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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Science: EU Grants and Loans (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Royal Society that British science has lost approximately €500 million in EU funding as a result of uncertainty around Brexit.

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Exchange Rates (19 Sep 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the additional costs to the NHS as a consequence of the fall in the value of the pound since the EU referendum.

Security in the UK - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (10 Jul 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, this debate invites us to take note of the current security situation in the UK. I wish to focus my remarks this evening primarily on that situation in London. However, we all know that terror can come in different forms, in different times and in different places. Innocuous white vans are driven as weapons of murder into crowds on pavements, young people out for the evening,...

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

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, one of the realities of this debate and of our predicament is that none of us is where we thought we were going to be. That is true of all the parties represented in this House, but it is also true of the country. I remind noble Lords that for months if not years before the referendum took place we were told, certainly by much of the media and many people in public life, that the...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I declare two interests; first, as the former chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies, a post in which I have been so admirably succeeded by the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford. I should also declare an interest as vice-president of the English Speaking Union, the role of the language in the Commonwealth and its future being of seminal importance. By CHOGM next year,...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I am very glad to follow the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, on one specific thing. Given Brexit, we are all very alert to what Britain’s competitive position will be after we leave the European Union. The noble Lord referred to competition from continental European universities—in particular, those in France, where there is a government-backed and very energetic...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I declare a historic interest and note that I have no contemporary interest. I worked with the late—and great—Lord Jenkins in the European Commission for just over four years, at the end of which period I decided to come home. It was an interesting revelatory moment with regard to working within the European Commission, because when I attempted to resign, the head of personnel,...

Populism and Nationalism - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2017)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, four decades ago when we joined what was then the European Economic Community, I was working for the BBC and was asked to script and present a life story of Jean Monnet—“the father of Europe”, as he was then called. I got to know him pretty well. I found him not to be an ideological man but a rather optimistic pragmatist. His consistent theme, however—the right reverend...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: UK Membership of EU (25 Oct 2016)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the views of those who voted for Remain in the EU Referendum are respected and taken fully into account.

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Watson of Richmond: Is there a scintilla of evidence that the receipt of pensions from the European institutions has ever influenced the position of a Member of this House or that the European authorities have threatened such a Member for expressing a view?

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I declare an interest as high steward of Cambridge University. In that context, I was particularly delighted by the remarks of my noble friend Lord Taverne. I endorse the harsh reality that the pre-eminence of our science, and the pre-eminence of Cambridge University in particular in science, would certainly be damaged by exit from the EU. It is simply a fact. With every day that...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: UK Membership of EU (3 May 2016)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how seriously they view the warnings from the IMF and the Bank of England of the detrimental impact on both the UK and the global economy if the UK withdraws from the EU.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Science (26 Apr 2016)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the concerns highlighted by Fellows of the Royal Society and Cambridge academics about the impact on science if the UK were to leave the EU.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I, too, add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Luce, for initiating this important debate. I suppose I should declare two interests. One is that for six years I chaired the Council of Commonwealth Societies, in which role I was succeeded by the ever-young noble Lord, Lord Howell. I also chair the Commonwealth publisher, Nexus. In attracting the attention it deserves, paradoxically,...

Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I declare an interest: I was a broadcaster for some 27 years with the BBC and with London Weekend Television, and I currently chair a multimedia production company, CTN Communications. Last night there was a very interesting programme on BBC1. It started at 9 pm—one of the prime slots on broadcast television—and the presenter was Sophie Raworth, whom I know well and is an...

BBC: Russian Language Programming — Question (23 Mar 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC about increasing its Russian language programming and distribution, including via the internet.

BBC: Russian Language Programming — Question (23 Mar 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. I understand the relationship between the FCO and the BBC World Service and indeed, the technical and political obstacles to increasing broadcasting inside Russia. However, does the Minister not agree that, if there is to be a bridge of understanding rebuilt with Russia—it is imperative that there is—it is essential that we have the ability to...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2015)

Lord Watson of Richmond: My Lords, I suppose, on the arithmetic of the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, I am the seventh of the brave men to have participated in this debate, and—looking at the speakers list—the last. It has been a very good debate, as indeed was the debate last year. If I may say so, I particularly enjoyed the speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield. It made many important points. I declare an...


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