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Results 61–80 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

Health and Social Care Bill: Third Reading (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, for introducing this amendment, which I hope the Minister will agree gives an opportunity for a very important issue to be aired. Many noble Lords have aired it in the past; indeed, I raised it on the very first day of the Bill. It is an area that remains of concern, and I have been pleased to hear from the Ministers that they are well aware...

Public Disorder: Compensation — Question (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, setting aside the issues about loss adjusters and suchlike, did not the Government announce in August that there would be £20 million to support small businesses and help them with minimum bureaucracy? Although these issues are being followed up, is it not very unsatisfactory that, in the mean time, this fund has not been dipped into sufficiently quickly? Exactly how much has been...

Design Education and Growth — Question for Short Debate (24 Jan 2012)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Whitaker, for introducing this timely and important debate, and I compliment the noble Lord, Lord Baker, the previous speaker, on the work that he is doing on university technical colleges. My interest comes from my experience as managing director of a plastics manufacturing company before I came into Parliament, and I have spent a great deal...

Public Disorder: Uninsured Claimants — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, it is four months since the riots occurred and very strong assurances were given by the Government that businesses would be helped. The official report and other reports indicate that very few businesses have received the help that they expected to be given-and that we expected them to be given. I asked in September whether the Government would monitor the situation. Will the...

Riots Communities and Victims Panel — Question (1 Dec 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, on 11 August, I asked the Government, "to ensure that measures"- to assist businesses in riot areas- "are taken very speedily, with minimum red tape and bureaucracy".-[Official Report, 11/8/11; col. 1526.] In my Oral Question on 13 September, I asked the Business Minister to, "continue to monitor the situation".-[ Official Report, 13/9/11; col. 617.] On both occasions I received...

Riots Communities and Victims Panel — Question (1 Dec 2011)

Lord Cotter: I want to ask the Minister to ensure that we get a clear response now on behalf of business because I feel that it is inexcusable and that there is a sense of betrayal. Will the Minister give us a response quickly?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (6th Day) (16 Nov 2011)

Lord Cotter: My noble friend has given a careful response, as always, to the points made. However, will he accept that there is a very special need for focus on rare conditions and the struggle to get both diagnosis and treatment? I hope my noble friend will take note of this because I can attest, through my wife, that there is a lifetime struggle from childhood to get these issues addressed. I hope that...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (6th Day) (16 Nov 2011)

Lord Cotter: I shall speak to Amendment 81B, to follow on from what the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, said. Brevity will be my watchword, of course, because we do not wish to drag out proceedings. This is a particularly important amendment, referring as it does to commissioning for rare conditions. There are many such rare conditions that people suffer from, but I refer particularly to one called arthrofibrosis,...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, like others, I should declare an interest. My father was a GP and my wife an occupational therapist. I have taken an interest in the NHS for the past 12 years in Parliament, but I feel more intimidated than the noble Lord, Lord Mawhinney, for good reason. However, I see great merit in Amendment 2 and the other amendments in the group. As many colleagues have said in their speeches,...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (1st Day) (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister very much. As usual he was addressing the issues. I hope that by highlighting them again we will ensure that training is going to be really adequate for them to meet the requirements.

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, today we have had the chance to debate just about the most important subject for the people of this country that could be facing us-health. I pay tribute at this stage to those who work in the health service and who put their heart and soul into caring for us and our families. I also thank the many people in the health service who have sent us information about their concerns with...

Regional Growth Fund — Question (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, manufacturing accounts for 12 per cent of GDP but 50 per cent of our exports. Can I ask the Minister to give an assurance that the Government will concentrate in the future on financial support for manufacturing, which is very complex-there is a need for seed capital and a need for support for research and development in new technologies in particular. There is also great concern...

Public Disorder: Business Damage — Question (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Cotter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made with the measures proposed to help businesses damaged or destroyed as a result of the recent riots in England.

Public Disorder: Business Damage — Question (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for her reply. It will take some time for businesses and communities to recover. I hope that the Minister will continue to monitor the situation. However, on a broader point-not just in relation to the recent riots-two-thirds of businesses nationally have been a victim of crime over the past 12 months. Can a higher profile be given to policing crimes against business, to...

Global Economy — Statement (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, we all recognise the need for growth in the economy. The Statement repeated by the Minister today said that we have to work hard to have a private sector that competes, invests and exports. In the light of that and the need for growth, I refer to a report in the Financial Times today. It indicates there has been a flood of applications from other parts of the country for investment...

Public Disorder — Statement (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, 30 years ago, I had my small business premises burnt to the ground, under different circumstances, when a fire spread to my small firm. I can relate to this issue. It took me four years of really hard work to recover. I congratulate the Government and the Leader of the House on the announcement of support for small businesses. That is very welcome, very comprehensive and excellent....

Localism Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for his responses. I deliberately said, in proposing my amendment, that I did not want to go on too long, because it is a very big issue and we know what pressure we are under on the Bill, so I will try to resist going on too long now. However, I say to the Minister that this is a very big issue. The few of us here this evening, including my noble friends Lady Byford and...

Localism Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this amendment addresses the issue of keeping trade local. I am sure many Members, Ministers and others will be aware over a number of years that there have been sustained campaigns on this issue of keeping variety and choice for the consumer, the issue of protecting small shops and the issue for people in business as well as the local community of having choice. The Federation of...

Localism Bill: Committee (7th Day) (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, in speaking to my Amendment 147H to this section of Bill, I want to emphasise the importance of local businesses in the community. I do not need to say much about the struggle that many local businesses have now, and have had for quite some time, to cope with trading conditions and other matters as this is highlighted, both nationally and locally, on an increasingly frequent basis....

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 143ZA. There is an overall concern that the Bill is sometimes aimed at property rather than at the services provided. Surely it is vital for our local communities that there is a good provision for local needs. It is fair to say that in this country-many noble Lords have spoken about this-too often, for various reasons, local shops and services have been...

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