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Andrew leads debate on Olympic Legacy to great acclaim

To move that this House takes note of the role of communities, the arts and creative industries in delivering a lasting legacy to the Olympics, and of the lessons that can be learnt more broadly.

My Lords, as we enter 2013 we are all conscious that we will remember 2012 as the year of the Olympics and Paralympics, and be thankful for the many men and women from across this country who came together and made the Games the world-class success that they were. But it is now time to move on and focus on the longer-term legacy of this investment and human endeavour. For me, today, that focus on legacy must now be on east London, which hosted the Games and made them possible in the first place.

There is no doubt that the Games accelerated public and private sector investment in east London and inspired a generation of young people and adults. There is a great deal to build on, but to ensure that this positive impact is sustained and to stop our legacy from being the white elephant that it has become for many previous host countries, we now need to focus.

Over the past year, politicians and the media have shown us a carefully co-ordinated view of the Games and our society through the lens of a flattering telescope. Today, I want to share with you the view up the telescope-a perspective whose roots come from working in East London on the ground for the last 30 years; a local perspective, the view of a neighbour from the heart of the lower Lea Valley.

The first thing to say is that for those of us who live and work in the lower Lea Valley, the Olympics are not and never have been the biggest show in town. The Games acted as a very important catalyst and we have hailed them as a significant milestone half way through a 50-year journey in regeneration. This journey began over 25 years ago and was led by the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, who took the first tentative steps in arresting east London's decline by creating the London Docklands Development Corporation and later encouraging the development of the Canary Wharf financial district. Through his bold vision the lower Lea Valley once again found its place on the global map.

Today, a new city-a new metropolitan district of London-is emerging in the lower Lea Valley. Many of us locally call it Water City, and here I must declare an interest as chairman of the Water City CIC. This city stretches from the developments in Greenwich and around the O2. It takes in City Airport, which is growing fast, and the accelerating global investment in the Royal Docks-which includes the Abu Dhabi national exhibition and conference centre, the Siemens Crystal and the Emirates Air Line cable car, the £3.7 billion of investment taking place in Canning Town and the business district at Canary Wharf, which may double in size over the next decade.

The scale of international investment in the lower Lea Valley is truly staggering. Ten minutes on the Jubilee line will take you to the Westfield shopping centre, which has had more than 48 million visitors since it opened. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a stone's throw to the north-west-and here I must declare an interest as a director of the LLDC, where we plan to build five new villages and connect these communities into the surrounding area. Then, of course, a short distance to the west, in Hackney, you have Tech City: a significant growth area in modern technology whose tentacles are already starting to spread into both the park and the Canary Wharf districts.

Many of us locally call this colossus Water City because of the 6.5 miles of river and canals that surround London Docklands and connect the many pieces of this regeneration jigsaw. Water has driven our economy from the heart of the lower Lea Valley for over a thousand years. The time has come to capture the glorious history of east London's trading past and to build a new city fit for the future, a city not defined by poverty and dependency, as in east London's recent past, but by human endeavour and entrepreneurial spirit. We are in the moment: the biggest opportunity which we all must now grasp is to change east London for ever. The question is, how?

A clue lies in the £1 billion regeneration programme of work in Poplar where ground-breaking work has been done by the local housing company and its partners, which are starting to demonstrate in practice how you can work with local residents in housing estates to move us all on from the familiar dependency cultures and create enterprising communities focused on entrepreneurial and business activity, bringing together truly joined-up projects that start to connect health, education, housing and enterprise. This is the future.

For those of us living and working in the lower Lea Valley, the big story for us-barely noticed by the Olympic project-is the entrepreneurial culture that is growing among local people as communities embrace an enterprise culture in its many forms and move on from a dependency culture that is so often driven by the public sector institutions. As one example, when I arrived in east London 30 years ago most charities were suspicious of business. Today, the Bromley by Bow Centre, which I founded, has only 6% of its funding dependent on the public sector; most of our relationships as a local community organisation are with business. A part of this big story is the practical working relationships developing between major businesses and the social enterprise sector.

So, how do we similarly turn the rhetoric of legacy into reality? What needs to happen now to maximise this legacy opportunity and grasp the moment? First, we must start with the people and the place, not with the policy or strategy. The Olympics showcased what can be achieved when this latent energy and talent is harnessed. In my experience, communities and places often reinvent themselves organically from within, and the good news is that the conditions are now right: many local leaders and entrepreneurs are up for this journey in east London. There exists in east London a real opportunity for innovation: to explore, for example, on the first Olympic village what those key words in the Health and Social Care Act "enterprise", "innovation" and "integration" might actually mean in practice. How do we explore them, and how do we prevent the procurement rules preventing us from doing innovation?

