Results 161–180 of 364 for speaker:Viscount Goschen

Network Rail: Debt (16 Dec 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, although I understand why the Government wish to keep the £20 billion plus of Network Rail debt off the balance sheet, is it really tenable for the Government to continue to shelter behind the position taken by the ONS when the National Audit Office has ruled that it should be treated as a subsidiary of the Strategic Rail Authority and that its accounts should be consolidated with...

Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL] (3 Dec 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, like every noble Lord who has spoken this afternoon, I welcome the thrust of the Bill and the intentions that lie behind it. I shall concentrate on the law of unintended consequences and matters to which it is wise to pay heed, when legislating. As we heard, Part 1 of the Bill establishes the framework for local authorities to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill through...

Air Traffic: Bilateral Agreements (25 Nov 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the Government's first priority in this matter must be the safeguarding of British commercial and passenger interests rather than the wider European interests, which do not always coincide?

Network Rail (15 Jul 2002)

Viscount Goschen: asked Her Majesty's Government: What influence they will have over the management of Network Rail.

Network Rail (15 Jul 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, given that Network Rail will be operated in accordance with the Strategic Rail Authority's strategic plan; that it will be regulated by the SRA; that its accounts will be incorporated in those of the SRA; and that the SRA, a government body, will be providing an equity cushion—a de facto guarantee—how can that company be determined to be a private company? Secondly, will the...

Railtrack (27 Jun 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, all noble Lords wish Network Rail well in undertaking the refurbishment of the infrastructure of the UK's railways. A number of issues have yet to be answered. The Minister drew attention to the fact that the fragmentation of the railways would be reduced by the introduction of the Network Rail structure. How is that so? One network operator, Railtrack, is being replaced by another...

Proceeds of Crime Bill (25 Jun 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, I rise briefly to support Amendments Nos. 7 and 8, which give the court a discretionary "get out" clause. We have heard that Clause 75 specifies that one of the conditions of a criminal lifestyle shall be considered if the defendant is convicted of any of the offences within Schedule 2. Schedule 2 contains a wide range of offences, from serious issues such as arms trafficking and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Procurement Policy (10 Jun 2002)

Viscount Goschen: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22 May (HL Deb, col. 764), which government departments they contacted in preparing the answer.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ministry of Defence Procurement (10 Jun 2002)

Viscount Goschen: asked her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since 1997 the Ministry of Defence has procured goods or services other than by competitive tender on the grounds of national security.

Competitive Tendering: National Security Exemptions (22 May 2002)

Viscount Goschen: asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since 1997 the requirement for the Government to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived on the grounds of national security.

Competitive Tendering: National Security Exemptions (22 May 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, is it not time that the Government gave a straight answer to a straight question? The national security exemption from the procurement directive is extremely narrowly drawn and should be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Is it not then extraordinary that the Government are unable to answer the Question about when the grounds of national security were used to exempt the...

Inchoate offences (13 May 2002)

Viscount Goschen: Before the Minister sits down, he gave examples of where the criminal proceedings and the civil proceedings might be on a different basis. For example, the drug dealer who has been acquitted of a specific offence may well have other property which has been acquired by nefarious means. The Minister put powerful arguments in such cases. But how would the noble and learned Lord ensure that an...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Contracts: Security and Competitive Tendering (29 Apr 2002)

Viscount Goschen: asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions the requirement for the Government to engage in a competitive tendering process has been waived on the grounds of national security.

Proceeds of Crime Bill (22 Apr 2002)

Viscount Goschen: Before the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, responds to the Minister, does the Minister agree that this amendment highlights a potential situation where, notwithstanding the points made by the Minister in terms of bogus creditors and so forth, which the noble Lord sought to address within his amendment, the action of the state, in imposing a confiscation order, could force companies into bankruptcy...

Proceeds of Crime Bill (22 Apr 2002)

Viscount Goschen: In the noble and learned Lord's introductory remarks he took care to discuss certain offences which were not to be included in the new schedule. Among those he listed that of terrorism activity and pointed to a future amendment that the Government may bring forward which would add some detail. First, I wonder whether, at this early stage of our consideration in Committee, the noble and...

State Pension Forecasts (15 Apr 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, is the problem one of security with having on-line information—the Government could note that the banks have addressed on-line banking without having too many security issues—or is it simply one of cost?

Sub-Saharan Africa (30 Jan 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, has set the House a challenging task in putting forward such a broad-based title for the debate. There is a huge number of subjects to talk about in terms of democracy and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa, and we have heard a very great spread. However, I make no apologies whatever for concentrating, as other noble Lords have...

House of Lords Reform (9 Jan 2002)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, we generally observe the convention in this House that we do not criticise or discuss the affairs of another place, and it tends to observe a similar convention. However, that will have to be put carefully to one side for the purposes of this debate; otherwise, Members in another place will have very little to discuss. It is interesting that of the half dozen or so former Members of...

Zimbabwe (12 Dec 2001)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, like other noble Lords who have spoken, I too have personal connections with Zimbabwe. Furthermore, like the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Southwark, I lived in Zambia, although at a rather different time, at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s. I have been in a position to see the rather contrasting fate of those two countries. The tragedy of Zimbabwe is that...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (6 Dec 2001)

Viscount Goschen: My Lords, the noble Lord mentioned the point that I made and referred directly to the clause. I welcome his announcement that the affirmative procedure will be applied, but that does not go any way towards assuaging our concerns, although it is a welcome development. Can the noble Lord explain in very clear terms what he believes would be the effect of accepting Amendment No. 11 of the noble...


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