Results 161–180 of 419 for speaker:Viscount Trenchard

Agriculture Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 90 (16 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, is very keen that we should allow fungi to be recognised as a separate group within the kingdom of living things on earth. We have obviously moved on from “animal, vegetable or mineral?”, a game which I think many noble Lords will have played as children on long car journeys. I am not sure that we cannot still include fungi within a definition...

Metropolitan Police: Racism - Question (15 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister agree that the Metropolitan Police service still suffers from a paucity of competent leadership in its higher ranks, and that its ability to correct issues such as racism in the ranks would greatly improve if it were to introduce an officer recruitment programme, similar to that used by the Armed Forces? That might conflict with some of Peel’s...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I repeat the declaration of my interests that I made last Tuesday. Amendments 35 and 36 seek to add to the list of purposes for which financial assistance may be given. Amendment 36 is already covered by existing purposes, as is Amendment 35, up to a point. This amendment, moved by my noble friend Lady McIntosh, also seeks to establish food security as a purpose. It is hard to see...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 29 ( 9 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I sympathise with Amendment 29 in the name of my noble friend Lord Lucas, although I wonder whether it is necessary. Is it not covered effectively by Clause 1(1)(j)? On Amendment 38, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, I observe that the best and by far the cheapest way to implement integrated pest and weed management measures will follow from...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14 ( 9 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, as I said on Tuesday, additional public access, however beneficial to people whose livelihood does not depend on agriculture, is a distraction from farmers’ primary responsibility to manage their land efficiently to produce food for the nation and to assist our balance of trade by producing high-quality food products for export around the world. I congratulate my noble friends...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve ( 8 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, for the first time, perhaps, I find myself in full agreement with the noble Baroness, Lady Jones. I have had the good fortune of living and working in Japan for 11 years. When my wife and I first arrived in that country, we were initially surprised to observe how prevalent the wearing of masks is and how totally normal it is perceived to be, not only on public transport. Anyone who...

EU: Customs Arrangements - Question ( 8 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I have heard that the United Kingdom is to introduce border checks in three phases over the first six months of next year. Can my noble friend the Minister tell the House if the phased approach will definitely be complete by July, and whether the Government have taken legal advice as to whether their approach is compatible with WTO rules?

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 ( 7 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, whilst I can support reasonable extension to public access, as I said earlier it is indeed a double-edged sword. In those parts of the country where agricultural land is close to towns or cities, significant opening up of more footpaths, or increasing the numbers of people entering land used for agriculture, forestry or horticulture, may cause disturbance to birds and animals and...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 ( 7 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am a bit puzzled as to the intentions of the noble Lord, Lord Addington, and the noble Baroness, Lady Scott of Needham Market, with Amendment 2. I should have thought that, by engaging in activities to support any of the purposes listed in Clauses 1(1) or 1(2), someone must by definition be involved in one of the four activities mentioned in the amendment. Therefore, I feel the...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 7 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, and strongly endorse his remarks with respect to the need to get back to this House properly, as soon as possible. I declare an interest as a trustee of the Fonthill Estate in Wiltshire, as listed in the register. I have read and considered all 36 of the amendments in this group and believe that the majority are unnecessary,...

Public Transport: Social Distancing - Question ( 1 Jul 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right: my observation from travelling on the Tube is that about 90% of passengers are wearing masks. However, does compliance approach anything like that level on public transport in other cities and in the regions? Does my noble friend agree that if the wearing of masks were made obligatory in places such as theatres, concert halls and music...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 46 (30 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, while the Bill has generally been welcomed by the pensions industry and members of pension schemes, I worry that it may give the Pensions Regulator too much power. The new criminal offences contained in Clause 107 affect not only employers and senior associates of pension schemes. They could apply to anyone involved in such schemes: for example, trustees, banks and insurers. I...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business: Government Assistance (29 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to apply for COVID-19 to be considered an exceptional circumstance under Article 107(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and what assessment they have made of how that could alter the support provided to businesses in the UK.

Data Strategy - Question (24 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the EU has set out its data strategy and aims to become a global regulatory role-model for the digital economy. My noble friend Lady Morgan of Cotes set out a similar vision for the UK “to lead the world in nimble, proportionate and pro-innovation regulation”. According to a recent survey, 50% of SMEs are still non-compliant with GDPR. What scope is there for the UK to diverge...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Amendment 1 (23 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I am also minded to support Amendment 1, moved by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, because it should not be too difficult a task for the directors to undertake and would be likely to save time afterwards, once the monitor starts his work. However, given that the noble and learned Lord has expressed satisfaction with what the Minister wrote to him, far be it from...

China - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, the Chinese Government will pay more attention to the wishes and interests of the UK if we are seen to be more fully involved in trade and security collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region. Does the Minister agree that an early application for UK accession to the CPTPP both fits well into our post-Brexit trade policy and shows China that we are standing shoulder to shoulder with...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (16 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, as other noble Lords have mentioned, this Bill is an unusual combination of Covid-related measures that clearly need to be fast-tracked, along with measures to implement the long-held belief that we need an equivalent to the Chapter 11 procedures of the United States. I do not think that a hybrid House is particularly well suited to scrutinising legislation, especially in Committee....

Agriculture Bill - Second Reading (10 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing this important debate and I declare my interests as listed in the register. As the second-largest net contributor to the European Union, for many years we have complained vociferously about the common agricultural policy, which still accounts for around 40% of the EU’s budget. The Government have undertaken to maintain the level...

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - Second Reading ( 9 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for introducing this Second Reading debate today with his usual clear and methodical approach. While declaring my interests as stated in the register, I am delighted to be able to speak from these Benches and believe it is important that we should revert as soon as possible to something nearer our normal ways of working, as the House of Commons has done. It...

Covid-19: Public Wealth Investment Fund - Question ( 9 Jun 2020)

Viscount Trenchard: My Lords, if the Government were to establish a sovereign wealth fund, might one of its objectives be to invest in major infrastructure projects, such as the currently suspended Horizon Nuclear Power project at Wylfa, Ynys Môn?


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