Results 41–60 of 283 for speaker:Lord Grenfell

EU: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (16 Feb 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Higgins. We first debated Britain's relationship with Europe more than 50 years ago at Cambridge, and I am extremely happy that we are still at it. We have heard many wise words-and a few not so wise-about how to cope with and solve the crisis. I will not add to the substantial body of views that is informing today's debate....

Eurozone Crisis — Question (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords-

Eurozone Crisis — Question (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, given the unrest on the Conservative Benches in the other place I was tempted to ask whether the Prime Minister had contingency plans for the full recovery and strengthening of the eurozone, but I have a more serious point to make. Does the Minister agree with me that it is extraordinary that the rating agencies disclaim all responsibility for the impact on borrowing costs of their...

EU: Repatriation of Powers — Question (6 Dec 2011)

Lord Grenfell: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have agreed a list of powers to be repatriated from the European Union, and, if so, when they expect to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom's European partners.

EU: Repatriation of Powers — Question (6 Dec 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am relieved to read that the Prime Minister has recognised that Friday's negotiations on a fiscal compact are not the occasion to try to repatriate any powers. That is good news, and it should at least save the Prime Minister from having another ASBO slapped on him by the President of France. The Prime Minister says that he wants to be constructive at these negotiations but that...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 9) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am particularly happy at this moment to be able to agree with the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, for the first time in this century. I think he has got it right. If "honourable Member" is good enough for the other place, why can "noble Lord" not be good enough for this place? I do not mind whether eventually this becomes evolutionary progress towards a different system, but...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 1) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Grenfell: This may be a hypothetical question, but it comes to my mind. When the noble Lord says that it should not be in the gift of the Leader of the House because of the political implications, would we now be granting those powers to the Woolsack if we still had a Lord Chancellor-because he was a political figure, too?

Procedure of the House (Proposal 1) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am not particularly happy with this proposal and never have been. My views have been somewhat confirmed by what the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick, has just said. However, I wish to take up the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Geddes, who has several times in recent times referred to the "slippery slope". I simply do not buy this argument about the slippery slope...

Companion to the Standing OrdersQuestion (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, on the eve of the memorial service for the late Lord Ampthill, who passionately championed respect for the provisions of the Companion, I find the Question of my noble friend Lord Williams particularly apt. Does the Minister agree that those minded to abolish this House have a very special duty to ensure from now onwards that any lack of respect for the rules in a new Chamber is not...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Grenfell: I have to challenge the noble Earl's assertion that the number of committees is driven by the size of the House. This is not the case. I have some experience of this. The number of committees is driven by the fact that legislation is becoming increasingly complex, particularly the scrutiny of European legislation, and, unfortunately, by the quality of the form in which legislation comes from...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am not sure that I agree with that. We have to be very careful in setting a limit. I declare an interest, being over 75, as one could say, "Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?" On the other hand, it is worth remembering that a respected demographer has recently told us that the person who is going to live to 150 has already been born. We have to take into account the fact that...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]: Committee (21 Oct 2011)

Lord Grenfell: When I declared an interest, it did not imply that it was in self-interest that I was making the argument that the House would be deprived of a lot of expertise; I was speaking of a lot of other people. It is worth recalling that, since the noble Viscount spoke of the Chinese People's Republic, I do not know of any other upper Chamber where there happens to be such a limit. If one is going to...

Legislative Timetable — Question (6 Oct 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, would the noble Lord the Leader of the House agree that it would be a very good idea if the usual channels would not do what they did recently over the Armed Forces Bill and make an agreement that matters discussed on Report would not be voted on until Third Reading? This is not in keeping with what the Companion says, nor is it particularly acceptable that we should be told that...

Environment: Litter and Waste — Question (7 Sep 2011)

Lord Grenfell: Would it not be possible to reduce the use of plastic bags if more could be done to encourage the producers and manufacturers of goods that are sold in supermarkets to stop packaging them as if they were mothballing an aircraft carrier?

Defence Transformation — Statement (18 Jul 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, perhaps I may put a question to the Minister on reserves. Any declaration of interest that I might make would probably be otiose in light of the statute of limitations, since it is 55 years since I joined the Territorial Army. I joined the very happily named Queen's Westminsters and spent nine years feeling that we were doing something useful. Of course, in those days, we had...

European Union Bill: Commons Amendments and Reasons (13 Jul 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I warmly support the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Triesman and which has been spoken to so eloquently by my noble friend Lord Liddle. Occasionally, the peoples of small countries can give those of larger countries some salutary advice. Yesterday I had the pleasure of a meeting and a long discussion with the president of the Slovenian upper Chamber. We were...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill — Membership Motion (6 Jul 2011)

Lord Grenfell: I, too, welcome the composition of the committee: it is a very good choice of Lords' members. With regard to the coalition Government's attitude towards this process, I am inclined to Voltaire's view that common sense is sometimes very uncommon. The Deputy Prime Minister has being recently been saying that he wants to incorporate into the legislation much of what is in the Steel Bill. How...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, and his working group for the comprehensive, very perceptive and occasionally downright ingenious report. I have no problem with 50 of the 55 recommendations. Fifty-five recommendations in a main report of 62 pages tests one's mental digestive system, but it remains a very good and challenging report. This leaves me with five...

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, following the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, I am tempted to utter a loud "hear, hear" and resume my seat.

House of Lords: Reform — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2011)

Lord Grenfell: I know that those who do not share my views would wish that that was so. I think I would have been similarly tempted if I had followed the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, in the debate yesterday-she said it all. The noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, follows me and he might take a two-word speech as a sign of infirmity, or maybe even a lack of stamina, and encourage him in his view, expressed here in...

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