Results 1–20 of 2000 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 Stunell

Electricity Capacity (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Stunell: I am sure that the Minister is aware that for the cost of a gigawatt of generation capacity, you could have a great deal more demand reduction capacity, but only if the right trading environment is in place. If I can offer support to my noble colleague on the Front Bench, it does mean that by the time you have built the generating capacity, the case for the demand-side reduction shrinks. The...

Electricity Capacity (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I will ask the Minister some questions, and I express some surprise that, in his presentation to the House, he did not mention demand-side response, which was the subject of an intervention I made on a previous occasion, and the reason why the state aid ruling was made by the European court. As it is absolutely at the centre of the reason why this matter has not been settled and the...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Second Reading (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I speak as a member of the Joint Committee that looked at the draft Bill and produced the report which is in front of your Lordships as background to this debate. The report had a number of practical recommendations for implementation, and I was very pleased indeed to hear from the Minister in her introduction the way in which many of those recommendations were adopted in the House...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Second Reading (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Stunell: The noble Lord exactly anticipates the point I am coming to. If this goes ahead unamended, it is a recipe for the hidden hand to cause delay and wasted effort. Those were the points I was about to make. The Joint Committee recommended that a Treasury Minister sit on the sponsor body, which will sign off the brief for the delivery authority. That is when the Treasury input is needed, not after...

Grenfell Response - Statement (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I associate myself with the words of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and with the sentiments of the Statement in what it has to say about both the Barking fire and the role of the voluntary and emergency services at Grenfell. I should perhaps remind the House that, during the coalition Government, I had some responsibility for building regulation policy. I welcome in particular the...

Buckinghamshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, it is pleasure to contribute to this short debate on this statutory instrument. I thank the Minister for his introduction, which sketched out the framework very clearly. I think he perhaps oversold the consensus nature of the situation, which the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, highlighted in his contribution. There were court cases, a very anxious local MP and a good deal of...

Architects Act 1997 (Swiss Qualifications) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (8 May 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his introduction of these regulations to the House and his explanation of their content and purpose. It is certainly very important indeed that we make sure that international professionals currently qualified by virtue of their training in the EEA and Switzerland have the opportunity to come and support our construction industry, which—as the Minister has...

Residential Construction and Housing Supply - Motion to Take Note (24 Apr 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, it is a pleasure to contribute to this timely debate. I welcome the words of the Minister in introducing it and in giving us a good overview of what the Government intend to do. There have been some high-powered contributions to the debate and perhaps two key themes have come out of it. One is how we get the quantity of homes that we need and the other is how we get the quality. My...

Electricity Capacity (No. 1) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Stunell: I thank the Minister for what he has said so far and for his shopping list of money well spent. I do not wish to challenge that but is he satisfied that the Government’s investment is rightly balanced between generating new capacity—renewable or otherwise —and demand reduction? He said that the system takes account of DSR but he did not answer my point about whether there are equal...

Electricity Capacity (No. 1) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, first, I support what my noble friend said and pick up in particular his final point about the scope of the judgment in the European Court. I thank the Minister for his reply to my Written Question last week. I am pleased to have had the Answer, although not so pleased with what the Answer was. The point I was raising, which I want to raise now, is that in looking at the capacity...

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I am very pleased to contribute to this debate. I represented one of the constituencies in Greater Manchester for 18 years, and served on one of its councils—Stockport—for eight years. Although I will make comments, ask questions and seek reassurances from the Minister, my view is that this Motion should be agreed. I am grateful to Transport for Greater Manchester for the...

Election Expenditure - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is vital to retain a robustly independent Electoral Commission with political input but with a majority of independent members, and that we never return to the bad old days when the rules were decided by the party which formed the Government in the House of Commons?

Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to take part in this debate. It is timely and important and I strongly endorse the many excellent contributions that have been made so far. I intend to focus my remarks on the UK’s domestic policy response to the formidable challenge of climate change. It is—literally—domestic policy: what is it doing about houses? We have to face up to the fact that we...

Tower Blocks: Cladding - Statement (22 Jan 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Statement. But even after his emollient words, there are still around 800 families living in privately owned blocks who do not yet know what is going to be done to make their homes safe or who will be responsible for paying for that. If, as the Statement says, no solution is being ruled out, does the Minister not agree that the time has come for the...

Combustible Cladding - Question (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, in responding to noble Lords over the past two years, Ministers have repeatedly said that it is necessary to go at pace to show commitment and a real sense of urgency. Does the Minister share the frustration of some of us and the anger of many Grenfell Tower residents at the inquiry being postponed for nine months? What tangible steps are the Government taking to make sure that...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I cannot in any way match the forensic and destructive analysis of the present situation provided by the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, and the noble Lord, Lord Morrow. I thank them for that. I think that the Minister has some serious answering to do on those very technical points—the case was argued in much detail. I want to very briefly make a much broader point. When we make...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Stunell: Is the Minister able to tell us when the preceding meeting of the oversight board was held, and what the gap was?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, I support the amendment. We have rehearsed this issue at each stage of the Bill and I remind the House that a wide range of external organisations share the view that there should be a review. We heard from the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, and now from the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, that such a thing might add value. The Government have struggled to resist the reasoning put forward....

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Stunell: I thank the Minister and other noble Lords who have contributed to the debate. I am glad that neither she nor I believe that Prevent is beyond improvement after the magic year of 2015, despite what the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, imputed to me. I am very grateful for her words of encouragement. The key issue here is the perception referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Hylton, and the widespread...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Stunell: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Paddick and I tabled Amendment 31 because of the serious concerns expressed on all sides about the impact of the Prevent strategy on minority—particularly Muslim—communities. The noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, has been among the most eloquent in putting that view to the House. This has emphasised the fact that Prevent risks becoming counterproductive rather...


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