Lord Wade of Chorlton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Arrest Warrant on the application of habeas corpus.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, other Members may remember a similar discussion in this House in the early 1990s when the Duke of Devonshire said in terms—I cannot remember exactly what he said—that in his view any well brought up young man should have a mistress, a yacht and a racehorse; and that, if he could not afford any one of them, he jolly well should not have them. I am inclined to agree with him.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, if one of the benefits of the Olympic Games is to encourage people to get more involved in sport, why not keep the site open next year and have an industrial exhibition to encourage people to be wealth creators?
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, listening to this discussion, I am prompted to remind the House that in 1994 the then Conservative Government established an ad hoc Select Committee of the House of Lords to reveal the relationship between central and local government. I was privileged to be a member of that committee. We took a great deal of evidence at the time from local authorities, government officials and...
Lord Wade of Chorlton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to monitor, detect and control zoonoses in the future.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for introducing this debate which, as noble Lords have said, is one of the most important matters that we can discuss. So often in this House we talk about how to spend money. It is marvellous that we can now discuss for a short period how we might create some. It is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, who is a recognised expert in this area, and I was...
Lord Wade of Chorlton: The Minister mentioned the national plan. I remind your Lordships that in 2002 we launched an inquiry, which I chaired for the Select Committee on Science and Technology, into the microprocessing industry. We produced a report called Chips for Everything, in which we looked very closely at the impact that producing a smaller and smaller microchip would have on future technology and on the...
Lord Wade of Chorlton: Could a bridge bank be used to take over the toxic assets of a bank or banks, or could it take over only an entire bank?
Lord Wade of Chorlton: That is not really what I was looking for. It is clear that a number of banks are having problems and nobody knows how many toxic assets they hold. That is one of the fundamental issues. One solution might be if banks could get rid of their toxic assets and make it clear what their proper balance sheets were. Would it be possible for the Government to use this process to take hold of those...
Lord Wade of Chorlton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between those responsible for preparing reports on financial cases to become unitary authorities and those bidding to undertake research on them.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the detailed design for the six-year research project on new unitary and pathfinder councils, the contract for which was awarded in June.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what account is taken of the off-setting costs in stating annual savings for new unitary and pathfinder councils.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of a venture capital fund, Rising Stars Growth Fund Ltd, which was started specifically for early-stage technology companies. Does the noble Lord agree with me that venture capital fund companies generally throughout the country are a very good source for getting money into companies, particularly early stage and follow-on funding? I was surprised...
Lord Wade of Chorlton: My Lords—
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas have been identified as suitable for the establishment of eco-towns.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms are being used to consult members of the public about the establishment of eco-towns.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom are currently at risk of sodium-induced hypertension.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of individuals currently suffering from hypertension would be likely to see a clinically significant improvement in their blood pressure if they restricted their sodium intake to within the Government's guideline of 6 grams per day.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the growth in manufacturing industry, by region, in each of the past 36 months for which figures are available.
Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms are used to assess the strength of manufacturing industry in each (a) region and (b) local authority area.