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Results 181–200 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

Budget Resolutions — Amendment of the Law (16 Mar 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: I, too, welcome the comments on China. There are many ways to link with it and to go forward. That is certainly the case for students, with either them coming here or our students going there. It will also be important to exchange technology. China is interested in inward investing in this country, and we should encourage that.

Small Shops (Protection) (8 Feb 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to develop plans to support small shops; to amend the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to impose additional planning requirements in relation to large shops and shopping centres; to make provision about retail purchasing by local authorities and other public authorities; to amend the Local Government Finance...

Education Funding (North Somerset) (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: I thank the Minister for those remarks. Did I understand correctly that he would be prepared to have a meeting with me, head teachers and others?

Education Funding (North Somerset) (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: As I said earlier, the excellence cluster scheme has been very handy, but will the Minister consider the fact that the funding will come to an end in April 2006, even if he cannot comment on that this morning? I appreciate his acceptance that there is a particular problem in the Weston-super-Mare constituency. The Woodspring constituency is much more affluent. I am particularly concerned...

Education Funding (North Somerset) (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: I am delighted to have the opportunity to debate education funding in North Somerset, and I am grateful that the Minister is attending. Funding for education is a priority for us all. I am deeply concerned about the lack of such funding for North Somerset. The local education authority covers the constituencies of Weston-super-Mare and Woodspring. Funding for education in the area has...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Brian Cotter: My constituency contains more than 10 per cent. of the drug rehab beds in the whole country. Will the Home Secretary personally consider a report that has just been produced by the police and other agencies in the area, because I think that he would find it helpful in addressing the issues before us? We have many concerns in Weston, with many people coming to the area from other parts of the...

Economic Affairs (1 Dec 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: What tangible proposals does the hon. Gentleman have to reduce regulations? We all agree that this is a very big problem; will he give us a flavour of what he feels we should do about it?

New Clause 1 — Amendment of Companies Act 1985: limit on auditor's liability (No.1): Schedule 2 — Minor and consequential amendments relating to Part 1 (19 Oct 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: We have had some interesting and important debates on the Bill, which makes a welcome effort to improve public confidence in companies and financial markets by strengthening the systems for regulating auditors and accounts in the light of recent scandals such as Enron and Parmalat. The Minister promised further legislation to modernise company law and we believe that the Government will...

New Clause 1 — Amendment of Companies Act 1985: limit on auditor's liability (No.1): Clause 21 — Power to require documents and information (19 Oct 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: I am particularly pleased to speak after the right hon. Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer), who offered some good thinking and reasonable points, not least of which is that we have a duty in the House this afternoon to address the fact that we decide what we do in the circumstances that we see in front of us. He was right to make the point that circumstances do not always remain the...

New Clause 1 — Amendment of Companies Act 1985: limit on auditor's liability (No.1) (19 Oct 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr. Mitchell) on new clause 1. It is an acceptable response to the issue of proportionate liability, which, as we all know, must be addressed. In a moment, I hope to congratulate the Minister on making a clear commitment to a solution along the lines of new clause 1, which, as the hon. Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. Fallon) said, is supported...

Crime (18 Oct 2004)

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Crime (18 Oct 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is not only the numbers but how the police are deployed that is important? I had a meeting in my local police station recently and I was reminded that some incidents give rise to eight hours of paperwork.

MRSA (Hospitals) (13 Oct 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I also thank the hon. Member for Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Mr. Lyons) for raising what is always said to be an important debate in this Chamber in terms of trying to achieve clarity. People have worries about the matter and the problem must be addressed, so I thank him for his constructive and informed comments. The hon. Gentleman referred to the National...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Business Start-ups (16 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: The Minister refers to increasing numbers of people going into business. Is he aware of figures that I have received from the Library this week that since 1992, the number of young people aged between 16 and 29 starting their own business has fallen by some 39 per cent? I ask the Minister to consider that in view of the fact that we need to encourage enterprise, particularly among young...

Orders of the Day — Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords] (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, once said that opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. When it comes to the question of reforming company law, I would certainly not accuse the Government of being workshy. An enormous amount of consultation has already been completed in this area, yet various proposals are still waiting to be enacted....

Orders of the Day — Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords] (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: The hon. Gentleman raises a matter that is of great concern. The way salaries have been raised is absolutely appalling, but I do not think that problem falls within ambit of this Bill. A written ministerial statement made by the Secretary of State on 26 May 2004 announced new proposals to try and deal with this problem, promising the introduction of "new types of legislative power enabling...

Orders of the Day — Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords] (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: Yes. That is why we need a lot more consultation to arrive at the solutions we need. We certainly need a way forward. The second part of the Bill introduces the community interest company, which is a new type of company whose profits and assets will be used for the public good. The Minister quite rightly applauded that sector, and I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr....

Parental Leave (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: I thank the hon. Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda) for initiating the debate, which is very important. There are many difficulties that still need resolving, and one cannot say merely that they are black and white and let that be the end of it. I thank him for the clarity with which he drew attention to the issues and pressures that people have in their lives nowadays that are different...

Parental Leave (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: I have made it quite clear that as a party we are not into repealing sensible employment regulation; we are into ensuring that there has been proper consultation beforehand and an assessment of how Bills will impact on businesses and others. Since I entered Parliament, I and other colleagues have identified that issue. I credit the Government with having improved their impact assessments, but...

Business Deregulation (30 Jun 2004)

Mr Brian Cotter: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) that this is a serious issue, and not one that is easy to address. Indeed, it involves many different issues. I was pleased to hear the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Mr. Norman) talk about small shops, given his background. Regulation has a disproportionate impact on small businesses, in comparison with larger firms. Small...


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