Results 181–200 of 872 for speaker:Lord Peston

House of Lords Reform — Statement (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Peston: Before the noble Lord sits down, I hate to introduce a cynical comment into this very serious matter, but will it not be nothing short of a miracle if any noble Lord can think of anything original on this subject when we debate it next Monday?

Finance: Equity Markets — Question (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords-

Finance: Equity Markets — Question (23 Apr 2012)

Lord Peston: I did not give way because I was under the impression that the coalition was still part of the Government. Whatever the state of play is on that side of the House, is not the best performing economy in Europe Germany, to take an obvious example? Short-termism is frowned upon in Germany, where the shareholders are committed to the firms in which they hold shares in the longer term, as are the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Third Reading (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: I support the noble Lord, Lord Owen, in what I regard as a special case. I think he, too, is arguing that this is a special case. As background, perhaps I may refer to my experience last week when I spent quite a long time at St Thomas's Hospital, where I think the noble Lord, Lord Owen, was a most distinguished graduate. I was an NHS patient and my experience was of a service working...

Economy: Quantitative Easing — Question (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, can I ask the Minister whether he agrees-which he seemed to say-that quantitative easing is part of monetary policy? If it is part of monetary policy, what business is it of either the previous Chancellor or the present one to claim that they have a decision-making role in this matter, since the Bank of England Act makes it absolutely clear, when discussing the reserved powers of...

House of Lords: Peers' Car Park — Motion to Resolve (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: Did the noble Lord answer my question?

House of Lords: Peers' Car Park — Motion to Resolve (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: There are no secrets to be revealed. Why is the noble Lord trying to stop us discussing something if nothing is secret?

House of Lords: Peers' Car Park — Motion to Resolve (15 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I rise reluctantly because everything the Chairman of Committees has said is wrong, and I intend to make that very clear. First, I thank my noble friend Lord Barnett for persisting in his demand that we discuss this matter. In my 25 years here, I have never known any attempt compared with that of the powers that be at present to stop a Member of this House airing his views on a...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Third Reading (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: Is the noble Lord saying that if we accept these amendments, there would be no net increase in the number of children who would be protected?

Health and Social Care Bill — Private Notice Question (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: Can we go back to first principles, which the noble Earl raised? I speak as someone who has been an adviser. Is he saying that officials would not give their honest view of the risks that policies might incur if their advice was made public? If you believe in open government-certainly, if you believe as an official that your duty is to advise Ministers as best you can and, therefore, you will...

EU: Economic and Financial Issues — Question (12 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, perhaps the Minister will enlighten us on one thing. Given that the Liberal Democrats are traditionally Europhiles and the Tory party is at present packed in both Houses with Europhobes, how can we get a rational approach to anything to do with the European economy at all?

Media: Plurality — Question (7 Mar 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, will the forthcoming Green Paper take into account the owners of the media that we are talking about, who seem to be largely people who neither live in this country nor pay taxes in this country? In addition, having become totally addicted to the Leveson inquiry myself, does the Minister agree that the biggest danger to freedom of the press in this country is the people who are...

Budget Deficit — Question (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Peston: The noble Lord told us all to be patient. I remind him that the great economist Lord Keynes said: "In the long run we are all dead". Is the Government's problem not that, having created this air of disaster for the country, no one in the private sector believes that the economy will get going and, therefore, no one has any intention whatever of investing in new equipment while the...

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (14 Feb 2012)

Lord Peston: Is the noble Lord saying that we are being unreasonable for expecting some reasonable arguments from the other place?

Welfare Reform Bill: Commons Reasons and Amendment (14 Feb 2012)

Lord Peston: I start from the position that when your Lordships pass an amendment, it is for the Commons to consider it reasonably and make up its own mind. I am coming up to the 25th anniversary of my being here and my experience is overwhelmingly that that is what happens. It happens for one very good reason-namely, courtesy. For most amendments, once is enough. For rather more important amendments, the...

Libraries — Question (7 Feb 2012)

Lord Peston: Is the Minister aware of how much I approve of her use of the word "community" when we talk about libraries? I use the library in the City of Westminster. When you go to it, you get a marvellous sense of community from all the different people there, but fundamental to providing an efficient library service is people being able to get there. I can get there because I can still drive, but...

Welfare Reform Bill: Third Reading (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I congratulate my old friend the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, on her excellent introduction to the amendment. I have two points to make. First, regarding the excellent speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Browning, I used to be an expert on cost-benefit analysis; indeed, I did the very first piece of cost-benefit analysis ever done in the Treasury, and I am talking about a very long...

Individual Savings Accounts: AIM Shares — Question (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, I think that I understand the noble Lord's answer but surely the main criterion that ought to be applied to ISAs is: do we have a system that maximises people's propensity to save using ISAs? If it can be demonstrated that the Alternative Investment Market will do that, even if it is more risky-and, incidentally, people ought to know that all investments are risky-surely it still...

EU: Disintegration — Question (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords, is it not a bit thick to blame the euro for our economic troubles when the Government are doing all they can with their own economic policies to destroy our economy?

Eurozone Crisis — Question (17 Jan 2012)

Lord Peston: My Lords-

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