Results 101–120 of 2561 for speaker:Lord Trimble

G8 Summit — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, it is now my pleasant duty to thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. It has been a very interesting debate to listen to. It has been very interesting to see how various contributions complemented each other while some brought in completely new topics and new thinking. I have very much enjoyed listening to it as I am sure all noble Lords here have. I am tempted...

G8 Summit — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I begin by thanking the Prime Minister for selecting Fermanagh as the location for the G8 summit. He had scores, if not hundreds, of possible locations throughout the United Kingdom from which to choose, but I am sure that it was simply the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings, together with the high quality of communication and security available, that led to the choice. I...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) ( 9 May 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I will not follow the example of the noble Baroness who has just spoken by referring to the contents of the Queen’s Speech. My attention has been drawn to something that was published a few weeks before the ending of the last Session. I refer to a report that has already been mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Bew: the McKay report, entitled the “Report of the Commission on the...

Bangladesh: Riots — Question (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, what do we do and what can we do to promote human and civil rights in Bangladesh generally? Looking forward to the elections, will there be fair opportunities for minority groups to participate?

Arctic Report Card — Question (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, in the context of the United States, would the Minister consider that the US has greatly reduced its carbon emissions in the past year by reducing its dependence on coal plants through the development of shale gas?

European Banking Union: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (24 Jan 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, and his admirable presentation of his sub-committee's report. I also want to congratulate him on the way in which he has handled his chairmanship of that sub-committee. I want to focus initially on two of the major issues in the sub-committee's report. The first relates to what the noble Lord has already referred to as the...

Leveson Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2013)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I listened with great interest to the speech by the noble Lord, Lord Low. It reminded me of the times that I enjoyed sharing a Bench with him before finally the politician in me recovered control of my actions. This has been a marvellous debate. A lot of very good speeches have been made and, as they were, I struck out various things in my notes. In terms of striking things out,...

Northern Ireland: Corporation Tax — Question (15 Oct 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, will the Minister tell me whether the Government have obtained assurances from the European Commission that it will not regard this as unlawful state aid? If they take that view, there is absolutely no point in taking it. In view of this issue, can he also say whether it would not be better to accelerate the Government's programme for reducing corporation tax generally?

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Second Reading (24 Jul 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I shall start with a personal reminiscence. I went into the other place after a by-election in 1990. I managed to persuade my party to make me Home Affairs spokesman shortly afterwards with the result that, after the general election in 2002, I found on my desk an invitation to go to the Home Office's regular post-election wash-up. I decided that I would go, and when I went I found...

Syria — Question ( 3 Jul 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the Turkish aircraft that was shot down recently was shot down by Russian equipment and that there may very well have been Russian personnel involved? Is it not the case that the Russians continue to supply equipment to the Assad regime that enables it to continue to oppress its people?

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (14 May 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, the Front Bench speeches last week on behalf of the coalition added very little to the cautious reference in the gracious Speech concerning reform of this House, but that is as it should be. The noble Lord the Leader of the House said that the Government are yet to take a position on the Joint Committee's report. I would add that they should give equal weight to the alternative...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (10 May 2012)

Lord Trimble: I thank the noble Lord for giving way and I understand the importance of the issue to which he has just alluded. However, I suggest that another very important issue that might be a way of resolving these problems is to look more closely, which unfortunately the Joint Committee did not do, at procedures to resolve disputes.

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I was a member of the Joint Committee and I begin by echoing the compliments paid by the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, and the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, to the chairman and the clerks. I also signed the alternative report, and I think that between that and the full committee report one finds a devastating critique of the Bill. However, I will not try to cram all my views on all...

Media: Ownership — Question (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, is there not an overriding public interest in the continued existence of a free press and does this not apply to all forms of media?

Gaza — Question for Short Debate ( 8 Feb 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I was attached as an international observer to the Israeli Turkel commission, which considered the "Mavi Marmara" flotilla incident. The House of Lords Library note on this debate omits reference to the Turkel commission, but it mentions the Palmer panel, which considered the Israeli and Turkish investigations for the UN. Palmer said: "Israel faces a real threat to its security from...

EU Council — Statement (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, my noble friend the Leader of the House has made reference to implementing as soon as possible the matters agreed last October. However, is that realistic? Last October, there was reference to agreeing a private sector reduction of Greek bonds by 50 per cent. There has been no agreement, and apparently officials are now looking for a reduction in value of 70 per cent, although the...

Welfare Reform Bill: Third Reading (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Trimble: Before the Minister replies to that intervention, perhaps I may suggest that we are getting bogged down on the question of amending or rejecting regulations. I thought that the Minister indicated that, before we get to the point of regulations, he will look at this closely, consult people and speak to people. That is where the conversation should be and where the attention should focus at the...

Independent Monitoring Commission for Northern Ireland — Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Harris of Richmond, on securing the debate. I also congratulate the four persons who have been commissioners of the Independent Monitoring Commission over the past seven years, and thank them for the excellent job they have done. Perhaps I may be permitted some purely personal reflections. It was my colleagues and I, during my time as First...

Shipping: Tax Revenue — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Trimble: I listened with interest to the Minister's reply to the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer. He said that the tax, by reducing the amount payable so far below what would be payable in corporation tax, led to a huge increase in tonnage. Does that not indicate that there ought to be a similar movement in corporation tax generally and that it would be hugely successful?

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