Results 1–20 of 57 for speaker:Lord Methuen

Small Businesses: Late Payments — Question (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Methuen: Is the Minister aware that, due to the inefficiency of the Stortext system used by the Treasury Solicitor’s Department to pay its accounts with firms such as costs lawyers, some of these small firms have outstanding accounts going back to May? This compares unfavourably with HMRC, which pays its accounts with minimum delay.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Procurement (25 Oct 2013)

Lord Methuen: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Treasury Solicitor's Office is paying its small suppliers within the time recommended by Government guidelines; and, if not, why not.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises — Question (29 Oct 2012)

Lord Methuen: Is the Minister aware that Rolls-Royce, in order to fund its suppliers, has lent them £500 million, because the banks are not doing so?

Liaison Committee: Third Report — Motion to Agree (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Methuen: On what basis is the Committee Office funded and why, with this huge influx of new Members, could more resources not be given to it to enable these additional committees and the existing ones to be adequately funded?

House of Lords: Allowances — Motion to Approve (20 Jul 2010)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I think it may be appropriate that I speak to my amendment at this stage. In so doing, I declare my interests as a member of the British Group of the IPU, although I have not attended any of its delegations, and as a participant in the Lord Speaker's Peers Outreach to Schools programme. This amendment aims to remove an anomaly in the proposed financial support for Peers...

Nanotechnologies and Food: Science and Technology Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2010)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for initiating this debate and for his excellent chairmanship of the sub-committee. I also thank our secretariat and special adviser for all they did to support us in producing the report. It was a very interesting inquiry exploring a highly innovative area in which comparatively little research seems to have been carried out. There is a lot going...

Internet: Personal Security (S&T Report) (10 Oct 2008)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I welcome this debate, introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Broers, on the Science and Technology Committee's original and follow-up reports on internet security and the Government's responses to these reports. I, too, am disappointed by the generally unenthusiastic response of the Government to the initial report and I am concerned with their response to the follow-up report. I...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Crash Landing (8 May 2008)

Lord Methuen: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in determining the cause of the crash landing of British Airways Boeing 777 aircraft G-YMMM at Heathrow Airport on 17 January.

Crossrail Bill (9 Jan 2008)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, can the Minister be categoric as to whether the Reading terminus is being seriously considered, or is it merely pie in the sky?

Crossrail Bill (9 Jan 2008)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I welcome the Crossrail Bill for the benefits that it will bring to all parts of the metropolis and its businesses. However, I am disappointed that the more ambitions Superlink scheme did not find favour with the promoters, as I think that in the longer term it would be more financially beneficial. The choice of Maidenhead and Shenfield as the termini of the proposed route is...

Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [HL] (29 Nov 2007)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I had the pleasure of serving under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, on these two Bills. It is the second time that I have served on such a committee. Last year, I served on the Select Committee which looked at the Leicester, Maidstone and Liverpool Bills. In all details, these five Bills were the same. I understand from the Private Bills Office, as mentioned by...

Railways (29 Nov 2007)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, does the Minister agree that Crossrail would be much more effective if it was extended as I suggested?

Railways (29 Nov 2007)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I welcome this debate drawing attention to the growth in passenger and freight traffic, and I look forward to hearing more about the Government's paper, Delivering aSustainable Railway. I am particularly interested in the proposed infrastructure changes at Reading and Birmingham. It is interesting to note that the proposals for Reading station will not be the first major...

Information Committee: Visitors to Parliament (16 Oct 2007)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Renton, for introducing this debate on the report. I served on the previous Information Committee as well as on this one. The joint meetings between the Information Committee and the Commons Administration Committee entailed a lot of work. In fact, the work on the visitor centre has been going on since 2000. The Group on Information for the Public...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Roads: Pricing Schemes (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Methuen: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, if the proposed road pricing schemes for the cities of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby are authorised, they will ensure that the planned Kegworth Parkway railway station serving the above cities on the Midland main line route from the east Midlands to London is built and operational prior to the implementation of the aforesaid road pricing schemes.

Care Homes: Funding (8 Mar 2007)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Staffordshire County Council intends to shut all its council-run homes? Do the Government support this move?

Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee: Secondary Legislation (29 Nov 2006)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I welcome this debate on the report the Merits Committee on the management of secondary legislation, produced under the guidance of our chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Filkin. I came on to the committee at its inception in 2003, not knowing precisely what I had let myself in for. It was extremely interesting to be there from the start, as we had to decide how we were to operate and...

Water Supply (17 May 2006)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, is the Minister aware of a 1930s scheme called the Grand Contour Canal, which I think was at the 600-foot contour? It was devised to take water all around England, providing both water distribution and navigation—or recreation, in this day and age. It would have covered the entire country to bring water from areas which had it to those that had not.

Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty and Disclosure of Information) Order 2005 (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, from these Benches, we welcome the introduction of this order and the increase in the level of the fine. I do not find the £250,000 excessive. I am sure that in the case of the small firms, they probably need putting out of business anyway, because if they are not offending they will not be fined. That is my opinion. I would like to have clarification of a number of points. First,...

Renewable Energy (S&T Report) (23 Jun 2005)

Lord Methuen: My Lords, I, too, would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, for his very capable chairmanship of our committee, and for introducing the debate on the report. I thank the right reverend Prelate for his Motion. None of us is in any doubt about the reasons for cutting back on emissions due to energy use. I for one read the recent interview with the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, in the...


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