Speaking in response to the Queen’s Speech, Lord Bilimoria strongly criticised the government’s continued failure to reform the immigration system and to support international students and higher education failure to understand the tremendous economic and social values that international students bring to the United Kingdom, citing research by the National Union of Students, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and the Judge Business School.
Lord Bilimoria also criticised the failure of the government to introduce exit-checks as British ports of entry, as well as the negative response to the mooted “Visitor Bond” system, which was scrapped last year after public outcry.
Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by Bloomberg’s “The Pulse” television programme regarding the recent landslide election of the BJP in India and examined the potential business and economic impact of opposition leader Narendra Modi’s victory at the polls.
Lord Bilimoria was today announced as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He follows in the footsteps of Chancellors including Joseph Chamberlain and Anthony Eden, the Earl of Avon, and succeeds Sir Dominic Cadbury, who stepped down last December after 11 years in the role.
Speaking in a debate concerning higher education in the United Kingdom, Lord Bilimoria spoke out against a number of restrictions on student numbers, especially those concerning the fall in student numbers as a consequence of immigration policy. He noted the increased competition that British universities face from foreign competitors, as well as the need for the government to increase spending on research and development in order to bring the United Kingdom closer to the OECD average.
On Monday 1st April 2014 the Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) hosted a celebration of Jamsheedi Nowruz – Zoroastrian Iranian Spring New Year in the Houses of Parliament. The event was the second official event to be held by the Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group, which was formed last October by Lord Bilimoria and Gareth Thomas MP to celebrate the work and history of the Zoroastrian community within the United Kingdom and abroad. Almost half of the audience present were representatives from interfaith communities in the United Kingdom.
Speaking in a debate moved by the former Chief of the General Staff and current Crossbench Peer, General Lord Dannett, Lord Bilimoria spoke out against a number of cuts to the defence budget taken up by the coalition government since 2010. In his speech, Lord Bilimoria warned against the decision to reform the army more heavily towards reserve forces, citing the risks that this could have on the ability of the United Kingdom to project her forces overseas.
Lord Bilimoria spoke to the BBC and Reuters on Wednesday 19th March 2014 as part of the media coverage of the 2014 United Kingdom Budget. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, made a number of decisions on pensions, manufacturing exports and duty that Lord Bilimoria, the Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer, felt would make a positive contribution to the future of the British economy.
In the run-up to the Chancellor’s statement at 12:30, Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by the BBC on College Green alongside Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress.
Following the Budget, Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by Reuters Business New, alongside Emma Jones and the IT entrepreneur, Stan Boland about the Chancellor’s announcements of a cut in Corporation Tax, a 1p fall in Beer Duty and the news that direct lending from government to UK businesses to promote exports is to be doubled to £3 billion.
For the first time since 2011, the House of Lords Team was victorious in the annual Pancake Day Race in Victoria Tower Gardens. The event, which celebrated its fourteenth anniversary on Tuesday, has become a fixture of the political calender. Taking place in in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster, the race sees three competing teams, representing the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Parliamentary Press Gallery, flipping away around a course in order to raise money for Rehab.
Following on from David Cameron’s trade delegation to India in February 2013, Amarjit Singh, head of the India Business Group at Dutton Gregory Solicitors, interviewed Lord Bilimoria, about the follow up work taking place in the UK and in India. In the two videos below, Lord Bilimoria speaks about the best way to promote Anglo-Indian trade and business links – as well as advising UK small and medium-sized enterprises about the benefits deciding the enter the Indian market.