Results 21–40 of 283 for speaker:Lord Grenfell

Liaison Committee — Motion to Agree (21 Mar 2013)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I would not like the plea of the noble Lord, Lord Jopling, for a foreign affairs committee to go unsupported by other Back-Benchers. I fully endorse his view; we need such a committee. My experience as chairman of your Lordships' Select Committee on the European Union was that we often found ourselves having to draw back from the frontier when there were issues that we felt needed...

EU: Prime Minister's Speech — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the Prime Minister's speech went down well with my very conservative mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday on the morning that he delivered it. I myself found quite a lot to commend in the analysis of what is wrong with the functioning of the European Union, but I wish that he had heeded Rab Butler's dictum that politics is the art of the possible. The road he has taken for...

Procedure of the House — Motion to Agree (9 Jan 2013)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I wish to explain very briefly why I have tabled my amendment. Many years ago, a young Italian opera singer made his debut at the Naples opera house. At the end of his first aria there was very loud applause and shouts for an encore, which he obliged. After his second rendition there was even louder applause and even more cries for an encore. However, seeing the conductor shaking...

European Union: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, and now for something completely different: I shall confine my remarks exclusively to Croatia's accession to the European Union. In doing so, I declare an interest as secretary of the All-Party Group for Croatia. I am also a trustee of the Dundee Trust, an initiative of the noble Earl, Lord Dundee, which has been active in supporting community projects in that country. I have taken...

North Korea — Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, it is good news that the ambassador of North Korea has been called in. I have not heard many people mentioning South Korea-the Republic of Korea-in this exchange. Are Her Majesty's Government speaking to the South Koreans to urge them not to try to take any kind of unilateral action and that whatever they do, it should be done through the United Nations?

Charities — Question (12 Dec 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I spent some years living in the United States. I was always struck there by the efficacy of the system that they have, in which where contributions to charities are fully deductible. The US Treasury seems to have worked out that the more that is given by individuals, the less the eventual burden on the taxpayers because they are taking up a lot of the strain from the taxpayers....

European Council — Statement (26 Nov 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, one question that has not been answered needs answering. Where are the Government's red lines in the next negotiations? We do not know; perhaps the Government do not know. If at the next round in January, or whenever it is to be, no compromise can be found, or it is a compromise that does not match what the Government feel they can accept, what are the Government going to do? Will...

European Council — Statement (26 Nov 2012)

Lord Grenfell: I am sorry, but on the Lisbon treaty we went into negotiations with red lines; they were very firmly laid out.

Russian Federation: Council of Europe — Question (30 Oct 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, is the Prime Minister, in dismissing out of hand the European Court of Human Rights' ruling on voting rights for prisoners, not giving aid and comfort to members of the Council of Europe like Russia that see fit to pick and choose which of the undertakings they made when joining the Council they wish to honour?

European Council — Statement (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, one of the less kindly remarks that Winston Churchill made about Stanley Baldwin was that he was a man who occasionally stumbled upon the truth and that he then got up, dusted himself off and hurried on as if nothing had happened. I think that that is a charge that one could probably level against this Prime Minister when it comes to Europe. Will the Leader of the House tell us...

Government of France: Meetings — Question (12 Jun 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, will the Minister accept a mild rebuke from me on the pronunciation of the names of French Presidents? I declare an interest. It seems a failing of successive Governments to get the names of French Presidents properly pronounced. The previous President was inevitably and almost always referred to as Mr Sarkozy as if it was meant to rhyme with tea cosy, when in fact it does not; and...

European Union — Membership Motion (16 May 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I take this opportunity to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, on his appointment to the chairmanship of the committee, a chairmanship which I enormously enjoyed when I had the honour to hold it. What the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, is saying today is so familiar to me it is almost like listening to "Auld Lang Syne" every New Year's Eve. It is utterly predictable but...

Eurozone — Question (16 May 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, as regards those who are pleading for not one single cent more of British money to be spent on sorting out the problems in the eurozone, will the Minister bear in mind what the consequences might be if a newly elected Greek Government after the next elections wish to tear up all the agreements made, which would almost certainly provoke an exit from the eurozone leading to...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (10 May 2012)

Lord Grenfell: Does the noble Lord not agree that the membership of this House is a great deal more representative of the many strands of society in the United Kingdom than is the House of Commons?

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (1 May 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the noble Lord is making an assumption when he says that we have to wait until all these problems are solved before we go ahead with Lords reform. That is not what we are saying. Goodness knows, we are not expecting the Government to solve these problems or we shall wait forever to get back to Lords reform. We are saying that it is very strange that, in the coming Session, so much...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cormack. The congruence of our views on Lords reform are long-standing and determined-and as a long-standing and determined opponent of an elected second Chamber, I have difficulty with many of the conclusions and recommendations in this report. However, that in no way diminishes my admiration for the extraordinary achievement of the...

Arrangement of Business (26 Apr 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the noble Lord may recall his history of the other place in Edwardian times, when Arthur Balfour, who was rather used to making long and fanciful statements, was ejected from the prime ministership and went into opposition. He may recall the occasion on which Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who had just become Prime Minister, said that Balfour tried to dazzle the House with his verbal...

Immigration: Eurostar — Question (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I declare an interest, having been through the tunnel over 1,500 times, getting to work here and going home again, and indeed having lived to tell the tale. The Minister said that the Government would be trying to set up a system whereby the border agency's immigration controls would be conducted in Brussels. He must be aware that this system works extremely well in Paris; it saves...

Liaison Committee: Third Report — Motion to Agree (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Grenfell: I am most grateful to noble Lords. I begin by declaring an interest, in particular with reference to recommendation 46 about the reduction in the European Union sub-committee structure by one sub-committee. In 2003, when I had the honour of being chairman of the European Union Committee, I argued very strongly for an extra committee and we obtained one. It was not done lightly. It was done...

Police: Vehicles — Question (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, prompted by the very pertinent question put by the noble Baroness, Lady Trumpington, can I ask the Minister if, when these police cars are no longer considered roadworthy, they are put out to grass and placed at the disposal of the Prime Minister and his friends?


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