Results 1–20 of 700 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 Cotter

Late Payments - Statement (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I raise a point on an area I hope the Government are currently improving. In the past I was the managing director of a small plastic manufacturing company. We were very pleased to get business contracts and strove hard to get the contracts from the Government themselves. Will the Minister therefore look at the Government’s record currently? In the past, the pressure was on small...

Corporate Governance - Question (29 Apr 2019)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, does the Minister agree that management is the key issue when it comes to small businesses? I left school and went into a company that was run on the lines of “them and us” rather than the co-operative company it is now. It is owned by the employees. Good management is the key issue here.

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I want to make a general comment to the Government. Coming from a plastic manufacturing background, I was staggered to read in the newspapers that weekend that plastics were used to encase buildings. I say to the Minister: beware of experts. Based on my plastic manufacturing experience, I would have been very concerned by that. Please can the Government check on these experts?

Employee Shareholding and Participation in Corporate Governance - Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I believe that the debate today is vital, thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Haskel. I will concentrate on two aspects: leadership and management. In the 1950s, I left school, did national service and then went into a small manufacturing company, which was run along the lines of “them and us”, “us and them”. After two years I left because I could not stand the way it was run. I...

National Health Service: Mental Health Funding - Question (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of mental health treatment is funded by the National Health Service nationally as against local funding.

National Health Service: Mental Health Funding - Question (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Cotter: I hear what the Minister says, but parity between mental and physical health remains a concern. He knows about the facility for mental health in Weston-super-Mare and the problems associated with its future. However, I have found this problem around facilities in local areas to be widespread throughout the country. Their funding is not predominantly mainstream NHS money for mental health...

The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (26 Apr 2018)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, we all know how serious the issue of mental health is for all ages. It is absolutely vital that we see increased funding for all the NHS but, in particular, for mental health. I ask the Minister to investigate one area of great concern—parity of mental health with physical health. This was announced as a future commitment by the Government. I quote the Select Committee: “We...

Children and Young People: Mental Health - Question (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the proposals for support for mental health provision for children and young people in schools, set out in the December 2017 Green Paper, Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

Children and Young People: Mental Health - Question (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. As we all know, mental illness is an increasing concern. It is good that the Green Paper to which he referred has been produced. Appendix B refers specifically to schools and says that, “68% have a designated member of staff”, for mental health. However, does the Minister not agree that it is equally important that teachers are fully trained...

Private Sector Pension Abuse - Statement (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Cotter: I am a non-expert in the field—a member of the public, if you like. The Statement talks about a, “significant strengthening of the deterrent”, and states that, “employers have failed to take account of the scheme”. As an outsider, I am concerned about those two important aspects of the Statement.

Mental Health Care: Vulnerable Children - Question (28 Nov 2017)

Lord Cotter: The Minister mentioned concerns about mental health, but crisis teams are reported not to be available in all parts of the country for under-18s, who are very vulnerable. Will the Minister look into crisis teams not being available for under-18s in many parts of the country?

Universal Credit - Statement (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I wish to ask the Minister two questions. As regards online training for those in difficulty, what will be done to ensure that they are capable of gaining online access? Secondly, I may have missed this but when will the costly phone line be replaced with a free line? Has that happened already? If not, it is very urgent indeed.

Young People: Digital Resilience - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they are taking to support the delivery of digital resilience programmes, such as Be Strong Online, in schools and elsewhere, to help young people to explore the digital world safely and to cope if they experience abuse online.

Young People: Digital Resilience - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Be Strong Online initiative is a scheme whereby young people are trained as online ambassadors to help youngsters to cope with online abuse, through school lessons. The staff in schools are encouraged by what is happening. The scheme is asking for tangible and widespread support from the Government; online abuse and bullying are very serious issues.

Small Businesses: Late Payments - Question (11 Sep 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, have the Government looked into the issue of payments by NGOs, by enterprise agencies and by local councils, many of which get their funds originally from the Government? Will the Minister look into the issue of local payment by local organisations?

Brexit: UK-Irish Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Sep 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I follow many speakers, in particular the speaker who has just spoken, with concerns about what we should be doing. I am participating in this debate because of the key issue of Brexit to this country. The key element is undoubtedly the relationship between the UK and Ireland, so long established and much improved in recent years. As much as anything, I want to listen to the many...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, time is precious today, but I think others would agree that there is very little in the gracious Speech specifically about business, so I want to raise points especially affecting small business. A major concern relates to the late payment of debts, something that I have campaigned on for many years but which remains a big problem. It has been reported that as much as £260 billion...

Careers Advice and Guidance - Question (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to continue to ensure the availability of good careers advice and guidance.

Careers Advice and Guidance - Question (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, there is a great need in this country for skills, and many 16 year-olds and others are not aware of the vocational education opportunities available. I recently met members of the aerospace industry, who are combining together. Many other organisations and trades are combining to offer training and vocational opportunities. May I say to the Minister that people are not always aware...

Health: Parity of Esteem - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2016)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this subject has been raised before, and I thank my noble friend Lord Alderdice for raising it once again. It is a crucial matter that has to be examined frequently—or, shall I say, continuously. We are living through a period when, time and again, there is concern about the funding of the NHS as a whole. Is it adequate or not? We need to be very concerned about parity between...

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