Results 81–100 of 419 for speaker:Viscount Trenchard

Environment Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 5 (21 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I was much elated to read my noble friend Lord Blencathra’s amendments. I completely agree with him that “biodiversity” is one of the worst examples of a pseudointellectual word that most people do not understand and would never use in speech. I think my noble friend is right that, in the main, it would be much better if we used the easily comprehensible word “nature”, on...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (16 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for introducing this debate today and declare my music festival interest as stated in the register. Can my noble friend tell your Lordships’ House what the Government are doing to correct the appallingly low take-up of vaccinations in some areas of London such as Tower Hamlets, where only 24% of adults have had a single dose and only 49% both doses? Indeed,...

Napier Barracks Asylum Accommodation - Commons Urgent Question (14 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, if the High Court considers that Napier barracks cannot provide acceptable accommodation for asylum seekers under current conditions, does my noble friend agree that the court’s judgment is considered extraordinary and absurd by a large majority of the public? Does she not further agree that the judgment strengthens the case to identify suitable offshore centres to house asylum...

Environment Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Jun 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing this long-awaited and largely welcome Bill. In general, I welcome it, as it provides a robust framework for environmental governance. I observed its progress through another place, and I particularly agree with the amendments tabled by my honourable friend Sir Charles Walker and my right honourable friend Mr Philip Dunne,...

House of Lords: Remote Participation and Hybrid Sittings - Motion to Take Note (20 May 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Howe for introducing this debate with his customary charm, and I agree with everything he said. I too congratulate all those who have worked hard to ensure that we could operate, after a fashion, through the pandemic. I wholly agree with what many noble Lords have said about the loss of spontaneity and decline in quality of debate and scrutiny. Under...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting - Question (17 May 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister agree that our leadership of the Commonwealth provides an excellent platform for global Britain to encourage a common approach to free trade, especially in agricultural products, which would do so much to boost development in the poorer member countries? Does he wish to see a commitment in principle to a zero-tariff, zero-quota Commonwealth free...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (13 May 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, in declaring my interests as stated in the register, I ask whether my noble friend is aware that organisers of festivals and other live events need more clarity now on the basis on which they can stage events planned for this summer. They are already having to meet planning and preparation costs, but they are exposed to cancellation risks for which no insurance is available on the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Blake of Leeds, and the noble Lord, Lord Lebedev, on their maiden speeches and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth on his valedictory speech. We shall miss his wise counsel. It is an honour to have this opportunity to welcome the gracious Speech delivered yesterday by Her Majesty. I am delighted the people have given such a...

Financial Services Bill - Report (3rd Day) (and remaining stages): Amendment 37F (19 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Kramer, and I thank her for correcting my earlier incorrect inadvertent reference to the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, to whom I apologise, while expressing my sincere condolences on the death of Lord Judd. The noble Baroness rightly returns again to the subject of parliamentary oversight, which we have discussed extensively, including on...

Financial Services Bill - Report (3rd Day) (and remaining stages): Amendment 34 (19 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests in financial services businesses, as stated in the register. I would also like to record my sadness and offer my sincere condolences at the passing of both the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, and the noble Baroness, Lady Williams. Both made an enormous contribution to your Lordships’ House over very many years and will be much missed on all sides of the House. It is...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill - Second Reading (16 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Randall of Uxbridge on introducing this Bill today. It is absolutely right that the courts should be able to impose sentences in line with what the public rightly have come to expect in the worst cases of cruelty towards animals. As pointed out by the RSPCA, there is something wrong with the present law when, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime...

Financial Services Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 25 (to Amendment 24) (14 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe is a tireless advocate of impact assessments. I support her proposal to require the Treasury to provide an annual impact assessment of the regulators’ activities. Some of our existing financial services regulation, such as AIFMD, Solvency II and parts of MiFID II, has already had a devastating effect on small business, innovation and the...

Financial Services Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (14 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, Amendments 18, 19 and 20 seek to create obligations for the regulators to report to Parliament on what their policies are and what rules they intend to introduce or change. Amendment 18 is the simplest, Amendment 20 is the most prescriptive and Amendment 19 is somewhere in the middle. These three amendments are all rather strangely worded as undertakings from regulators. Amendment...

Financial Services Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 16 (14 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, spoke powerfully in favour of her similar Amendment 136F in Committee on 3 March. The noble Baroness has now brought forward Amendment 16 with the same purpose. It is supported by the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, my noble friend Lady Morgan of Cotes and my friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans. I support all their...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (13 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I had intended to involve myself deeply in the passage of this important Bill through your Lordships’ House, although I hesitate to speak on matters about which I am much less qualified to pronounce than the learned and gallant noble Lords who have made such a great contribution to our debates on the Bill. I have found it difficult to keep up with and to remain fully involved in...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Motion for an Humble Address (12 Apr 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I join all noble Lords in expressing my sadness on the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who made such an enormous contribution to our nation over so many years. As a former officer of 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, I know how much his presence as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles did to ensure the successful merger of the predecessor regiments...

Financial Services Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 4 (24 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I apologise for forgetting to declare my interest as a director of two financial services regulated companies. I support Amendments 4, 5 and 6, ably moved by my noble friend Lady Noakes, whose long experience and mastery of the detail of financial markets and regulation is an invaluable asset to your Lordships’ House. As far as Amendments 4 and 5 are concerned, she presented the...

Financial Services Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (24 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Oates, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, eloquently introduced Amendment 3. There was much discussion on this matter in Committee but I still consider that such a review would place too heavy a burden, and a disproportionate one at that, on the PRA. I thank my noble friend the Minister for the diligent manner in which he has responded to noble Lords’...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Reductions and Simplifications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve (22 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for introducing the debate on these regulations. I declare my interest as a trustee of the Fonthill estate in Wiltshire. I refer first to the direct payments SI, which contains the words “reductions” and “simplifications” in its title. From the farmer’s point of view, it is all too clear what “reductions” means. What “simplifications” are...

Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill - Second Reading (19 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Lister of Burtersett, for introducing this useful Bill today. On the whole, I welcome it and am happy that the Government are supporting it. I am a firm believer in the value of school uniforms. They are a great leveller and remove the temptation for some children, whose parents have bought them unnecessarily expensive and supposedly fashionable...


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