Results 121–140 of 283 for speaker:Lord Grenfell

Elections: Armed Forces — Question (2 Nov 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, can my noble friend satisfy me on a point of curiosity? It seems that over the decades it has become more and more difficult and complex for our Armed Forces to vote from wherever they are. Some of us on these Benches recall a time when, some 64 years ago, the Armed Forces had no difficulty whatever in voting into office the greatest Administration of the 20th century.

Cyprus — Question (14 Jul 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the lesson to be learnt from Cyprus's membership of the European Union is that one should not agree to the accession of countries where territorial disputes are still unresolved? Does she agree that it is very important in future enlargement that that rule is respected? I think in particular of the troublesome case of Croatia and Slovenia, but hope...

G20 — Statement (20 Apr 2009)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, in intervening in this debate I should probably declare an interest as I am going to mention the Bretton Woods institutions: I spent 30 years at the World Bank and am in receipt of a pension from it. I am looking for some reassurance from the Minister—I apologise if this is a rather esoteric point—about the real purpose of the new Financial Stability Board and how its mandate...

Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the noble Lord mentioned the Irish referendum. Is he not aware that one of the reasons why the Irish were not very happy with the treaty was that they thought that they might lose a Commissioner? Therefore, I do not understand why he feels that the Commission would be regarded as a bad thing by the Irish people.

Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (3 Dec 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, perhaps I may take a brief moment to express my warmest thanks to noble Lords who have just spoken for their much too generous remarks. Rather, I should be thanking noble Lords for having entrusted me with the chairmanship of the European Union Select Committee and the principal deputy chairmanship of committees during these past six years. I can sincerely say that they have been...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I declare an interest as the secretary of the All-Party Group on Croatia, because I will ask a question about enlargement. The presidency conclusions contain four and a half pages devoted to the western Balkans, including a detailed two-page declaration as the only annexe to the conclusions. However, there is no mention of Croatia. Before the Council met, the Commissioner in charge...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for reading the statement. I should preface my remarks by emphasising to your Lordships that the European Union Select Committee has not taken a position on the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad. I shall comment briefly on the practicality in the eyes of the European Union Select Committee of the scrutiny...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord. As chairman of the Select Committee that approved the report that will be debated tomorrow, I hesitate to intervene. However, I say the following about the practice that we follow with Select Committee reports. The Government respond to these reports, and this report is about how the CAP should be reformed. If noble Lords are interested to know what...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Grenfell: Perhaps I should clarify the point. When I was talking about more time I was not talking about months and months or years and years, I was talking about over the next few weeks. That is all.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Grenfell: I am grateful to the noble Lord. As the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, mentioned, the noble Baroness the Lord President appeared before the Select Committee to give evidence on this just a week ago today. I note that this was after the exchange of letters between herself and myself from which the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris of Aberavon, has just extensively quoted. The Lord President was...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Grenfell: It might be helpful to the Committee if I quote from the report, because this has not been mentioned. It says in paragraph 9.14: "The rules on competition contained in previous treaties would be unchanged by the Lisbon Treaty. Articles 101-103 of the TFEU are the same as Articles 81-83 of the TEC. They give the EU power to legislate to combat practices 'which have as their object or effect...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Grenfell: I hesitate to intervene, but I feel I should come to the defence of the committee and, particularly, its membership. One important consequence of the committee's work on the Lisbon treaty was to produce what, by any standards, is a thoroughly objective impact assessment. The noble Lord shakes his head, but I assure your Lordships that having sat in the chair for many long days while working...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (29 Apr 2008)

Lord Grenfell: I hesitate to intervene. I assure the Committee that I shall intervene very rarely in the Committee and other stages of the Bill, and I hope that I stick by that. The report of your Lordships' Select Committee seems to be something of a Cinderella in the debate. By consensus, we reached some conclusions which I think the Committee may want to recall. If I may, I shall mention one in...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (EUC Report) (1 Apr 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on The Treaty of Lisbon:An Impact Assessment (10th Report, HL Paper 62).—(Lord Grenfell.)

European Union (Amendment) Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, after a lot of heat, I shall try to offer a little light. I invite the House to take note of the report of the European Union Committee, entitled The Treaty of Lisbon: An Impact Assessment, which was published on 13 March. Last October, the Select Committee agreed that we could most usefully assist the House by undertaking a detailed, objective, evidence-based analysis of the...

EU Commission: Policy Strategy 2008 (EUC Report) (28 Feb 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I have a couple of comments. This has been a very useful and interesting debate. I return the compliment and refer to the noble Lord, Lord Howell, who is my noble friend. That has no political connotation; we have been friends for a very long time. It is always a pleasure to exchange ideas with him across the Floor of this Chamber. He asked what we mean by top down. The Commission...

EU Commission: Policy Strategy 2008 (EUC Report) (28 Feb 2008)

Lord Grenfell: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee, The Commission's Annual Policy Strategy for 2008 (23rd Report, Session 2006-07, HL Paper 123).

EU Commission: Policy Strategy 2008 (EUC Report) (28 Feb 2008)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, each spring the European Commission publishes its annual policy strategy—for brevity's sake, I shall henceforth refer to it as the APS—which summarises the main priorities and orientations that the Commission is looking to include in its annual legislative and work programme, which is published each autumn. Thus, two weeks ago, the Commission adopted its proposed APS for...

European Council: 13-14 December 2007 (5 Dec 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I thank the Lord President for introducing this Motion to Take Note. As the noble Baroness has just mentioned, the Select Committee on the European Union and its seven sub-committees are currently engaged in a detailed analysis of the text of the reform treaty on which the heads of state and government reached agreement at the informal summit on 18 October in Lisbon. Our purpose,...

European Union Committee (13 Nov 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I hesitate to intervene in these exchanges, but since I have been mentioned twice and since the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, has intimated that the choice of people to serve on the sub-committees should be reviewed, I have to tell the House that of course it is the Select Committee itself that chooses and approves the members of the sub-committees. I want noble Lords to be...


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