Results 141–160 of 350 for speaker:Viscount Ridley

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I have to say I got the impression on reading this report that the committee mostly started with its conclusions. I do not imagine there was a lot of changing of minds, or indeed challenging of minds. I will focus on the assertions in the report that: “It is difficult, if not impossible, to envisage a worse outcome for the United Kingdom”, than no deal, and that, “the...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: It is still at the early stage of negotiation. It is a long process and the agreement with India is nowhere near ready. Do not get me wrong. Of course I think we should strive for a good trade deal with the EU. If we fail, it will not be for lack of trying on our part. But look across the table. Mr Juncker and Mr Barnier refuse even to talk about a trade deal until March, showing no urgency...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: That is my point. Their view is that the politics must override the economic interests of the people in their countries. Anyway, in those circumstances, of course we must prepare for no deal.

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: I wonder if the noble Lord would give the title of that volume. It was called Change, or Go.

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: The point is that it was published before the renegotiation, so it was all about how we should go into the renegotiation. It was a quite different situation.

Smoking: Vaping - Question (19 Dec 2017)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of Public Health England’s decision to include vaping within its stop smoking campaign for 2017, they will review vaping regulations in line with the commitment in the Tobacco Control Plan for England; and if so, when.

Smoking: Vaping - Question (19 Dec 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer but I am a little disappointed. Given the strong evidence that vaping is much safer than smoking, that it is very effective at getting people off smoking and that the strength of the vaping industry in this country is one of the main reasons why we are now the second-lowest smoking country in Europe, and given that the Government promised some...

CPS: Disclosure of Evidence - Private Notice Question (18 Dec 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, will the review look at the culture of “sales targets” within the police—as it was described by the person in this case—as an issue?

Brexit Negotiations - Statement (11 Dec 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I listened carefully to the comments from the Benches opposite, including those of the noble Baroness, Lady Smith. Can my noble friend go a little beyond her remit and speculate as to what she thinks the Labour Party’s position is on any of these issues this week?

Plans to Improve the Natural Environment and Animal Welfare - Motion to Take Note (7 Dec 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, with the indulgence of the House I will speak briefly in the gap. I had not put my name down because I did not think that I would make it to the start of the debate, but as it happens I just made it. I will speak briefly and will confine myself to one point; I promise not to be what my noble friend Lord Framlingham might call a Back-Bench borer. My point is simply to say that we...

Businesses: Start-ups - Question (20 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from calculations by the Centre for Entrepreneurs that 660,000 start-up companies were founded in 2016.

Businesses: Start-ups - Question (20 Nov 2017)

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

Businesses: Start-ups - Question (20 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: I thank my noble friend for that reply. Is he aware that there was a record number of start-ups in 2015 and 2016 and that, according to the Centre for Entrepreneurs, there is likely to be another record in 2017; that we are third in the world for start-ups, second only to Silicon Valley as a centre for the tech industry; and that we have three times as many unicorns—that is, $1 billion...

Brexit: Food Prices - Question (14 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the EU external tariff punishes producers in poor countries and consumers here in wealthier countries and that cancelling it on Brexit on products such as oranges, coffee and rice that we do not grow here would cut the cost of living for British people dramatically?

EU Exit Negotiations - Statement (13 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, further to what my noble friend said about fixing the date of withdrawal and to what the noble Lord, Lord Garel-Jones, said, can he confirm that the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case brought by Gina Miller confirms in precise terms that Article 50 is irreversible, in contrast to what the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, has said?

Japanese Knotweed - Question (7 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: Is my noble friend aware that by far the most effective technique for controlling Japanese knotweed is the use of the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate, otherwise known as Roundup, which is under threat of being banned, even though it is entirely safe according to most international agencies, with the exception of one debunked study by a scientist who, it now appears, was in the pay of...

Sierra Leone: Ebola - Question for Short Debate (30 Oct 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, and congratulate her on securing this debate and on bringing her own experience to bear on it. I will raise two issues briefly. The first is the dreadful initial response of the World Health Organization and what lessons are being learned from it, and the second is the very recent development at a British university of a rapid blood test for...

Life Sciences Industrial Strategy - Question (23 Oct 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, in view of Sir John Bell’s recommendation that the Government should streamline the adoption of all new products into the NHS, is my noble friend aware that there is an explosion of new diagnostic tools using blood proteins and genetics, often led by British companies? These offer earlier and more accurate diagnoses, saving costs, yet these firms are finding that the NHS is very...


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