Secondly, we must now take the long-term view. Phase 2 of this 50-year regeneration journey is just beginning, and we have at least 25 years of focused hard work ahead of us. One of our problems in east London is the public sector endlessly restructuring itself around those of us trying to build fully engaged communities. We have too many good people coming and going in the merry-go-round of public sector structures. The recently defunct London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, for example, spent many millions of pounds on policies, strategies and plans, but actually built very little. We need to understand, as the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, describes in his excellent report No Stone Unturned, that the energy and drive in local communities does not come from Whitehall or necessarily from London government but comes from those already living and working there. But government needs to get behind these people and start showing active and sustained support. The GLA says that there will be no money in 2015, and some people are privately murmuring, "Let's throw it all in the air!". No. Let us stick with the project, talk with the private sector and work it out. All our experience tells us that we need consistent leadership in east London over the next quarter of a century. The job is not done: we are simply at the end of the beginning.

We all need to continue to focus hard on attracting business to the area. We need to get the international train stopping at Stratford station; we need to get a proper Thames crossing in place, a tunnel and a bridge; and we need to invest in new schools, university technical colleges and higher education institutions that will enable young east Londoners to grab hold of opportunity. In particular, getting University College London to Stratford will be another game changer for east London.

Thirdly, did you know that the lower Lea Valley is home to the largest artistic and creative community outside New York? I still fail to understand why the BBC did not decide to move a key component of its operation into the middle of this dynamic environment. The noble Baroness, Lady Ford, did so much to try and make this happen, but maybe my noble friend Lord Hall can revisit this opportunity as he takes the wheel of the BBC this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for a key cultural institution to have a base in this new and emerging dynamic area of London. Stop looking west: start looking east.

Fourthly, organic growth and partnership working is key to innovation. If the five Olympic villages are to become thriving and enterprising communities, and not just another group of soulless east London housing estates, then the public sector needs to see this new city landscape as a real opportunity to innovate and experiment on many fronts. It is not the public sector's job to do everything for us, but it is its job to create enabling conditions.

A key component of the future of the lower Lea Valley is going to be science and technology, just as the valley was in the past the birthplace of modern biotechnology and the place where plastics, petrol refining and bone china were invented, and where perfumes, rockets and airplanes were developed. One project I am working on with Professor Brian Cox-I declare my interest-aims to connect science education to health and business development on the edge of the park, to help make London and the UK the best place in the world to do science. This illustrates the kinds of relationships between science, education and business that are starting to emerge among the next generation of young east Londoners.

There are concerns locally as we look forward as colleagues in the public, business and social enterprise sectors. Will large public sector bodies, which have a track record of missing opportunities in east London and messing up on the detail, kill the entrepreneurial spirit that is in east London today? We worry in the midst of this opportunity that government will not learn the lessons of what actually works on the ground and build on them, but that along the way-that through this 25-year-plus task-new Administrations will come along, reinvent the wheel around us, and the continuity that we now need to build thriving sustainable communities will be lost. This once in a lifetime opportunity in east London now demands that all political parties, whether in or out of office, use the time we now have to understand what works on the ground, build on it and back success.

Over the past three years I have chaired the All-Party Group on Regeneration, Sport and Culture, and during that time we have run a number of visits for Peers and MPs by boat into the lower Lea Valley. I think many colleagues have been surprised by the scale of the investment and the opportunities that now exist there. Sir David Varney, former CEO of Shell and chairman of O2, recognised on his trip that the valley has the potential to be one of the most significant business investment areas in Europe. But let us get the detail right. We need a joined-up narrative for the investment community across the world that has integrity and is deeply connected to the social, economic and demographic realities on the ground.

I hear lots of politicians quoting numbers and statistics on social housing and the like when they talk about legacy. That is all very well, but as those of us who live, work and have to build buildings there know, the key task now is to build sustainable communities which are defined not by ticking boxes but by diversity-by thriving communities who see that they have a life there for themselves and their children, and who will invest wholeheartedly in the place. It is about the detail of how you do this in practice.

