Industry — Question (19 Mar 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. There are many small companies that survived somehow through the recession and showed great courage to keep their teams together and to continue to invest, often while reducing their own pay as directors. Does the Minister agree that these companies should be praised for doing the right thing?

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, first, I welcome this Bill as a much needed change to the legislation. I thank South West Water, which invited me to a water works and sewage works in Exeter to brief me on the industry and show me how it works in practice. I little thought that on entering your Lordships’ House my first visit to a company would be to a sewage works. There are several challenges facing the supply...

Housing: Affordability — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Borwick: My Lords, first, I declare my interests, as shown in the register, in land and property development companies, developing houses and building social houses. Private houses are so unaffordable in the south-east that we have to supply affordable houses or many people would be forced to move out of the area. Very, very few of the residents in many areas can afford to buy the houses that they...


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