Results 3761–3774 of 3774 for speaker:Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Education: Vocational Education — Question ( 3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that welcome news. We all valued the visit of Chancellor Merkel to Parliament last Thursday, during which she spoke of competitiveness. The German education system does a better job for the nation’s economy and for the less academic partly by ability streaming in schools with the possibility of switching between streams. This provides better educational...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, we should look very carefully at this proposal for an increase in regulation. Water and sewerage are long-term matters and the great need is to have investment in resilience, with the right and proper regulatory framework. Ofwat seems to have got tougher in recent times. It is right to have a five-year timescale or we will not get the investment that is needed for resilience. The...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, perhaps I could seek clarification about the effect of the amendment, which it seems concerns individual complaints as well as collective ones. As I see it, having been in business, complaints are normally dealt with by the business or authority to which they come. You do not want to have special schemes unless there is something pretty serious and bad. I want to understand the...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I am grateful for the trenchant support I have had from this side of the House for my efforts to reduce bureaucracy and promote clarity and transparency, especially from my noble friend Lord Crickhowell. My noble friend Lord Selborne talked about the possibility of the map I proposed being made on a catchment area basis. However, my experience of broadband, where there is a...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: They are, but I was suggesting that we have a website that brought all the different things together in one place, not just the helpful notes that the Minister has put forward, and which takes people through the rules. I am extremely grateful for the Minister’s support in reducing bureaucracy and in outlining the different things that have been done to achieve that end. However, it is all...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, as a new peer—like a new entrant to the water industry—I have been trying to understand this important industry: who does what and where power lies. At Tesco, I was regulated by more than 30 bodies, so I have some experience, but I have found this sector very hard to get my head around. My last job in Whitehall, under my elegant and noble friend Lord Heseltine, was about...

Broadband and Mobile Coverage — Question (30 Jan 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the rollout of broadband and mobile coverage across the United Kingdom.

Broadband and Mobile Coverage — Question (30 Jan 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, truly comprehensive broadband offers a unique opportunity to create a vibrant national market by increasing competition and access for small businesses and consumers and by helping economic development. I thank my noble friend for his answer, but can we be more ambitious and set a target date of, say, 2015, for achieving comprehensive broadband coverage and eliminating those “not...

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister has persuasively outlined the case for this Bill and has been very helpful in providing advance information to all sides of the House, for which I thank him. I was especially struck today by the list of innovations that he and my noble friend Lord Moynihan outlined. These are just the sort of things that improve life for business and consumers in a quiet...

Employment: New Jobs — Question (27 Jan 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, the figures on unemployment, especially what the Minister has said about young people, are very good. Will my noble friend comment on the regional spread of the new jobs and on which industries and sectors are benefiting from this good news?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Report (1st Day) (13 Jan 2014)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Perhaps I may ask my noble and learned friend for further clarification about meetings. When I was in business I sometimes found that a note of a meeting was sent to the company before being made available under freedom of information or other provisions. The problem often was that the report of the meeting was not very accurate. Will there be any system of clearing or showing notes of the...

Apprenticeships — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, when dealing with apprentices as an employer a few years ago the biggest problem that we faced was bureaucracy. There were bureaucratic requirements for extensive record-keeping that we at Tesco could just about manage, but for smaller companies it is obviously a big issue. Is the system now less bureaucratic? Will the Minister comment on that very important point?

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (19 Nov 2013)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, finance is important for small and medium-sized enterprises right across the board. Can the Minister tell us what the Government are doing to help with cutting red tape? This is one of the most important things for a small business. Finance is important but cutting red tape, which gets in the way of start-ups and small businesses, is also very important for small businesses’ future.

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note ( 7 Nov 2013)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, it is a great honour to address this House for the first time. It is perhaps unwise to take the plunge so early, but I could not resist the temptation of talking about China. This is a momentous occasion for me, so I would like to begin by saying thank you. First, I thank my noble friend Lord Dobbs for securing this timely debate and for his fascinating contribution. I have been...

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