Results 61–80 of 223 for speaker:Lord Lennie

Energy Security - Statement ( 5 Dec 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement that we are discussing now. The key announcements in the Statement—the green light for Sizewell C and the return of the Energy Bill—are both overdue, but better late than never, and we welcome both. Nuclear must play a role as part of the balanced pathway to net zero, as the Climate Change Committee says, and we on these Benches support new...

Export Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve (29 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that extraordinarily thorough and historic briefing on the substance of these regulations. It is very welcome. As we have heard, these regulations do three things. They make the necessary changes to ensure that the new regulations of the European Parliament operate effectively in Northern Ireland. They amend the Council regulation to correct a deficiency...

Newport Wafer Fab - Commons Urgent Question (22 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee found no evidence to suggest that a review into the acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab had taken place, yet Politico reports that the Government’s National Security Adviser concluded that there were not enough security concerns to block it. Will the Government confirm on the record whether the review that was promised by the then Prime...

Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland: Energy Supply Shortfalls - Question (21 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, with the uncertainties that exist around gas supply and demand this winter and, given that 84% of supply to Northern Ireland comes through the Moffat pipeline from Scotland, can the Minister assure the House that sufficient contingencies are in place between the UK and Irish Governments to meet any significant variations in demand or supply?

Public Order Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (16 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: And worse.

Climate Change (Targeted Greenhouse Gases) Order 2022 - Motion to Approve (15 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing this statutory instrument, and send apologies from my noble friend Lady Blake, who was due to be here but is currently supervising the birth of her latest grandchild—good luck with that. The instrument extends the scope of emissions captured and reported under the Climate Change Act 2008 by including nitrogen trifluoride—I had not heard of it...

Prescribed Persons (Reports on Disclosures of Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve (15 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I thank the Minister for bringing the regulations to the House, and I will also be brief in my remarks on this entirely sensible instrument. As we have heard, it amends the Prescribed Persons (Reports on Disclosures of Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 to exempt Members of the Scottish Parliament, who are being added as prescribed persons to the Public Interest Disclosure...

Government Departments: Communication with Industry and Commerce - Question (14 Nov 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the Financial Services and Markets Bill received significant submissions of written evidence from business, industry and commerce, including many from the City who welcome the Bill but call for a number of commitments on the transition from EU to UK regulation. Recent government actions have undermined faith in the City, at a time when we need to listen closely to our world-class...

Energy Prices Bill - Third Reading: Motion (25 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, briefly, I thank the Minister and his Whip, the noble Baroness, Lady Bloomfield, for their co-operation and hard work during the speedy passage of the Bill. I also thank both the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, on the Liberal Democrat Benches for his knowledge of these matters, and especially my noble friend Lord McNicol, who, while not in his place today, came in at the last minute to...

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 25 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I just want to remind the House of the warnings and the contribution from the noble Lords, Lord Rooker and Lord Cunningham, about the Government ignoring the recommendations of the DPRRC as against the normal practice of this House. I beg to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 154, Noes 166.

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 14 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the welcome part of the Minister’s statement was the consideration of disaggregating gas from electricity. We welcome that and look forward to seeing the outcome. But Amendment 14 simply asks for a report to be produced; it is not trying to interfere in Treasury decisions or to do anything about fiscal policy. It is simply trying to find out whether the market is distorted and, if...

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 13 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the whole question of the energy market is complicated and beset by a series of legislative procedures which can cause confusion. That said, the new clause proposed by Amendment 14 would simply require the Secretary of State to produce a report assessing the impact of removing the investment allowance from oil and gas companies, as set out in the Energy (Oil and Gas) Profits Levy...

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, that is an interesting explanation from the lawyers about whether it is a Henry VIII clause. If it looks like a Henry VIII clause and it smells like a Henry VIII clause, it is a Henry VIII clause. My noble friends Lord Rooker and Lord Cunningham made the important point that the DPRR Committee in its report has condemned the powers contained in Clause 22. There is no getting away...

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, our Amendments 37 and 38 seek to backdate the electricity and gas price reduction scheme to 8 September, which was the day the Government first announced the energy price guarantee. Apart from anything else, this would produce money to be passed on to customers’ bills. It may seem a small change, but it would be extremely popular among all UK households.

Energy Prices Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (24 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, this group of amendments is all about making various clauses subject to the affirmative procedure in your Lordships’ House. I give notice that we intend to divide the House on Amendment 25. The amendments affect Clauses 2, 3, 6, 7 and 16, and Schedules 1 and 2, making them subject to the affirmative procedure. The Government seek to justify some of the use of the negative...

Energy Prices Bill - Second Reading (19 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I confirm to the Minister that we support the passage of the Energy Prices Bill, but can he explain to the House whatever has happened to the Energy Bill, which has been shelved somewhere, waiting for someone to make a decision about its future? Without support, consumers and small businesses would be facing an eye-watering increase in their bills—estimated to be somewhere between...

Prepayment Meters: Pricing - Question (11 Oct 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, there are 4 million prepayment energy customers in this country whose bills are not smoothed out over the year, unlike those who pay by direct debit. Ofgem figures show that prepayment customers are likely to pay two-thirds of their annual energy costs during the winter. What immediate measures will the Government take to help relieve pressures on these hard-pressed energy customers?

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 67 ( 7 Sep 2022)

Lord Lennie: I should also be interested to know that. First, may I say to the new Leader of the House that I would strongly recommend the reappointment of the noble Lord, Lord Callanan. That probably does him no favours at all, but that is just how it is. Secondly, I was going to set out a hypothetical situation about an oil and gas plant—

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 67 ( 7 Sep 2022)

Lord Lennie: Okay, do not reappoint him. What can I say? I was going to set out a hypothetical situation about an oil and gas plant that had been decommissioned, but not fully, and was to be recommissioned and transferred to CCUS usage. I do not know whether that will never be possible, but who knows? It is a complicated situation and I wanted to know where the Minister thought responsibility would lie....

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 ( 7 Sep 2022)

Lord Lennie: Does the Minister know of any further cases, other than the three that have been cited? What total caseload are we talking about?


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