Results 161–180 of 283 for speaker:Lord Grenfell

EU: Fundamental Rights Agency (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, as the Minister is aware, the proposal for a fundamental rights agency has for the past five months been under intense scrutiny by Sub-Committee E of the European Union Select Committee, under the very able chairmanship of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood. Indeed, the Minister has given useful evidence to it. Are Her Majesty's Government aware that the...

European Council: 15–16 December 2005 (19 Dec 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, and other noble Lords raised the question of the provision that has been made for the costs of the reduction in the rebate of £7 billion over a seven-year period. That averages out at £1 billion per year. Am I wrong in understanding that in the first two years of those seven years there will be no cost and the cost will come in years three, four,...

Subsidiarity: Early Warning Mechanism (EUC Report) (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I would like to thank all those who have participated in this debate for their excellent contributions from both Front and Back Benches. I was much heartened by the degree of consensus that we have displayed in our discussion on this very important topic. The hour is late. I would love to be able to reply to one or two points, and I shall briefly mention three. First, the noble...

Subsidiarity: Scrutiny (EUC Report) (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I beg to move the second Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That this House takes note of the 15th Report of the European Union Committee on the Scrutiny of Subsidiarity: Follow up (15th Report, HL Paper 66).—(Lord Grenfell.)

Subsidiarity: Early Warning Mechanism (EUC Report) (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Grenfell: rose to move, That this House takes note of the 14th Report of the European Union Committee on the subsidiarity early warning mechanism (14th Report, Session 2004–05, HL Paper 101).

Subsidiarity: Early Warning Mechanism (EUC Report) (15 Dec 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I begin by paying some very well earned tributes. My 17 fellow members of the European Union Select Committee tackled this rather complex question with their customary zeal and impressive expertise. I should say how glad I am that the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, who probably knows more about the early warning mechanism than anyone else in this Parliament or any other Parliament will...

EU Presidency: Hampton Court Summit (23 Nov 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, while trying to be as neutral as I should be in my position here, may I ask this slightly cynical question? Does the Minister not agree that the point of the European Union is that if it did not exist we would be deprived of the wonderful statements made by the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch?

EU: UK Presidency (13 Oct 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, is the Minister aware that earlier this week, under the presidency of the European Union Committee of this House and of the European Scrutiny Committee in the other place, a conference took place here of the 25 European affairs committees of the national parliaments of the European Union? Is she further aware that during that conference an intense debate took place on the...

European Union Developments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, as chairman of your Lordships' European Union Committee, I shall speak mainly, but not exclusively, in that capacity. Where I have some personal observations to make, I shall indicate that I am taking off my chairman's hat. In fact, for a moment, I shall do so right away. For those of us involved on a day-to-day basis with European Union affairs, one can say that we live in...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (19 May 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I express my warmest congratulations to the noble Lords, Lord Triesman and Lord Drayson, on assuming their new roles on the Front Bench. I really look forward to having them as interlocutors on the relatively rare occasions on which I speak in your Lordships' House. I do not know by what Machiavellian process my name came to be put down immediately after that of the noble Lord, Lord...

EU Constitutional Treaty (6 Apr 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, perhaps we may return to the Question. I am not in the habit of leaking the deliberations of the European Union Select Committee, but we looked closely yesterday at Clause 2 of the European Union Bill. We came to the unanimous conclusion that an initiative for a decision under Article IV-444 should have the approval of both Houses of Parliament. Will the Government take the time...

Croatia: EU Accession Negotiations (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am secretary of the All-Party Group on Croatia and I have recently been in Zagreb. Must full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal be the delivery of General Gotovina to The Hague or, as some have suggested, should it be a demonstration on the part of the Croatian Government that they are doing everything within their power to do so and are simply physically unable...

European Union: UK Presidency (9 Mar 2005)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, on the very wise and timely choice of topic for this debate. I also congratulate him on his good fortune in that the subject popped out of the hat for today's debate. With the likelihood that certain political events of high importance will occur during the run up to the presidency, I can only hope that the House will not be too...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I rise as chairman of the European Union Committee to speak briefly within the rubric of European affairs and to introduce the committee's annual report, published just 12 days ago. The committee has agreed that this report does not call for a separate debate, but it wished me to keep your Lordships informed about the contribution that the committee makes to the scrutiny of European...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (10 Nov 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, for reasons that I do not think can be genetically explained, I seem to have been born an optimist. I hope, therefore, that at the end of this debate we shall receive an assurance from the Chairman of Committees that the question of debate times is not a closed subject as a result of paragraph 10, which would appear to make it so, but that there will be further full discussions in...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (10 Nov 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I said that I would be content for the issue to be examined further by the Procedure Committee. Of course, that would embrace a large number of issues related to the time available for debates and the venue in which debates take place, but that assurance would be quite enough for me. If there is that assurance, which I believe we have from the Chairman of Committees, it may be...

Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, and the Republic of Croatia) Order 2004 (8 Jul 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I rise to intervene not as the chairman of the European Union Select Committee but as the secretary of the All-Party Group on Croatia, a country for which I have considerable affection. I am very pleased indeed that the Minister is commending this order to the House. From my own knowledge of the new administration, my impression is that they are doing everything they can to take...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (16 Jun 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, who is a valued member of the Select Committee, for making it clear that he is proposing his amendment on a personal basis and not on behalf of the European Select Committee, which I have the honour to chair. Our committee discussed the proposals put to the Procedure Committee and I wrote on behalf of the committee to the Leader...

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. I did not use the word "considerable". I said "measurable". There is a slight difference.

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

Lord Grenfell: My Lords, I am, of course, very pleased that the Government have tabled this Motion so that we have an opportunity to debate the draft Constitutional Treaty as the IGC enters a very crucial phase. As usual, I speak—sometimes with frustration—as chairman of the European Union Committee. Therefore, I shall confine most of my remarks to recalling some of the key issues and conclusions that...


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