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Pension Schemes Bill — Second Reading (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: (Valedictory Speech) My Lords—

Pension Schemes Bill — Second Reading (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, last month the House, in its wisdom, accepted the recommendation of the Procedure Committee that a Peer who has given notice of his wish to retire might have an opportunity to make what they christened “a valedictory speech”. I would point out that a number of noble Lords have retired recently, their retirements having been announced by the noble Baroness the Lord Speaker, and...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Third Reading (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, while agreeing with everything that my noble friend Lord Teverson said, I would like to make particular mention of my noble friend Lady Verma’s readiness to listen to the arguments on Part 4 concerning the community electricity right. The concession that the Government made on the timing of the power to introduce regulations has been widely welcomed by the renewables industry. It...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Third Reading (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I do not begin to claim the same amount of expertise as the noble Lord, Lord Clark of Windermere, who of course is a former chairman of the Forestry Commission. We listen to him with huge respect on these matters. I was puzzled by the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, and was not quite sure about its precise aim until she explained. I was under the impression that...

Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I too support these regulations. Perhaps I might just respond to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, by reminding him that there was only one party that actually included same-sex marriage in its manifesto. That was the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party was the only one to promise the original Act in its manifesto. Having said that, I too rejoice that this now has complete...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: Before I withdraw the amendment, may I say that I am immensely grateful to my noble friend for his reply to the debate? I—and others, I am sure—will want to study carefully what he has said, because this represents, in some respects, a new departure in trying to assess who is actually having to pay for the huge programme of infrastructure investment on which we are currently embarked. I...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I thank the two noble Lords who added their names to the amendment. We turn from the question of spending the proceeds of shale gas to the question of who is paying for the infrastructure investment on which the country has embarked and for which there is a great deal of support. When my noble friend Lady Kramer wound up the debate on the new clause in Committee, she was kind enough...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I added my name to my noble friend’s amendment and I congratulate him on the way in which he moved it. I want to make two points. First, I was the Minister for Energy in the very early stages of our North Sea oil and gas. I was the Minister for only seven weeks when we lost the election at the end of February 1974. At that stage, no one had the remotest idea of setting up a...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, when I saw the noble Lord’s amendment, my immediate reaction was to say, as he has done, “Look at what’s happened in other industries, notably the nuclear industry, and then look at what has been happening recently in relation to offshore oil and the measures that are now being taken there”. That led me to approach the trade association that covers the fracking industry,...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, neither the noble Baroness who has moved this amendment nor the noble Lord, Lord Judd, appears to have recognised that what we are talking about in Clause 32 is developing land 300 metres below the surface. Looking at the list of the various sites in the noble Baroness’s amendment, I cannot of think of one of them which could remotely be affected by horizontal drilling 300 metres...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: The noble Baroness had an amendment in Grand Committee which addressed the question of whether there should be downward drilling and whether pads for developing shale gas could be located in any of these places. Although we did not vote in Grand Committee, the argument was perfectly clear that it would depend on the site. You have got planning permission and you have got a whole range of...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords I understand the case that has been made by the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington. I started my consideration of the details of this with the hugely important joint report of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering back in June 2012. Indeed, I had substantial discussions with the chairman of the Committee that produced the report, Sir Robert Mair, whom I had known...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, it needs to be remembered—indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Davies, has acknowledged—that the industry very much welcomed the report of Sir Ian Wood. Noble Lords will remember that perhaps the most important recommendation that Sir Ian Wood made was that in future if we are to maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas, there needs to be a tripartite partnership of the Government,...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (10 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I have some sympathy with the noble Baroness’s amendment. It has always seemed to me that if you are to have an effective carbon capture and storage policy, and if it is to be developed from the two projects which the Government are currently financing, it would make sense eventually to have what one might call a grid for the CO2 that would be separated as a result of the...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, we can deal with this much more briefly. My amendments in this group address when regulations might be introduced. From Second Reading onwards, I was asking for two years. The government amendment has now suggested what is, in effect, 18 months. I have already given a message to the Minister through her department that I am extremely pleased with that. I feel that the argument has...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: I am grateful for my noble friend’s graciousness. She has gone a long way to meet us but, as has been indicated in the original amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington, I think there is a lot more exploration that will need to be done in the other place. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw. Amendment 113 withdrawn. Further consideration on Report adjourned.

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I was grateful for the support of the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington; I hope that she will share my view that we have got almost all that we want. The amendment has not been agreed, but my noble friend on the Front Bench has gone as far as one could possibly expect to say, “Without actually accepting your amendments, we are going to do pretty well everything in them”. It will...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: A moment ago my noble friend said that there was absolutely nothing to prevent the scheme being extended to other forms of community involvement. However, the word “renewable” is in the first paragraph of the first clause of the part of the Bill which deals with energy. Will extending it to other forms require further primary legislation?

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, that was a very interesting and revealing debate, because we have not always kept clear in our minds the distinction between the innovating and expanding voluntary sector and what would inevitably have to be, on the basis of the Bill, a very rigid, defined and inflexible sector. One has to make it quite clear that we are dealing here with two different approaches to this whole...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Jenkin of Roding: My Lords, I very much share the concern of the noble Baroness. I have an example that I raised at a meeting with the Minister. I am grateful for the trouble she has taken to allow us to engage with her and her officials. I made the point, as the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington, has done, that there are many other worthy forms of community involvement in energy. The example that I gave at the...


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