Results 21–40 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

Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Haskel: I thank the Minister for his reply, but the monitoring does not seem to work, because this is happening too many times. As well as infrastructure, Interserve does welfare to work, probation, home care and hospital work—all important services—yet because of its financial structure, like many other public service companies, it has become a speculative vehicle for hedge funds and private...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I wonder whether the noble Lord, Lord Robathan, read the letter from Lord Aldington to the Financial Times. He wrote that knowing Brexit is harmful yet insisting it be done is the essence of the classic Greek tragedy. The noble Lord will know that they all end badly. How do we know this one will not end well? Because we have been told so by virtually every respectable economic...

European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Economic Partnership Agreements and Trade Agreement) (Eastern and Southern Africa States, Southern African Development Community States, Ghana and Ecuador) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (27 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: My noble friend is absolutely right to ask how trade policy agreements and treaties will be determined after we withdraw from the European Union. In fact, this is a matter that concerns your Lordships’ Constitution Committee, and it has launched an inquiry to investigate the efficacy of our role in the scrutiny of treaties and how this should be handled post Brexit. I am sure that it will...

Cyberattacks - Question (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the United Kingdom’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

Cyberattacks - Question (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: I hear what the Minister says, but I do not think he will satisfy the committee. It defined the Government’s current position as, “long on aspiration and short on delivery”. It says that the Government have failed to match the increasing threat with improved cyber resilience in both the public and private sectors and that it finds a lack of expertise to provide credible insurance. It...

Productivity: Work-related Stress - Question (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of work-related stress on productivity.

Productivity: Work-related Stress - Question (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: I thank the Minister for that reply, but the Government’s latest skills and employment survey told us that we are working harder than ever and are under increased strain. In spite of this, productivity has stagnated. Recent research by McKinsey seems to show that less prescriptive management empowers staff to be more productive and reduces stress. What can be done to encourage this good...

Economy: Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (13 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Smith is absolutely right: this Budget is designed to deal with the political problems of the Government and not the economic and social problems of this country. Most people would simply not recognise the picture painted by the Minister in his opening speech. Perhaps this Budget had to be short term while Brexit negotiations continue, but how much more...

Children: Welfare, Life Chances and Social Mobility - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I rarely trouble the House with my views on young people’s welfare; I usually give the House my views on much easier and simpler matters, such as the economy, technology and business. However, when I read my noble friend’s note about her debate, her comments about a second bite at the cherry struck a chord with me, as it probably did with many of us who are parents and...

Industrial Strategy - Question (31 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: The White Paper promised us a separate council, the purpose of which is to stimulate and motivate action from the Government. Is this why the council has not yet been appointed?

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Regret (16 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I am a member of your Lordships’ Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, and somehow it has fallen to me to voice the concerns of the committee. It was I who spoke in the debate in July to which the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, referred. This order was presented to the committee as a matter of administrative convenience: extend the authorisation from one to four months and you...

Education and Training - Question (15 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to adapt education and training to address the needs of the changing economy.

Education and Training - Question (15 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: I hear what the Minister says, but with the Open University and FE colleges cutting back and several training companies in difficulty, the usual routes for skills and social progress via Earn and Learn, lifelong learning, and adult reskilling, are in decline, as are apprenticeships. As a result, the number of skilled job vacancies is soaring, and high employment is based on low-skill,...

Employee Shareholding and Participation in Corporate Governance - Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of proposals for greater employee shareholding and participation in corporate governance.

Employee Shareholding and Participation in Corporate Governance - Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, this is a topic on which there is a surprising amount of agreement. It is because of the increasing erosion of public confidence in business that all the recent party conferences discussed it. They debated how to reshape business and shake up the way it works. It was caused by worries about the energy companies ripping off their loyal customers, and drew approval at both the Labour...

Anti-Semitism - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2018)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I had an opportunity to discuss this motion with my rabbi, and we both agreed that the law is pretty robust. So where does all this anti-Semitism come from? It comes from long-established prejudices and the modern polarisation of identity. Yes, there are religious prejudices, as the noble Lord, Lord Sacks, told us, but people still believe there is a vast Jewish conspiracy against...

Debt Advice Services - Question (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of demand for debt advice services; and what steps they are taking to reduce the level of household debt.

Debt Advice Services - Question (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Haskel: Recently, there have been many reports of the rise in the number of people seeking debt advice and seeking loans to pay basic household bills. Many of these people are in work. National Debtline, the IPPR, McKinsey, and now the National Audit Office tell us that the cause is exploitative and precarious terms of employment, which enables low-value jobs, instead of encouraging productivity and...

Political Influence: Artificial Intelligence - Question (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the challenges posed by imitation speech and images generated by artificial intelligence to advance political agendas.

Political Influence: Artificial Intelligence - Question (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Haskel: The Minister’s brief will have told him that this technology of breaking up speeches into tiny fragments and then refabricating them to say something completely different is now very well developed. Would he not agree that this technology could be of benefit to our creative industries but a threat to our public discourse? Bearing in mind that in recent years the Government have been behind...


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