Speeches

China: Investment into the United Kingdom

              Source: Hansard Question for Short Debate asked by Lord Wei: "To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on East Asian Business on foreign investment from China into the United Kingdom." My Lords, I am most grateful to have been granted time for us to debate what I believe is a crucial inflection point both in the UK’s relationship with China and in China’s own outward investment story. I declare an interest as the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ...

United Kingdom and China

              Source Hansard My Lords, I too want to thank my noble friend Lord Dobbs for tabling this very timely debate, and also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Whitby, and the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, on their outstanding maiden contributions today. A happy birthday, too, to the noble Lord, Lord Green, who will be sorely missed in his role as trade Minister. I declare an interest both as someone with Chinese ancestry and as one who was born and grew up in Britain. This led me quite naturally upon entering your Lordships' House a ...

Lords Select Committee Report into Ageing and Demographic Change

              Source: Hansard My Lords, it is a great honour and pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Livingston of Parkhead’s insightful, witty and passionate maiden speech. We all welcome his contribution to the House, and indeed to the whole country and beyond. As a businessman, he distinguished himself when running BT, not merely by driving it forward to growth commercially inside and especially outside the UK, but also in helping to spearhead many corporate social initiatives, including those that have helped to create suitable employment for those in later life, initiatives which I know ...

The International, Economic and Cultural Contribution of Premier League Football to the UK

              I want to join my fellow peers in congratulating my noble friend Lord Bates for securing this debate. Amidst a summer of sporting success it is only right that we turn to football, a sport whose Premier League become truly world class over the last two decades - even though as a nation we still eagerly look forward to a World Cup breakthrough in future to add to our recent tally. I want to focus my remarks today on the question of how we balance between the interests of increasingly international club shareholders ...

Visas: Student Visa Policy

              Source: Hansard My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for tabling the debate. I declare an interest as someone who often works with universities, particularly east Asian student communities, organisations and bodies. When our country is in desperate need of growth, the question of how we treat visitors to it is of utmost importance. As the son of a Chinese immigrant, I support  carefully managed immigration and deplore the previous Government's mismanagement of it. However, I must say that I am unconvinced that today's Home Office and UKBA approach ...

Older People: Their Place and Contribution in Society

              Source: Hansard My Lords, I too wish to thank the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury for this debate and join my fellow Peers in paying tribute to his work over the years-particularly to his compassion, eloquence, and dignity in the face of great challenges. We wish the most reverend Primate well in this next exciting stage in his life and pray it will be one full of peace, fruitfulness and joy. This debate surely comes at the right time as we wrestle with so many issues around care, fuel poverty, isolation ...