Results 1–20 of 222 for speaker:Lord Lennie

Prepayment Meters - Question (14 May 2024)

Lord Lennie: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to compensate individuals or households who have had pre-payment meters wrongly installed.

Prepayment Meters - Question (14 May 2024)

Lord Lennie: I thank the Minister for that Answer. However, as he said, the assessment was carried out by the selfsame people who supplied the enforced prepayment meters in the first place. Does he not see that there is a potential conflict of interest here? Will he say whether the Government have arranged for any independent checks to show that these assessments are accurate and are not simply letting...

Surplus Carbon Emissions - Question (27 Mar 2024)

Lord Lennie: What impact will the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill have on our ability to meet future carbon budgets?

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill - Second Reading (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Lennie: The Minister.

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill - Second Reading (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the Minister, who set out the Government’s reasoning for the Bill. It is very straightforward in what it does: it would require the North Sea Transition Authority to run an annual oil and gas licensing round, inviting applications for new production licences in our offshore waters. What is less clear is what the Bill will actually achieve. While families...

Strategy and Policy Statement for Energy Policy in Great Britain - Motion to Approve (25 Mar 2024)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank noble Lords who have contributed thus far to the debate for making my job somewhat easier than it would otherwise have been and for raising important questions. The noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, raised the affordability of standing charges from the NEA. The noble Lord, Lord Naseby, raised a lot of concerns about lack of progress in a number of areas, which, no doubt, the...

Teesworks Joint Venture - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Lennie: The Minister said it was not the National Audit Office’s role to investigate individual authorities—or something like that—but the report has revealed at least massive financial mismanagement of this project. It seems that, since the report was published, further calls to the National Audit Office to investigate this have been made. Why will the Government not accept them?

Teesworks Joint Venture - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Ford, asked about the lack of the audit function in local authorities. The Minister said that the Government had put “processes in place” to replace the Audit Commission. Can she explain what those processes are, and whether they will now be involved in investigating financial management in this Tees Valley development corporation?

Civil Nuclear Road Map - Statement (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement and wish him and his colleagues as happy a new year as possible, in the circumstances. Nuclear energy is a key part of Britain’s future energy mix. We therefore support the Government’s commitment to new nuclear power. Nuclear power is a long-term project that requires cross-party consensus. I confirm that, as far as we are concerned, we...

Hydrogen Heating - Question (11 Dec 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, newspaper reports at the weekend suggested that the Government were looking for an entire town to use as a hydrogen heating pilot. Given the difficulties in Whitby and Redcar, referred to by the noble Baroness, Lady Sheehan, which are not yet resolved but will be very soon, and recent scientific developments, which she also referred to, about indirect warming from hydrogen emissions...

Climate Change: Aims for COP 28 - Question (28 Nov 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, staggeringly, we lose more than 15 million trees globally each year due to deforestation. The Center for Global Development predicts that we will lose at least 1 million square miles of forested land by 2050. Can the Government give an update on their pledge to the COP 26 to reverse deforestation by 2030? Can the Minister tell the House whether the Government will use COP 28 as an...

King’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (13 Nov 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I am not the first, and I certainly will not be the last, to say that this Government’s plan for this Session of Parliament is lacklustre. As my noble friend Lord Whitty said, the wide range of contributions that have been made by speakers throughout this debate proves the point of the insignificance of what is in this speech. The Government have admitted what we have been saying...

Energy Bill [HL] - Commons Reason: Motion A (24 Oct 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, for her persistence on this. I agree with what she is trying to achieve. The Minister came dangerously close to Rumsfeld-speak when he effectively said that we cannot know the unknowables. All that we and the amendment were suggesting was that a report needs to come forward and then we can determine how we need to act, which seems entirely...

Climate Financing - Question (17 Oct 2023)

Lord Lennie: According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, over $1 trillion of public money has been poured into fossil-fuel subsidies since COP 26, mainly in response to the war in Ukraine. This eclipses tenfold the climate finance initiatives made at COP 26. Do the Government accept that this lack of long-term thinking about energy efficiency, onshore wind and solar has left us...

Net Zero (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Lord Lennie: I think it is a bit rich for the Minister to say that the Opposition parties are responsible for the delay to the Energy Bill. It was paused by the Government for three or four months, when they went absolutely silent. We were knocking on the door asking what was happening with the Energy Bill, but nothing was forthcoming.

Net Zero (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, and, through her, the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, and other members of the Economic Affairs Committee for producing this weighty report. July 2022 was also when the Government first announced their intention to legislate for the country’s future energy needs in the Energy Bill. The Energy Bill has now expanded to some 400-plus pages, has...

Net Zero (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Lord Lennie: There is a process to go through. The amendments we made were to the benefit of the Bill rather than to take away from it. There is some crossover between the Economic Affairs Committee report and the legislation but, sadly, nowhere near enough. The starting point of this report was back in February 2022, when the Economic Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into how the Government could...

Energy Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 17 (12 Sep 2023)

Lord Lennie: All I would like to say is that, in response to the comments by the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, we are interested in keeping the lights on and we are interested in nuclear being part of the mix of fuels that will keep the electricity going, particularly now that coal will no longer be part of the electricity production in this country.

Energy Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 1 (12 Sep 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I will make a few comments. First, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and my noble friend Lady Blake for their amendments and will make our position on them clear. Secondly, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, for the welcome changes that he made to the Bill in the other place on the housing levy and on renewable liquid fuels. We generally...


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