Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, is it usual for Front Benchers of the Conservative Party, or any party, to join an organisation which directly targets Opposition Front Bench policy? Is the main element of its approach not simply rejection of the euro but withdrawal from the European Union? Where do the Government stand on that?
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the attitude displayed by Mr Chris Mullin in relation to the programme of closures announced by Barclays Bank Limited?
Lord Clinton-Davis: asked Her Majesty's Government: When was the last meeting of Green Ministers; what was discussed; and which departments were represented by (a) Ministers and (b) officials.
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I was the Minister in charge of the then Patents Bill. There were so many amendments because representations were specifically made by people who were technically expert in the patents profession. That is the reason for the number of amendments that were tabled. I cannot remember whether there were 550 or 650, but certainly there was a large number. They were tabled because...
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, can the noble Lord confirm that the ordinary fans will have a say in the matter; that the football regulator will formally or informally consult the ordinary fans?
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords--
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I am obliged to my noble friend. Does the Minister agree that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, who at present is in Germany, should be allowed to enter into discussions with the German company free of the rigours of any Questions that may be asked in this House? In regard to Land Rover, is it not a vitally successful company in all respects and, therefore, easy to...
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, I trust that my noble and learned friend will forgive my voice. Will he accept the plaudits of Back-Benchers for the fact that the noble Lord, Lord Lamont, was not chosen for the post?
Lord Clinton-Davis: My Lords, what are the best efforts that the Government are able to make in this regard? Is it not a scandal that Go should be penalised for a period as long as two years? I apologise for not being able to articulate more clearly, but I suffered a stroke on 3rd December. I do not want Go to have a stroke in the interim.