Results 21–40 of 352 for speaker:Viscount Ridley

Agriculture: Genome-edited Crops - Question (4 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and in doing so declare my farming interests.

Agriculture: Genome-edited Crops - Question (4 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, there is not even a theoretical possibility that a genome-edited plant is less safe than a conventionally bred variety with the same trait. Environmental and nutritional benefits are accruing to consumers and producers all around the world from this technology, reducing dependence on chemicals —a race to the top, not the bottom. Given also the strength of British laboratories in...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Statement (3 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Can my noble friend advise us on the accuracy of the screening tests? Do we know whether there is a degree of false negatives, where people test clear but in fact have the virus? Are there any false positives, where tests show that people have the virus when they do not? For example, they might have a different kind of coronavirus—one of the common cold ones.

Housing Insulation - Question (25 Feb 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, will my noble friend agree to look into why it is that, if you switch a house from oil-fired to gas-fired central heating, its energy performance certificate gets worse, not better? It is a perverse system in the regulations. I declare my interest as a landlord.

East Africa: Locusts - Question (4 Feb 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Will my noble friend agree to look into reports that one of the reasons for the re-emergence of massive locust plagues in this part of the world is that, under the banner of agroecology, agencies and non-governmental organisations have increasingly advised farmers not to use pesticides when that is a sensible use of technology?

Gene Editing - Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, it is an honour to follow such a clear and persuasive speech by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, with whom I fully agree. Like others, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, on securing this debate. Its title does not include the word “human”, so I will focus my remarks on genome editing in agriculture and the environment. I had a hunch that greater...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity Interconnectors (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual standing charge on the consumer has been permitted by Ofgem to the owners of the Western Link interconnector between Hunterston and Deeside; and for how many years that charge has been permitted.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity Interconnectors (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require Ofgem to publish the calculations behind the approved rate of return allowed to the owners of the Western Link interconnector.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity Interconnectors (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to investigate the late delivery of the Western Link interconnector; and whether negligence in construction or operation of that interconnector may expose consumers to additional costs.

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus: Threat to UK Citizens - Private Notice Question (22 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with one of the precepts of Darwinian medicine that there is generally a trade-off between virulence and contagiousness and that, in the world of viruses, if you want to spread by casual contact, it tends to help to keep the patient healthy and standing on their feet—as indeed I am with a cold at the moment? If this virus does spread from man to...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: I apologise for interrupting. On that very point, I was not reassured by what the noble Lord, Lord McNicol, said. It seems to me that if landlords or other authorities are already beginning to ask for proof of settled status, this would get worse if there were known to be a system where they could produce a card. It would then de facto become a card that they had to produce.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I have a reservation about this amendment, based on a possible unintended consequence of physical proof of identity. The noble Lord, Lord Anderson of Swansea, mentioned identity cards. It is not impossible that, if there was physical identity documentation in existence, we would get to a situation, whether intended or not, where people would be asked to produce proof in this form....

Extinction Rebellion: Prevent Programme - Question (15 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, notwithstanding what has been said today, is my noble friend aware of a Policy Exchange report prepared by two people—one the former head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command—called Extremism Rebellion? It argued: “The police response to law-breaking by demonstrators must be far more proactive in enforcing the laws that relate to public protest, preventing...

Health: Vaping - Question (14 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that this week sees the centenary of the prohibition amendment in the United States, a policy that resulted in disastrous health outcomes and a huge increase in criminality and was repealed within 10 years. Does she feel that history is being repeated with America’s policy of prohibiting vaping but not regulating it for product safety, resulting in a...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I think I have spotted an issue on which absolutely everybody in this House will agree, and that is that a can of WD-40 should be acquired to deal with that hinge which keeps making a noise like a wounded heifer from that end of the Chamber. The noble Lords, Lord Forsyth, Lord Cormack, Lord Taylor and Lord Bridges, all made the point—as did the noble Lord, Lord Maude, I...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: I think the noble Lord has rather made the point for me. We then heard that it would be better to have a second referendum, and the people said, “Fine, but first, let’s get Brexit done.” We have heard that we had to postpone the date of leaving, and people said, “Yeah, okay, but let’s get Brexit done.” Then we said, “Let’s ask the judges”, and people said “Okay, but please...

Extinction Rebellion - Question (31 Oct 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with the recent report from Policy Exchange, co-authored by Richard Walton, former head of Counter Terrorism Command at the Metropolitan Police? It said that: “Extinction Rebellion is an extremist organisation whose methods need to be confronted and challenged rather than supported and condoned”. Will he condemn, along with responsible scientists,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Viscount Ridley: I draw attention to the fact that I regard the noble Lord, Lord Taverne, as a mentor, friend and ally on the issue of genetically modified crops, on which we have both said exactly the same thing.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I welcome this gracious Speech, especially its emphasis on innovation and science. I would have liked to speak on those topics, but I cannot be here on Thursday, so I will speak on Brexit. Who knows, perhaps this is the last chance to speak on Brexit in the future tense. Over the past few months, I am sure I am not alone in being told by people elsewhere in the country, “You sit...


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