Lord Peston: My Lords, the noble Baroness is completely mistaken. The half of the Bishops' Bar that is non-smoking is the sandwich part, which is not a drinking area. The two drinking areas are smoking areas. In my judgment, one of them--namely, the Peers' Guest Room--should be non-smoking. We should just decide to do that. If the smokers want to poison themselves in the Bishops' Bar, good luck to them....
Lord Peston: My Lords, in so far as the rooms belong to us--I was under the impression that that was the case, although the Chairman of Committees may well tell the House that they do not--I would occupy them. I do not doubt that if people will not respond to sweet reason--I have spent my life supporting sweet reason--there are times when someone ought to take a bit of action.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will authorise the use of intrusive surveillance by Her Majesty's Prison Service under Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; who in the Prison Service may apply to use the power; and what is the purpose of intrusive surveillance in private prisons.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the development of the National Technical Assistance Centre.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What their policy is with regard to the licensing under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 of the production of monoclonal antibodies by the ascites method.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make authorisations under Section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended) in respect of the carrying out of immigration functions.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to change the name of the United Kingdom Passport Agency; and when they intend to publish the agency's framework document.
Lord Peston: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for emphasising the fact that these pensions benefit from a generous tax concession. Therefore, the public interest has already been well served. Is not a pension decision a financial decision? Sometimes such decisions turn out well, but other times they are less satisfactory. It is not surprising that as the Government have been successful in dealing with...
Lord Peston: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the word "people" in the Question includes Members of your Lordships' House? Is he aware that your Lordships' House will be meeting that day, as will at least one of its committees, taking evidence in public? Can he reassure us that the authorities of the House have taken seriously a possible threat to our proceedings and those of our committees?
Lord Peston: My Lords, perhaps I may ask a question of clarification about Amendment No. 6. It relates to a Minister of the Crown giving an opinion about the Human Rights aspect of a Private Bill. Using one's common sense, I assume as a matter of practice that if a Minister of the Crown thought that a Bill infringed human rights it would not come forward. However, I understood the Chairman of Committees...
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What the outcome was of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 18 June.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the report on the quinquennial review of HM Land Registry.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: What decision they have taken on the future of the Defence Diversification Agency following the recent period of consultation.
Lord Peston: My Lords, will my noble friend remind your Lordships of the scale of agricultural subsidy in this country? Noble Lords opposite used to believe in the free market but no longer do so. Why remotely should the Government be responsible for restoring the profitability of any one sector of the economy? In a modern market economy it is required that the sector itself should put its house in order...
Lord Peston: rose to move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Session 2000-2001, HL Paper 34) and the First Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs (Session 2001-02, HL Paper 5).
Lord Peston: My Lords, in moving this Motion I am introducing a debate on the last report of your Lordships' committee, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, and also, as a technical matter, the first report of your Lordships' new Select Committee on Economic Affairs. On behalf of the committee I wish to thank our Clerks, Simon Burton and Christine Salmon and also our economic adviser,...
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the proposed supermarkets' code of practice will be published and when the relevant supermarkets are expected to give the legally binding undertakings to comply with the remedies set out in the code.
Lord Peston: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will respond to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's third report on antimicrobial resistance and when they will announce the membership of the new Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Lord Peston: My Lords, having regard to the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, I do not have any friends and therefore I have no interests of that kind to declare. As I do not propose to make any new friends I hope that this declaration will count for as long as I am a Member of your Lordships' House! I always drift into the corridor because I need the space, which is the topic before us. I want...