Results 161–180 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

Employment Bill [HL] (7 Jan 2008)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, there is fairly general agreement on and support for this Bill—apart from the previous speaker's trenchant remarks—although of course some concerns have been raised. It was particularly encouraging to hear the Minister say that it will lighten the regulatory burden on business and to hear talk of the saving of millions of pounds for business. There are encouraging signs, but as...

Severn Barrage (13 Dec 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, first, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Livsey, for calling this very timely debate. It has provoked much discussion and teased out many points that needed to be teased out, among which was the need for prompt action. His initiative has enabled a good discussion. We have had a good debate, which has thrown up many issues. For environmental reasons, an alternative renewable source of...

Debate on the Address (14 Nov 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, business needs stability, and it was good to hear the noble Lord, Lord Jones, refer to that very point in his opening remarks. We on these Benches were extremely pleased when the Government introduced the system whereby the central bank sets interest rates. It was a departure that has produced much-needed stability and is something that we had long advocated. But stability is driven...

Royal Mail: Dispute (17 Oct 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, as the Minister will know, many hundreds of thousands of pounds have been incurred by small businesses in bank charges and the like. Will he have discussions with the British Bankers' Association to ask the banks to be more understanding and take a softer approach to small businesses in this situation, which is affecting them very badly?

Barometers (16 Jul 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I understand from previous answers that small firms will be able to carry on working on antique barometers. Given that regulations are slipped in some years ahead—certainly without much notice—as is often the case with Governments, can the Minister give an assurance that there will be no such regulations to stop small firms carrying on doing this work indefinitely? As the work...

Skills Base (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, thanks go to the noble Lord, Lord Leitch, for this excellent report and for initiating today's debate. I want to speak particularly about giving opportunities to young people entering the workplace, especially those who find the transition from school to work daunting. Much is made, rightly, of university education but it does not suit everyone, so there is a real need for training...

Hong Kong (27 Jun 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, bearing in mind that the London Stock Exchange has an office in Hong Kong, and the need for us to be a global financial power, has the London Stock Exchange considered opening an Asian market? Does the Minister agree that we need to be playing a strong game in the Asian field, and that would help considerably?

Employment: Unskilled Jobs (21 Jun 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I decline to answer that point. A moment ago the Minister referred to apprenticeships increasing in number, but still there are not enough. I am sure he would agree that there is a great demand. What will he do to ensure a better completion rate of apprenticeships? That is a great concern. Will the Government consider some form of recognition for apprenticeships, such as a diploma...

Homelessness (9 May 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, the Minister has spoken a lot about young people. Young offenders frequently have difficulty finding suitable housing. If they are not looked after they are at risk of reoffending. What signposting is given to direct them to where they can find the housing?

Women (8 Mar 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I welcome this opportunity to speak on women's issues, for which I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Gould. Many issues have been touched upon already but, as time is short, I shall go straight into the one that I wish to address. I would like to talk about Rwanda to emphasise how women have suffered and are continuing to suffer there. I pay tribute to the work that is going on, in...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: moved Amendment No. 45: Clause 15, page 12, line 22, at beginning insert "(1)"

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this is an important issue. The Bill currently says: "Proceedings for an offence of corporate manslaughter ... may not be instituted ... without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions". We say that it should be possible for a private individual to institute proceedings regardless of the approval of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which, in fact, is normally the...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for a very fair and comprehensive consideration of the issue which obviously concerns us. He was very reasonable in the points that he put. Despite our continuing concerns, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: moved Amendment No. 44: Before Clause 15 , insert the following new Clause— "Duty to publicise the offence The Secretary of State shall have a duty to publicise the offence as set out in section 1 of this Act to— (a) the public, (b) an organisation to which section 1 of this Act applies, and (c) an organisation which is otherwise exempt from the offence by virtue of sections 4 to 7 of...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, this is a short but important amendment to emphasise the need for this Bill to be properly publicised. This is self-evidently needed, but it is important that the implications of this legislation are made abundantly clear in order to encourage people affected to be aware that they need to anticipate potential risks—in fact, to concentrate minds. Now more than ever it is incumbent...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (5 Feb 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply and for his assurance that great attention will be given to publicity. I also thank him for the robustness with which he addressed a number of points. An important factor regarding the publicity is that people are aware of it and that they adjust their behaviour accordingly. On that basis, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Railways: Franchises (18 Jan 2007)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, for providing us with the opportunity for a debate on a subject of great concern to many of us this afternoon. I declare an interest, not as an expert like the two previous speakers and others but simply as a user of the rail service. In particular, I shall address the First Great Western Franchise, which I use regularly. Many concerns have been...

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I also thank the noble Baroness for giving a clear exposition of the Bill, as she habitually does—as I have learnt in the short time that I have been in this place. I am pleased to welcome this legislation from the other place: it has been long sought and long needed. I think it is fair to say that the public have frequently been dismayed at the lack of accountability and...

Debate on the Address (20 Nov 2006)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I am grateful to be given this opportunity to raise a matter that is of great urgency and importance. I was, unfortunately, unable to be in the House at the start of the debate, due to rail delays. Much good intention and good will is directed towards Rwanda. In that connection, I pay tribute to the work of this Government, the Rwanda Government and to many other organisations. I...

International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (29 Jun 2006)

Lord Cotter: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Quin, on her maiden speech. I shall have to strive very hard to match the ability and fluency that she achieved a short while ago. Perhaps I may say how grateful I am for this opportunity to speak in your Lordships' House for the first time, in particular when we are talking about worldwide events. Most important, I thank enormously all...


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