Results 1–20 of 27 for speaker:Lord Gray of Contin

Housing Bill (20 Jul 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: I support the amendments just spoken to. I declare an interest in that for nearly 10 years I was vice-president of Neighbourhood Energy Action, as it was in those days, and is now National Energy Action. During that period, I was president of the Scottish sister organisation. Both have done an enormous amount of work, particularly in the provision of assistance to the less fortunate in...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill ( 6 Jul 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I think that we are at a slight disadvantage here. We have not had the opportunity of seeing the letter which the noble Duke received, and it may be that we are wasting the time of the House by raising this issue at all. If the Minister is to tell us that this is all taken care of in the letter, there is no point in our proceeding further. Assuming that is not the case, however, I...

Energy Supply (30 Jun 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I join with others in thanking my noble friend Lord Jenkin of Roding for providing us with the opportunity to discuss the very important question of energy supply and also for giving us such a comprehensive and interesting review of events leading up to the present situation. In the past, we have been fortunate in having an abundance of fossil fuels, but as they become depleted it...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (21 Jun 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: If there were any danger whatever of Sir John's commission suggesting the incorporation of the Western Isles with a mainland constituency, I would be 100 per cent behind the amendment. But I agree with my noble friend Lord Monro that the amendment is unnecessary. I greatly enjoyed the speeches of both our colleagues on the Liberal Democrat Benches; they were a very good advert for the Western...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (25 May 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I am happy to follow the noble Lord, Lord Elder. It will be no surprise to him that I take a slightly different view of the Bill to that which he outlined. Glancing through the Hansard reports of the Second Reading debate of this Bill in another place and trying to relate them to speeches and policy statements made during the progress of the Scotland Bill—now the Scotland Act—it...

Energy Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I want to associate myself with what my noble friends Lord Jopling and Lord Monro have said. To some extent, decommissioning has already started at Dounreay. The cleaning-up has taken place and many people who were previously employed there have been re-employed, which is all to the good. I hope that the same will be achieved in other parts of the country. It is no surprise that...

Energy Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I rise to support the amendment moved with such skill by my noble friend Lord Peyton of Yeovil, who has been blessed with the gift of combining wisdom, wit and brevity in equal measure; something that is not always available in this House. It is a matter of very great disappointment to those of us on both sides of the House who support the nuclear industry that the White Paper, on...

Energy Bill [HL] (30 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I wish to acknowledge the statement made by the Minister regarding the subject that I raised last night. I am relieved to hear that there is no question of those who live in the north of Scotland being asked to contribute directly, according to the rumour that I had heard. I am glad to hear that the Government are not changing their present plan on that. Thank you very much.

Energy Bill [HL] (29 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I support the amendment for all the reasons enunciated by the noble Lord, Lord Woolmer of Leeds, and my noble friend Lord Jenkin of Roding. Living as I do in the Highlands of Scotland, and having represented a Highland seat in another place for 13 years, I had a great deal to do with the North of Scotland Hydroelectric Board, as it used to be, over many years. Hydroelectricity and...

Energy Bill [HL] (29 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, the Minister must realise that we are not in another place—we are in the House of Lords. My comments were perfectly in order.

Energy Bill [HL] (29 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: moved Amendment No. 196A: Page 90, line 30, after "systems," insert— "(aa) power to set an upper limit or a lower limit (or both) on the charges set by the holder of a transmission licence for the use of its system by persons authorised to generate or supply electricity under the 1989 Act; and"

Energy Bill [HL] (29 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, in moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 196B, 198A and 198B, which stand in my name and are grouped together. These amendments have been tabled as fall back amendments, in order to provide an opportunity for some further discussion on the highly controversial subject of transmission charges. I took some comfort from a statement made by the noble Lord, Lord...

Energy Bill [HL] (29 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Carnegy of Lour for her remarks in support of my amendment. I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, for her help from the Front Bench. The Government can be in no doubt that we are fighting on a united front on this matter, but I also thank the Minister for the very courteous way in which, as always, he responded. The debate we have had on this...

"Groups of companies (22 Mar 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I support the amendment, particularly the suggestion that someone with police knowledge should be a member of the board. That is very important because this matter has assumed a completely new aspect in recent times due to the dangers with which we now live and the complete irresponsibility of people who are prepared to commit the most vile crimes to kill others. It is important...

Electricity Supply ( 7 Jan 2004)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Tombs, for giving us the opportunity to discuss this subject. We are extremely fortunate to have in this House someone with the noble Lord's vast experience and knowledge of the whole energy industry. Indeed, as I listened to his address, it emphasised to me how important it is to have Members of his calibre. We would be...

Energy Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2003)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, we have before us today a very substantial Energy Bill, which has come about largely as a result of the White Paper that the Government published in February this year. It is disappointing, to say the least, that we have not had an opportunity to discuss that White Paper prior to the presentation of the Bill. One would have thought that the Government would have welcomed the views...

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] ( 6 Jun 2003)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, I am happy to follow the noble Baroness, with whose remarks I entirely agree. It is not an original thought, nor is it an unusual saying, that the only certain thing in life is death, but it certainly is a truism. The fortunate among us die peacefully while asleep. The less fortunate contract a disease with which their system or organs cannot cope and, like an ageing vehicle, they...

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill ( 3 Mar 2003)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, in the debate on the gracious Speech on 20th November I declared a number of past energy interests. However, in view of the nature of the Bill I should repeat previous interests in British Energy inasmuch as I advised Scottish Nuclear for about a year prior to its privatisation. I continued to advise British Energy, as it then was, for about 18 months after it was joined by Scottish...

House of Lords Reform (21 Jan 2003)

Lord Gray of Contin: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Strange. She always gives us an interesting talk on different issues. She wandered a little tonight from her horticulture to history, but her speech was equally interesting. When one is number 40 on the speakers' list, all that really matters has already been said, by most other people but not by yourself. Perhaps noble Lords will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Nuclear Power Stations (13 Jan 2003)

Lord Gray of Contin: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to replace existing nuclear power stations with new nuclear power stations; and What plans they have to replace the power generation provided by the existing nuclear power stations after their closure; and How they propose to meet their Kyoto commitments if nuclear power stations are not replaced by new nuclear power stations.

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