Canlyniadau 21–40 o 507 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness. I recognise her detailed involvement in this sector, which is part of the creative industries sector—one of the five identified by the Chancellor that will power our economy in the 21st century. It is a small part, run and characterised by microbusinesses, which no doubt have more difficult travel arrangements than they had before. The Government are working to...

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Earl. I am well aware that there is a large number of committees. In DBT we are trying our best to remove barriers to trade and perhaps reduce the number of committees. In this case, I will need to go and ask the question to find out which committee is looking after craftspeople.

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that question. We have a trade and co-operation agreement. In fact, our Brexit deal was one of the most progressive trade deals we had at the time of Brexit, which has been capitalised upon now, to 73 countries comprising 60% of global trade. Therefore, we have no tariffs and quotas for UK-EU goods trade. The Government’s aim is to maximise and make the best of...

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I refer the noble Lord to my colleague in the other place, Greg Hands MP, who is the Minister for Europe. He is spending an increasing amount of time in European capitals. We also have 300 embassy staff working in the EU on deal-by-deal arrangements with countries to help, for example, our musicians and crafts folk. It is working very well.

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for that. The craft sector is being supported. My own department, DBT, is delivering a programme of trade promotion activity in Europe and elsewhere. We also have a new means of trade, by way of digital, as well as by having to go there. Perhaps our carbon footprint has been reduced by making fewer trips to some of those shows. For example, we will be doing one in...

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that. He is basically describing the characteristics of this sector, which is populated by a large number of small, individual microbusinesses, quite often sole traders, all of whom are passionate about what they do and many of whom come to this as a second or third career. Therefore, it is a difficult sector to organise with a top-down approach from government....

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that question. We should get a report on the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral and work out exactly where the tradesmen and craftsmen have come from. I think we will find that the French are very keen to promote that as an opportunity for their own craftspeople, not necessarily for the wider community.

Craftspeople: European Union Travel and Trade - Question (13 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I am very happy to write to the noble Lord with that information.

Commercial Organisations and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I join your Lordships in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Young, for tabling the Bill, and I thank all noble Lords for their valuable contributions today. This debate is timely given recent developments in the European Union, and I share noble Lords’ views on the abhorrent practice of slave labour. I therefore welcome the opportunity to explain the Government’s current thinking...

Commercial Organisations and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that point. I think that proves the point that there is complexity here. We have a very wide matrix of businesses in this country, which need to be legislated on quite separately. That is not what is currently in the Bill. As I was saying, there is also the issue of suppliers in the developing nations having to provide data to developed nations. I saw that myself...

Commercial Organisations and Public Authorities Duty (Human Rights and Environment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for that. Indeed, talking to Ministers in Colombia and Bolivia, we were talking very much about how we strengthen their legal position, and they want help from us to do that, so that is ultimately the direction of travel. This issue is one of many that demonstrate that mandatory due diligence legislation is incredibility complex and requires detailed consideration and...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Companies: Registration ( 9 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: If a person finds that their address has been used by a company without their authorisation, they should contact Companies House providing details of the address and supporting evidence. There is no charge for applying to the Registrar of Companies to remove a person’s address from the register if it has been used without consent. Companies House does not offer a fast-track process.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Booker Group: Tesco ( 9 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Investigations into mergers and anti-competitive practices are the responsibility of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK’s independent competition regulator. I note that the CMA conducted an in-depth investigation into Tesco’s acquisition of Booker in 2017 and concluded that it did not raise competition concerns.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Iron and Steel: Port Talbot ( 9 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Tata Steel’s new Electric Arc Furnace will have a production capacity of approximately 3 million tonnes of crude steel per year.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Companies: Registration ( 8 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Companies House does not have a means of accurately measuring the volume of companies used for illegitimate purposes or an approved statistical method to estimate it. However, Companies House does act on reports of unexpected activity that may indicate that an incorporated entity is being used illegitimately. Following the commencement of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports ( 8 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Department for Business and Trade is backing British businesses to export by knocking down trade barriers and signing new trade deals. In 2022, the Government committed to resolving a ‘hit list’ of priority barriers worth more than £20 billion over five years. Since the start of 2022, we have resolved barriers all over the world estimated to be worth over £15 billion (over a...

UK Trade Performance - Statement ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for that contribution on a subject that he knows well. I will come to his specific question on auto in a moment. I will say that we are in a strong position here, but of course there is more that we can do. One of the focuses of DBT and my portfolio is to try to increase the number of companies that export. At the moment, we have 300,000 companies exporting. My...

UK Trade Performance - Statement ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for those comments. On the border target operating model and the new checks coming in, as part of Brexit, which the UK voted for, we need to protect our borders in all respects. As we have said before, we need border checks, especially when it comes to SPS. There will be costs to bear, but they will be outweighed by the benefits and the farming community has been very...

UK Trade Performance - Statement ( 7 Mai 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: When it comes to stock market listings and the operation of stock markets, that is, by definition, capitalism in the private sector, and the Government should not get involved in that particular exchange. However, the previous lord mayor led a very interesting initiative which identified that our pension funds are not investing enough in UK equities, so there is now an interesting scheme...


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