Results 1–20 of 356 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 Renton of Mount Harry

EC Flax Regime: Reform (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, does the noble Lord recognise that those problems occur not just in Spain but in the United Kingdom as well? Does he recall that two years ago 40 acres of precious grassland were ploughed up on a hill called Mount Harry in Sussex in order to turn beautiful grass into flax--a crop for which there is no market at all and which is impossible to grow because of the chalk and the flint?...

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [H.L.] (23 Nov 1999)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make new provision in relation to areas of outstanding natural beauty. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.--(Lord Renton of Mount Harry.) On Question, Bill read a first time, and to be printed.

South East England: Development (30 Nov 1999)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they reconcile their intention to build many more residential homes in south east England with the relative absence of brownfield sites and the creation of new national parks in the area.

South East England: Development (30 Nov 1999)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I remind noble Lords of my interest as chairman of the Sussex Downs Conservation Board. I thank the noble Lord for that reply. But is it not a fact that the Government seek to reconcile the irreconcilable? When will they decide that perhaps they should stop encouraging business and people to migrate to south east England? Has the Minister read the recent report of the South-East...

Nuclear Disarmament (8 Dec 1999)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, while the decision of the United States not to agree to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is, of course, to be regretted, does the Minister believe that it would make any difference to the possibility of either Pakistan or India, both of which now have nuclear weapons, launching them against each other?

National Lottery (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are planning to introduce substantial changes in the National Lottery, and in the way in which the proceeds are distributed, when the lottery licence is next renewed.

National Lottery (12 Jan 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Can the noble Lord confirm that the licence was awarded to Camelot for the sole reason that it offered to give a higher proportion of the funds to good causes than any of the other bidders, including the consortium which included Richard Branson? The second half of my question relates to distribution of National Lottery funds. It comes somewhat...

Government Special Advisers (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total cost of the Government's special advisers in the current financial year as compared to 1996-97 and what changes there have been in their duties and responsibilities.

Government Special Advisers (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord for that Answer. However, can I take it that there has been no overall change in the duties and responsibilities of special advisers? Given that they have unparalleled access to Ministers and, apparently, a "licence to leak" on behalf of Ministers, should there not be some standard as regards their qualifications? At present, most seem to have very...

Government Special Advisers (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I do not deny that "a" special adviser is a good thing. I had one when I was Minister for the Arts, and when I was at the Home Office the Home Secretary had one. Why does the present Home Secretary need four or five? That is the unexplained point, particularly if there is no change in their duties or responsibilities. If I remember the recommendations of the Neill Committee...

Sterling/Euro Relationship (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the current rate of exchange between sterling and the euro has on exports of British goods.

Sterling/Euro Relationship (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. However, is he not perhaps a little too dismissive of a growing problem? Is he aware that only last week Sir Clive Thompson, president of the CBI, said: "Exporters in particular are suffering from the strength of sterling. If it stays at this level against the euro, it will only be a matter of time before companies start reviewing their...

Taiwan (11 Apr 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Chinese Government regarding the continuing independence of Taiwan.

Taiwan (11 Apr 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, while I thank the noble Baroness for that interesting reply, is there not something of a paradox in what she says? Is it not a fact that, since the election of Mr Chen as leader of Taiwan, the economic integration between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland increases all the time but the political current flows very much in the opposite direction? Therefore, is it possible for western...

Kosovo: Political and Economic Progress (11 Apr 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, with the greatest respect to the noble Baroness, I speak as someone who returned only this weekend from a week in Albania. Certainly, as seen from the Albanian side of the border, the picture that she has painted of the restoration of economic progress and political justice in Kosovo is, I can only say, one of excessive optimism. The Americans, for example, built a refugee camp in...

Mayor of London: Election Process (10 May 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the process for the recent election of the Mayor of London.

Mayor of London: Election Process (10 May 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that almost honest Answer. Is it fair to say, on a non-party political basis--the Mayor of London is now an independent--that the shambles was probably the worst since Admiral Byng was shot for not relieving the garrison in Menorca? At least that has not happened yet to poor "Dobbo". He is on the Back Benches, which is probably the equivalent. Does the...

European Central Bank (7 Jun 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the performance to date of the European Central Bank.

European Central Bank (7 Jun 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. However, perhaps I may point out that my Question asks what the Government think of the performance of the European Bank and not just for the statistics he mentioned. Surely it is time for the Government to come off the fence about their attitude to the European Central Bank and the euro, so that this country can know far more clearly where the...

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill (26 Jun 2000)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. Before he leaves this part of the Bill, perhaps he will tell your Lordships a little more about the clauses that the Minister for the Environment, Mr Meacher, said in Committee in the other place that he would introduce in order to strengthen the position of areas of outstanding natural beauty in relation to land protection and conservation,...


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