Results 121–140 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

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Committee (4th Day) (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Cotter: I think there is a very strong feeling in this Chamber today about the importance of my noble friend's amendment. Coming from a business background, I feel that there is a great need for consultation not just on local issues, but with the particular requirements of particular businesses in mind.

Royal Mail — Question (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I was going to say that we seem to have come half way up the hill and ask the Minister whether he was going to carry on or stay where he is. However, we now seem to be collapsing from the position that the Government put forward in support of the Bill. There are big issues—the Minister has spoken about pensions. The justification for the Bill was that it would allow the pensions...

Alcohol: Supply of Beer (Tied Estate) Order — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, in 2004, the Trade and Industry Committee concluded: "At this stage we do not think a legally binding code of practice is necessary ... but if the industry does not comply with the voluntary code, the Government should consider a statutory code". I mention this in light of the fact that the FSB, in its report to the current inquiry, states that a recent survey found that 99 per cent...

Internet: Over-60s — Question (25 Jun 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, would the Minister not agree that it is a question of encouraging access? There is a generation gap; the older generation feels that the internet is for younger people. Would the Government encourage a high-profile publicity campaign—we currently see Michael Winner promoting car insurance, although I think I would probably listen more to somebody like Joanna Lumley—linked with...

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill: Second Reading (2 Jun 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to debate apprenticeships today and the Minister's comments about bringing them back from possible extinction. Whenever I speak to people and say that apprenticeships are being actively encouraged and addressed in Parliament now, there is widespread approval—a chord is struck—and rightly so. Having worked in business all my life—I ran a manufacturing...

Health Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (6 May 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, those of us who are very concerned about children who smoke do not feel convinced about removing displays. What does she say about a matter raised in the debate—cigarettes that are smuggled into the country, which we believe are the real source of the problem? Will she deal with the issue of illegal sales of cigarettes over the counter and the lack of severe penalties?

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (27 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: I thank the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley, for his general support for our amendment. I do not think that it was unreasonable for him to draw out a timetable, particularly in Amendment 96C. I had a quick glance at it and it does not seem unreasonable in terms of responding to concerns that things could drag out and not be resolved in a reasonable manner. Therefore, I thank him very much for his...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (27 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: The amendment deals with appeals. The Bill follows the revision of common rules for postal services, directive 97/67/EC by virtue of directive 2008/06/EC. It also rationalises the national regulatory arrangements by appointing Ofcom as the national regulatory authority. Under the three relevant Acts—the Competition Act 1998, the Enterprise Act 2002 and the Communications Act 2003—Ofcom is...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (27 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: I support my noble friend and colleague Lord Razzall in his amendment. He rightly said that we see this as an extremely important key amendment as regards the Post Office and postal services. We are very pleased to have the support of the noble Lords, Lord Hoyle and Lord Clarke. My noble friend said that we are not excluding other ideas or proposals. As the noble Lord, Lord Clarke, said, the...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (20 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: I thank the Minister for responding as he did. As he says, Clause 29 is extremely important and a key part of the Bill. That is why we thought it appropriate to raise this issue. The fact is that Saturday is excluded, notwithstanding the fact, as the Minister says, that packages are currently delivered on Saturdays. None the less, we have had this debate. It has been put on to the record that...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (20 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: I rise with pleasure to move the amendment and to speak to Amendment 83. I do not think that I will have to give a long explanation. Exactly what we are talking about is clear from the wording of the amendments. In the debates on Amendments 80 and 86 of the noble Lord, Lord Clarke, reference was made to provision for all categories of people and users. We on these Benches and others are very...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (20 Apr 2009)

Lord Cotter: I support the noble Lord, Lord Clarke, in the points he has made, including that about no more closures. We all welcomed the Secretary of State's words, and indeed had I not been sitting down I might have collapsed in a heap. Such a specific commitment was very welcome and pertinent to what we are talking about, particularly the commitment of noble Lords on these Benches to post offices and...

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords—

Further Education: Capital Investment — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, given that many colleges' rebuilding programmes have planning permission and are ready to go, thereby creating jobs and apprentice places in the construction industry, how far do the Government propose to use them as a means of combating the recession? Has the department had any discussions on that point with the Treasury?

Local Government: Markets — Question (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the positive statements made and the encouragement given to markets. Clearly, they are very important. In this day and age, they provide staple products, such as fruit and vegetables, at competitive prices. They also provide diversity: ethnic communities are able to sell their products. Notwithstanding what has been said about local areas, there is a concern...

Vehicles: Scrappage — Question (18 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister rightly says that jobs need to be considered. However, if the job situation is to be looked at, it is now urgent to come to a decision one way or the other. The Minister mentioned old vehicles. The intention would be to recycle them as part of the scheme. There would be environmental benefits to be looked at, in that vehicles replacing the old ones would be...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Second Reading (10 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, today we face a situation in which we are not short of ideas about what to do about the Royal Mail and the Post Office network. We have had a very good debate in that direction with varied suggestions. The Government have their view and ideas, as set out in the Bill, but there is no certainty about the end-game. There may not be unanimity on the solution, but there is general...

Economy: Skills Development — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, at a time of financial and economic crisis, it is understandable that businesses cut back. Difficult as it is, this is not the time to neglect training and skills. It is more urgent than ever to provide our workforce with the skills they need. I quote here from a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility: "As the economic situation facing the UK and the...

Economy: Automotive Industry — Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, we have had a timely debate today, as there is no question but that the automotive industry is highly important. I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for calling this debate and particularly for referring to the importance of the small business sector. Of course the automotive industry is important as an exporter—it accounts for 11 per cent of this country's...

Financial Markets — Statement (19 Jan 2009)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, led by my noble friend Lord Newby, I want to carry on asking for clarification about the Royal Bank of Scotland. I am specifically concerned that, to quote the Statement, "we have agreed with them an extension of lending commitments to large companies". I am somewhat puzzled by that, because there is widely felt concern about small businesses and the Royal Bank of Scotland has...

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