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Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Popat: ...there is still more that we can and should do. We should start by putting Britain’s economic performance in context. For three years, Britain has become synonymous with one word and one event: Brexit. Our departure has played out like a soap opera that the whole world has watched with increasing despair. Almost every day, news bulletins have been filled with Brexit updates, to the...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (28 Mar 2019)

Lord Popat: ...trusts us and believes in us: Rwanda believes in Britain and in the Commonwealth, and it is time that we believed in ourselves. For the past 46 years, we have been very insular and too continental. Brexit is an opportunity to transform the Commonwealth into a global trading body that reflects the vast opportunities on offer, but there is a lot of work to do. It is essential to have the...

Commercial Air Routes: United Kingdom and East Africa - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Popat: ...peak-time slots through grandfathering rights, meaning that newer airlines are squeezed out. Does the Minister agree that, given our country’s need to build commercial bridges with Africa post Brexit, we need a better and fairer system to ensure adequate access to those markets? Will she assure us that the Government will look urgently into reforming the allocation system?

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Popat: ...he demonstrate the political will to treat Africa as a serious business destination? We must be fully equipped in every sense of the word if we are to meet all the challenges that lie ahead post Brexit and if we are to realise our bold global ambitions. The good news is that history has given us the advantage. The Commonwealth family, with our historical bonds and shared language and...

Small Business Commissioner - Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Popat: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn, for initiating this important and timely debate. Small businesses have always been the backbone of our economy. As we prepare for life after Brexit, they will be key to our economic success. More than 99% of businesses are small to medium-sized. That is much more than just a statistic; it is the future. Having spent 30 years in SMEs, I...

Exports: Africa and the Commonwealth - Question for Short Debate (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Popat: ...that momentum during the CHOGM meeting. I will come in a moment to a few suggestions on what we need to do to increase our exports to Africa and the Commonwealth, but I want to make one additional Brexit-related comment. As I intimated earlier, I believe that Brexit is an opportunity to remould our economic make-up into something more global, export orientated and, ultimately, more...

Businesses and SMEs - Motion to Take Note (6 Jul 2017)

Lord Popat: ...and the economy more broadly on a regular basis, but supporting and understanding businesses is often overlooked. I hope we can begin to correct that, because we will need them, not only post Brexit but if we are going to overcome the economic hurdles that lie ahead of us. We should be absolutely clear that, since 2010, tremendous strides have been taken to make Britain a more...

Aviation - Question (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Popat: ...the first time, some four weeks ago, there was a direct flight from Kigali to Gatwick. We managed to get only three slots. We wanted seven slots. No slots were available at Heathrow either. Post-Brexit, for us to be a genuinely outward-looking country, we need direct flights and we need more slots. Most African countries, which are a growth area, need flights. The Ugandan Government want...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Popat: ...to step in and replace them. However, a replacement is difficult because there are no slots available at either Gatwick or Heathrow. We often talk about aviation policy in this House but in a post-Brexit world we need connectivity. We are 30 years behind where we should be. We need not just a third runway at Heathrow but a second at Gatwick, and others. When I see what other countries are...

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Popat: ...far too little, our productivity is too low, we are overly reliant on both the City and consumer spending, our manufacturing base is too small and our house prices are too high. Irrespective of Brexit, these problems have been in place for some time. We have become complacent, both in government and in the private sector. We have some firms that do a tremendous amount of work to export,...


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