Results 141–160 of 283 for speaker:Lord Grenfell

Debate on the Address (7 Nov 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I join others in very warmly welcoming the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Bolton, to her important portfolio. I am also delighted that the noble Lord, Lord Malloch-Brown, is winding up the debate. We were working colleagues about a decade ago in the World Bank—in fact, he was my superior. I am delighted and quite amused that once again he will be having the last word after I have...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps he would care to recall Winston Churchill's words about Stanley Baldwin. He said that he was a man who often stumbled across the truth but would quickly pick himself up and hurry on as though nothing had happened. It seems that today the Government have stumbled on the truth that Back-Bench opinion in this House is very strong and is not...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am a very enthusiastic supporter of the Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Steel of Aikwood, because its proposed measures to take reform forward are apt as to timing and purpose, they are well thought through and relatively uncomplicated. For that, we owe a great debt to the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth. I have been a Member of this House for long enough to say with some confidence...

European Council: 21-22 June 2007 (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords—

European Council: 21-22 June 2007 (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison. I am delighted that the Minister welcomes, as do the Government, the new powers conferred on national parliaments to check what the Commission is doing in relation to subsidiarity, but does she recall that the President of the Commission last year, with the full agreement of the Commission, conferred on the national parliaments the...

EU Committee: Scrutiny Reserve (18 Jun 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I think that I heard my name mentioned a moment ago. Does the noble Baroness agree that, since the Cabinet Office decided about two and a half years ago to publish which department was responsible for each over-ride, the figures show that the so-called naming and shaming has occasioned a downward trend in the number of over-rides, which is very satisfactory? Does she accept that...

EU: Enlargement (EUC Report) (9 May 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, this has been a satisfying debate and I sincerely thank every one of the noble Lords who has participated in it. It is a great privilege to bring before the House a report that stimulates this kind of interest. If the numbers were a little sparse this evening, the quality of the debate was as high as ever. I thank the Minister for his thoughtful response and I thank the two Front...

EU: Enlargement (EUC Report) (9 May 2007)

Lord Grenfell: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on Further Enlargement of the EU: Threat or Opportunity (53rd report, Session 2005-06, HL Paper 273). The report can be found at the following address: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200506/ldselect/l deucom/273/273.pdf

EU: Enlargement (EUC Report) (9 May 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, enlargement is one of the weightiest issues facing the European Union today. Developments since this report was published confirm and reinforce some important arguments and conclusions in it. Today—Europe Day—we can reflect on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania on 1 January and on current disquieting developments in Turkey. Efforts to agree a road map for reform of EU...

EU: Governance (2 May 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords—

EU: Governance (2 May 2007)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Alloway, for giving way. Is the Minister fully aware of the huge importance of proper parliamentary scrutiny, not just of the result but also of the process? Is he aware that we have a very small window of opportunity between the European Council on 21 and 22 June and the parliamentary Recess which starts on 26 July? Does he...

European Council: 14-15 December 2006 (18 Dec 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is important to see what lessons the member state governments of the European Union have learnt from the 50th enlargement? I am pleased to see that, among the many lessons that there should have been, they have certainly learned one in saying that, "The Union will refrain from setting any target dates for accession until the negotiations are close to...

House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report) (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, without exception: a very fruitful three hours or more has been given to this topic. I very much appreciate noble Lords' welcoming, on the whole, the report. I also thank the Minister for the extremely positive and helpful replies that he has given on a number of issues that were raised when I addressed the House at the...

House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report) (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Grenfell: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on EU Legislation—Public Awareness of the Scrutiny Role of the House of Lords (32nd Report, HL Paper 179).

House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report) (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, your Lordships' Select Committee charged with the scrutiny of European Union proposals and documents was established just 32 years ago. From its inception, it has been recognised that national parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislation has a clear and vital constitutional purpose. Much European Union law is not implemented by our Parliament in a form in which it can be directly...

European Council: June 2006 (19 Jun 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, which on the whole I welcome. I was pleased to see that the Statement referred approvingly to paragraphs 37 and 38 of the presidency conclusions, concerning the involvement of national parliaments in the community's policy-making processes—in particular, the Commission's own, "commitment to make all new proposals and consultation...

EU: Effective Regulation (EUC Report) (18 May 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, in closing with just a very few remarks, I must first apologise to the noble Lord for having spoiled his Sunday with this report. I think that this has been a debate with many very thoughtful contributions. We have divided into optimists and pessimists. How optimistic or pessimistic we will remain depends very largely on the answer to the question posed by the noble Lord, Lord...

EU: Effective Regulation(EUC Follow-up Report) (18 May 2006)

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 ensuring effective regulation in the EU: Follow-up Report (31st Report, HL Paper 157).—(Lord Grenfell.)

EU: Effective Regulation (EUC Report) (18 May 2006)

Lord Grenfell: rose to move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Ensuring Effective Regulation in the EU (9th Report, HL Paper 33).

EU: Effective Regulation (EUC Report) (18 May 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, this debate on the dangers of over-regulation follows on nicely from the previous one, so it with great pleasure that I rise to introduce two reports. I begin by thanking the members of the Select Committee for the hard work that they put into this inquiry and our resulting report on how to make European Union regulation less burdensome. I am extremely grateful also to our committee...


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