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Results 1–20 of 23 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Leach of Fairford

Financial Regulation: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, I should declare two possible interests. I am a director of a bank that has not taken assistance from any Government and a director of an untroubled insurance business. Despite all its disasters, the financial services industry is still a formidable asset to this country. Your Lordships' Economic Affairs Committee's measured recommendations on reform of the tripartite system have...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, perhaps I may quickly answer those pertinent points. The big ice melting was about 12,000 years ago at the end of the last glaciation, which greatly increased sea levels. The more recent increases of about seven inches since the little ice age are thought by the experts to be due to thermal expansion, at which I think the noble Lord hinted. As the seas get a little warmer, they...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: Yes, my Lords, with the recovery from the little ice age that I referred to earlier, that is at about 0.6 degrees per century since about 1370.

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, if I may say so, that is a perfect example of unsubstantiated assertion and anecdote. The world's leading expert by far on sea levels is Professor Axel Morner, the IPCC's lead author on sea levels. He says that sea levels have been increasing at six and a half inches per century since the little ice age, that they have over the past 100 years modestly declined, and that they are now...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, I said that more than 30,000 had signed a petition coming out in public. I referred to a few people who still have not come out. Among those 30,000 are many of the most distinguished scientists in the world. I can happily supply my noble friend with a list of 20 very distinguished scientists, including IPCC lead authors.

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lea, referred to ships passing in the night, and rightly so on the economic front. I hope that I shall find myself on HMS "Lawson", rather than HMS "Stern". The same goes for ships passing in the night in science, which has now devolved largely into a shouting match between extreme alarmists and sceptics, with not nearly enough moderate dialogue between them....

Climate Change Act 2008 (2020 Target, Credit Limit and Definitions) Order 2009: Motion to Approve (13 May 2009)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, if the noble Lord would let me finish the sentence that I was in the middle of, I can say that this photograph of the US nuclear ship "Skate" was taken at the North Pole during the winter in March 1958. It was completely ice-free. If you put that together with the ice records I mentioned, there is a great deal of myth that passes about the North Pole and the South Pole. The North...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, as we speak, I believe the Czechs are putting out a statement postponing ratification until the court has delivered a judgment in the autumn. If that is the case, noble Lords certainly ought to know. The real reason why we should respond to the Irish vote is not that 1 per cent of Europe's population should decide the fate of the other 99 per cent, as has recently been said in...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I do not think that I have heard that argument being advanced by anyone, and I have been in the Chamber most of the time. I heard the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, advance the argument that Asia is the continent of the 21st century, which is a very strong argument, but I do not think that I have heard anybody say that this country would be disadvantaged in its trade with Asia by its ties with...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I am certainly not advocating the daily or weekly use of referendums, but I thought I heard from one or two noble Lords remarks about voters not being well informed enough to take the same wise decisions as Parliament. I stand by what I said. We talk here about codecision and structured co-operation, article this and article that. I have myself been guilty of that twice today. Millions of our...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I am grateful for that intervention. It could be satisfactory if the election were immediately to precede a move to adopt this, that or the other measure. But if the election comes two or three years later, the bird may already have flown and it may be far too late. I think that that would be the case here. The expectations of the people have been disappointed once. It must not happen again....

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I can only thank the noble Lord very much for the history lesson.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: The noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson, is surely right that the amendment should be unnecessary. We can all agree with that because all the main parties have promised a referendum before signing up to the euro. But I fear it is necessary after the disappointing fate of the promise to give the people the final say on the constitution, now rearranged, as Giscard put it, as the Lisbon treaty. If the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I was referring to the Maastricht referendum in Denmark. An enterprising Danish academic asked 10 questions to a random sample of Danish voters and of Danish MPs—a very well informed bunch, you would have thought. They were not very demanding questions—ones such as "Who is the EU president?" and "Which country holds the presidency?". The voters got more answers right than the MPs. An...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I thank the noble Lord for making exactly the point in the context of the Swiss about why referendums are such a good thing. Although they are not in the EU, the Swiss become so well informed that when asked questions about the EU they happen to know more about them than people in the countries that are already members. That is exactly the point I am making. Dicey was a great believer in...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (29 Apr 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: It is getting late and I shall try not to detain the Committee for too long. I am extremely grateful to the Minister for his generous remarks. I did not expect them and I do not deserve them, but it was kind of him. The noble Lord, Lord Roper, rightly quoted against me—perhaps not against me, but with me—my remarks that I thought it would be a good thing to reflect a little more the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (29 Apr 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: moved Amendment No. 10: Clause 2, page 1, line 12, after "excluding" insert— "(i) Article 1, paragraph 17, inserted Article 9C TEU, paragraph 4, and Article 2, paragraph 191 TFEU, replacement Article 205(a), paragraph 3; and(ii) "

European Union (Amendment) Bill (29 Apr 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: In the absence of my noble friend Lord Blackwell and at his request, I will do my best to speak to the amendment standing in his name. This concerns the new voting arrangements in the treaty, about which there has been a certain amount of black smoke. The Government has asserted that our voting influence will increase as result of the treaty. This is such a partial account as to be positively...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: My Lords, I should declare an interest as chairman of Open Europe, which from time to time has submitted evidence to Parliament on European affairs. The Government say that the constitutional concept has been abandoned with the Lisbon treaty. It is an impressive phrase, but I am unable to attach much meaning to it, as almost everyone who has studied the treaty has concluded that in substance...

Banking (Special Provisions) Bill (21 Feb 2008)

Lord Leach of Fairford: I am sorry to persist—I realise this question has, in a way, been asked before—but it is a regulatory requirement that all bona fide bidders should be given equal information. The taxpayer is a bona fide bidder; will it therefore receive equal information with all the other bona fide bidders, the company itself, Olifant and Virgin? Yes or no?


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