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All 18 results for speaker:Lord Browne of Madingley

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (6th Day) (25 Jan 2017)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I speak for Clause 47. I have not spoken on the Bill to date but I have followed its progress closely because I was the author of the last review of higher education funding and student finance, commonly referred to as the Browne review. It looked at three pillars of the system: quality, participation and sustainability. Its recommendations were conceived as part of a holistic...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I welcome this thorough report on the referendum and EU reform. In particular, I wish to comment on its conclusion that the Government should set out a positive, inclusive vision of the UK’s role in a reformed EU. As a businessman, I have long been convinced of the economic benefits of being part of the EU’s single market. In leaving the EU, we deny ourselves not only access to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Directors: LGBT People (3 Dec 2014)

Lord Browne of Madingley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the action they have taken on gender and race, what efforts they are making to improve the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on corporate boards in the United Kingdom.

The Future of the Civil Service — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I declare one relevant interest: my position as the Government’s lead independent non-executive board member, a role that provides the context for my brief remarks today. When the Prime Minister appointed me and 60 other independent non-executive directors, he asked us to make the Government more businesslike and to help equip them with the skills needed to deliver government...

Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I declare my very extensive financial and non-financial interests in the energy sector, which are all set out in the Register of Lords’ Interests. I particularly draw your Lordships’ attention to my position as partner and managing director at Riverstone Holdings, which manages several energy-focused private investment funds with stakes in a range of UK-based and international...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, to my mind, the evidence is quite clear. Marriage is a human construct and the romantic idea of marriage as a beacon of stability does not stand up to scrutiny. Rather, as views about what is socially acceptable have changed, so have the boundaries and parameters of marriage. The freedom to marry in the United Kingdom used to be confined to Anglicans. Over the centuries, it has been...

Written Answers — House of Lords: International Scientific Community: Governmental Advice (8 Nov 2012)

Lord Browne of Madingley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Italy about the prison sentences passed on seven members of the country's National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks for providing "falsely reassuring statements"; and what assessment they have made of that prosecution's impact on the ability and willingness of the international...

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010: Motion to Approve (14 Dec 2010)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, a little over two months ago, I published a report outlining a sustainable way forward for higher education funding. Our conclusions are now generally well known, and I have expounded upon them in detail in your Lordships' House on a previous occasion. Today, I will speak as directly as I can on the narrower issue of raising tuition charges, but I do not wish to mislead your...

Higher Education: Funding — Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2010)

Lord Browne of Madingley: The provision of education has long been the mark of an advanced and civilised society. It provides skills useful to individuals in fashioning a career or a vocation, inculcates a sense of shared heritage and broadens the minds of those who take part. It provides people not just with knowledge today but with the prospect of acquiring knowledge tomorrow by creating a lifelong habit for...

Climate Change: Copenhagen Conference — Debate (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, for many observers, the Copenhagen accord, signed at last month's climate conference, is a failure. Targets for global emissions are conspicuously absent, and while national targets are included, they are set only on a voluntary basis. The failure to acknowledge an ongoing process for converting the accord into a legally binding treaty is disappointing. But despite falling short in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Climate Change: Copenhagen Conference (14 Jan 2010)

Lord Browne of Madingley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether further countries will sign the Copenhagen Accord; and whether they have taken steps to encourage other nations to sign up before the 31 January deadline for submission of emission-reduction plans.

Climate Change — Debate (29 Jan 2009)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I thank everyone who has contributed to the debate. I had hoped that this would be an opportunity to take the debate forward, to keep the subject at the centre of society and to think of the global opportunities, not just the threats. In those matters, I was not disappointed. I thank the Minister for his response. This Government have done a lot to promote the issue of climate...

Climate Change — Debate (29 Jan 2009)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I declare my interests. I am managing partner and managing director of Riverstone Holdings. This manages several energy-focused private investment funds, which hold stakes in two UK companies. I am also chairman of the Accenture Global Energy Board, a member of the advisory board of Sustainable Forestry Management Limited and a member of the climate change advisory board of Deutsche...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Climate Change: Emissions Trading (20 Nov 2008)

Lord Browne of Madingley: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support lifting the ban on forest carbon credits in the European emissions trading system.

Climate Change (10 Nov 2005)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I begin by declaring an interest as the chief executive of BP. For most of the past decade, the question has been whether the problem of climate change actually exists. There is now a very broad consensus, expressed most clearly in the report that was produced before the July summit of the G8 by the scientific academies of all those nations, including the Royal Society. The...

Oil Prices (8 Jun 2005)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as chief executive of BP—a company based in Britain which earns its living from producing and trading oil around the world. This morning the price of a barrel of crude oil was $51. In real terms that is nearly double the price of just two years ago, but still much less than half the peak that was reached in November 1979. So why has the price risen...

Education and Skills (24 Apr 2002)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I am indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, for initiating this debate. This is an important subject. I shall concentrate on universities. My direct knowledge is of Cambridge and of Stanford in the United States, but I speak as the chief executive of a company which employs more than 50,000 graduates world-wide. From that perspective, no one can doubt the value of a university...

Climate Change: Kyoto Protocol (6 Feb 2002)

Lord Browne of Madingley: My Lords, I, too, believe that we owe a great debt to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, for initiating this debate. Climate change is a crucial subject and this is a critical moment at which to examine the progress being made, here and internationally. I am personally indebted to the noble Lord because the debate gives me the opportunity to speak in your Lordships' House for the first time. I am...


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