Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, the Covid pandemic has affected young people particularly hard in their education and when beginning their careers. To this end, and in terms of “Build back better” and this task force, will the Government put an end to the pernicious practice of unpaid internships? The Prime Minister and the public are in favour […]

Amendment 1 | Financial Services Bill – Report (1st Day) | Lords debates

My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in this debate on the first group of amendments on the first day of Report on the Financial Services Bill. I declare my interests as set out in the register. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, on tabling this amendment and on the […]

Amendment 3 | Financial Services Bill – Report (1st Day) | Lords debates

My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lady Noakes. In essence, since we are on Report on a Financial Services Bill, these amendments can, I hope, be rightly summed up as, “What point profit if no planet to spend it on?” But, as the term “global warming” clearly sets out, it […]

Amendment 4 | Financial Services Bill – Report (1st Day) | Lords debates

My Lords, I am delighted to speak to this group of amendments and declare my interests as set out in the register. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Noakes not just on the eloquence that she demonstrated in introducing these three amendments but on the quality of their drafting. As an ex-City solicitor, I look […]

Amendment 11 | Financial Services Bill – Report (1st Day) | Lords debates

It is a pleasure to speak to this group of amendments, and I declare my interests as set out in the register. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, on the way in which he introduced this group, and on all the work that he has done in this area, not least with StepChange. More […]

People with Disabilities Standing for Elected Office – Question | Lords debates

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the Government may be able to perform a useful convening role with political parties, to gain more traction on this issue? In 2018, I was commissioned to produce a report on increasing access to public appointments for disabled people. Unfortunately, many of its recommendations remain unaddressed. Could […]

Lords Committee Hearing on Financial Exclusion

As a House of Lords hearing revisits the work of the Financial Exclusion Select Committee I consider how my proposed amendments to the Financial Services Bill can deliver the change we still need to see. Financial services should enable and empower, and I want us all to have: “the ability to manage day to day […]

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill – Second Reading | Lords debates

My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in this debate, and I congratulate my noble friend Lord Vaizey on the excellent way in which introduced the Bill and, indeed, on all the work he did as a DCMS Minister. Literacy is everything. Just look to our prison population to understand what transpires when […]