Results 21–40 of 118 for speaker:Lord Glenarthur

Hong Kong — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2014)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, during the two years from 1987 to 1989 when I was Minister for Hong Kong, sandwiched somewhere between the noble Lord, Lord Luce, and my noble friend Lord Goodlad, and of course with my noble and learned friend Lord Howe of Aberavon as Secretary of State, and with the noble Lord, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, as governor, I like to think that I became fairly well attuned and attentive to...

Armed Forces — Motion to Take Note (23 Jun 2014)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend for the opportunity that this debate affords. In earlier defence debates I made clear my deeply held concerns that the reductions to the capability of our Armed Forces have been too draconian. A sound foreign policy can be achieved only if it is backed up by flexible and credible armed services. I fear, very much as the noble and gallant Lord,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Forces: Food and Accommodation (6 May 2014)

Lord Glenarthur: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “entitled” and “non-entitled” rates of charges required to be paid by serving officers of HM Forces towards their food and accommodation in the officers' mess; and whether there is any differential in those charges between regular officers and officers on full-time reserve service on home stations.

Armed Forces — Question for Short Debate (7 Apr 2014)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I strongly share the concerns raised by the noble Lord, Lord Dannatt. The professionalism, resilience and indeed the sacrifices, as the right reverend Prelate has just said, of service men and women are plain for all to see. Senior, highly trained and experienced military officers in or within recent direct experience of very responsible national and international positions know...

Glasgow Helicopter Crash — Statement (2 Dec 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, while entirely joining myself with my noble and learned friend’s remarks about all those who have been affected by this horrible accident, I declare an interest as president of the British Helicopter Association, which is the trade body that looks after operators of all sorts of helicopters, including police helicopters. It is, as my noble and learned friend said, far too early to...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jul 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: I very much support my noble and learned friend. The debates at Second Reading and in Committee referred to the word “marriage” as being the point at issue and how it could be described in the Bill. The problem with the Bill has been the word “marriage” and it is difficult to find another solution to that problem. For those who have concerns about finding a way to redefine marriage,...

Japanese Knotweed — Question (8 Jul 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, can my noble friend say to what extent the spread of this knotweed has developed throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and to what extent the devolved Administrations are playing their part in trying to eradicate it?

Reserve Forces — Statement (3 Jul 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I very much welcome the Statement. It is certainly extremely comprehensive. From what one can see from a first glance at the White Paper, it fulfils many of the aspirations which those of us who commented on the Green Paper felt were necessary. However, I should like to ask my noble friend about the national relationship management scheme. I suggest that, in any adaptation of the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I hesitate to intervene because I have not spoken since Second Reading. However, I want to follow up a point which the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, made about teaching. I have no experience of teaching but it seems to me that a teacher coping with a classroom of pupils, who has to deal with one aspect in a particular way, might need a more individual session with a...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (2nd Day) (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, in the 36 or so years that I have been in your Lordships’ House I have come across many Bills from all quarters of the House with which I have profoundly disagreed. But none has made me as uneasy— and I use that word deliberately—as this one. The Government and others say that it is popular, but a great many of the people I know—and much more widely, and also among those who...

Pesticides: Bees — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, what has been the reduction, if any, in the bee population over the past few years? Is there any particular threat to the availability of honey in this country as a result?

Helicopter Flights: Central London — Question (22 Jan 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I declare an interest as president of the British Helicopter Association, which is the trade association for the helicopter industry. Does my noble friend agree that there should be no knee-jerk reaction to this tragic accident? We need to understand the facts. These are always complex, and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will be able to deduce what all the reasons were. Does...

Airports: Capacity — Question (8 Jan 2013)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, my noble friend's Question referred specifically to commercial airports, but not far from Heathrow lies Northolt-principally a Royal Air Force airport but used for some other domestic and international semi-commercial flights. What problems and constraints exist in the further use or development of Northolt to add value to what otherwise would be part of the same hub of London airports?

BBC: World Service — Question (27 Nov 2012)

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BBC: World Service — Question (27 Nov 2012)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, while sharing many of the concerns that the noble Lord, Lord Alton, raised, my noble friend mentioned the internet. Can she say to what extent the internet has provided an increasing advantage of opportunity for people all over the world to listen to the very valuable product of the World Service?

Armed Forces: Reserve Forces — Question (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Freeman forecast, I will confine my remarks principally to the matters of employers and employer support. As I think some of your Lordships know, I spent seven years as chairman of the National Employer Advisory Board. Indeed, I worked a lot over that period with three of the noble and gallant Lords who are sitting opposite. I wholly support the notion that...

Sunday Trading (London Olympic and Paralympic Games) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, I have not put my name down to speak in this debate but having taken the Sunday Trading Bill through the House of Lords in 1994, I have much sympathy with the points made by my noble friend. However, I hope that he will accept that one of the arguments that I tried to put forward when I took that Bill through, in its general sense-it was not specific to the Olympics-was that those...

Armed Forces: Accommodation — Question (1 Mar 2012)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, will my noble friend say what proportion of current service quarters have been judged recently to be substandard, and what progress has been made in bringing them up to date?

Railways: Train Design — Question (12 Jan 2012)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the Treasury and the Scottish Government announced recently that they would each put £50 million into the refurbishment of Caledonian railway sleepers, which many of us are delighted about, particularly if we use them twice a week as I do. Will the new franchise agreement, which I think will follow in 2014, also enable the train operating...

Armed Forces: Afghanistan and Libya — Question (9 Nov 2011)

Lord Glenarthur: My Lords, bearing in mind the huge contribution of Britain's Reserve Forces to both campaigns, particularly in that in Afghanistan, to what extent have those foreign countries my noble friend mentioned also been using their reserve forces? Can any lessons learnt from their deployments be used and developed in the international fora which exist for discussion on international reserve issues?


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