Results 61–80 of 419 for speaker:Viscount Trenchard

Environment Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 15 ( 8 Sep 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I have put my name to all four amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, and it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb. My noble friend the Minister acknowledged in his speech at Second Reading that heritage is a part of the Government’s vision for conservation and the countryside. He reminded your Lordships that the 25-year plan...

Armed Forces Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Sep 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig of Radley, who made some very good points in his excellent speech. I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing this Bill and explaining its purposes. We tend not to debate often enough our Armed Forces and the proportion of our national income that they consume. The historical requirement to pass an Act...

Environment Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 8 ( 6 Sep 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, there is an emerging consensus that plastics are worse for the environment than other substances used in single-use products. The plastics tax scheduled to be introduced next year will create an incentive for suppliers to shift away from plastics towards other substances, such as glass, aluminium and cardboard. However, this will not necessarily benefit the environment in all cases....

Environment Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 ( 6 Sep 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I spoke in favour of my noble friend Lord Randall’s similar amendment in Committee. I confess to being a little disappointed that the Minister has not brought forward an amendment to deal with this. While I think that adopting too many targets that cannot be realised is not necessarily a good thing, to adopt a target for light pollution would at least show that the Government...

Future UK-EU Relationship on Professional and Business Services (EU Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my financial services interests as stated in the register. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Donaghy, on securing this debate. I am glad that we just squeezed it in before the Summer Recess. It was a great pleasure to serve on the EU Services Sub-Committee, under the excellent chairmanship of the noble Baroness. She skilfully led the committee—whose members...

Ecocide - Question (21 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the emotive term “ecocide” conjures up horrific images of serious and deliberate crimes against humanity, such as genocide. I understand that an application was made to the United Nations International Law Commission in 2010 that a crime of ecocide be added to the Rome statute, defined as “the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory,...

Trade Agreements - Question (15 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the UK does not intend to align its regulations with the EU’s in order to help the situation in Northern Ireland? Does he agree that there are other ways of reducing the administrative controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, such as a veterinary agreement based on mutual recognition of underlying product regulations, as the EU has...

Environment Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 297A (14 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Ridley, who gave a fascinating speech. I was much impressed by his four examples of policies that we thought were going to be very good but turned out to be mistakes and had to be changed. I am sure the same will happen with some of the current policies being proposed for the environment and other things that we think, today, are...

Environment Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 266 (14 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests, as stated in the register. It is a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Lucas, who always speaks with great knowledge and experience on these subjects. I listened to the interesting speech of the noble Earl, Lord Devon, at Second Reading and again today, on conservation covenants. Unlike the noble Earl, I am not a lawyer, but I could understand his...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 257E (12 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, that decisions on the felling of roadside trees should remain a matter for local determination, and I support Amendment 257E. It is right that the Secretary of State should have to consult extensively with local authorities before he issues guidance on a public consultation, as provided for in Clause 108, which adds a new section to the...

UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to speak in this timely debate. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Howell, both on securing the debate today and on his inspirational and interesting speech. He has long been the strongest advocate of the Commonwealth and the huge potential benefits it can offer all its members. Our 47-year dalliance with the EU has meant we have not pursued the valuable...

UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: Yes, I will just finish. —completes our accession negotiations, the better, both because Japan is providing strong support during its presidency, which lasts until the end of the year, and because the UK’s role in developing the modus operandi of the organisation will be maximised by our early involvement? Ironically, particularly prior to the possible future return to the organisation of...

UK–Commonwealth Trading Relationship - Motion to Take Note ( 8 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: Can the Minister tell the House when he expects the accession negotiations to be completed?

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 176 ( 7 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interest as stated in the register, and as owner of a short stretch of the River Rib in Hertfordshire, a chalk stream with various numbers of brown trout, stocked rainbow trout and too many pike and alien crayfish. I also have two operating boreholes, supplying four different households with water and, over the weekend of our music festival, supplementing the water...

Environment Bill - Committee (5th Day) ( 5 Jul 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests as stated in the register. I am pleased, as always, to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, although I regret that the mover of the lead amendment, the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, spoke five days ago; I had to look up Hansard to remember what she said. I have some sympathy with her Amendment 133, and agree that deposit return...

Environment Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 89 (28 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thought I understood the intention of my noble friend Lady McIntosh in these amendments and I tried hard to understand her explanation, but I am not certain that I fully understood and I too look forward to hearing what my noble friend the Minister will have to say. Some discretion should be given to the Secretary of State, even in the case of a person who may have been insolvent...

Environment Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 73 (28 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe, and I agree with everything that she said. The noble Baronesses, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb and Lady Boycott, seek in Amendment 73 that, in preparing his policy statement on environmental principles, the Secretary of State “must adhere to the environmental principles.” Clause 16(2) already commits him to explain...

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (23 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Devon. I also want to say how impressed I was by my noble friend Lord Blencathra’s rendering of the impressive prose of the American author Bill Bryson. I declare my interest as trustee of the Fonthill Estate in Wiltshire and as former chairman of Endsleigh Fishing Club in Devon. I will speak in favour of Amendment 59 and the...

Environment Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (21 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I think that farmers and landowners welcome the public’s enjoyment of and responsible access to the countryside. Of course, one of the joys of the countryside is that few people are there. If the whole of our urban population walked in the countryside for all their free time, it would be wrecked. There has been an enormous increase in recent years in public access to the...

Environment Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (21 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and the noble Baroness want to give the Secretary of State powers to set targets separately in respect of “terrestrial biodiversity” and “marine biodiversity”. Actually, the definition of “natural environment”, as contained in Clause 43, makes clear that it includes the marine environment as well as the terrestrial and water environments. I...


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