Results 101–120 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

Role of the Lord Speaker - Question for Short Debate (30 Mar 2017)

Lord Haskel: He is lucky. Thanks to several changes in recent years, the House now has a clearly established code of conduct, with powers to discipline or even expel Members who have broken the code. It is by being a champion for this code that the Lord Speaker plays an important role in maintaining the reputation of the House. Over the years, we have taken small steps regarding behaviour, standards and...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Lupton. We are alumni of the same school, but we obviously took away different ideas. To me, this Budget continues with austerity, which tells us that the strains on the National Health Service, education and public services are increasing. With food and fuel inflation expected to reach 2.4%, we must be approaching the limits of...

UK Exports - Question for Short Debate (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I agree with the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, that, after Brexit, it will be more important than ever to get British business trading with the world. I join the British Chambers of Commerce in regretting that there was no new support for exporters in today’s Budget. The Government’s current efforts to help exporters and deal with supply-chain problems deal largely with...

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (Continued) (5 Dec 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, when I became a life Peer, my children told me that being an unelected parliamentarian was a contradiction in terms. This is why outreach is such an important activity for me and for us. I have found that after explaining to schools, universities and other organisations the work that we do in holding Governments to account, in scrutinising and improving legislation, and in...

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, at last the final Back Bencher. I would like to emphasise the importance of trade. My noble friend Lord Livermore reminded us that forecasters and the OBR told us to expect lower growth, higher inflation and little increase in productivity. This is considered to be sheer ill-judged pessimism by some members of the Government and by the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, but I would advise...

European Union: Trade - Question (28 Nov 2016)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given undertakings to different sectors of industry regarding trade with the European Union; and, if so, whether these will be incorporated in their industrial strategy.

European Union: Trade - Question (28 Nov 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, this Question was originally put down when assurances were given to Nissan regarding Brexit and the EU. It remains topical because everybody else is still waiting for a reply. Will the Government confront this uncertainty? Will they show some leadership and give the sense of direction that is needed to enable and encourage the investment and the organisation so that everybody else...

Economy: Currency Fluctuations - Motion to Take Note (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, I too would like to keep the exchange rate steady. There used to be an idea that a managed exchange rate could benefit the economy—that there was a direct cause and effect. If only life were so simple. Chancellors thought that a strong currency would create a large balance of payments deficit and so some tried to manage it down, only to find that that...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, it is the task of POST—the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology—to keep parliamentarians, their researchers, their committees and parliamentary staff informed about all matters relating to science. On 10 November it is going to bring all these people together with the research councils to consider how Brexit will affect key policy areas relating to science. The...

Brexit: Domestic and International - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I always welcome an economics debate, and I looked forward to hearing what the noble Lord had to say because of his long business experience. I look forward to hearing the Minister too. But I was a little confused by the noble Lord’s words, because I always thought that we were an outward-looking champion of global free trade. I know that we were there when China announced the...

Industrial Strategy - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have prepared their industrial strategy; and, if so, what it is.

Industrial Strategy - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Haskel: The Prime Minister, too, has called for an economy that works for everybody and for business to be more responsible. Does the Minister agree that Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006, which requires directors and managers to have regard to the interests of employees, customers, suppliers, as well as shareholders, does just that? However, this section has never been enforced, so will the...

Sharing Economy - Question (17 Oct 2016)

Lord Haskel: As the Minister knows, much of the investment and work in the sharing economy is intangible. What progress are the Government making on measuring that work, as recommended in the Bean report?

Tax Credits: Concentrix - Statement (14 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: The Minister spoke of 150 staff being taken on to do this work. Will new staff be taken on or will existing HMRC staff be stretched still further?

Pension Protection Fund - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Pension Protection Fund will be able to meet its obligations to pensioners.

Pension Protection Fund - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: I welcome the Minister to the Dispatch Box for his first Question. Bearing in mind the numbers he gave us, and also that the current BHS episode affects 20,000 people, and the recent warning from PwC that our defined pension schemes have a total deficit of £710 billion, are the Government satisfied that the current regulation is good enough to prevent poorly run schemes having to be bailed...

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, the answer to the question put by the noble Lord, Lord Robathan, about who is to blame is this: Jack Weatherill, and I will explain why. Perhaps I may start by saying that I support my noble friend’s Bill and I congratulate him on it. It is a step in the right direction in terms of reforming your Lordships’ House. It provides for reform by small steps, which is the way I think...

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: The noble Viscount is quite right: he did facilitate the process rather than negotiate it. I thank him for pointing that out. Some 15 of the 90 hereditary Peers were appointed by virtue of being former or at the time current Deputy Speakers. The purpose and usefulness of the procedure has obviously served us well, but it has now expired. The Deputy Speakers have served their time and an...

Civil Society and Lobbying - Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, as I understand it, the Government have put on hold the rules regarding the lobbying activities of organisations that receive taxpayers’ money. They are right to do so because their thinking is very confused. It is not anti-government to seek the best welfare for our fellow citizens. It is not anti-government to seek the highest standards of health and safety. It is not...

Employment: Remuneration - Question (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Haskel: Some companies publish a ratio between the top salaries and the bottom salaries. As part of the Government’s consultation, are they going to seek some kind of standard—some kind of ideal ratio—for this sort of thing?

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