Results 121–140 of 223 for speaker:Viscount Hanworth

Autumn Statement: Economy - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is invariably delivered in optimistic and upbeat language. Its customary hyperbole serves to divert attention from the substantive contents of the message, which may be unwelcome and unpalatable. In reality, our economic circumstances are parlous. The Government’s budget deficit has persisted, and the deficit in the balance of payments of our...

Royal Bank of Scotland: Small Businesses - Question (15 Nov 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to press the Financial Conduct Authority to publish the report, commissioned by the then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills at the end of 2013, concerning the treatment by the Royal Bank of Scotland of small businesses supposedly in financial distress.

Royal Bank of Scotland: Small Businesses - Question (15 Nov 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: I thank the Minister for that Answer. At long last there has been a partial admission by RBS of its wrongdoing, for which the evidence is well documented and incontrovertible. The bank has been endeavouring to improve its financial situation by withdrawing its loans from small businesses that have consequently been driven into bankruptcy. Thereafter, the property department of the bank has...

Clinical Pharmacologists - Question for Short Debate (12 Sep 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, I wish to speak in the gap. Prescribing is one of the major roles and responsibilities of a doctor. It follows that a sound knowledge of pharmacology should be an important element in the training of all clinicians. We are now embarking on an era of medicine where treatments by drugs are becoming increasingly specific to individual patients. These developments and the application of...

NHS: Health and Social Care Act 2012 - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Sep 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: This has been an interesting and disturbing debate. We have had a diversity of opinions regarding the state of the NHS and its likely future, not many of which have been favourable. I am heartened by what I understand to be the reaffirmation of the founding principles of the NHS by the noble Lord, Lord Prior; however, I am very doubtful of his optimism. Be that as it may, I draw attention to...

NHS: Health and Social Care Act 2012 - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Sep 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, the very existence of the NHS is in danger, as is the principle of a universal healthcare provision free at the point of delivery. The NHS is being turned into a market-based system. The proponents of these changes envisage that the system will be financed by private insurance policies that will allow individual policyholders to determine the extent of their insurance cover and the...

EU: Energy Governance (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, several reports of the European Union sub-committees of the House of Lords have been scheduled for debate prior to the crucial date of 23 June, when the referendum will be held to determine whether Britain has a future as a member of the European Union. It might seem that such reports would become irrelevant if our membership of the Union were to cease. Indeed, the very existence...

Economy and Finance - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Jun 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, two weeks ago there was a brief debate at Question Time on the state of our balance of payments. The debate was prompted by my noble friend Lord Haskel, who asked Her Majesty’s Government, “what steps they are taking to reduce the United Kingdom’s deficit on the balance of payments in overseas trade”. I am indebted to him for providing this opportunity to pursue the matter...

Economy: Overseas Trade Deficit - Question (25 May 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, it is clear that the only way in which to mend the balance of payments is to increase substantially our exports of manufactured goods. For our goods to become saleable abroad, the value of the pound must be reduced. If nothing is done to overcome the balance of payments problem, it is inevitable that the pound will eventually plummet. Can the Minister envisage a more orderly way of...

Nuclear Reactors - Question (23 May 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the assessment of the alternative design proposals for small modular nuclear reactors, and when those alternatives are likely to undergo their generic design assessments.

Nuclear Reactors - Question (23 May 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: I thank the Minister for that enlightening Answer. I should like to draw attention to a passage in the December 2014 feasibility study of the National Nuclear Laboratory on small modular reactors. The report declares that there is, “a narrow window of opportunity in which the UK can join the respective programmes … there are other interested parties and also a cut-off point by which time...

The Economy - Motion to Take Note (28 Apr 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, I also begin by expressing my appreciation of the late Maurice Peston. Maurice was my academic colleague at the start of my university career. Our opinions were in agreement over a wide spectrum of social and economic issues. I valued his friendship greatly, as much as I valued his wisdom and his reckless humour. The Government have pursued some disastrous economic policies...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (18 Apr 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, I shall speak to my Amendments 77A, 77B and 77C to Clauses 82 and 83. These clauses concern the pay-to-stay regime whereby those whose earnings exceed a threshold level would have their council rents increased. It must be clear that, if a penalty is to be faced by a household whose joint income exceeds a threshold level, there will be an incentive to keep their income below that...

Energy Security: Hinkley Point — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, would the Government be prepared to consider taking a significant share in the equity of EDF? Then the Government might become part of a nationalised industry jointly with the French. At present, we are in the process of underwriting all the risks of the Hinkley C project, so surely we should also expect to partake in any profits that might derive from that project.

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 — Motion to Annul ( 2 Feb 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, the energy policy of this Government is in utter disarray. One can take no pleasure in their discomfort; the adverse effects will be felt by all of us in the immediate future and in the longer-term. The Government ought to have taken a strategic approach to the supply of energy. The explanation of their failure to do so lies partly in their ideological tenets and partly in the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Second Reading (26 Jan 2016)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, the Housing and Planning Bill is a most ill-conceived piece of legislation. It will do nothing to alleviate the housing crisis. It is certain to exacerbate the crisis and to increase the acute social divisions from which this country is suffering. One might have expected the civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government to do a much better job with a housing...

Economy: Balance of Payments and Industrial Productivity — Question (10 Dec 2015)

Viscount Hanworth: My Lords, one of the factors that inhibits our exports is our overvalued rate of exchange. Should the Government not consider establishing a sovereign wealth fund to purchase foreign assets whenever the sterling rate of exchange exceeds a certain threshold value? This, after all, would compensate for our selling our family silver abroad.

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