Results 161–180 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

Autumn Statement — Motion to Take Note (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I, too, was disappointed that in the Chancellor’s Statement we heard hardly anything about productivity. In fact, more has been said in this House than in the other place—and it needs to be said. In the past six years output per hour in this country has fallen by 3%. In the US it rose by 7.6%. In Germany, France and Italy it also rose. I assume that the Government’s view is...

Autumn Statement — Statement (3 Dec 2014)

Lord Haskel: Is the Minister aware that the new science and innovation strategy is being announced today? Is this so that it is overshadowed by the Autumn Statement, or is it part of the Autumn Statement? If it is, could we know what the strategy is?

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, for his debate. He may remember a debate about faith and public life many years ago. Then the debate was about economics, and how to divide up the cake, what faith told us about dividing up the cake and how it should be done. How times have changed. Now faith in public life asks us who we are, how we live together while...

EU: UK Membership — Motion to Take Note: 6.44 pm (25 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, during the short break last week, I read a book by a Swedish journalist named Göran Rosenberg. The book, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz, described a journey that he had recently made, following in his father’s footsteps from the ghetto in Lodz, Poland to Auschwitz, to a slave labour camp in Germany, to a Red Cross resettlement camp and ending up in a small town in...

Universal Credit — Question (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, if business improved productivity by just 1% and divided that between employer and employee, how many millions would be saved on housing benefit, much of which goes to landlords?

Income Tax — Question (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: Did the Minister see the research recently which said that paying a living wage encouraged people to be more productive and raised the level of income tax? Why do the Government not just do it?

Low Pay: Resolution Foundation Report — Question (11 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by the Resolution Foundation Low Pay Britain 2014.

Low Pay: Resolution Foundation Report — Question (11 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: I think that this is the Minister’s first Oral Question, so I welcome him.

Low Pay: Resolution Foundation Report — Question (11 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: Is he aware that in responding to this Question he has two audiences. He has this Chamber; and what he has said may satisfy noble Lords. However, does he agree that to his other audience—to the people in this report whose lives and jobs are on a downward trend, and whose lives are becoming much more difficult—his response is irrelevant? In fact, they may even say that his response is...

Low-income and Vulnerable Consumers — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I do not know if the Minister goes to the World Economic Forum at Davos. In 2009, a speaker said: “There is a disconnect between capitalism and people’s lives”. That speaker was David Cameron, a year before he became Prime Minister. My noble friend’s debate today is a good opportunity to see whether the Government’s policies of the last four years have put this right. The...

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Oct 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I, too, support the Bill. As others have said, in the two debates earlier this year—that on the report of the Labour Peers working group, referred to my by noble friend Lady Taylor, and that on the Steel Bill—many people referred to the fact that House of Lords reform would do better to proceed in small steps. The two Bills which tried to deal with the whole of House of Lords...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I recently had a significant birthday. At the party, I was asked why I joined the Labour Party 60 years ago. I replied that I joined because I saw it as a crusade for equality. Today, nowhere is inequality more visible than in housing. It was perhaps easier to overlook this inequality in more prosperous times, when credit was easier and prices were lower, but rising inequality tells...

Employment — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to tackle under-employment and to help those working part-time who want a full-time job.

Employment — Question (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Haskel: I am not sure where the Minister gets his numbers from but recent figures show that there has been rise in the number of people seeking more hours. Could this be due to the low pay that people who are already in work are getting—that they need to work more hours? This is partly due, I should have thought, to the government policy of subsidising low wages through the welfare system. Instead...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I am reluctant that we should join the air strikes over Iraq because history tells us that it is pointless in the medium term. It is pointless because, as one terrorist organisation is weakened or destroyed in the Middle East, another takes its place, often more radical than the last. After the PLO left Lebanon we got Hezbollah, al-Qaeda spawned ISIS, Gaddafi was replaced by a...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, I have always had a particular interest in Article 18, because it was persecution that brought me to this country as a child. I hope that noble Lords will not mind if I speak about Article 18 closer to home, like the noble Lord, Lord Parekh. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for introducing this debate. The Jewish community has a strong connection with the Convention on Human...

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise the United Kingdom’s productivity.

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: I welcome what the Minister says but is it actually working? Thanks to the Government’s policy of the job-rich, low-wage, low-skill, long-hours economy, as a nation we are producing fewer goods and services than we did six years ago. With such a policy, how do the Government intend us to pay our way in a competitive world, reduce our balance of payments deficit and raise living standards,...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, like many other noble Lords, I want your Lordships to let the Bill proceed so that we can legislate in our usual, well established manner—especially as the Bill is a matter of individual conscience. There is no right answer. Yes, this is a Private Member’s Bill but the same arguments prevail. It is far easier to introduce a Private Member’s Bill in this House, and that is why...

Income Tax: Top Rate — Question (15 Jul 2014)

Lord Haskel: My Lords, the top 1% pays more tax. Is that because their income has gone up?

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