Communities are about people like Leanne Doig. Leanne is a 20 year-old woman from Canning Town who has wanted to get into the construction business for as long as she can remember but was always told that she could not because she did not have what it takes-mainly that she was a girl and not a boy. She got her basic qualifications at college but her big opportunity came with an apprenticeship on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the transformation works. She says:

"I want to own my own Company and have loads and loads of women working for me".

She also says:

"I've been brought up here my whole life and all people ever do is look down on east London ... to have the Park will change things because it will give everyone a chance".

That is the spirit of young east Londoners that we must encourage. Leanne is a young woman who is excited about her part of town. She has spotted the opportunities that the changes in east London are creating for her and her peers, and is grabbing them with both hands with energy and entrepreneurial intent. She understands that the route to equal opportunities is through practical hard work and inspiration. Is that not what the Games were all about? Why should regeneration be anything different? My question to the Minister is: what are the Government now going to do to help us grab hold of this bigger picture in the lower Lea Valley, to connect the dots and to learn from this new city rising like a phoenix in the East End of London?

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Andrew speaks on Space Science and Technology

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"On 16 July 1969 at 8.32 am EST, the Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center set off for the moon. I suspect that many of us in this Chamber are old enough to remember exactly where we were and what we were doing at that moment as the world held its breath, came together and watched in awe these amazing events in black and white footage on our television screens."

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Andrew speaks on The Future of Seaside Towns

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"My reflections today are concerned with the inner workings of this regeneration machinery, the inside view. My colleagues and I have come to the conclusion that large parts of this government machinery are fundamentally not fit for purpose in a modern enterprise economy."

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Andrew speaks during debate regarding the case for delivering equality of opportunity and beneficial quality of life for young people

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"I want to talk about SMEs and the army of young entrepreneurs being generated in the British economy, not only in London but across the north of England. Many of them are one-man or one-woman bands; many of them face a mountain to climb daily."

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Andrew speaks during debate regarding the commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the massacre at Amritsar

19 February 2019

Speaking in a debate regarding the commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the massacre at Amritsar, Andrew, reminding us all of the great statesman Gandhi was, said: 'Gandhi, like Mandela, dug into the detail and joined the dots in such moments. These figures were deeply immersed in the machinery and life of their communities. Their antennae were tuned, their minds and bodies engaged at a deep level. Gandhi was a disrupter. He understood that the key to the future lay beyond simple reason and argument.' 'He saw, as a doer', said Andrew, ' what talkers failed to see, so blinded were they by what they thought they knew'.

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Andrew reflects on one of east London's renowned artists, Frank Creber

19 December 2018

Debating the contribution to our well-being of sport, recreation and the arts in our lives Andrew reflects on one of east London's renowned artists, Frank Creber. Describing his style, Andrew noted that Frank's paintings "rather brilliantly capture the engagement in east London and the creative interchange between people and place."

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Andrew suggests "Stop building health centres", in a debate on the NHS

5 July 2018

Andrew, taking part in Lord Darzi's debate on the NHS said: "First, we must return to the fundamental question …… "What is health?" as he commented: "Some 50% of our patients today do not have a biomedical problem: they have a housing, education or employment problem, or they are lonely."

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Andrew welcomes the Chancellor's Spring Statement

15 March 2018

Andrew welcomes the Chancellor's Spring Statement saying: "It is certainly good news to hear that the UK economy has grown every year since 2010;" and, whilst also welcoming the Chancellor's plans to "back enterprise and unleash our creators and innovators, our inventors and discoverers .." warned that bureaucracy was stifling the very enterprise we want to encourage to flourish.

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Andrew, speaking in a debate on the size of the House of Lords, emphasises the importance of having the right people

19 December 2017

"What we must all focus on and protect is the calibre and experience of those people who are called to sit in this Chamber .... your Lordships’ House is not centrally about numbers but about people." Underlining his point, Andrew stated: "... the future of this House is all about ensuring that we have the right people with the right balance of wisdom and practical experience over time."

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Andrew questions the over-confidence of the role of the state in a debate on A Manifesto to Strengthen Families

02 November 2017

"Being aware of unintended consequences and learning from what we have done," Andrew stressed, "is the first rule of thumb," as he described well-intentioned government initiatives that have failed to help those who needed it the most.

