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Results 141–160 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

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (8 Dec 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, today we get the chance once again to address the issue of business and the economy. We have had much activity in recent weeks, with Statements, the Pre-Budget Report and the Queen's Speech; but still there is much to do in a continuing scenario. I will concentrate on the small business sector, which provides six out of 10 jobs. My whole working life outside Parliament has been in...

Post Office Card Account (13 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister rightly referred to the turbulence in the banking sector, and the solid and reliable service that post offices give in this country, which is why we welcome the announcement today. But I should like to press the point made by my noble friend that this solution for the five-year period will develop into a permanent solution. In response to the question asked by the noble...

Employment Bill [HL] (13 Nov 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I should like to take this opportunity to refer to the national minimum wage, an issue covered by Amendment No. 2 and also by the Employment Bill. For my sins, I participated in the National Minimum Wage Bill in the other place, where we had one of the longest Committee sittings ever—over 24 hours—to discuss it at great length. It is good that the issue has been addressed again...

Small Businesses (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to assist small businesses in the current financial situation.

Small Businesses (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I understand that Ministers are meeting the banks today. Will they agree with the banks a memorandum of understanding to ensure availability of finance, competitive interest rates and no increases in fees for small businesses? May I also point out that the issue of small shops has not been addressed? I presented to this House the Retail...

Small Businesses (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his welcome Statement—although I agree that it would have been better if it had been presented yesterday—and I welcome him to his new role. We look forward with great expectation and anticipation to the Government's actions. We have had Statements on the financial crisis but it is important to have this Statement focusing on SMEs. I am not sure that I...

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2008 (16 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I welcome the Secretary of State to his new role and thank him for his excellent speech. I shall be brief—I wish to raise only one issue—but I hope I will not put my foot in it as I characteristically do sometimes. As the Secretary of State may recollect, shortly after his departure from his second role in government he entered a lift in which I was going upwards, as it were. I...

Banking: Financial Stability (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Newby has said, we welcome the Government's proposals, and it is particularly encouraging that they have mentioned small and medium-sized businesses in this connection. However, in the light of the rate reductions we have seen today, perhaps I, too, may ask the Minister to ensure that those reductions, and indeed more, are passed on to small businesses in...

Economy: Enterprise, Taxation and Manufacturing (22 May 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, "enterprise" is a word that is synonymous with much of the history of these islands. Being enterprising comes naturally, as they say. We must encourage enterprise in a specific field—that is, business—but also in a wider way, by encouraging people, through our educational system and community outlook, to be innovative, ambitious and open-minded. The dead hand of officialdom can...

Post Offices (24 Apr 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, while not wishing to drag out the time, I am a little concerned about those post offices that are also shops. If they take the compensation package by losing the part of their shop that is the post office service, are they are told that they cannot carry on providing certain services, such as the lottery, that are seen to be vaguely part of that service? That would be very unfair indeed.

Post Offices (24 Apr 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, for this timely debate. I particularly thank the noble Lords, Lord Selsdon and Lord Graham. I did my national service and it worries me that I cannot remember my Army number. We have had a very well supported debate in terms of speakers, with a wide range of views expressed. But it is a great pity that we are discussing post offices today. I...

Post Offices (24 Apr 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, there were 3,500 closures, and possibly a few more. It shows that the current process was started by the Conservatives. Perhaps the official Opposition should in all modesty be a bit more realistic about these closures, about which they are complaining so loudly across the country. We on these Benches believe in community. We believe that post office closures are damaging and that...

Apprenticeships (21 Apr 2008)

Lord Cotter: asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to increase the number of apprenticeships in the private sector to 400,000 per year by 2020, as recommended in the Leitch review of skills.

Apprenticeships (21 Apr 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. Does she agree that the National Apprenticeship Service faces a big challenge, in view of the fact that in the private sector in this country there is only a 10 per cent take-up of apprenticeships, out of 1.4 million VAT-registered businesses? In view of that, the scheme has to be robust. Will the Minister assure us that there will be...

Retail Development Bill [HL] (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to the Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

European Council: 13-14 March 2008 (17 Mar 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for her responses on the questions that have been raised so far. It is encouraging to hear that small business will be addressed following the recent discussions. I draw attention to the example of the Netherlands, where the impact assessment of regulations and Bills is run by an independent organisation. In the other House, I frequently raised this when...

Retail Development Bill [HL] (22 Feb 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for attending. Of course there is important business to follow—reform of the House of Lords—although I submit that a lot of people out there are also very concerned about the issue that I have raised today. I appreciate seeing the noble Lord, Lord Brennan, here, who I know has a great interest in the retail field. I certainly hope to use some of his...

Retail Development Bill [HL] (22 Feb 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. Are we to wait to see our communities, our villages and our local neighbourhoods wither and die or can something be done about it? I do not think it is overstating the case to say that we are in danger of losing the heart and soul of this nation—a fact drawn attention to by reports produced in the past few years on Clone Town...

Retail Development Bill [HL] (22 Jan 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I beg leave to introduce a Bill to provide support for small retail businesses; to establish the Office for Retail Planning; to make provision about retail planning and development; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Bill read a first time, and ordered to be printed.

Apprenticeships (EAC Report) (7 Jan 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, it is very good that today we are once again discussing the issue of apprenticeships. It is always encouraging to have the presence of the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, with his distinguished record in this House. Perhaps I may take the opportunity to congratulate him on his recent appointment as the FA chairman. It is very adept to be appointed once the new England...

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