Results 1–20 of 1480 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: Can the Minister tell us why we should believe what he says about buses when the Government betrayed the trust they sought from the British electorate at the last election? They clearly broke their manifesto pledge there, so why should this promise be worth any more than the previous one?

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, in the last 12 months, I have spent rather more time watching television than has been my usual habit. I very quickly began to lose the will to live with the extensive coverage of Brexit, so I took refuge in some of the Freeview channels. They will not necessarily win a Palme d’Or for their westerns or adventure films, which relive the days of my youth in the 1950s. The fact is...

Brexit: Import of Radioisotopes - Private Notice Question (7 Mar 2019)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords—

Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Checks - Question (26 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests in the register. Is the Minister confident that there are sufficient competent people to carry out these checks? My understanding is that local authorities have woefully few people working in building control inspection to carry out the kind of checks that would be required. If it were left to voluntarism, it would be highly dangerous. The issue...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: For someone of my age and generation, it was always fashionable to attack the Wilson Governments of 1964 and 1966. In the light of the Blair Middle Eastern excursions, which I have to say I supported at the time, history now favours Wilson on the basis that he did not send any troops to Vietnam. Equally importantly, those of us who in those days were marching against nuclear weapons often...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: With the Liberals.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, I support this amendment. It is not just a question of maintaining the standards that have been established but of putting us in a position where we will be able to meet and address new challenges. I happened to be in Tokyo the day of the Fukushima disaster and tsunami. I was in the company of a group of nuclear engineers and no sooner had the messages come over the television than...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: The Minister referred to Article 206 and the agreement that has been arrived at with Switzerland and Ukraine in respect of training and research. Does that provision afford any opportunity for other areas to be incorporated in an agreement with Euratom? Could it be the portal for enabling us to be alongside Euratom in the way that the Ukrainians and the Swiss have been able to obtain for...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: We want wisdom, not Wisden.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: I am very pleased to follow the last two speakers, because I have had associations with both of them. In the case of my noble friend Lord Hutton, I was his predecessor as chair of the Nuclear Industry Association. In supporting Amendments 2, 12 and 17, particularly Amendment 2, I draw attention to the fact that the Bill is about reassuring the industry and the British people that we will have...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Committee (1st Day) (22 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: Before the noble Viscount sits down, will he clarify something? He sought to give us reassurance on medical isotopes and made the point that 40% of them come from South Africa and 60% from the Netherlands and France. Can he tell us whether they are all the same, because the logistical implications of transportation from South Africa are rather different than coming from the Low Countries and...

Small Businesses: Retention - Question (21 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: Is the Minister aware that his consultation process started as a result of an undertaking by one of his colleagues to have a review, which started some two years ago? I declare an interest in this as set out in the register. This is far too long a period to say that we are just awaiting a further consultation. How long does this process have to take and how many businesses are going to go...

Brexit: European Arrest Warrant (European Union Committee) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, the referendum campaign, when it was not concerned with economic matters, dealt with such issues as freedom from Brussels and release from the Court of Justice yoke. The leave campaigners were concerned with reclaiming our ability to make our own laws, coupled with a reduction in immigration and a greater ability to expel foreigners who broke the law. These slogans slipped easily...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill - Second Reading (7 Feb 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, the purpose of this Bill, Brexit notwithstanding, is to try to sustain the confidence of the public in the nuclear industry in the United Kingdom. It is fair to say that, since the non-proliferation treaty of 1968, there has been a growing awareness of the split between civil and military nuclear activity. Indeed, the opposition to nuclear power had begun to dip—although there...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, I start by saying that I am a remainer who would like to have the opportunity to vote for a second referendum Bill but not, I think, in the context of this piece of legislation. The Bill has been dismissed by some as merely an enabling—that is, it is primarily about process. I would add a cautionary note here and say that when we deal with matters of process we very quickly become...

NHS: Cancer Treatments - Question for Short Debate (25 Jan 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, it is customary with debates like this to congratulate the mover on being able to secure the time. I do not know whether that is appropriate today, but I should like to pay tribute to Tessa for the courage and dignity with which she has addressed this issue. I would like to talk from a self-interested point of view about prostate cancer. The first thing that you are told when you...

Carillion - Statement (15 Jan 2018)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the supply chain is of some significance here? Is he also aware that many of the companies engaged in that supply chain at the second and third-tier levels employ fewer than 10 people? I should say that I have declared my interests in the register. Given the payment structure which Carillion adopted, many companies in the supply chain have completed the...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (4 Dec 2017)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, I do not wish to follow the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, in their entirety. I wish to comment on homes and construction, which play a fundamental part in supporting families. This Budget was somewhat strange in so far as, in the run-up to it, there were very few leaks and very few promises. It was very modest in effect. In fact, when the forecasts were announced in the...

Fuel Poverty - Question (19 Oct 2017)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests as set out in the register. The Minister will be aware that some 850,000 households, or 35%, of the people in fuel poverty are in the privately rented sector. In 2011, the coalition Government introduced regulations which are to take effect next year, but as far as can be discerned, very little in the way of instructions have been given to private...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan: My Lords, the gracious Speech is notable as much for what is not included as for what has been offered, but the Government’s failure to retain a working majority and the humiliating pork-barrel deal with the DUP are probably issues for another day. As the amendment of my noble friend Lady Hayter says, we need to prioritise jobs and the economy generally. The opening speech of the noble...


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