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Andrew speaks during debate on the Report from the European Union Committee, Brexit: the options for trade (5th Report)

02 March 2017

Advocating that we "think more outside the box" as we prepare to exit the European Union, Andrew said: " Brexit is a real opportunity for new thinking about the opportunities now presenting themselves in a digitised world that exists outside traditional silos. To grasp it, we all need a real change of mindset, both in Europe and in this country".

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Andrew speaks during the European Union (Withdrawal Bill)

20th February 2017

Saying "[t]oday, our children are a nation not of shopkeepers but of entrepreneurs," he emphasised that this is a great opportunity to repeal some of the bureaucracy that holds our country back.

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Lord Mawson speaks in debate on the annual State of the North Report

12th January 2017

Andrew, focussing on the heart of the matter, in the debate on the Institute for Public Policy Research’s annual State of the North report, and the case for equality of opportunity and sustainable productivity, in the House of Lords, on the 12th January, said, whilst welcoming the report: " [the report] does not pay enough attention to the details of the business and social entrepreneurs actually doing the job on the ground."

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Lord Mawson speaks in a debate in the House of Lords on tackling the causes of poverty in the UK

17 November 2016

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Debate on the causes of poverty in the United Kingdom

14 July 2016

Lord Mawson suggests: "one reason the young are increasingly disenchanted with representative democracy is precisely because they can see that Governments of differing complexions—no matter what US Presidents say—seem incapable of delivering the integrated and joined-up world they want to live in," as he took part in a debate on building a stronger economy, Thursday 28th April.
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Debate on building a stronger economy

28 April 2016

Lord Mawson suggests: "one reason the young are increasingly disenchanted with representative democracy is precisely because they can see that Governments of differing complexions—no matter what US Presidents say—seem incapable of delivering the integrated and joined-up world they want to live in," as he took part in a debate on building a stronger economy.
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Debate on the European Union Referendum

2 March 2016

Taking part in the highly-charged debate on the European Union Referendum Andrew emphasised "Diversity, not uniformity, is the spice of life." Calling for more humility on all sides of the argument Andrew declared: "[t]he electorate need practical examples of how the EU will work successfully, not large meaningless numbers and spin," something "they do not believe ..."
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Andrew cites the crucial importance of "own[ing] our well-being" as he takes part in a key debate on "the case for building a health-creating society in the United Kingdom where all sectors contribute to creating a healthy and resilient population."

26th November 2015

Describing how the success of the Bromley By Bow Centre has evolved over 30 years Andrew said: "one of the reasons for our success is the very process of experimentation itself and a whole range of diverse people co-creating a new way of doing things over an extended period." Answering rhetorically, how Bromley By Bow, an exemplar in its field, can be reproduced in other areas Andrew emphasised: "how our model can be replicated...  is in terms of translation, rather than replication."
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Andrew leads important debate: That this House takes note of progress made in the regeneration of East London since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the remaining challenges.

5th November 2015

"While there have been some challenges," Andrew affirmed that "the legacy promises made in east London in terms of regeneration are on track and developing at quite a pace." Emphasising that nearly "40,000 additional jobs will be located on and around the park by 2025" Andrew declared "this country has secured the most advanced legacy of any modern Olympic and Paralympic Games."
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Debate on the availability and quality of apprenticeships

15th October 2015

During the recent debate on the availability and quality of apprenticeships in the House of Lords Andrew spoke of the success of the LLDC in focusing "on the creation of job and apprenticeship opportunities in legacy for local residents" during "the large programme of construction works at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park." Andrew emphasised that it was crucial to "pay apprentices the national minimum wage" as "low wages feed low retention rates."
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Andrew speaks about the need to be more radical on health and social care during the Humble Address to the Queen's Speech

3rd June 2015

Whilst noting the laudable aims of the Government's health policy Andrew, citing a seminal report on health inequality, said: "positive health outcomes are significantly more influenced by social determinants than clinical determinants; indeed, that our health is 70% driven by social determinants and only 30% by clinical factors".
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Andrew speaks during the Committee Stage of the Assisted Dying Bill

16th January 2015

Noting the importance of getting the wording right Andrew said: ".. the words we use in the Bill and what we mean by them really matters when we have to translate their meaning and purpose into the languages and dialects of every nationality on earth". Underlining the importance of well informed public debate with a proper understanding of the realities that the Bill would bring Andrew said: "Good objective presentation must be the order of the day if people are to be able to make informed choices."
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Andrew takes part in a topical debate about the future of the NHS

