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Climate Change — Question (3 Apr 2014)

Lord Roper: How will the results of the intergovernmental panel affect the position that the Government and their European Union partners are developing for next year’s framework convention conference in Paris?

Defence Reform Bill: Third Reading (2 Apr 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, like the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, I want merely to express my gratitude to my noble friend the Minister for having brought forward an amendment which, as he explained, goes somewhat further than the amendment we considered on Report. Like others who have been involved in these discussions, I am very grateful that he has taken so much care to ensure that this matter is...

Defence Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) (26 Mar 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, in view of the remarks made by my noble friend the Minister in his intervention in the speech of the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, saying that he intends to accept the principle of Amendment 9, I can be a good deal briefer than I would otherwise have been. Broadly, I felt after the discussion in Committee and subsequent consideration—particularly after the discussions with...

Defence: Nuclear Submarines — Statement (6 Mar 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, from these Benches, I add our condolences to the family of the soldier of 22 Engineer Regiment who died yesterday. The matter of the Statement is obviously serious and the Government have been absolutely right to act in accord with the precautionary principle. I wonder whether my noble friend can say something about the possible implications for the other two Vanguard-class...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, in many cases, they have been in schedules to proposals for referendums. This time, they will merely come back as a statutory instrument, which this House will have no chance of amending unless a subsequent amendment to the Bill is accepted.

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, perhaps I can help the House. This morning, when we carried Amendment 1, Amendments 2 to 7 were pre-empted on the same basis, because they would have been introduced into the Bill at the place where subsection (1) was previously. The same thing has now occurred because of the success that the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, has had with his second amendment today. By removing subsection...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, I am extraordinarily grateful for the support from all parts of the House for this cross-party Back-Bench amendment asking for the Bill to include an obligation to provide objective information on these critical matters. Given the time, I hope noble Lords will forgive me if I do not go into detail on all the points raised, although I think that the agenda which the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, Amendment 9 is included in the group we are discussing, along with Amendment 74, and is not part of the second group headed by Amendment 2 as it appears in the groupings list, because Amendment 2 was pre-empted by your Lordships’ decision on the previous amendment. Amendment 9, together with Amendment 74, has the same effect as Amendment 2 would have done. As the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, the noble Lord is right. We will come to his amendments with their new numbers, which I think are 42A and 43A. I was going to refer to them a little later—Amendments 5, 6 and 7, like my Amendment 2, having been pre-empted. Those amendments refer to reports being prepared by the Government, and the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Turnbull, refers to an assessment being prepared...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Second Reading (10 Jan 2014)

Lord Roper: My Lords, I must begin with a confession. I have changed my attitude to referendums. For the first half of my life, my sceptical view of referendums was very much based on the view in Clement Attlee’s dictum that they were, “a device for despots and dictators”, and that they were inappropriate for a parliamentary democracy. In 1972, my sympathy was with my then right honourable friends...

Energy: Gas Storage — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, in the initial reply of my noble friend the Minister to the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington, she suggested that any further intervention in gas storage would raise prices disproportionately for consumers. Will she let us know the basis for that?

Energy Bill — Third Reading (19 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, this proposed new clause follows up debates we had in Committee and on Report and is, I believe, a matter of considerable importance. I shall therefore listen with great care to what the Minister has to say in reply.

Energy Bill — Third Reading (19 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, I thank the Minister for having put forward this amendment which, as she says, follows the discussion that we had on Report and the report of your Lordships’ Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. It is a most satisfactory amendment and, again, I thank the Minister for it.

Iran and Syria — Statement (11 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: Will the Minister comment on the report this morning that an agreement has been reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Iranian authorities in Tehran on inspection of the Arak plutonium site? If that is the case, would it facilitate the negotiations and discussions on 20 November?

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, in the circumstances, there is nothing I need to say. Amendment 97 agreed. Amendments 98 to 100 Moved by Lord Roper 98: Clause 130, page 100, line 18, leave out from “information” to “about” in line 23 99: Clause 130, page 100, line 24, after “terms” insert “to be provided” 100: Clause 130, page 100, line 24, at end insert— “(c) make provision about the way in...

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, I welcome the response that the Government have made to the report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee. This and other recommendations were raised in Grand Committee. In virtually every case the Government have been able to come back and accept those recommendations.

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lady Maddock, who is away from the House with her Select Committee today, I shall move Amendment 97 and speak to the other amendments in this group. At Committee stage, she tabled an amendment to the tariff reform clauses in the Bill which we are now considering, suggesting that suppliers should provide details of their cheapest tariff on bills, “in a...

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: I am grateful for the support my amendment has had from all parts of the House. I am also grateful that the Minister has listened to what has been said and, indeed, made some reassuring comment. I am certainly reassured to a significant extent. She said that she wished to act in keeping with the spirit of the amendment and I am happy about that. I also understand the constraints imposed upon...

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, that is indeed a very reassuring statement. It suggests that the Government are moving in the direction that we wish. I suspect it means we will not need to return to this at Third Reading. We have had some useful assurances today and, on the basis of that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 60 withdrawn. Amendment 61 Moved by Baroness Verma 61: Clause 44, page 28,...

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Roper: My Lords, in moving this amendment in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Jenkin of Roding, I will speak also to Amendment 62, which is in my name and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell, and to Amendment 64, which is in my name and that of the noble Lords, Lord Jenkin of Roding and Lord Cameron, and the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell. We have already begun to discuss the issue of the...


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