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Operation Conifer - Motion to Regret (11 Dec 2018)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lexden for introducing this debate and for everything he has said—with which I agree absolutely and entirely—so forcefully and rightly. What is significant about the debate is that there is a unanimity of view in this House, not only about the injustice but why it needs to be put right, coming from all parts of the Chamber, and I am very glad about...

Police and Crime Commissioners - Motion to Take Note (28 Jun 2018)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I feel extremely strongly about this matter, but time constraints mean that I can make only a few points. I want to concentrate on the Ted Heath issue. I declare a personal interest: I am on the committee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation. I agree with every word that was said by the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, and I am particularly grateful for the contribution of the...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Burns, and his committee for so expertly producing this analysis and for giving us the options for the road ahead and the basis for the decisions that I hope we will take. I am also grateful to the Lord Speaker for his initiative in setting up the committee. As I go around the country and talk to people about the House of Lords, I...

Operation Conifer - Private Notice Question (11 Oct 2017)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I worked very closely with Edward Heath when he was leader of the Opposition and I was head of his private office in the mid-1960s. The most damning indictment of Operation Conifer came from the noble Lord, Lord Macdonald of River Glaven—the former Director of Public Prosecutions—who was in the best position to know, when he called it a sham. There...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, on obtaining this debate and on his introduction to it. However, I shall come to some very different conclusions from those that he reached. I chaired the Economic Affairs Select Committee, which reported on this subject in May 2014. According to our own press department’s survey, that committee’s report obtained one of the widest...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I wish to comment briefly on the point just made by the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, about the importance of our Select Committees. Coming from the other House a long time ago, I have been impressed by the work of the Select Committees and the way in which they are impartial in looking at all the issues. I very much regret that they get so little attention in the media, because I...

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (Continued) (5 Dec 2016)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, it is difficult at this late stage of the debate, when so many have spoken so well and covered the ground so extensively, to say anything new, so I shall make a few comments to add my support to points already made. First, like others, I pay warm tribute to and thank my noble friend Lord Cormack for the extensive work he has done over the years on this issue and to my noble friend...

Article 50 (Constitution Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, it is a great pleasure and a daunting experience to follow the noble Lord, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, whose knowledge of the practical working details of the Community and of the whole area is more or less unrivalled. It is very helpful to all of us to have his views and experience. My own direct experience of the EU is dated—to the 1980s and early 1990s—and limited: it was when...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Second Reading (14 Apr 2016)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I am tempted to try to contribute to some of the very important issues that have already been so expertly dealt with, in particular in the speech from the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, who demonstrated his clear knowledge, commitment and persuasiveness on the whole subject. I want to concentrate on an issue to which the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, referred, and which will be relevant for...

Scotland Bill - Report (2nd Day) (29 Feb 2016)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I can speak fairly briefly on this occasion because my noble friend Lord Forsyth put the whole case brilliantly and compulsively. I have sympathy with my noble friend the Minister because he has been put in the almost impossible position of having to defend what is, frankly, the indefensible. That is not his fault. I also understand why it has taken so long to reach an agreement on...

Scotland Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (22 Feb 2016)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I wish to intervene very briefly. We are indebted today to my noble friend Lord Forsyth for bringing this before the House. As a former chairman of the Economic Affairs Select Committee, a current member of the Constitution Committee and a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, like the noble Lord, Lord Darling, with whose comments I very much agree, I would like to stress the...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Report (27 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I am very much aware of ex-Treasury Ministers speaking, but nevertheless I want strongly to reinforce the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Butler. Before I go on to my arguments, I state for the record that I wholly support the commitment and proud record of the UK on humanitarian and development aid. We are one of the world leaders. I do not agree with the noble Lord, Lord...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I share my noble friend’s concerns about this. We have been given very inadequate answers on this today, particularly from the Minister, and we will simply have to return to this on Report. It is a very important issue, because the size of the budget now, as my noble friend Lord Forsyth pointed out—about one-third of the defence budget—is huge. The taxpayer needs to be...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, it may seem a little odd, having been somewhat critical of how independent the Independent Commission for Aid Impact might be, to suggest that the Secretary of State should rely on that commission to set up an independent inquiry into independence, efficiency, and effectiveness. I do not wish to press this amendment; I am just seeking answers from the Minister. In our Economic...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: I am grateful for that response, and it encourages me that the discussion that we had on the previous amendment on the role that we were giving to the independent commission is proper and correct, and that we need not have fears on that score. I am grateful to my noble friend for that answer, and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 25 withdrawn. Amendment 26 Moved by Lord...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Hollick, is very sad that he cannot be here—his name is on the amendment as the prime mover—because with his business interests he has a very strong concern about value for money. Unfortunately he has had to go because we are now at a quite late stage of a Friday afternoon for considering Bills. The amendment is all about value for money. The clause to which...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, before the noble Lord, Lord Best, leaves the Chamber it is highly appropriate that this debate follows the Second Reading of the housing Bill, which he has just introduced. That Bill originated in the House of Commons and was led, designed and carried through by my very good friend Richard Bacon MP, who is not only an admirable MP but was my successor as Member of Parliament for...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (Continued) (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: I thank my noble friend Lord Purvis for that response. It is very helpful to have it on the record, and I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 6 withdrawn. Amendment 7 not moved. Clause 1 agreed. Amendment 8 Moved by Lord Lawson of Blaby 8: After Clause 1, insert the following new Clause— “Exceptions The provisions of this Act will cease to apply for the following year if—...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, there are two themes to all our amendments: hypothecation is one and the other is value for money et cetera. This is not the most important amendment to deal with hypothecation but it happens to be the first. That is the point. A lot of the other amendments—which I hope we can deal with much more swiftly because we will have dealt with the general arguments—are more designed to...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market: My Lords, I was not able to attend Second Reading because of long-term commitments in Norfolk. The noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, who has his name on some of the amendments today, is unable to attend because of other commitments, and asked me to give his apologies. I would like say at the outset that there are two themes in the amendments that we have put forward. One is the issue that the noble...


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