Results 61–80 of 290 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Blackwell

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (29 Nov 2010)

Lord Blackwell: I want to make it clear to the noble Lord that I am speaking in a private capacity and not representing any body.

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Nov 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, before speaking, I should draw attention to my interests as a non-executive board member of Ofcom and as a former board member of the Office of Fair Trading, although I will speak this evening only about the general principles of the Bill rather than about the specific proposals that will affect those organisations. I am also a member of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform...

Education: Pupils and Young People — Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Perry for opening this debate, and the Minister for being here. Like others in this House, I am passionate about excellence in education. However, despite many good things in our schools, I am sometimes sad and frustrated at the way this generation has let down those who sought to follow in our footsteps, by waging a misguided and socially divisive war...

Finance Bill: Second Reading and Remaining Stages (Continued) (26 Jul 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, it is a great pleasure and privilege to follow my noble friend Lady Browning, and I congratulate her on a very eloquent and well judged speech. Her speech illustrated that she brings to this House a huge and valuable breadth of experience on many topics. She served some two decades in the other place, scrutinising legislation, but also spent several years as a Minister-lastly and...

Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (19 Jul 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I rise briefly to support the Minister in bringing forward these regulations. I declare my interest as director of a life and savings institution in the UK, but stress that I speak in a purely personal capacity. Like my noble friend Lord Newby, I have opposed these funds on principle. At the level at which they are funded, they are an example of gimmick politics-where the Government...

Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (7 Jul 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, briefly, I ask the Minister to consider Amendment 10A in the name of my noble friend Lord Lucas. The whole purpose of academies is to enable good schools to become even better schools. The benefit of good schools in an area is that they ought to be able to provide such opportunities for as many children as possible. One of the problems of the current admission system is that it ends...

Academies Bill [HL] — Second Reading (7 Jun 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, first, I should draw attention to my interests as chairman of a company involved in construction and maintenance of schools under Building Schools for the Future and the academies programme. I join others in welcoming my noble friend Lord Hill to the Dispatch Box and congratulating him on introducing the Bill. It may not be revolutionary, but I think that it will be seen as...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (26 May 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, before contributing to this debate I should mention my business interests and their international operations set out in the Register. It is a great privilege to speak in this important debate at the start of a new Government. Like others, I am delighted to follow on from the opening speech of my noble friend Lord Howell, who brings great experience and wisdom to his resumed role as...

Government Spending — Statement (26 May 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, will my noble friend be robust in rebutting the assumption from the opposition Benches that reductions in expenditure necessarily lead to reductions in outcomes? Does he accept that most businesses in this country that have to control their costs every year are well aware that removing waste and inefficiency is normally a way of delivering better services, by re-engineering the...

Financial Services Bill: Second Reading (23 Feb 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, before participating in this debate, I should draw attention to my interests as a director of Standard Life and as a board member of the Office of Fair Trading, which is referred to in this legislation. As other noble Lords have said, financial services are extremely important and, although the sector has had its problems, we should not denigrate the important role that it has...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Report (2 Feb 2010)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I have not intervened before in this debate but, with the indulgence of the House, I should like to make a few comments on this amendment because it is important that the intent of my noble friend's amendments is considered seriously by the Government and the House although it is difficult to find the right wording. I draw attention to my various business interests. The situation...

Bribery Bill [HL]: Report (2 Feb 2010)

Lord Blackwell: I shall respond to the noble Baroness briefly. Of course a tip is normally given after the event, and therefore in that sense it is a strange use of the word. In the mind of the receiver, it is simply something supplementing the income that he receives for performing a service. In some cases, that is how it is regarded, even though it is paid in advance.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Blackwell: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider the holding of a referendum on the Lisbon treaty.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Does he accept that, since Parliament debated this matter, in the recent European elections the majority of UK MEPs were elected on manifestos opposed to the Lisbon treaty? Given that and the concern for democratic renewal, is there not a case for saying that those in favour of the Lisbon treaty would now be well served by calling for a...

Policing and Crime Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Blackwell: I intervene briefly simply to ask the Minister to clarify one point. It is clear listening to this debate that these are very difficult issues. I wonder whether he can clarify the intent behind subsection (2)(b) of new Section 53A. This provision states that it is irrelevant, "whether A is, or ought to be, aware that C has used force, deception or threats". It seems to me that the way in...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2009)

Lord Blackwell: While I have sympathy with the objectives of my noble friend's amendments, we must be cautious about the appropriate role of Parliament versus the Executive here. There is a point at which the role of Parliament is to define objectives and give the Government permission to take a course of action, but Parliament should then let the Executive get on with it while holding them to account. I...

Saving Gateway Accounts Bill — Second Reading (17 Mar 2009)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, before speaking on the Bill, I draw attention to my interests as listed in the Register of Members' Interests, and in particular my capacity as a director of a life assurance company. For my part, I welcome the explanation that the Minister has given of the Bill and its objectives. We must recognise that it is something of a mouse of a Bill compared to the scale of the challenges...

Banking: Money Supply — Question (10 Mar 2009)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, in embarking on this policy, which I accept is necessary, will the Minister say whether the Bank of England is still operating solely to a target of future inflation levels or now adopting a target related to the expansion of credit or nominal GDP?

Pensions: Public Sector — Question (9 Feb 2009)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, has the Minister seen the recent estimates published by the Institute of Economic Affairs that suggest that public sector pension liabilities are now close to £1,000 billion and increasing at a rate of over £100 billion a year? Does the Minister accept that if that were applied across the whole of the economy, it would mean that something like 30 per cent of our GDP was being...

Banking Bill: Report (2nd Day) (3 Feb 2009)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, in responding to these amendments, I wonder whether the Minister could clarify the relationship between any report from the Treasury, with or without this amendment, and the disclosure requirements likely to be on the board of the company which receives the assistance. I should have thought that any such assistance would be a market-sensitive fact which would normally have to be...

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