Results 401–419 of 419 for speaker:Viscount Trenchard

London: Financial Centre ( 8 Jun 2006)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville for introducing this debate. My noble friend provided a wealth of statistics showing just how important the City of London is to the nation, not only to those who derive their livelihoods from it, but to all those whose savings and pensions are invested in or through it, and to the economy of the country as a whole...

Police: Reorganisation (10 May 2006)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Harris of Richmond, for introducing this timely debate today. I am very happy to say that I strongly agree with what she said. The Government's proposed mergers of police forces will do very little to assist the fight against crime, but I fear that they are already distracting valuable police resources away from their proper purpose of...

Company Law Reform Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2006)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing the debate. The Bill represents the culmination of seven years' work, and we welcome its introduction to your Lordships' House. I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lady Bottomley of Nettlestone on her most interesting and constructive maiden speech. We are fortunate indeed to have her among us in your Lordships'...

Merchant Ships: Red Ensign (10 Jan 2006)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, can the Minister also say what the Government's policy is on flying the EU flag at British missions abroad? On calling on the British Ambassador in Tokyo in December, I was struck to observe the EU flag flying from the flagpole outside his residence. Does the Minister not agree that that gives the impression that Her Majesty's Ambassador represents EU rather than British interests?

Pensions (17 Nov 2005)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Fowler for introducing the debate. The Motion refers specifically to both public sector and private pensions. That is entirely apposite given the very different conditions of the two categories. Of course, what they have in common is massive underfunding, but the difference between the two is that the vast majority of members of public sector...

Finance Bill (19 Jul 2005)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. He refers to the report from the Pensions Policy Institute, which I have read. It is clear that the author has no comprehension of the connection between dividend payments and share price. He says that the Government claimed that ACT relief, when it was available—properly, in my view—encouraged companies to distribute more of their profits as...

Finance Bill (19 Jul 2005)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing the debate and for giving your Lordships' House the opportunity to discuss what I think will become the second Finance Act 2005. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Hamilton of Epsom on his thoughtful and measured maiden speech. He rightly gave credit, as do I, to the Government for their decision to give the Bank of England operational...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 May 2005)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I join my noble friend Lady Noakes and others in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, on his ministerial appointment and promotion to the Front Bench. I am somewhat relieved, as it means that it is now rather unlikely that he will often speak immediately after me, as he seemed to do as a rule during the previous Parliament. However, I worry that it means that he will often...

Low-tax Economy (12 Jan 2005)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Blackwell for introducing the debate. I congratulate him on his excellent speech. It is also gratifying to have an opportunity to talk about the economy and tax as a result of my noble friend's initiative, rather than as part of a fairly pointless and demeaning process deriving from the Maastricht Treaty. It is timely that your Lordships' House...

Pre-Budget Report 2004 (16 Dec 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing the debate. I tend to feel that the ostensible reason given by the Minister for the debate has little real point. We do not believe that the Chancellor cares much what Brussels thinks about our economic policy and performance, and, as my noble friends Lady Noakes and Lord Pearson of Rannoch said in our debate on 5 November, we do not...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (25 Nov 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Oldham, for introducing the debate. I also want to say how much I enjoyed the contributions of the four maiden speakers, especially that of my noble friend Lord Steinberg. The Minister took too much credit, and I regret that there was much in his speech with which I could not fully agree. He expressed the view that the rising...

Pensions Bill ( 8 Nov 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, what are the Government going to do about this? It is debatable whether public money should be used in these circumstances at all, but if public money is to be made available to the FAS, why do the Government consider it right to provide public money to assist those whose pension schemes are underfunded because their employers are insolvent, but not right to assist those whose...

Pensions Bill ( 8 Nov 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I support the amendment of my noble friend Lord Higgins. We are unclear about exactly who will be covered by this financial assistance scheme and how the £400 million will be measured. I suspect that if the financial assistance scheme is restricted to only £400 million—or £250 million at the present day value—the level of benefits pensioners receive will be considerably...

Financial Statement and Budget Report 2004 ( 5 Nov 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing the debate, and honoured to have been selected to speak immediately after him, an ordeal that I have not previously suffered in your Lordships' House. I did not at first understand what the debate was about. I understand that parliamentary approval is required for the information that the Government submit to the European Commission...

Hunting Bill (12 Oct 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I hesitated before adding my name to an already long list of speakers in this debate because I knew that noble Lords on all sides of the House would be putting forward good arguments against the Bill far more eloquently and clearly than I can. However, I decided that I should add my voice to those who believe that it is of crucial importance to do our utmost to try to persuade the...

Hunting Bill (12 Oct 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Lord made an interesting second point. Regarding his first point, I can tell the noble Lord that if Scottish MPs had not voted on this issue, fewer MPs would have voted for the Bill than otherwise. The late Lord Jenkins of Hillhead was greatly respected on all sides of this House and in the country at large. It has been reported that he advised the Prime Minister not to...

Pensions Bill (10 Jun 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing the debate. I greatly appreciated the briefing pack provided by her officials, as did my noble friend Lord Freeman. As this is the first time that I have spoken since the passage of the House of Lords Act four and a half years ago, perhaps I may also say how delighted and honoured I am to have received a new Writ of Summons.

Pensions Bill (10 Jun 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I also inquired whether I would be required to make a second maiden speech, but happily was assured that I am the same person who was here before. Although the Writ of Summons that I have received is identical to the Writ of Summons that I was previously in receipt of, I am told that this one now empowers me to attend the House, while the power of my previous Writ was somehow...

Prayers — Read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans. (27 May 2004)

Viscount Trenchard: , having received a Writ of Summons in accordance with Standing Order 10 (Hereditary Peers: by-elections) following the death of the Lord Vivian, took the Oath.


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