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Responsibility to Protect — Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2015)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: (Valedictory Speech) My Lords, this is the last time you will hear from me. Many of you will be very pleased to know that. I speak from the Cross Benches now. When I first came here in 1976 as a hereditary Peer, of course we did not have elections then; I just came here and took my seat. I stayed here from 1976 to 1999, when the reform process took place, organised very efficiently, if I may...

Antarctic Bill: Order of Commitment Discharged (27 Feb 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Antarctic Bill — Second Reading (1 Feb 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, I am most grateful to everyone who has spoken on the Bill. This has been an interesting and diverse debate. All noble Lords who spoke have come from different angles, so that it has been a particularly well balanced debate, which is as it should be. I am particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Triesman, for supporting it. To see him back on the Front Bench is very gratifying....

Antarctic Bill — Second Reading (1 Feb 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, the Bill, which has come from the House of Commons and was ably piloted through there by the honourable Member for Stroud, Neil Carmichael, now comes to us for further consideration and, I hope, for its passing into law. My interest in the Bill has been compiled entirely from information received from the Polar Regions Department, a very impressive department within the Foreign and...

Antarctic Bill — Second Reading (1 Feb 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: That is a very good question. I will refer it to the Minister to answer when he speaks later.

Antarctic Bill — Second Reading (1 Feb 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: I am most grateful. I knew I would get into difficulty sooner or later. The Bill will treat the British Antarctic Survey, which provides a British permanent presence in the British Antarctic Territory, and other parts of the public sector who enter Antarctica on official business, as part of the Crown. It will also have the benefit of exempting those organisations from requiring insurance, as...

Air Passenger Duty — Question for Short Debate (28 Jan 2013)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Gibson, and I agree entirely with what she said. I thank my noble friend Lord Palmer for introducing this subject very fully and for making such a very cogent speech on it. I am afraid that I am going to join the chorus of opposition to this tax that has been revealed so far in this debate. As has been pointed out by the...

British Time Harmonisation — Question (11 Jul 2012)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to harmonise British time with that of the United Kingdom's main European trading partners.

British Time Harmonisation — Question (11 Jul 2012)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, that is quite interesting as far as it goes. However, has the noble Lord considered the benefit that lighter evenings would have for road safety and recreational activities?

EU: Trade Agreement on Banana Imports — Question for Short Debate (7 Feb 2012)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, on introducing the debate. I opened the previous one in 2006 and it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness in this great saga of the banana. I seem to have been in the banana debate for many years. In fact, the noble Baroness, Lady Howells, who I follow, mentioned Lord Pitt. He was a great friend of mine. We had...

Falkland Islands — Question (24 Jan 2012)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take with regard to the refusal of entry to Falkland Island flagged vessels by Brazil and Uruguay.

Falkland Islands — Question (24 Jan 2012)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that interesting reply. Does he agree that it would be desirable to restart direct discussions-not negotiations, since there is nothing to negotiate-with Argentina, since it is at Argentina's behest that this action has been taken?

Colombia — Question (23 Nov 2011)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords-

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: I very much agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell, said about age. He mentioned the Chinese. The Chinese believe very strongly that, as you get older, you get wiser. That may be the case with many people but, being well over the age limit, I am not sure that that is so in my case. We should consider this matter very carefully. Certainly an age limit of 75 is fairly absurd.

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein: My Lords, before the noble Lord withdraws his amendment, I was very interested in the suggestion that he makes. Irrelevant of the date, when the royal commission headed by the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, sat, I made a written proposal. Included in that proposal was a suggestion that the House should in due course change its name, if we were to have an elected House, to precisely that-a senate....


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