Results 101–120 of 419 for speaker:Viscount Trenchard

Heather and Grass etc. Burning (England) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Regret (18 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the regret Motion in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, is factually wrong. I am surprised that she was allowed to table it because the statutory instrument does not relate to peat burning; it relates to the rotational burning of heather and grass. This is not a trivial point. The Motion talks about “peatland burning” and “peat burning”. It seems to be...

UK-EU Trade - Question (18 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the TCA gives us the freedom and the opportunity to develop our own regulatory regime for the City, to maintain and enhance its position as the leading global financial centre. Does the Minister agree that we should be bold and swift in making necessary changes to our EU legacy regulatory framework, while taking a proactive leadership role in international fora such as IOSCO in...

Economic Partnership Agreement: Kenya - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Mar 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Goldsmith, for introducing this debate. Along with other noble Lords, I most heartily congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McDonald of Salford, on his entertaining maiden speech. Your Lordships’ House will gain a great deal from his experience and perspectives as the global Britain programme accelerates. During the last few weeks of the...

Dunlop Review - Question ( 1 Feb 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: The BBC, funded by the United Kingdom taxpayer, has reduced the exposure of UK Ministers to television and radio audiences in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but has greatly increased the exposure of Ministers of the devolved Administrations. This strengthens the perception of separateness and has contributed to a diminution of a feeling of Britishness and an increase in support for...

Financial Services Bill - Second Reading (28 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I declare my interests as stated in the register. I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Hammond of Runnymede on his excellent and entertaining maiden speech, and the noble Baroness, Lady Shafik, on her most inspirational one. I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing this important Bill, which will help to ensure that the City of London remains the pre-eminent global...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Second Reading (20 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Goldie for introducing this debate today and for following through on an important manifesto commitment. More than 600 British service men and women lost their lives in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is essential that we protect our Armed Forces from the growing number of vexatious legal claims that undermine the ability of our Armed...

New Businesses: Capital Gains Tax - Question (20 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the rebasing for CGT purposes of assets on death, coupled with the ability to transfer via a surviving spouse who expects to live seven years, distorts the transfer of assets down the generations. Has the Minister considered introducing a capital tax regime like those of Canada and Australia, where there is no inheritance tax but also no exemption from CGT on death—instead, 50% of...

Trade Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 24 ( 6 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I regret that I cannot support Amendment 24 in the names of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle. It would weaken the authority of our negotiators in agreeing the best possible terms in an international trade agreement for the whole United Kingdom. In an earlier debate, on Amendment 6, my noble friend Lord Lansley...

Trade Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 17 ( 6 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I hesitate to speak in connection with Northern Ireland matters and have tended to leave these matters to those with more experience of the Province. Like many noble Lords, I regret that the Northern Ireland protocol introduces uncertainties into the status of the Province as an integral part of the United Kingdom. Amendment 17 is fair enough, except that it is unnecessary in a...

Education: Turing Scheme - Question ( 5 Jan 2021)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the Turing scheme will be a welcome improvement for British students, because it will increase the choice of countries in which they may study, reflecting the wider international aspirations of global Britain, and because it will represent better value for the taxpayer. However, nearly one-third of the 480,000 international students who studied in the UK in the 2018-19 academic year...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is a great privilege to be able to speak in this debate, which, for me, will be most memorable for the excellent valedictory speech of my noble friend Lord Cavendish of Furness. He is much respected on all sides of your Lordships’ House, and his wise and sensible interventions will be greatly missed. I congratulate my noble friend the Lord Privy Seal on introducing the debate...

Trade Bill - Report (Day 2): Amendment 14 (15 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I understand the arguments in support of these amendments, but I do not believe that it is in our interests to seek unduly to restrict the list of countries with which we may choose to enter into trade agreements. The more that we interact with and trade with less developed countries—those least able to comply with the climate obligations that we have undertaken—the more we will...

Trade Bill - Report (Day 2): Amendment 13 (15 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, although I regret to say that I do not agree with a single word he said. The noble Lord, Lord Fox, is right in his belief that continuation of trade with the European Union requires a reasonable degree of free movement so that companies may dispatch their people, often at short notice, to engage with customers and...

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership - Question (15 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, RCEP is a much shallower and less significant partnership than the CPTPP, as my noble friend just stated. Does he agree that it is hard to see how China could be accepted as a member of the CPTPP, given its provisions on transparency, anti-corruption, state-owned enterprises and labour and environmental protection? Does he also agree that it is very important that UK accession to...

REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 8 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for introducing these regulations and explaining their effect. I regret that the Northern Ireland protocol has made it necessary to have two different versions of REACH: UK REACH, which will apply in Great Britain, and the EU version of REACH, which will continue to have effect in Northern Ireland. I trust that our departure from the EU...

State Aid (Revocations and Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 2 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing these regulations and welcome them. They are necessary to prepare for the introduction of a UK domestic subsidy control regime. As my noble friend has made clear, the EU state aid rules, which would otherwise have been transposed into UK law, would have been inoperable under the withdrawal Act and, in any case, they would have been redundant. The...

Security Co-operation - Question ( 2 Dec 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, how much of our data exchange with EU member states now takes place through Europol? Does my noble friend agree that, having left the EU, we should rebuild our security and intelligence exchange arrangements on a bilateral basis with member states rather than exchanging sensitive intelligence through Europol, and that our security will be enhanced rather than diminished as a result?

G7 Summit - Question (26 Nov 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, today it is increasingly the Indo-Pacific that holds the keys to global stability and prosperity. An international commission established by Policy Exchange has put forward the idea of an Indo-Pacific charter, modelled on the Atlantic Charter. Does the Minister agree that Britain should seek G7 backing for an Indo-Pacific charter, as already endorsed by Stephen Harper, Shinzō Abe...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 73 (25 Nov 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern made some powerful arguments on this subject in Committee. As he said, the UK internal market is not a fixed law, like the law of the Medes and Persians. He made a great contribution, together with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, in bringing the common frameworks programme into being in 2017. I believe that...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 64 (25 Nov 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am very pleased to follow the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, but I could not disagree with what he said more. The threat to our United Kingdom results from the power grab being attempted by devolved authorities, led by nationalist parties, of powers that were never theirs in the first place. Amendments 64 and 68, in the names of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, and the noble...


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