Results 1–20 of 563 for speaker:Lord Grantchester

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Grantchester: It was good to see the Minister on his first visit to Liverpool in November last year. I was surprised to hear it was his first visit to Britain’s premier city.

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Grantchester: I am sure he will have been thrilled to find such a fine, vibrant city, with deep cultural and artistic traditions that have given rise to a business community of talent across all the arts. The message from Liverpool is that you do not need to go to London to experience artistic excellence. Liverpool is set on reversing the gravitational pull to the south. However, let us not forget the need...

NatWest: Account Terminations and Branch Closures - Question (10 Jan 2024)

Lord Grantchester: It is excellent news that the Government have today commenced the statutory instrument by which so-called “politically exposed persons” will not be subjected to increased monitoring compared with the general public. Will the Minister ensure that banks no longer use the policy of “constant refresh know your client” as an excuse to close bank accounts?

Bovine Tuberculosis - Question (12 Dec 2023)

Lord Grantchester: I declare my interest as a farmer in Cheshire. Badger controls are an emotive issue. Does the Minister agree that where a policy based on science is found to work in practice, care should be taken before abandoning it? Over the four culling years between 2016 and 2023, across three subregions in Cheshire a reduction just short of 51% of herds under restriction was achieved. This is not to be...

Hillsborough Families Report: Government Response - Statement ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Grantchester: I too thank the noble and learned Lord the Minister for repeating the Statement today. I join other noble Lords tonight in paying tribute to the Reverend James Jones, previously of this House, for his work on and dedication to his report. I also pay tribute to the MP for Liverpool, West Derby, mayor Steve Rotheram and mayor Andy Burnham, along with so many others, for their tireless support...

Electricity Network Connection Action Plan - Question (22 Nov 2023)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, there are considerable problems with capacity issues within local circuits in the distribution network from the transmission lines, especially in rural areas. There are reported delays even to the 132-kilovolt networks, as renewable schemes are being held in the queue to be connected until 2037. How can that help to decarbonise the power sector by 2035? I declare an interest as...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Grantchester: I begin by joining others in welcoming the Secretary of State to his new position and congratulating him on his maiden speech. His standing can only enhance the reputation of your Lordships’ House. This trade agreement is one of the residues left from the Department for International Trade, now disbanded and currently within the Department for Business and Trade. The department could well...

2030 Emissions Reduction Target: Heating - Question ( 5 Sep 2023)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, it is an unfortunate feature of Conservative Governments that they constantly churn grant schemes—

2030 Emissions Reduction Target: Heating - Question ( 5 Sep 2023)

Lord Grantchester: I apologise; I had not noticed the right reverend Prelate rise to ask his question. It is an unfortunate feature of Conservative Governments that they constantly churn grant schemes and support. The Government is way off on their targets for the boiler upgrade scheme and have now, in consequence, in their usual pattern, extended the support for heat pumps until 2028. Do the Government...

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership - Commons Urgent Question (20 Jul 2023)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, on the point of membership of this partnership, has the Minister considered the effect of trade with Taiwan in relation to this and relationships with China? What is the percentage of trade currently undertaken with Taiwan, and will the Government protect the future of that trade?

Direct Payments to Farmers (Reductions) (England) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (28 Mar 2023)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, I declare my farming interests as set out in the register, being a farmer in receipt of payments. I shall speak from a grass-roots perspective and perhaps be a little more critical. On 26 January this year, the Minister in the other place introduced the Government’s agricultural transition plan with the words: “We will learn from the past”.—[Official Report, Commons,...

Silicon Valley Bank - Statement (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Grantchester: Although the main reason for Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse may be its poor handling of the bond market, whether or not augmented by aggressive raising of interest rates by the Fed in the US and turbulence from the Truss era in London, nevertheless, the fact that the bank’s business was focused on new technology and innovation has raised some alarm. Can the Minister give the House an...

Net Zero - Question for Short Debate (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Grantchester: Chris Skidmore’s Mission Zero review is a very good sense check, an appreciation of the delivery of the measures that are needed and that are being undertaken in the UK at the moment, as the Government continue to undertake the huge challenge needed to cut back carbon emissions that are leading to the quickening of climate change. His voice adds encouragement to what Labour and many other...

Net-zero Emissions: Behaviour Change - Question for Short Debate (20 Oct 2022)

Lord Grantchester: I am very grateful to have been nominated to join your Lordships’ Environment and Climate Change Committee on the retirement of our esteemed colleague Lord Puttnam in January. It is a great privilege. I thank the committee’s excellent chair, the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, for her welcome and the committee members for their tolerance throughout. I join others in congratulating the...

Net-zero Emissions: Behaviour Change - Question for Short Debate (20 Oct 2022)

Lord Grantchester: My last sentence is this: this is the first mixed message the Government must learn to avoid in the report today.

Energy Prices Bill - Second Reading (19 Oct 2022)

Lord Grantchester: This Bill comes very late in the present predicament. A poor track record of government action and wrong priorities has brought about a vulnerability to energy shocks, going back to the short-sightedness of the Cameron Government in curtailing wind and solar renewables in 2015. I welcome the comprehensive nature of the Bill, providing support across domestic users, businesses and...

Government Food Strategy - Statement (13 Jun 2022)

Lord Grantchester: I declare my interests as set out in the register. It is to be welcomed that the Government recognise the importance of food, but the strategy should be more dynamic. There are widespread problems throughout the food system which Henry Dimbleby has done well to identify and express in his report, but they have not been dealt with adequately by the Government. There is great anxiety from the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Grantchester: I shall concentrate my remarks today on the energy sector and the Government’s plan as outlined in the energy security Bill, with elements necessary through the UK Infrastructure Bank Bill. Over the past two centuries, we have grown and prospered across three major energy transitions: the emergence of coal in the mid-1800s, powering the Industrial Revolution; the discovery of oil at the end...

Energy Storage Capacity - Question ( 5 Apr 2022)

Lord Grantchester: In a climate emergency it makes little sense to increase fossil fuel storage capacity. What steps are the Government taking to speed up battery storage as a vital first step to store renewable power?

Energy Prices - Question (12 Jan 2022)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, we all wish to protect vulnerable households, and there are many support schemes targeting approximately 3 million households. The expected increase in the price cap in April is around £600 per household to a total of £1,865 a year. While the Government continue to dither, Labour has announced costed, detailed plans to reduce the size of the exposure and extend help to more...


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