Results 41–60 of 91 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Cavendish of Furness

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness. I find myself in agreement with some of the comments she makes regarding agriculture, although I think she should not be surprised that farmers voted in the way that they did, having spoken to many of them myself. My decision to intervene in this debate came to me when I reflected on the fact that I was in a minority in your...

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: I have no doubt about the noble Lord’s enthusiasm for the European Union; it has been plain over many years. Fourthly, we are indebted to the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury for an immensely powerful speech. It is for all of us to reflect long and hard on an intervention which redeemed an otherwise rather sad day. Of the many facets of the EU debate, nothing has driven me...

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 — Motion to Annul (2 Feb 2016)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I rise to oppose both these Motions, but especially that in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone. I should perhaps declare an interest, in that I have been a beneficiary of feed-in tariffs, albeit not with solar. Feed-in tariffs cost about £1 billion a year—last year it was £851 million—and most of that goes on solar. That is a considerable sum of money, and every...

Autumn Statement — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, as other noble Lords have done, I commend my noble friend on securing this debate and on introducing it with such thought and clarity. This afternoon I will draw attention to various aspects of the Autumn Statement and to do so largely through the prism of my own experience of living for most of my working life in south Cumbria. Accordingly, I declare a personal interest. Although I...

Finance Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (10 Nov 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord O’Neill of Gatley for introducing this Second Reading debate. I was not quite sure how to approach it, as it is a strange one to be holding in your Lordships’ House, but I start by congratulating the Government on their continuing determination, as I see it, to do whatever is needed to restore good health to the nation’s finances. I...

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Warner. I have always listened to him with great respect and, however he describes the seat he is in now in this House, I will continue to do so. I wish him well. However, I regret that, along with the noble Lord, Lord Davies, he chooses to keep alive the question of the Assisted Dying Bill following the rather conclusive vote in the...

Private Ownership — Motion to Take Note (22 Oct 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, what a tremendous pleasure it is to follow my noble friend Lord Young of Cookham and to hear his outstanding maiden speech, on which I congratulate him. As has been said, he had a distinguished career in another place. I have seen the way he has been greeted in your Lordships’ House by former colleagues. He is obviously incredibly well respected and incredibly well liked. Not...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Dubs. I always enjoy his breadth of interest, although I would probably hesitate to cite the European arrest warrant as the EU’s high-water mark. I rise to support the measure before us and do so with enthusiasm. I congratulate the Government on its introduction; the time has surely come for this hugely important issue to be...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day) (30 Jun 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: With the leave of the House, I follow the Lord, Lord Brooke, in apologising for not having taken part at Second Reading. I declare an interest: I am what is called a recovering alcoholic. I am not about to fall over—it is 30 years since I last had a drink—but in keeping with what the noble Lord was saying, I regard myself as possibly still being an addicted person and therefore have to...

Small Businesses — Question for Short Debate (3 Feb 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, the House is indebted to my noble friend Lord Risby for introducing this short debate. As he said, the contribution that small business makes to our national life is now, finally, well understood and appreciated. As the Federation of Small Businesses points out, 99% of our nearly 5 million businesses are small or micro—another point my noble friend made. In contributing briefly...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I am pleased to join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, for introducing this important debate. His considerable experience, knowledge and enduring interest in Britain's economic performance were all evident in his eloquent opening remarks. In contributing today I declare my interests, which are quite numerous and varied, so I refer noble Lords to the...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: Has the noble Lord not detected in his correspondence, as I have, that being mealy-mouthed about language has been rumbled by the public? In this Bill, they are discovering there is an element of sophistry in the Title.

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, with the leave of the Committee and with the agreement of my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay, I shall speak to Amendment 10 under the new regulation that we have. With that amendment, I would probably include Amendments 52, 164 and 170. When I left Cumbria, Amendment 70 was included in that grouping but it was moved while I was on the train. Before speaking further, I should...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, there seems to be developing some suggestion that people opposed to the Bill are introducing amendments simply to add time and cost and to make it unworkable. Would the noble Lord, Lord Davies, understand that those of us who were in principle opposed to the Bill from the very outset realise that it is intended to be compassionate—as we all feel compassionate—but just find it...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I oppose the Bill as it stands, as I have opposed similar measures in the past. I am happy to accept the poll findings that suggest that there may have been a shift in public opinion towards the noble and learned Lord’s Bill and that social attitudes have changed. Against that, of the 30 informed and reasoned letters that I received in one post last week, 28 asked me to oppose the...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for securing this debate and congratulate him on its introduction. I need to declare my interest rather comprehensively today, since much of what I want to say relates to what I do and have done for these past 40 years and more. I have a beneficial interest in a landed estate based mainly in south Lakeland. The estate’s activities include farming, forestry,...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (11 Jun 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, altering the rhythm of this debate once more, I want to speak on constitutional affairs—or, rather, to discuss what I see to be a threat to our constitution. I have heard it suggested sometimes that the British public have only limited understanding of the great issues that affect their daily lives. Even in your Lordships’ House, I have heard speeches that only just stop short...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I, too, am very happy to thank my noble friend Lord Lang for introducing this debate with such eloquence. His knowledge and unrivalled experience made for utterly compelling listening. I intervene as an Englishman living in Cumbria, not far from the Scottish border. I believe that the forthcoming referendum has significant implications for those of us who live south of the border...

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill — Second Reading (17 Dec 2013)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I apologise to the House and to my noble friend the Minister for not being in my place when he rose. I think I only missed about 30 seconds. I will not pretend to be an expert on gambling; but having read the debate in another place and heard my noble friend, I do not think I have any difficulty in supporting this Bill and I thank him for introducing it so clearly. I rise this...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Third Reading (26 Mar 2013)

Lord Cavendish of Furness: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness and the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, for their support for this amendment, and I thank my noble friend the Minister for her reply. As she said, I do not think that all the questions have been answered. She was rather surprised when I rattled them off rather quickly. I sense that her heart is exactly in the right place as regards the countryside. With the...


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