All 10 results for speaker:the Earl of Stair

Armed Services: Claims - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2016)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I join many other noble Lords in thanking my noble and learned friend Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood for bringing forward this debate on this extremely important subject. I am pleased that the Government appear at least to be starting to acknowledge it as such. It seems that, starting with the Iraq war, confusion has developed between the international humanitarian laws covering...

Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2016)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, for tabling this very relevant and important Question. Perhaps it is rather unfortunately timed, quite so soon after the events of last week. Much of the energy under discussion this evening originates from areas of the United Kingdom which, sadly, may no longer be part of it in a couple of years’ time. I am not sure where our system...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, we have heard four maiden speakers. It is gives me great pleasure to have the honour of congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Bruce of Bennachie, on his excellent maiden speech in such an important debate. Although we come from opposite corners of Scotland, I am reassured to note that we have both campaigned on similar issues of health and transport. He has had considerable...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I broadly welcome the arrival of the Scotland Bill in this House. Although I have many concerns about many aspects of the Bill— most of which have been mentioned by other noble Lords—I hope it receives a successful, but not too speedy, passage to Royal Assent. This is the second time I have given a Second Reading speech on a Scotland Bill. The first was on the initial devolution...

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)

the Earl of Stair: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” is the straightforward question which was put to the people of Scotland and voted for on 18 September. The result, by 55% to 45%, was a clear statement of the settled will of the people, with the largest turnout in recent times. It will, I hope, be respected. Scotland should stay united with the remainder of the country. Whether the result...

Aviation — Question for Short Debate (13 Oct 2011)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I, too, am very pleased to be able to support the noble Lord, Lord Rotherwick, who has brought this Question to the House for debate today. He is a far more qualified man to speak on this matter than I, a temporarily lapsed private pilot's licence holder. However, I am the operator of a small airfield, such as those described by the noble Lord, which all elements of general aviation...

Rural Communities — Debate (15 Jul 2010)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I, too, am pleased to join this important debate, which covers such important issues as communities and remote parts of the country, and to have the opportunity to address a Minister who not only is involved in farming but comes from a fairly remote area. I also farm and run small businesses in tourism and printing in an LFA almost six hours' travel from this House, and I declare an...

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I join many others in their appreciation of the sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces recently in Afghanistan, in particular the soldiers murdered while helping to train the new police force. I note that we have also now lost more service personnel this year than in any other year since the Falklands 27 years ago. The difference between the two conflicts is that in the Falklands...

Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord King, for this opportunity to debate the contribution made by our Armed Forces. Amid all their incredible achievements, however, I find it very sad that, all too often, the media tend to focus on the problem areas, be it Chinook supply, ship supply or the casualties of which we hear too many in this House. All of it must have...

Economy — Debate (5 Feb 2009)

the Earl of Stair: My Lords, I rise to speak too long after taking my seat following the passing of my late noble friend, Lady Darcy de Knayth. It is a great honour to return to the House and I look forward to contributing more in the future. The state of the national and global economy is reported on in our papers daily. Without a doubt, we are still in an extremely serious situation, with no immediate chance...

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