All 17 results for speaker:Lord Waldegrave of North Hill

Brexit: Triggering Article 50 - Statement (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, may I join the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, in supporting the tone of the Prime Minister’s Statement? I draw my noble friend’s attention to the admirable article by my noble friend Lord Finkelstein in the Times today, which describes a successful negotiation as one in which both sides regard themselves as the winners. Does my noble friend agree that, in order to achieve such a...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (1st Day) (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, as one who spoke at Second Reading, I associate myself with what the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, has said. He, I and many others had meetings with the Minister and were received courteously—as one would expect—but more importantly, we were received by a listening Minister. I am very grateful to my noble friend, who I am sure has added to the voice of this House when speaking to...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jan 2017)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, I support the amendments of my noble friend Lord Lucas. This is probably the first shot in a considerable battle in which I hope this House will engage. There is a certain irony which I cannot pass over in complete silence. I was the junior Minister who, in 1981, had to take the full force of opposition from the Liberal Party, the Labour Party, members of my own party and every...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, I declared my interest at Second Reading. I am the most junior member of the club of chancellors mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Myners, as the newly appointed chancellor of the University of Reading. I have a number of concerns about the Bill and without making a Second Reading speech again, I shall look to the Government to strengthen protections against interference with...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Second Reading (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, I declare an interest as the fellow of one Oxford college, the honorary fellow of another, and the chancellor-elect, to be installed on Friday, of the University of Reading. The Minister in the Public Bill Committee described the Bill as a somewhat minor Bill—a tidying-up Bill. It is not. It is a juggernaut of a Bill. Arguably, it is the formal end of the delicate structure of...

The Future of the Civil Service — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it seems to me that there are two separate issues here. First, there is the constant process of change and modernisation that the Civil Service, like any other organisation, needs. Some of the things that the Government are proposing seem to be sensible—on project management and IT, for example. They get some of them wrong: it was a grave mistake to separate the Cabinet Secretary...

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria. I personally accept that legal justification for a proportionate action can be found. If Geoffrey Robertson QC agrees with the Attorney-General, that range of legal advice is enough for me. I accept what the Prime Minister, the JIC, the Foreign Secretary and their advisers say: that the great likelihood is that last week’s...

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 Apr 2013)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it is a very great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Forsyth. I think that the House has already paid tribute to his own role in support of Lady Thatcher in later years; it is one that should indeed be on the record. I was her last appointment to the Cabinet. In the run-up to the first Gulf War, I was going across two or three times every day as Minister of State at the...

Energy: Low Carbon Transition Plan — Statement (15 Jul 2009)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, I broadly welcome the thrust of the policy but I think it is too complacent on the shape of the British civil nuclear industry which, in the lost decade since the Government's first White Paper, has virtually disappeared. It will take far more than is in this White Paper to resuscitate it.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (5th Day) (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: It may be appropriate to have two or three sentences from someone who once held the huge and wonderful office of Secretary of State for Health. I want to associate myself warmly, which was not always the case when I was Secretary of State, with the views of the BMA, as so eloquently expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay. We have to be realistic. We have heard the phrase "predatory...

Climate Change Bill [HL] (27 Nov 2007)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London, whom subsequent generations will come to see as one of the most distinguished to hold his great office—and it is a distinguished line that he follows in. This debate, as the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, said, is an historic one. In discussing this matter, we are not really recognising the scale of what...

Climate Change (10 Nov 2005)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Turner, on an outstanding maiden speech and in thanking the noble Lord, Lord May, for introducing this debate. He may not be one of the favourite climatologists of my noble friend Lord Lawson, but he is arguably the world's leading theoretician on the behaviour of very complex systems, which has some relevance to the...

Museums (9 Jun 2005)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Addington, as he touched on one of the central themes of the museum of which I have the privilege to be the chairman—unpaid, like the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, is of the Railway Heritage Committee—namely, the National Museum of Science and Industry. I return to the eloquent and much appreciated speech about children and the...

Higher Education Bill (19 Apr 2004)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it would be most attractive to add the rebate proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Desai, to that of my noble friend Lady Thatcher. He wields a mean handbag and I hope that his suggestion is taken up seriously. It has not been my custom to make speeches attacking my own Front Bench. I did so once in 1981 and was punished by being made Minister for the universities. That shut me up for...

Science and Politics (9 Dec 2003)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I congratulate and thank the noble Baroness, Lady Greenfield, for the debate. I start by picking up one point made by the noble Lord, Lord Chan—and thoroughly agreeing with it; namely, if we are to have an appointed House of Lords, surely an ideal way to bring forward leading scientists and technologies is by strengthening the already powerful voices...

Iraq (24 Sep 2002)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, will the Minister confirm the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, that the impressive dossier that the Government have put before us does not show evidence of the distribution of the weapons to terrorist organisations or to Al'Qaeda? That is an important point. We would be here debating the problem of Iraq whether or not the atrocities of 11th September last...

Science and Society: Select Committee Report (16 Feb 2001)

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: My Lords, it is rather intimidating to be, as I understand it, a little lower down the speakers' list than usual and to have heard so many noble Lords make such kind remarks about my participation in this debate. I feel almost that I should sit down at once so as not to disappoint their expectations. It is a great privilege for me to have the opportunity of making my maiden speech in a debate...


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