Canlyniadau 1–20 o 455 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Electric Vehicles: Batteries (23 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: AESC currently has a 1.9GWh facility operational in Sunderland. The UK has a further 52GWh per annum battery capacity committed – 12GWh from the AESC Gigafactory under construction in Sunderland and a further 40GWh from the planned Agratas Gigafactory. This is over half the capacity needed to meet industry demand forecasts of around 90GWh by 2030.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Aviation: Taxis (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: A research consortium led by Vertical Aerospace, including four universities, was awarded an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme grant to develop propeller technology. The ATI Programme co-funds UK research and development activity with industry to develop zero-carbon and ultra-efficient aircraft technology. Grants are awarded after a competitive process, with only the best...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Small Businesses: Billing (10 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: While the UK has a strong record of payment times, we are determined to see payment times fall to ensure that small businesses are given the best chance of succeeding. The Government set out policy actions in the Prompt Payment and Cash Flow which was published alongside the Autumn Statement in November 2023. These actions include extending Payment Performance Reporting Regulations with...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Regional Assistance: Northern Ireland ( 8 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Government has notified three measures to the European Commission for approval with respect to Northern Ireland since February 2023. Two of these schemes have been or will be applied UK-wide. The third is a Northern Ireland agricultural subsidy scheme, resulting from the benefit and freedom of no longer being part of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Northern Ireland ( 5 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The UK Government has worked at pace to deliver legislation to tackle the injustice faced by wrongfully convicted postmasters. The Government carefully considers the territorial extent of each piece of legislation and remains committed to supporting devolved administrations. Devolved administrations with powers to legislate in these areas should be expected to use them, as the UK Government...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Companies: Insolvency ( 5 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Company insolvencies in 2023 were 14% higher than in 2022. However, the liquidation rate of 53.7 insolvencies per 10,000 active companies was lower than the recessionary peak of 94.7 per 10,000 in 2009. The average number of quarterly company insolvencies in the past 3 years (2021-2023) was 5,112. This is 28% higher than 2017 to 2019, when the quarterly average was 3,982. The Government...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel ( 3 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and Gaza. The Government can and does respond quickly and flexibly to changing international circumstances. All export licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard. We are able to amend, suspend or revoke extant licences and refuse new licence applications as circumstances require.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade ( 3 Ebr 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. The Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and the Export Control Joint Unit will not issue an export licence to any destination where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria. The Government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and Gaza....

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tata Steel: Port Talbot (27 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As announced on the 15th of September 2023, Tata Steel is investing £1.25 billion, including a UK Government grant worth up to £500 million, in a new Electric Arc Furnace. This support is expected to save at least 5,000 jobs in the company, and thousands more in the supply chain. Where staff are affected by the transition to an Electric Arc Furnace, Tata has a legal obligation to consult...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Third Reading: Motion (26 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I add my thanks to all noble Lords who have been involved in the diligent scrutiny we have given the Bill in recent months. The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill will drive innovation and deliver better outcomes for consumers by addressing barriers to competition in digital markets and tackling consumer rip-offs. I am very grateful to noble Lords for the dedication,...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 2 (26 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I am delighted to move Amendment 2, which mirrors the intention of the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Lucas on Report on reminder notices, an amendment which was also supported by my noble friend Lord Black, the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and the noble Baroness, Lady Jones. Amendment 2 would remove the requirement for businesses to send reminder notices separately...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 2 (26 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friends Lord Black and Lord Lucas, and today the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, for their continuing engagement on this topic and on the Bill more broadly. I am pleased they agree that the Government have achieved the right balance between business and consumers on reminder notices and that we have ensured that businesses’ communications...

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill - Third Reading (26 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I will make a brief statement on the devolution status of the Bill. Parts 3, 4 and 5 of the Bill include provisions within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly relating to consumer matters. The legislative consent process is not engaged in Scotland or Wales. As noble Lords will be aware, the Executive and Assembly have only recently been restored in Northern...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Accounting Standards (Prescribed Bodies) (United States of America and Japan) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 – Lord Offord of Garvel. Orders and regulations

Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-Engagement - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (25 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank all noble Lords who have participated in this debate. I hope to clarify some key points that were mentioned. I will first turn to the regret amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Woodley. I know that the noble Lord is a champion of protecting and enhancing worker’ rights, but the Government do not believe that his suggested amendment to the code would be appropriate. The...

Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-Engagement - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (25 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As the noble Lord knows, one can read Hansard as well as one can, but not being in the Chamber to hear his eloquent argument of the case makes me slightly deficient in this response. I am disappointed that my noble friend was unable to write more comprehensively on the matter. Perhaps I can follow up with a second letter in that regard.

Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-Engagement - Motion to Approve (25 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, this code of practice, which I will refer to as “the code” for the remainder of this debate, will give legal force to accepted standards about how employers should act when seeking to change employees’ terms and conditions. The purpose of the code is to ensure that dismissal and re-engagement is only ever used as an option of last resort. The code also seeks to ensure that,...

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (Financial Penalty) Regulations 2024 - Motion to Approve (25 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank noble Lords for their contributions. I reiterate that the Government are firmly committed to the fight against economic crime and, thus, have worked to implement the 2023 Act as quickly and effectively as possible. As we have said, alongside the registrar’s new powers, which take effect from 4 March, the new financial penalty regime instigated by the regulations before us today...


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