Results 41–60 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

Banks: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (12 Mar 2014)

Lord Cotter: My noble friend has just said that, following the consultation, the Government will look at all options. Does this include the previous commitment to producing legislation to address this very serious issue of funding for small businesses and others?

Banks: Lending — Question (5 Feb 2014)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, exporting is very important for this country, but can be daunting and difficult for small businesses. Will the Minister ensure, through UKTI and otherwise, that it is made easier for small businesses to actually get funding for exporting, which is an essential need for the country?

Consumers: Vulnerable Consumers — Question (29 Oct 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister has responded somewhat defensively on this issue. Could he please listen? We are talking about 7 million adults, largely elderly, and vulnerable and disabled people who cannot have access to the net, and many rural areas still do not have good broadband. These are very serious issues. Companies are pushing people in the wrong direction, for example, by renewing...

NHS: Keogh Review — Statement (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Cotter: In the report there are, quite rightly, robust words about poor management. However, I refer the Minister to a point that I and others have raised in the past. There is a great concern in the health service about untrained, or poorly trained, healthcare assistants. Nurses have said to me that they are held responsible for the work done, often by untrained or inadequately trained people. I...

Retail: Portas-plus Package — Question (15 Jul 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, pro rata to turnover, small shopkeepers provide more jobs than the big supermarkets do, although we are also seeing a great increase through mini-expresses and other means employed by the supermarket chains. It is welcome that the Government have come forward with schemes for business rates but those schemes lack a certain breadth and viability for many people. Will my noble friend...

Economy: Sustainable Jobs — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this debate is timely and essential, as noble Lords have said, and we thank my noble friend Lady Brinton for introducing it. We need jobs—at least, many people of all ages need them—but I am particularly concerned about young people’s jobs, and for those we need growth in this country. This is a widely held view. As the CBI said just the other day: “We believe that the...

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Funding — Question (25 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this point may have been made already, but it is worth making again. Does the Minister not accept that many small businesses do not know how to get different sources of funding, as there are so many that are potentially available? Specifically, what is being done proactively to let businesses know what is available out there for them to tap into? I know from running my own small...

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (11 Jun 2013)

Lord Cotter: When the Government place contracts with large companies in future, will they ensure that it is a requirement that those companies sign up to the prompt payment code, and that they publicise their record on the payment of bills in their annual reports?

Medical Research: International Rare Diseases Research Consortium — Question (28 Feb 2013)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for his interest in rare conditions. I declare an interest as my wife, like many others, has suffered from birth from arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular condition. She received a correct diagnosis only at the age of 52 years. Even now, in her 70s, she is struggling to receive appropriate treatment. Would the Minister consider seriously Rare Disease...

Retail: Business Rates — Question (12 Feb 2013)

Lord Cotter: What are the Government doing about the situation, which has long applied, whereby small shops proportionately pay a large amount more than supermarkets do in business rates? In proportion, they pay an enormous amount more.

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Question (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: Does the Minister agree that we need to continue with increasing competition within banking in the country, have greater transparency and more locally focused initiatives to lend to SMEs, as happens in the USA and Germany, for example?

Employment: Science and Technology — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage young people to pursue careers in the science and technology based industries, and in manufacturing.

Employment: Science and Technology — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for that Answer. There is still a very big issue here when it comes to young people and careers advice and guidance. Does the Minister agree that we should have far more face-to-face help for young people? Many need encouraging to go into manufacturing and technology. Would he agree that this Government need to emphasise this face to face, rather than by looking at computers?

Winterbourne View — Statement (30 Oct 2012)

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Winterbourne View — Statement (30 Oct 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I very much welcome the mention of training once again today. It is so important that support workers are trained. One issue that has come to my notice quite frequently is that through a lack of training, support workers question the trained professionals an awful lot. The management also need to be trained to back up the professionals who are trained in their job as a vocation, so...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (23 Oct 2012)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address the issue of late payments to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (23 Oct 2012)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for his Answer. Will he and his officials look at the important reports and surveys carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce and note their recommendations? There is a lot of very good information in there. I am glad that the Government have improved their record on payment, but it is still not satisfactory that local councils...

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Foreign Languages — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Lord Cotter: I congratulate the Minister very much on her comprehensive Answer to the Question. The points that she made and the answers she gave were very good indeed. It is important that there should be publicity about what is available, but often there is not enough. It is also important that schools, as well as businesses, provide education in languages, and that further education colleges provide...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 May 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, my comments today on constitutional reform relate solely to Lords reform. The issue of Lords reform has been with us for many years and has been addressed and enacted in a measured way over recent times, and quite rightly so, but now we have a proposal in front of us for a radical change-namely, an elected Chamber-which we must consider thoughtfully and seriously. A committee was...

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