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House of Lords Reform: Committee Membership — Question (8 Jun 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords-

House of Lords Reform: Committee Membership — Question (8 Jun 2010)

Lord Grenfell: I am most indebted to the Leader of the House. It is almost as difficult to get into an Oral Question these days as getting into Fort Knox used to be. In light of the composition of this very cosy committee, if I may characterise it as that, the exclusion from which of all Back Benchers I find discouraging-to put it ridiculously mildly-can the noble Lord assure us that we will be given plenty...

Korean Peninsula: "Cheonan" — Question (2 Jun 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I join those who have expressed words of welcome to the noble Lord, Lord Howell, on his return to the government Front Bench. He is my old roommate from Cambridge and I think that I was almost in short trousers when he first went into government. I am delighted to see him back. Do Her Majesty's Government have any plans to try once again to persuade the United States to recognise...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Committee (and remaining stages) (7 Apr 2010)

Lord Grenfell: I strongly support what the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, has just said. The fact that he felt it necessary at this hour to take eight minutes to make a very important point demonstrates how we have lost so much in this House by not having had the time to have a proper debate on the Bill. I feel strongly that he made a very good point. It is awful that this House has to get through the Bill,...

Business of the House — Motion on Standing Orders (7 Apr 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I wish to be consistent with what I said at Second Reading, when I warmly supported the conclusion of your Lordships' Select Committee on the Constitution. The committee was right to say that this is no way to carry through constitutional reform. I still believe that. I will make one point in addition to what I said the other day. There is much cross-party agreement that most of the...

European Council — Statement (29 Mar 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that while it is true that we are not being asked to provide funds for Greece, it is none the less also the case that when people shout that what goes on inside the eurozone is nothing to do with us, they are profoundly misguided and inaccurate? What goes on inside the eurozone affects us very much indeed. A failed Greece will have a very bad impact on...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Second Reading (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I declare an interest in that Clauses 59 and 60 of the Bill affect me personally. That is the first and only reference that I shall make to those two clauses in my intervention this evening and in any further stages of the Bill, if there are to be any. This is not an easy speech for me to make, coming, as I do, from these Benches. I have not always been able to agree with my Front...

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Second Reading (24 Mar 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I agree 100 per cent with the noble Lord: it is because we have this expertise here that we have that special capacity to scrutinise treaties. I know that that has been the theme of his argument all the way through since his first Bill in 1996 and I am glad that he has raised this again. I also plead that serious consideration be given once more to the creation of a Joint Committee...

Legislation and Public Policy — Debate (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I, too, greatly welcome the initiative of the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, and agree with just about everything he said. Therefore, my remarks will be mainly a form of endorsement of his proposals. I also welcome very much the strong statement from the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, that the time has now come to act. However, when we say that we want to act on these proposals, we...

Eurostar — Question (24 Feb 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I declare an interest having been through the Eurostar tunnel more than 1,100 times since its inception for a reason that might not commend itself to all Members of the House. I have been stuck twice in the tunnel and five times in open country, which is a pretty good record. Am I right in thinking that at its inception there was an understanding that after 10 years of operation an...

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Question (20 Jan 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that one of the root problems is the difficulty in creating social cohesion in Bosnia-Herzegovina? Has her attention been drawn to a recent UNDP report, entitled The Ties that Bind, on the question of social cohesion, which emphasises the difficulties of creating social cohesion in a country in which family ties form such a strong element in civil society?...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (18 Jan 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, obviously this free-trade agreement will deliver benefits to Peru and Colombia. My noble friend the Secretary of State alluded briefly to human rights: what importance, if any, should we attach to the fact that the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the European Trade Union Confederation have given solid backing to Colombia's unions in their call for the negotiations...

Questions for Written Answer — Question (12 Jan 2010)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, there seems to be here a dog that has not barked in the night, so to speak. Does the noble Baroness agree that at the root of this is the question of how often it happens? I have not yet heard anybody say how frequently a departmental Minister or officials refuse to answer a Question. Surely that is relevant to this debate.

House of Lords: Code of Conduct: Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the work done by the Leader's Group, so ably led by the noble and right reverend Lord, has been superb. I agree with almost all of it. The noble Lord, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, has tabled two amendments and I want to say a word about the one that would delete paragraph 5. Signing an undertaking is a serious matter for an individual, particularly within the House of Lords, a Chamber...

House of Lords: Code of Conduct: Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: I accept the noble Lord's point, but I always have a slight tingle down the back of my spine when I hear us being asked to do something to inspire public confidence. What we want is to inspire the confidence of our fellow Members of this House, first and foremost. If we can indeed inspire the confidence of the public, so much the better, but what will the public say about our signing an...

Media: Ownership — Question (30 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that press standards sometimes hit a new low? The other day, I saw a photograph in the New Statesman of Ted Heath, Georges Pompidou, Willy Brandt and various others sitting around a table over a caption which said, "Ted Heath presiding over his Cabinet".

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (19 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, when I was on my way to the House this morning, I spotted a Daily Mail headline at a newsstand that said, "Sharks off the English coast". I thought, "Here we go again. Another attack on the European Union". I therefore felt that I had some justification in speaking about the European Union in the House today. A lot has already been said but, as we near the end of the debate, I hope...

House Committee: Parliamentary Passes — Motion to Agree (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, during my six years as chairman of the European Union Committee, I travelled to about 17 or 18 of the national Parliaments in the European Union. I was always struck by the degree to which their Members of the European Parliament were integrated into their national Parliaments. In some countries, such as Denmark, there were even seats reserved for them in the Chamber so that they...

Road Safety: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles — Question (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord McColl, has suggested that a cowbell may be the answer. Does the Minister agree that, from the position from which I am speaking, maybe a man with a red flag walking in front of the car would be better?

European Council — Statement (2 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, after listening to the contributions so far, I am beginning to wonder how many noble Lords have actually read or remembered what was in the Lisbon treaty itself. Does the Leader of the House agree that there is a danger that those who support a particular candidate might be trying to create the perception of a job to suit a person rather than looking for a person to fill the job...


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