Results 61–80 of 350 for speaker:Viscount Ridley

Tobacco Harm Reduction - Question (2 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of smoking and incidence of lung cancer in Sweden as a result of steps taken by that government; and what plans Ministers have to visit that country as part of their forthcoming review of tobacco harm reduction.

Tobacco Harm Reduction - Question (2 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. She will be aware that the policy of harm reduction, whereby a less harmful new technology is used to displace a more harmful technology, was pioneered in this country by the noble Lord the Lord Speaker when he was Health Secretary in the 1980s with respect to needle exchanges and HIV. Such a policy has since proved effective in the...

Employment: Automation - Question (1 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, predictions of worklessness as a result of innovation have been coming round monotonously decade after decade—since at least the days of Ned Ludd—and have been proved wrong again and again. In fact, it is evident that innovation produces more and better jobs over the long run. Is it possible that the current alarm is because, for the first time, artificial intelligence is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (27 Mar 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, perhaps it is inappropriate to continue, therefore, with the speech that I was going to make, but I will start anyway. Earlier this afternoon, I was having tea with my son and past the window went a tugboat which was going against the tide. It was really struggling. I know how it felt. But I cheered myself up with the thought that the tide turns. The water goes down stream in the...

Business of the House - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (26 Mar 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My noble friend has comprehensively addressed the issue of this statutory instrument, but I do not feel she is addressing the point my noble friend Lord True made about the constitutional precedent that this sets.

River Ecosystems - Question (27 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, the Northumberland Rivers Trust, of which I was at the time a trustee, tried to solve the problem of poor water quality in the River Blyth in spring and summer, when it went turbid and cloudy and there was a detrimental impact on the ecosystem. After doing a lot of work on farms, it was concluded that the main problem was the invasive alien signal crayfish. Does my noble friend...

HS2: Electricity Supply - Question (26 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HS2 Ltd will fulfil the requirements of public procurement regulations by obtaining its electricity supply through transparent and competitive tendering; and if so, how.

HS2: Electricity Supply - Question (26 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: I beg leave to ask the Question in my name on the Order Paper, and refer to my interests in the register.

HS2: Electricity Supply - Question (26 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: I thank my noble friend for that encouraging reply. HS2 will have a gargantuan appetite for electricity—about 3 terawatt hours per year, or 1% of the entire UK electricity demand—costing several hundred million pounds per year. She will be aware of a recent report from KPMG to HS2 Ltd, which recommended that HS2 do a sweetheart deal with the wind industry to build new wind farms...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: May I just point out that I was talking about 2015, long before the referendum? I did read Article 50 in the run up to the referendum.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer. I wish to make a simple point about accountability. My noble friend the Minister was generous in his opening remarks about the work of this House, and I would like to repay the compliment. My noble friend has spent hundreds of hours in this Chamber being accountable to us, however unreasonable, long-winded and...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: No, because I do not know the details, but I have not heard that it broke any rules. I have not actually finished the quote, which goes on: “It is highly regrettable that the Juncker Commission chose not to implement this recommendation. The Ombudsman looks forward to its implementation by the next Commission”. Good luck with that, because we all know who is going to be pulling the...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: If the noble Lord reads Hansard he will find that I did say that he appears before it—I said “once in a blue moon”. There is no question that he appears before it an awful lot less than my noble friend Lord Callanan appears before us, which was my point.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: Did the noble Lord say from a sedentary position that my noble friend does not smirk as much?

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: I personally think that my noble friend Lord Callanan is extremely patient and polite in this House. As I was saying, Mr Selmayr was the prime suspect behind the leak about a dinner in Downing Street, at which untrue and personal remarks were made about the Prime Minister. It is he who is keen to block the UK’s access to the Galileo satellites. The Napoleonic behaviour of the Commission...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: The noble Baroness has been very free with her criticisms of the Government in the last few minutes, but I have not heard a squeak of criticism of the intransigence of the European Commission. Could she explain why that is?

Schools: Climate Change Strike - Question (13 Feb 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, why do we not encourage children to strike every Friday—about terrorism next week, about overfishing of the oceans the week after and about social media the week after that? It would make the Government very popular if we gave children an extra day off school every week.


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