Results 81–100 of 872 for speaker:Lord Peston

Seed Purity (19 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend have any hope at all that one day the voice of reason will prevail in the area of GM and people who make claims about food safety, environmental danger and so on will have no scientific basis for their comments? Is he also aware that all over the world GM foods will be the means to solve major problems of famine and farming generally? Does my noble friend agree...

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (21 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I must say I was very disturbed by the intervention of the Leader of the Opposition just now. I had intended to rise earlier, but the Chairman of Committees got to his feet before I was able to join in. I am particularly concerned about how we operate. We are told that, of course, when we get this document we are free to spend as much time as we like debating it, except that if we...

European Single Currency (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I hope that I may break the rules and speak in favour of the European Community. I refer to the questioning that seems to take place all the time. It is a long time since I knew any economics, but the notion that any economic test could be exercised without judgment is rather far-fetched. Does not my noble friend agree that the tests lay down some sensible criteria but that it is up...

Tobacco Smuggling (11 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend recall that the policy of raising excise duty at a rate higher than inflation was introduced by the previous Conservative government? That was very much to the credit of the then Chancellor, the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, and we strongly supported that policy at the time, when we were in opposition. Would my noble friend be impressed if the Conservatives...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prison Service Performance (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will comment on the performance of Her Majesty's Prison Service in 1999-2000.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Scientific Procedures on Living Animals (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the figures relating to scientific procedures performed on living animals in Great Britain in 1999.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Unduly Lenient Sentences: Attorney-General's Powers (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to fulfil their manifesto commitment to extend the Attorney-General's powers to refer lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal for review.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Asylum Claims: Postal Applications (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the current arrangements for asylum claims to be made by post.[HL Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

Rail Fares and Station Parking Charges (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I did not fully understand my noble friend's answer in connection with the competition authorities. Did he say that the competition authorities have no locus with regard to the setting of prices for railway journeys and no locus in regard to dealing with car parks, which in most cases are a monopoly? Is he saying that somehow the legislation was devised so that the competition...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Entry Clearance Study (26 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the report of the 1998 Joint (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Home Office) Study on entry clearance.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Hong Kong and the Sino-British Joint Declaration (26 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the next report to Parliament on Hong Kong and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

House of Lords Offices: Select Committee Report (27 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I do intend to speak. I am becoming extremely angry. Perhaps I may say--I can say it to my noble friend Lord Carter as we are very old friends--that I object very strongly to being told that we must get a move on because there is other business of importance to be discussed. I intend to speak for the length of time I wish to speak. When I raised this matter some weeks ago, I said...

House of Lords Offices: Select Committee Report (27 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that intervention. I shall explain to her in a few moments why I disagree with her about as strongly on that as I do on everything else. I feel that I have a moral obligation to speak because I am a devoted Member of your Lordships' House and this is a chance to begin to get your Lordships' House right. However, I believe that I am completely wasting my...

House of Lords Offices: Select Committee Report (27 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I have to say to the noble Lord that his concept of management may be different from mine. Who is responsible for getting the resources? I am not; nor is the noble Lord. We have no role in this matter. If I am asked why we do not have the resources, I must say that those who are in positions of authority--those who are part of what we call the management--have not provided them. We...

House of Lords Offices: Select Committee Report (27 Jul 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, perhaps I may introduce a note of conciliation. I understood the noble Lord the Chairman of Committees to say precisely that there would be a steering committee. He heard our views on its composition. He has given us--it is acceptable to me--his personal assurance that that steering group would have the final say. He has said that twice and placed it before this House. He says that...

Fuel Blockade (28 Sep 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on providing a listening response to this matter. However, I urge him not to listen to people who talk economic nonsense. Where the world oil market is driving up the price of oil, I hope that he does not fall into the trap--I am sure that he will not--of assuming that one can use the tax system somehow to offset those market forces. That would be a...

The Euro: Tests for Joining (3 Oct 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, is it not patently obvious that the single currency is an economic phenomenon and that it therefore follows as night follows day that the relevant criteria are its economic effects, particularly on this country? The Government's position is completely sound, but the Opposition's is puzzling. They seem unable to see anything but politics these days.

Millennium Dome: Sale (26 Oct 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, is my noble and learned friend aware that some of us regard the building as a marvellous piece of architecture? It would be an act of sacrilege to pull down such an excellent building. In this case, money is not the only criterion which might be applied to the problem. Is there a statutory obligation to sell the Dome? Would not the best value way forward be to keep the Dome in the...

Jubilee Line: Westminster Station (30 Oct 2000)

Lord Peston: My Lords, my noble friend is right to emphasise the engineering triumph of the Jubilee Line and of the stations, which are a credit to our country, but as regards a more primitive level of engineering, is there any hope that the roadworks being undertaken outside the Palace of Westminster will be finished during our lifetime, so that one can walk safely from here to there?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Judicial Appointments Annual Report (31 Oct 2000)

Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the second Judicial Appointments Annual Report and what information it will contain.


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