Results 121–140 of 352 for speaker:Viscount Ridley

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: It seems from what the noble Lord is saying that the purpose behind these amendments is to keep open the possibility of preventing or reversing Brexit, which is very different from the purpose that my noble friend Lord Tugendhat outlined, of getting a better deal for Brexit. Will he clarify that difference?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My noble friend is talking about the sovereignty of Parliament. Does he recall that just an hour or two ago we were debating different amendments, which were essentially about putting standards from the European Union into the Bill to make sure that this country does not diverge from them later? Essentially, the basis of those amendments was not having faith in Parliament to do these things...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, as I did at Second Reading, and to answer some of his points. The noble Lord, Lord Newby, did not like it when I quoted the words of his current leader to him, for some reason. He said that I should quote from my own party.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: I was going to quote David Cameron because I was asked for the words of a Conservative. On 10 November 2015, after announcing the referendum, he said: “It will be your decision … Nobody else’s. Not politicians’. Not Parliament’s. Not lobby groups’. Not mine. Just you. You, the British people, will decide … And it will be the final decision. So to those who suggest that a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: I was under the impression that that is exactly what we are debating right here and now, and it is what the other place debated fully—and came to a very different decision from the one that we might come to here.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I do not know the answer to that question but I can easily look it up. I will write to the noble Lord about it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: Does the noble Lord agree that what he has just said is very different from this quote from September 2016: “The public have voted and I do think it’s seriously disrespectful and politically utterly counterproductive to say: ‘Sorry guys, you’ve got it wrong, we’re going to try again’. I don’t think we can do that”? That was the current leader of his party.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (6th Day) (12 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: As a result of this debate, could the noble Lord consider the possibility that he, I and the other supporters of the amendment have been doing so on false pretences—that is, on the assumption that some action is needed to make it come into law—whereas, if the noble Baroness, Lady Ludford, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, are right, perhaps it automatically does? That might...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (6th Day) (12 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I have added my name to this amendment. Unlike many amendments to the Bill, this one really is intended to be helpful to the Government and the Bill. Unlike many, it has a genuine point to make and is not merely an excuse to filibuster. Unlike some speeches in support of the amendments, when I say I shall be brief I shall mean it. As the noble Lord, Lord Patel, says, the Prime...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: Let me give the noble Baroness the chance to get her voice back by intervening on what she knows is one of my favourite subjects. Would she not accept that, many years down the line, we now know, because of the meta-analysis by Göttingen University, among other research, that the introduction of genetically modified crops has not led to triffid-like explosions, but has led to a reduction in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: Will my noble friend explain something to me? He has just said “passed into our law”, but there is confusion, particularly in relation to what the noble Baroness, Lady Ludford, said, about environmental law. This is surely about environmental principles, which are really quite different. They are, on the whole, aspirations, with which many of us may agree, but they are not part of the...

Agriculture: Gene Editing - Question (6 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage the use of gene editing in agriculture.

Agriculture: Gene Editing - Question (6 Mar 2018)

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

Agriculture: Gene Editing - Question (6 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: I thank my noble friend for that reply. On the point about regulation, is he aware that Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the US and Sweden all now say that CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies should be regulated like any other plant-breeding technology—only faster and safer—and that Australia is about to follow suit? The Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice has...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (5 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: The noble Lord is repeating a point he made last week about American agriculture. I let it pass then, but on that occasion he said that if you go to Texas, there are no cattle outdoors, and that you would not see a lot of Texas longhorn outdoors. I go to Texas quite regularly and see an awful lot of cattle being raised outdoors. The noble Lord should be careful not to exaggerate what is...

Plastic: Recycling - Question (7 Feb 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, with respect to marine pollution, will my noble friend also take a look at the issue of PCBs—polychlorinated biphenyls—and in particular at the work of Paul Jepson of the Zoological Society of London? He concluded that, although PCBs were banned in the 1980s, they are still getting into European seas and are responsible for the fact that the resident pod of killer whales has not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, this is not the Bill that enables us to leave the European Union. It is the Bill that makes sure the law works when we do. Britain voted decisively in 2016 to leave the EU. Both Houses of Parliament then voted to leave the EU. Both main parties stood in the general election on a manifesto of leaving the EU, while the Liberal Democrats and Scottish nationalists, who stood on the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: That is what David Cameron said. Remember what the Treasury forecast said in the event of a leave vote. These were its exact words: “A vote to leave would represent an immediate and profound shock to our economy. That shock would push our economy into a recession and lead to an increase in unemployment of around 500,000, GDP would be 3.6% smaller, average real wages would be lower,...

Climate-related Financial Disclosures - Question (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: Does my noble friend agree that climate-related financial disclosures should take into account the fact that the consensus among climate economists and, indeed, in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is that the economic impacts will be positive for the next 40 or 50 years?


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