Lord Geddes: When my noble friend helpfully lists forms of alternative renewable energy, could he be kind enough to include tidal?
Lord Geddes: I was so fascinated by the noble Baroness’s speech.
Lord Geddes: Will my noble friend bring his undoubted acumen to bear, in addition to the rail fares, to simplifying buying tickets to park at railway stations, where you virtually need a degree in science to work it out?
Lord Geddes: Does my noble friend agree that there is a possibility of the law of unintended consequences in this context, for instance when a landlord requires to occupy the let premises themselves for medical reasons?
Lord Geddes: Can my noble friend bring the House up to date on the Government’s support for tidal power?
Lord Geddes: We now come to the largest single group I have come across in 23 years.
Lord Geddes: The Question is that this Motion be agreed to. As many as are of that opinion will say content—
Lord Geddes: My Lords, I apologise to the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, for not allowing her to speak. I thought that we had come to the end of this piece of business. Motion agreed.
Lord Geddes: My Lords, would my noble friend please put greater emphasis on the development of tidal energy, which would greatly reduce carbon emissions? I think he will tell us that the infrastructure is extremely expensive; that is true, but thereafter it is utterly free and totally predictable.
Lord Geddes: Does my noble friend find echoes in the exchanges this afternoon of that old adage of the steam train going up and then down the hill: “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could”?
Lord Geddes: Is my noble friend aware of the beneficence of his department in that those who have reached their fourscore years get a huge 25p a week supplement, which, to the best of my knowledge, has never been reviewed since 1971? Is this good value for money?
Lord Geddes: My Lords, as Amendment 270 has not been moved, I cannot call Amendments 270A or 270B, as they were amendments to the said Amendment 270. Amendments 271 to 273 not moved.
Lord Geddes: My Lords, as Amendment 273 has not been moved, Amendment 273A cannot be moved, as it was an amendment to it.
Lord Geddes: My Lords, far be it for me to trump the noble and gallant Lord, but is my noble friend aware that, over 40 years ago, on Report for the British Nationality Bill in 1981, the nomenclature for those relevant was changed to “British Dependent Territories citizen” after 100 amendments were accepted by the Government? Did this not presage today’s excellent announcement?
Lord Geddes: Is my noble friend aware of the tablet on Doctors Wall at Rugby which reads: “This stone commemorates the exploit of William Webb Ellis who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time first took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, thus creating the present-day game?
Lord Geddes: My Lords, not unexpectedly, I ask: “Tidal power?”
Lord Geddes: My Lords, would this problem not be greatly reduced if we put more emphasis on tidal energy?
Lord Geddes: Is my noble friend aware—I can see no reason why he should be—that at the request of her daughter and son-in-law, both GPs, my wife made them three sets of multi-washable scrubs each, which to the best of my knowledge are still in use?
Lord Geddes: Does my noble friend know whether the self-adjusting lights can be retrofitted?
Lord Geddes: My Lords, does my noble friend consider it seemly that reference should be made to the most senior officer of a board as an inanimate object?