8th January 2015

Speaking from recent experience of the circuitous nature of bureaucracy and its debilitating effect on projects Andrew said: “we need consistency. The message and the people constantly change.” Andrew, emphasising his point argued: “ … there needs to be accountability. No one seems able to take a decision”.
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Andrew speaks on the important debate regarding the impact of National Health Service innovation and research strategies on health improvement

26th November 2014

Focusing on primary care, the way it is delivered and the sheer volume of paperwork and reports that accompany it Andrew called for a more community based approach. "Invest[ing] in informal networks" is the way to get things done.
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Andrew speaks during the debate on the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill and the dangers of trying to prescribe through legislation in this area

Friday July 18th

Speaking against the Bill Andrew questioned the “blind faith [given to] doctors and social workers [that they] will protect the vulnerable,” by saying “yet we are given daily examples where we are failed by specialists.”
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Debate on the Voluntary and Charitable

Thursday June 26th

Taking part in the debate on the Voluntary and Charitable in the House of Lords Andrew, noting that “[t]imes are hard for the third sector ..”, observed that: “bureaucratisation, caused by the state … often leads to a loss of the human touch.”  Draining away the dynamism, energy and enthusiasm of [many] voluntary organisations, this in turn, has led to a loss of the “driven, entrepreneurial flair that brought them into being in the first place.”
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Andrew draws attention to non-conformist churches during a Motion to Take Note on the importance of the English parish church

Thursday 12th June

Speaking about the serious challenges faced by churches Andrew said: “[Many] have offered kindness, opportunity and a strong sense of community that has helped relieve social tensions and supported the most vulnerable in our society.” But others have “ … been closed-off, sadly sometimes inward-looking, with their heads in the sand if not in the clouds.” Commenting on the need for reform to help churches become more meaningful within communities Andrew urged them to: “embrace [the enterprise] culture, to use their talents and join the next generation of young people as they become ever more entrepreneurial, while they still have the time.”
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House of Lords debate the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy

19th March 2014

Andrew spoke during the Motion to Take Note on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. Praising the hard work and dedication that has gone into securing the legacy for the future Andrew highlighted that whilst the Olympic project is far from finished: “The future of all eight permanent London 2012 venues is now secure. This collectively means that London is further ahead than any other host city in history.” Andrew finished off by saying: “The future in east London is full of opportunity, but it still demands hard work, focus and a continuity of purpose.”
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Is the Government doing enough to champion and support arts and cultural organisations in this challenging financial landscape?

12 February 2014

Andrew secured and led a debate on this important subject in the House of Lords citing The Conservatoire in Blackheath as an important example of how arts organisations can embrace mixed funding streams and successfully pioneer an entrepreneurial agenda. Read the acclaimed speech in full on Hansard.

The link between education and the economy is vital

5 December 2013

"The often unconscious bias against business in the classroom needs to be addressed. Teachers are uncomfortable with their students trading and earning money in school. They are uneasy when you speak to them about profit margins and exploiting market opportunities. Unless this is addressed, the contribution of education to economic growth will be muted". Read the full speech.

Andrew's contribution to Litter debate

19 July 2013

It is my view that a local context often reflects the wider world in which we live: the micro is the way into the macro. Small acts can tell us a great deal about emerging social trends. In my opinion, the UK’s litter problem is just one of many national signs that illustrate the disconnection between political PR-speak and the reality on the ground.
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Andrew's contribution to the 'Business and Society' debate

13 June 2013

My Lords, when I began my work as a social entrepreneur in the East End of London 30 years ago, there was a clear perception that the public sector and charities were the good guys who do good to people and that business was for, and I quote, “greedy capitalist pigs”. Of course, many of us at that time had little, if any, real practical experience of working with business people. However, we read the Guardian and completed our university degrees and so we were experts.

Andrew's response to HM the Queen's Gracious Speech

13 May 2013

If the present Government want to distinguish themselves from previous Governments and distance themselves from broken political promises, I suggest our politicians focus on three words: delivery, delivery, delivery. My colleagues and I have found that trust is created and local people participate when you deliver in practice on what you say.
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Andrew leads debate on Olympic Legacy to great acclaim

24 January 2013

To move that this House takes note of the role of communities, the arts and creative industries in delivering a lasting legacy to the Olympics, and of the lessons that can be learnt more broadly.

