Results 181–200 of 720 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 Haskel

Industrial Strategy: British Business Bank — Question for Short Debate (8 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for moving this Motion, because it provides us with an opportunity to learn more about the business bank. It seems to have been below the horizon in recent months, but I notice it published a strategy document last month, in June. The noble Baroness puts the business bank in the context of an industrial policy strategy. My response is: what...

Scientific Research and Development — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: Each government department had an independent scientific budget under the management of the scientist. That was a very important part of the Government’s research budget, but that budget seems to have disappeared. Can the Minister tell us what happened to it?

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I begin by joining all noble Lords in saying what they are thinking: “Finally, the last speaker”.

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: Secondly, I add my thanks to my noble friends who wrote this report. As they say, the House needs reform. The noble Viscount, Lord Tenby, reminded us that reform of this House has been debated for more than 100 years. Until 1949 the debate was about the powers of the House. From 1950 onwards the debate was about membership, and in 1999 this was settled to some extent. The reform debate should...

House of Lords: Labour Peers’ Working Group Report — Motion to Take Note (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: The answer is: that is beside the point. We have been struggling with reform since the hereditary Peers left. We have had a royal commission, four White Papers, two Bills at attempted reform of the House and reports from several Select Committees, academics and think tanks. One must also not forget the very sensible proposals made by the Clerk of the Parliaments in December 2012. Little...

EU: Youth Unemployment (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: First, I, too, express my thanks to our witnesses for giving us the benefit of their experience; to our special adviser, John Bell, for his understanding and knowledge; and to our clerks for their hard work and diligence. They all made this work possible. I also thank our chair, the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, for her leadership, and, indeed, fellow members of the committee for their...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, when opening this debate, the Minister said that his proposed legislation would encourage trust. I am very glad he said that because during April there were two popular polls about people’s trust in business, one for the BBC and one for the Financial Times. Both said that 61% of us did not trust business. I am not making a political point. Half of those who felt this way...

Living Wage — Question (9 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that all those in work receive a living wage.

Living Wage — Question (9 Jun 2014)

Lord Haskel: But the Minister’s words are not carried out in practice. The reality is entirely different. Is the Minister aware that during the last three years, two-thirds of the increase in social security payments to people of working age has gone to people in work? So while the Government are cutting public services, the taxpayer is supporting low pay. Given that support, does the Minister agree...

Businesses: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Motion to Take Note (6 May 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cope, on arranging this debate. It is nice to know that someone has listened to us and has read our work, and that the Government have kept their promise to report back. I also thank the Minister for his letter of 27 March. He told us what has been and is being done in response to the matters we have raised. From his letter, it seems that...

Pfizer and AstraZeneca — Statement (6 May 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, the World Health Organisation advises that priority number 1 in public health is to develop new antibiotics, because germs are becoming resistant to old ones. The Government’s major responsibility is public health. In what way will this merger help public health in this country?

Water Bill — Third Reading (8 Apr 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, has the Minister seen the report from the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee? It is quite critical of these amendments. The committee found that the amendments were prepared in a hurry, and was particularly concerned that the procedure should have a strengthened affirmative procedure. I was not sure from the Minister’s introduction whether he was giving an...

Immigration Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (1 Apr 2014)

Lord Haskel: I draw to your Lordships’ attention the fact that the annunciator is stuck and has been showing the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister—but they are working on it. Amendment 22 Moved by Baroness Smith of Basildon 22: After Clause 18, insert the following new Clause— “Residence permit: domestic violence (1) A person (P) shall be entitled to a residence permit for three months for...

Royal Mail — Statement (1 Apr 2014)

Lord Haskel: The coalition Government are not the first to be badly advised by the City, and probably not the last. Will the Government therefore say that they got it wrong and apologise, in exactly the same way that they keep asking the previous Labour Government to apologise for their mistakes?

House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (28 Mar 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I echo the tributes to the noble Lord, Lord Steel, and others for their tenacity, their hard work and their efforts in bringing this before us. I, too, am sorry to see my noble friend Lord Grenfell go. He is of course great value as well as being good company, because in him we get two for the price of one: both a hereditary and an appointed Peer. He is also an old Etonian, so the...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 Mar 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I start by thanking the usual channels for giving us an extra week in which to consider the Budget before we debate it. Things that first of all seem too good to be true often benefit from this rather longer consideration. For instance, the pension reforms mentioned by many noble Lords may be welcomed a little bit less when you realise that annuities are an important source of...

Employment — Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2014)

Lord Haskel: We can keep spending the bonuses because the bonuses keep going up.

Employment — Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, every Wednesday, John Kay writes an article in the Financial Times. Last week he wrote about economics and mathematics, and he came to the conclusion that numbers do not really reflect the world as it really is. Numbers have to be tempered with the realities of human life, as I think the noble Baroness, Lady Eaton, implied. While I welcome this opportunity to debate employment and I...

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

Lord Haskel: My Lords, along with equity funding, the hedge funds and equity funds are doing the work of the banks to some extent. Is the Minister satisfied that they are being properly regulated in doing this work?

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 Mar 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Royall spoke about looking forward to speaking to her grandchildren. I have reached the ripe old age where my grandchildren ask me what the biggest change is that I have seen during my life. When I compare the life of my mother with that of my daughter and granddaughters, I have little hesitation in saying, “The contribution of women”. But although this...


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