Results 1–20 of 78 for speaker:Lord May of Oxford

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords—

EU: Research Budget — Question ( 2 Dec 2014)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that, as a preamble to the European Commission’s new deal, it got rid of its excellent chief scientific adviser? She had previously been—and did a very good job as—the chief scientific adviser for Scotland. The Commission did not replace her; it just got rid of her. This action seems to many of us to raise significant worries. In particular, can we really...

Economy: Productivity — Question (23 Jul 2014)

Lord May of Oxford: Building on the admission that one of the greatest drivers of productivity is research and development, does the Minister agree that we need to do something to promote a more risk-taking culture? In the United States, bankruptcy is almost a condition for going forward in Silicon Valley; in our case, it means that it is hard to get a credit card afterwards.

Winter Floods — Statement ( 6 Feb 2014)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, perhaps I may add a footnote to this discussion, which I unfortunately missed because, for the past hour, I have been over at the BBC discussing the floods on “Daily Politics”. I expressed myself uninhibitedly amazed that anyone would ever have thought that it was a good idea to stop dredging on Sedgemoor, but then I learnt—this is a superb example of how good intentions can...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: At the risk of being tedious, can I ask for a response to this account of what the IPCC said? This is not printed by some bunch of touchy-feely greenies, but comes from the Economist of a week or so ago. It stated that, “the upper 75 metres of the oceans have warmed by 0.1°C a decade in the past 40 years and there is no sign of this slowing down. Water expands, and ice melts, as...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, I am a member of the Committee on Climate Change and was a member of the committee of both Houses that helped draft the legislation. I want to inject a fact or two into the discussion. The first thing the Committee on Climate Change did was to ask, “How much carbon, looking to 2050, do we think the world can have put into the atmosphere without exceeding a dangerous level of...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, what the noble Viscount, Lord Ridley, has just said was factually incorrect. Climate change temperature has fluctuations. The noble Viscount does not understand the statistics properly; it is basically the same problem he had with his thesis. It fluctuates; it goes up; it flattens a bit. But the statement made by the noble Viscount, as if it were a flat generality, was inaccurate.

Golden Rice — Question (17 Oct 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: Does the Minister agree that golden rice is part of a much larger problem? Climate change will exacerbate the difficulties that we already have in supplying food to the growing number of people we will have to deal with. This is best addressed by creating drought-resistant and other kinds of crops into which, with surgical precision, we can put the relevant genes, as distinct from what are...

Badgers — Private Notice Question ( 9 Oct 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, this cull went ahead against the balance of advice from the scientific community, in particular that such a limited experiment was unlikely to yield much in the way of useful information. Does the Minister agree with me, however, that we have indeed learnt something important? We have learnt that those responsible for this so-called experiment are so incompetent that they could not...

Atmospheric Carbon — Question (11 Jun 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: I remind the noble Baroness that we are on target, but only by virtue of the recession. As I have rather unkindly remarked on a previous occasion, I trust that this is not our plan for remaining on target to 2050, although sometimes I wonder as I look at the current happenings.

Defamation Bill — Commons Reasons (23 Apr 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: I wish to make a few remarks which may embarrassingly reveal my lack of full acquaintance with the legal arcana in this case but at the same time remind us of at least one of the major reasons why we are having these discussions. I thank the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for doing a good job extremely conscientiously in complicated circumstances with a lot of opinions swirling round him. I remind...

Death of a Member: Baroness Thatcher — Tributes (10 Apr 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, among the many tributes that Lady Thatcher received in her lifetime, she especially valued her election as an honorary fellow of the Royal Society, and I think that she would be very cross if that were not mentioned on this occasion. Lady Thatcher was, of course, a science graduate from Oxford, studying under, and doing research with, the Nobel laureate Dorothy Hodgkin. At the Royal...

Children: Care — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, will the Minister reassure me that he will correct the inadvertent carelessness here? Taken literally, the Question states that the Government want four carers for each toddler under two and six carers for each toddler over two.

Arctic Report Card — Question (28 Jan 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the cost of the actions that we should be energetically taking against climate change-the need for which is underlined by the faster than previously expected melting of Arctic ice-is significantly smaller than the discounted present value of the much more difficult actions that we will be faced with in future if we do not act? I declare an interest as a...

Health: HIV Strategy for England — Question (15 Jan 2013)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, the Minister will undoubtedly be familiar with the relatively recent and very thoughtful Select Committee report from this House urging specific measures aimed at reversing the regrettable rise in the incidence of new infections of HIV. Already one of those measures has been mentioned; not all of them are highly technical. Some of them address the fact that, in several studies,...

Banking: National Savings & Investments — Question ( 5 Dec 2012)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, why is NS&I no longer issuing tax-free, index-linked savings certificates? They are an extraordinarily effective instrument for some who wish just to preserve the real value of their savings, free of greed. Thus, it seems to me a particularly meritorious and efficacious instrument. Why is it no longer issuing new issues?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (25 Oct 2012)

Lord May of Oxford: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the full repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, proposed in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, is required by virtue of the decision of the European Court of Justice in Flos SpA v Semararo, and whether it is consistent with the freedom granted to member states by Article 17 of the directive on the legal protection...

Energy: Shale Gas — Question (17 Oct 2012)

Lord May of Oxford: The Government are currently on course to fulfil their legally binding commitments under the Climate Change Act-only, however, by virtue of the recession. A second "dash for gas" rather than a speeding up of our decarbonising of electricity generation is flatly inconsistent with the commitments to 2030. Am I correct in assuming that the only way to square this is to maintain the recession,...

Financial Services Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Jul 2012)

Lord May of Oxford: I shall make a couple of comments in favour of the amendment. As I understand it, its general sense is to state that there is a duty of care. The medical profession and the legal profession have an explicit duty of care. An interesting seminar brought together economists, lawyers and philosophers in Oxford over the past year and a half, working towards trying to say something sensible about...

Global Fund: AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — Question for Short Debate ( 4 Jul 2012)

Lord May of Oxford: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, for this characteristically excellent debate. My contribution is essentially a statistical appendix to some of the earlier statements, particularly those of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman. I also declare a professional interest: my contribution is an attempt at a three-minute précis of my one-hour opening keynote to the International...


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