Andrew contributes to Lord Boateng's debate: what steps do the Government intend to take to enable the voluntary sector to participate in the delivery of public services

13 December 2012

I have spent the past 35 years demonstrating in practice how the voluntary sector can play a crucial role in innovation and in delivering public services in new ways that focus on the customer. How can it use its position, sitting between the often large bureaucracies of the public and private sectors, to bring much needed innovation in the delivery of public services?

Andrew speaks out on global warming in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

15 November 2012

If we cannot make money out of saving the planet then it is not going to be saved. The business of saving the environment has to be our business and it has to be a commercial enterprise or it will mean nothing to many.

Andrew leads a debate in the Lords’ on urban regeneration

28 June 2012

The purpose in raising this debate today is to make sure that these two important areas of growth are placed firmly on the map of the UK. They present the nation with development nodes that are nationally and internationally significant, now and in the years ahead. They require a sustained, co-ordinated and thoughtful response from the Government if they are to fulfil their true potential.

Financial Services Bill (Second Reading)

20 June 2012

I would remind the House that the City, whose wealth came through the docks in east London, started with coffee houses where people met each other and did deals. This world was about relationships and integrity-”my word is my bond”. You can create endless regulation and legislation but if people do not act with integrity and relate to each other it will not work.

Andrew’s contribution to ‘Faith Communities’ Debate

31 May 2012

In contrast, faith organisations in general have a broader view of care for the whole person. They have a wider concern for those they help rather than a narrow, sectional interest, and this is why they should be involved in the delivery of public services. I hope that policymakers within government will take this point into account as we move forward with the restructuring of the National Health Service and are all encouraged to embrace a localism agenda.

Health Minister Earl Howe praises Andrew’s contribution to Health and Social Care Bill

24 April 2012

Today I am going further and put on the public record that the Secretary of State for Health is committing that the requirements in the public services Bill will be fully applied in relation to commissioning of NHS services through the procurement guidance that the board will produce on this. These were issues that were raised very compellingly by the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, and I pay tribute to him for his powerful and consistent advocacy on this theme”.

Andrew’s contribution to Public Services (Social Value) Bill

1 February 2012

I believe that change comes from within. It is not about a top-down or a bottom-up approach; change happens from inside out. The change I describe will happen only if we take in hand the outdated machinery of government and bend it to our will. This is fundamentally a practical task for practitioners and the Government would do well to point to them and celebrate their work. This is a job for the Brunels of this generation-the engineers and entrepreneurs. It is not a task for the faint-hearted or those Guardian readers who, in my experience, are all too content to analyse the world to death and comment from the sidelines through newspaper articles and government reports. Gird your loins for this practical task; it is time that we celebrated practical people.

Andrew’s latest contribution to the Localism Bill

12 July 2011

Often local authorities are actually not in touch with the practical opportunities on the ground presented by land and buildings.

Andrew’s thoughts on the Localism Bill

14 June 2011

My question to the Minister is: does anybody currently drafting this legislation have personal experience of challenging a local authority when trying to deliver a service? If the Minister would find it helpful, I would be willing to share our considerable experience in this area and explore together how we might make this piece of the legislation workable in practice.

To call attention to the case for policies to support economic growth and to promote investment, innovation, technology, infrastructure, skills and job creation; and to move for papers.

6 April 2011

I suggest that the big society depends on micro businesses as exemplars to lead the way.I therefore request that the Minister actively explores practical ways to identify, promote and foster economic growth within this emerging entrepreneurial sector across the UK. Much of it is based in some of our most challenging communities. The social sector is formed from many shoots and distinctions need to be drawn to protect these young entrepreneurial flowers. Will the Minister please inform the House how the Government plan to empower social enterprises in some of our most challenged communities?

Reorganisation of the NHS

21 December 2010

How in practice is government going to use the restructuring of the health service to create a new narrative relevant to modern health? Secondly, what is government going to do to ensure that doctors engage with innovators and entrepreneurs?

Speech to the House of Lords 28th October 2010

4 November 2010

My Lords, I want to make a few points about health and social care. How do we provide quality healthcare that meets the real needs of patients in today’s world? Will the popular biomedical model of health meet all those patient needs, or does its internal logic present us with a limited view of what [...]

Health: Primary and Community Care Debate 24th June 2010

25 June 2010

Lord Mawson:My Lords, it is a privilege to be able to lead this debate on the future of primary and community care at this early stage in the new coalition Government. The vision that the Government have set out for primary care, where resources are deployed in the hands of practitioners close to the ground, [...]

