Results 141–160 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

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, in the years that the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, has served in your Lordships’ House, she has been a fighter and a champion for better palliative care, particularly in her home country of Wales. As a result, Wales has a system of seven-day specialist palliative care which many organisations say is good and successful, and when the noble Baroness wants to bring this to us here in...

National Minimum Wage — Question (19 Oct 2015)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on British business of the new minimum wage when it comes into effect in 2016.

National Minimum Wage — Question (19 Oct 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, while welcoming the increase in the minimum wage, noble Lords will notice that the increase is much greater than the usual rise that results from rigorous and careful analysis by the Low Pay Commission, which studies the different regions and the different sectors of industry. What studies have the Government done as to the effect on jobs and the economy of their proposed increase,...

Apprenticeships — Motion to Take Note (15 Oct 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, in their recent paper, Fixing the Foundations, the Government seek a higher pay and lower welfare society, giving people the chance to work and progress. Apprenticeships used to provide this but, as my noble friend Lady Morgan told us, the system did not adapt to the economic changes of the 1970s and 1980s and was virtually abandoned in favour of national vocational qualifications....

Enterprise Bill [HL]: Second Reading (Continued) (12 Oct 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, owing to a mix-up my name was not on the speakers list, so, instead of my prepared speech, here are four bullet points for speaking in the gap. First, regarding the commissioner, many attempts have been made to encourage prompt payments, and all have failed. In most companies, cash out requires cash in, and firms have their own carefully calculated cash flow. Without considerably...

Economy — Motion to Take Note: 1.53 pm (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, in the three minutes left for this debate, I thank all noble Lords and members of the Front Benches for their words, their work, their wisdom and their contributions. I thank the Minister in particular for his response and for telling us about the work that he is doing; we should learn more about that. There has been a diversity of opinion about the role of the state. The answer is...

Economy — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I am delighted to move this Motion this morning. In fact, I rather feel like somebody waiting for the No. 59 bus and then two come along. Having two debates on productivity and the economy this week is most exceptional. Some of us were unable to get on the first bus, as it was slipped in during the summer, so I welcome noble Lords to this rather full second bus. Now that the new...

Economy — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Haskel: The Minister has asked Sir Charles Bean—Charlie Bean—to look into this whole question, so I will leave it to him to answer. It is called delegation. At present, we have a growing system where public administration, business and trading, shopping and entertainment, travel and leisure, and running our offices, our homes and our health depend more and more on computers dealing with each...

Civilian Use of Drones (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, as many noble Lords have indicated, there are two ways in which to look at new technologies such as drones. They can be a tool for invasion of privacy, a tool for terrorists and criminals, and for war, and must be kept under strict control. Or they can be welcomed as a useful new technology—a technology making us more productive and more efficient, and making life easier and more...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I, too, welcome the focus of this Budget on productivity. On Friday morning, I got hold of this paper and I read it and, yes, the index indicated that the paper was going to deal with the many aspects of productivity that concern us on this side of the House—so, welcome to our concerns, Minister. I started reading the paper and fairly soon I got the same feeling you get when you...

English Votes for English Laws — Question for Short Debate (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I share the concern of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, about the effect that EVEL will have on the Barnett formula. Let me explain, and I am most grateful to John Kay for pointing this out. If English MPs decide that English schools will receive an additional service paid for by an additional charge on English taxpayers, this rise will be reflected in the Barnett formula, irrespective...

Future of the BBC — Question for Short Debate (14 Jul 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, the BBC should be congratulated, but instead it is under attack. Why? Because some accuse it of reporting the news on the bias. Bias is in the eye of the beholder. It is an impossible task to appear unbiased in this world of political ideology. As the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, said, what really matters is the truth, accuracy and timeliness. The BBC is under attack by right-wing...

Affordable Housing — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, a common way of measuring our standard of living is to look at household expenditure. When I got married in 1962, the average household spent 24% of its income on food; today, that figure is 9%. We used to spend 11% of our income on clothing; today, it is 6%. On recreation and culture, we used to spend 7% of our income but we now spend 11%. We are better off. We also travel more: we...

Economy: Creative Industries — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: Does the Minister’s figures include the non-creative part of the work that went on in those industries?

Economy: Creative Industries — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I have just spent a few wonderful days at an example of the creative economy at work. I have just come back from the Aldeburgh music festival. Aldeburgh is a charming seaside town in an area of outstanding natural beauty, but music has transformed it into a world-class cultural and learning centre—a centre of excellence. Last year, 25,000 tickets were sold to audiences from more...

Economy: Productivity — Question (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to increase productivity as compared to that forecast in Table 5b of the Bank of England May inflation report.

Economy: Productivity — Question (8 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I welcome the Minister to his first Oral Questions. I also welcome his words, but I think that many noble Lords will agree with me that we have heard these promises before. However, manifestly, they have not worked. Why not? Will the Minister agree with me that they have not worked because they do not understand that productivity involves every aspect of our economic life and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, as a fellow Mancunian, I welcome the Minister to the House and congratulate him on his maiden speech. Yes, the election and its surprises are behind us, but our economic problems remain. My noble friend Lord Mendelsohn reminded us of them. We all know the answer, which many noble Lords have given: productivity. Yes, raising productivity is the main determinant of our standard of...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 Mar 2015)

Lord Haskel: Is the noble Lord aware that the figure I used for productivity per person comes from the Institute for Fiscal Studies? I think it can be considered to be pretty good and independent. On skills and qualifications, the Minister spoke of numbers, but it is important to speak of standards, because that is what will help our economy. We do not need what the OBR calls the rollercoaster attitude...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 Mar 2015)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, it is a pleasure to speak in the Second Reading debate with such a short and, perhaps I may say, select list of speakers. I start with a question. There is one ingredient which, if inserted into the Finance Bill, would raise pay, raise the tax intake, reduce welfare costs, increase exports, raise our standard of living and cut our deficit. What is that magic ingredient? The Minister...

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