All 18 results for speaker:Lord Powell of Bayswater

NATO Accession: Sweden and Finland - Statement (7 Jul 2022)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, as probably the only Finnish-speaking Member of this House, could I remind the Minister that Finland, with its 800-mile border with Russia, will be right in the front line of NATO, but also has the bitter experience of having sacrificed a lot of its territory to Russia after the Second World War, most of which was never given back? That means that, in the light of recent Russian...

Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I draw attention to my declaration of interests. There is nothing unusual about security legislation; after all, Britain made use of emergency legislation during its stewardship of Hong Kong. What matters is how such legislation is implemented in practice. Hong Kong’s Justice Secretary asserts that her department—not its Chinese counterpart —will make all prosecution decisions...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops (12 Nov 2010)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they intend to apply to determine whether plant, fungal and algal products are regulated as food or as medicine after 30 April 2011, in the light of advances in nutrigenomic science illuminating how food bioactive components (nutrients and non-nutrients) can influence gene expression.

Economy (3 Nov 2008)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I draw attention to my declaration of interests in the register. I congratulate the Minister on his appointment; we served together on a board in the 1990s, and I know him to be a robust and resilient character who will not be the slightest bit dismayed by this afternoon's quite modest parliamentary assault. Most of the speakers so far have focused on the impact on the UK economy. I...

Armed Forces: US Missile Defence (10 Jan 2008)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, to avoid any possible doubt, I draw attention to my declaration in the Register of Lords' Interests, though I do not believe that any of them are directly involved. I join other noble Lords in complimenting the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, on securing this debate; the subject is extremely important. It is absolutely right that Parliament should discuss it regularly and keep it under...

Armed Forces: Nuclear Deterrent (24 Jan 2007)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I draw attention to my declaration of interests in the register. I support the case made in the White Paper for modernising our nuclear deterrent. Indeed, I regard it as self-evident. My reservations, which I shall come on to, relate to the number of warheads and submarines. In essence, I do not believe we can have fewer than four submarines to enable one to be on patrol at all...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food: Supplements (14 Dec 2006)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the European Union Commission sets safe upper levels based on robust toxicity data of vitamins and minerals in food supplements so that the rights of the United Kingdom food supplement and natural health industries to apply for authorisation of validated disease risk reduction claims under the European Union Nutrition...

European Union and the United States (EUC Report) (15 Dec 2003)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, there is probably no issue more important for Europe than transatlantic relations, and our sub-committee was absolutely right to survey those relations and propose how the damage done in recent times could be repaired. Our timing could scarcely have been better, although that is more than can be said for the time that it has taken to have this debate. Our report is certainly a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (28 Oct 2003)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has for the re-assessment of the dietary reference values to promote genome stability and optimal health.

Missile Defence: Fylingdales (12 Mar 2003)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, looking at the list of speakers for this debate, I rather get the feeling that I am gate-crashing a private party. Listening to the opening speech of the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, I am a bit worried that it is the sort of private party at which hallucinogens will be passed around. However, I am grateful to the noble Lord for initiating this debate, which gives me the chance to put...

Missile Defence (15 Jan 2003)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I join others in thanking the Minister for repeating the Statement, and I very much welcome the decision in principle to respond positively to the request from the United States. That must be the only proper response to such a request from a very close ally. I hope also that it will be a first step towards acquiring a missile defence capability for the United Kingdom or towards...

Iraq (28 Nov 2002)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I begin by apologising to your Lordships, as I already have to the Minister, that, because of a long-standing engagement overseas late tonight, I shall probably not be present for the closing speeches. Like others speaking in this debate, I welcome Security Council Resolution 1441. It helpfully tightens the screw on Saddam Hussein to compel him to disarm. Like other noble Lords, I...

Civil Service Act (1 May 2002)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Holme, for taking the initiative in arranging this debate. On an earlier occasion, I declared both my fraternal interests as a special adviser and civil servant. I am probably the most junior ex-civil servant to take part in the debate. I never was a Cabinet Secretary, Permanent Secretary, Chief Executive or anything similar. Maybe that is to the good....

Afghanistan (14 Nov 2001)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that even when bin Laden and Al'Qaeda have been tracked down and brought to justice in Afghanistan, the Government's commitment to take action against other terrorist groups and other governments who protect them will not in any way slacken? Will he also confirm that, if necessary, military means would be contemplated in dealing with those situations as well?

International Terrorism (8 Oct 2001)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, it is all too easy to pontificate in times such as these. I shall try to restrict myself to a few, simple, practical comments based on some modest experience during the Gulf War. First, President Bush and the Prime Minister have done a splendid job of assembling a coalition. The hard part is maintaining that coalition during an extended period when the going gets rough. The best way...

China: Human Rights (18 Jul 2001)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I, too, am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for raising this important issue and for giving us a chance to debate it tonight. I should recall to the House that I am president of the China-Britain Business Council, the not-for-profit organisation funded by business and government to promote British trade and investment in China. I should also mention that two of the...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (28 Jun 2001)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, I gladly join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, and the noble Lord, Lord Bach, on their new and demanding appointments and in wishing them every success. I shall restrict myself to some remarks on transatlantic relations and a very brief comment on China. I should declare that I am a founder member of Atlantic Partnership, a non-profit body...

The Civil Service (24 May 2000)

Lord Powell of Bayswater: My Lords, as a former civil servant; as the grandson, the son, the brother and the father of either former or current civil servants, I obviously find this debate irresistible. I should start by declaring an interest, but whether it is a fraternal interest in a special adviser or a paternal interest in a civil servant I am not sure. Perhaps they cancel each other out. I had my first knowledge...

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