Education, Health, Welfare, and Culture – 3rd June 2010

4 June 2010

Lord Mawson: My Lords, I should like to add to the deluge of praise. I congratulate the new Government on their success and wish them well in the coming years as they try to develop a working partnership and deliver their programme. I also want to take this opportunity to wish the Minister, the noble [...]

The Use of Church Buildings – 22nd February 2010

25 February 2010

My Lords, there are nearly 50,000 church buildings in England; 16,200 of them belong to the Church of England, and the rest are mostly owned by the Catholic Church, the free churches and other denominations. Many sit on prime sites at the centre of their communities, yet they are often large and underused.

Queens’ Speech – 23rd November 2009

25 November 2009

I have a bit of a reputation, I think, as a moderniser of public services and for taking outdated health and education systems and applying to them entrepreneurial thinking and practice. My colleagues and I, both in east London and nationally, have produced results over the past 30 years which demonstrate some success. At the core of this work has often been the empowerment of disfranchised local communities and individual citizens so that they might take more responsibility for their personal lives and families and their local community. This is what citizenship is all about.

Healthcare – June 25th 2009

14 October 2009

The poor souls in the third sector are no third-rate choice. The third sector is like any other sector—better in some places than others. Our approach to procuring health and social care services is ignoring some of the most talented and innovative individuals and organisations—people who have been working tirelessly in their communities for far longer than the perennially reconstituted PCTs and health authorities.

Olympic Legacy 18th June 2009

18 June 2009

Lord Mawson: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Coe, for leading this important debate. It is a very helpful time to have this discussion, because a great deal has happened during the past year and new opportunities are now presenting themselves, which allow us all to move on and to deal with the [...]

Housing and Regeneration Bill 23rd June 2008

23 June 2008

Lord Mawson: I shall speak to Amendments Nos. 113B and 113C. A well conducted ballot is widely thought to be the best way to interpret existing transfer legislation. The proposal is now to write the requirement for a transfer ballot more directly into the Bill. The value of ballots is hard to argue with, but it [...]

Housing and Regeneration Bill 16th June 2008

16 June 2008

Lord Mawson: The key point that I was attempting to make before I was interrupted by the Division Bell is that the housing association movement was begun by social entrepreneurs of their day who used their independence from the state to begin to pioneer new and innovative ways of creating social housing. The capital development programme [...]

Housing and Regeneration Bill 11th June 2008

11 June 2008

Lord Mawson: Amendment No. 104ZA seeks to encourage the Minister and her colleagues to look carefully at how the large amount of money which they are about to invest in housing can be used as a trigger to encourage social innovation. The housing association movement was begun by social entrepreneurs of their day, who used their [...]

Housing and Regeneration Bill 19th May 2008

19 May 2008

Lord Mawson: I shall speak to Amendment No. 23A, which is in my name and is part of the group. It is a probing amendment, which recognises that the creation of the Homes and Communities Agency presents us with a real opportunity to move away from public housing monocultures of the past and to invest in [...]

Housing and Regeneration 13th May 2008

13 May 2008

Lord Mawson: I, too, welcome the amendment. Since I entered your Lordships’ House I have been very encouraged by the concern about quality of design. I was very encouraged by the debate, which I could not attend but which I read, in which the noble Lord, Lord Howarth, spoke, on the quality of design. One can [...]

Housing and Regeneration 28th April 2008

28 April 2008

Lord Mawson: My Lords, I, too, welcome what I perceive the Government are attempting to achieve in this Bill. The creation of the Homes and Communities Agency could have enormous potential and be a key delivery partner in building successful communities. The aspiration behind this legislation is laudable and presents enormous possibilities for the investment that [...]

Arts and Healthcare

6 March 2008

The key question is: what does it mean to be a healthy and fully rounded human being and what kind of services do we need that will help, rather than hinder, such human development?

Olympic Games 2012: Legacy

17 January 2008

Lord Mawson rose to call attention to building sustainable communities and securing a worthwhile legacy for the London Olympics; and to move for Papers.

Maiden Speech 20th June 2007

20 June 2007

Lord Mawson: My Lords, as I rise to make my maiden speech I am conscious, as the son of a milkman from Bradford, of both the privilege and the responsibility of taking a seat in this place. I take this opportunity to thank those noble Lords and staff who in the past few weeks have helped [...]