Results 1–20 of 6294 for speaker:Lord Howell of Guildford

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Crisis - Commons Urgent Question (13 Jan 2022)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, is this not a situation where we are going to have to work closely and carefully with the Chinese? They seem to be acceptable to the Taliban and are working closely with them. The Chinese are always talking about the win-win nature of their intervention, which I think we have to take with a pinch of salt, but there is no doubt that they have the resources. They are there and they...

Energy Prices - Question (12 Jan 2022)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, is it appreciated in this drama of exceptionally high prices that the whole process of moving to a decarbonised world and energy transition requires the most careful management of balance between supply and demand? If supply is discouraged or undermined while demand is still rising, we will get again and again the huge, volatile and extremely damaging rise in fuel and power prices...

Russia - Statement (10 Jan 2022)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the Foreign Secretary made a very eloquent comment the other day about a “network of liberty” being necessary to contain, curb and undermine the authoritarian regimes. Can the Minister explain how, over and above the obvious NATO alliance, this concept can be developed in relation to Ukraine? Does he agree that the really important message to get into the public debate and the...

International Day of Democracy - Question (15 Dec 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: The network of liberty is an extremely powerful concept, but does it not exist to some extent already? Is not the growing Commonwealth co-operation on security and defence, which is developing all the time, already part of that network—and is it not an important part of the future story?

Energy: Civil Nuclear Power - Motion to Take Note (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, it remains for me to thank all who have taken part in this debate for their very expert contributions from different points of view and to thank the Minister for her very patient and full reply, although she was not able to cover all our questions. In fact we have left a few things uncovered, such as decommissioning. We touched on finance, with the help of the noble Viscount, Lord...

Energy: Civil Nuclear Power - Motion to Take Note (9 Dec 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I begin by declaring interests advising energy-related companies, as detailed in the register, and as chair of Windsor Energy Group, as former president of the Energy Industries Association and the British Institute of Energy Economists, and—rather a long time ago—as a former UK Energy Secretary, although I must say in very different times from those we now face. I am going to...

Oil and Gas Authority: Remit - Question (2 Dec 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I declare an interest as set out in the register. Would it not be helpful to explain even more clearly to the public that none of the needed energy decarbonisation or transition is going to happen smoothly without a proper back-up of swing suppliers and fuel sources? Unless there is a prudent level of continued investment in fossil fuel sources, we will see many more of the violent...

Climate Change: COP 26 - Motion to Take Note (18 Nov 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, Alok Sharma deserves very high praise for the many deals and agreements he achieved in important areas such as trees and methane. It is obvious, particularly from the speech we have just heard, that Glasgow was a fountain of fascinating new ideas, all to be developed. Nevertheless, we are now in fact entering an extremely dangerous phase in which people, especially the young, are...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Private Notice Question (15 Nov 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: While it is absolutely right that the dreadful detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe should be kept totally separate from other issues in the relationship with the Iranian Government, will my noble friend explain the delays in the payment of the proper debt for the Chieftain tanks that were never delivered? It seems to me a straightforward matter, entirely separate from this horrible...

Procedure and Privileges - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (25 Oct 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, something has clearly gone wrong here, despite all the excellent work of the Procedure and Privileges Committee and the staff in the last year or so during these dramatic and difficult circumstances. This is a time to think more carefully. The outward, visible sign of a rather sudden change is the sweeping away of the Pugin furniture in the Prince’s Chamber, which is, after all,...

Shortages: Protection for the Vulnerable - Question (20 Oct 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the shortage of energy is going to be felt by those households which simply cannot afford the soaring energy prices. Given the forecast that gas prices are going to go up another 30% next year on top of the already very high levels, are the Government considering further measures to alleviate the intense hardship that this will cause for millions of families? This could be done, if...

Energy Prices: Electricity Bills - Question (13 Oct 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, it is obvious that in the short term, with soaring international gas prices, what can be done is understandably limited. Rescue support for heavy energy users obviously will help if it comes quickly, but should we not also consider temporarily suspending some of the heavy green surcharges, carbon penalties and the latest, rather poor idea, of taxing gas even further? For the medium...

Cost of Living - Private Notice Question (12 Oct 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, would it not make sense this coming winter, in the face of all the hardship, to consider temporarily suspending all the green levies and carbon charges and the idea, which has been mooted, of a further tax on gas, until at least the spring and at least until the present explosion of prices is over?

Net-zero Carbon Emissions: Behaviour Change - Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: I agree with a lot of what the noble Lord says, but he has not quite understood my message—of course, that is my fault for not having the time or the clarity. The contribution this nation ought to be making is going to be very expensive and very extensive and could be very effective. What I am arguing is that the contribution we are making now—and putting the resources where we are, like...

Net-zero Carbon Emissions: Behaviour Change - Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I warmly congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, on the extreme timeliness of her Motion, amid the final preparations of the build-up to COP 26 in November. I declare my related interests in energy issues, as set out in the register. Currently, I see two major public behavioural barriers to addressing successfully the dangers of climate change and extremism. One—noble...

Afghanistan: Security - Question (6 Sep 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the Foreign Secretary was saying the other day that we should be talking to China and Russia about the next stage in the Afghanistan tragedy, despite, obviously, disagreeing on many other issues. Surely he is right. Afghanistan should not be a forum of hegemonic struggle but, clearly, nor is it a suitable area for the USA as a world policeman, as we have seen. Can my noble friend...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the terrible debacle in Afghanistan confirms—indeed, the debates in both Houses of Parliament today confirm—that the world has reached the end of an era. Among other things, it cannot rely any longer just on American security guarantees. That also has major security implications for the increasingly dangerous situation in Taiwan. That offers a clear lesson that western security...

UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship - Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2021)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I thank everyone in the Chamber and our electronically connected friends for all their excellent speeches. Indeed, I thank the Minister for his excellent survey of the Government’s position and his round up of the debate. All of the speeches have been reminders that there is much more to trade and commerce than just trade itself. Without the wider conditions, there is no trade,...


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