Results 1–20 of 200 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

Business Support — Statement (14 Jan 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I very much appreciate the general terms in which the Minister has spoken this afternoon. I come back briefly to the question of the cost. Is it not clear that for many of the small or medium enterprise companies, which we all wish to help, the cost of the loan plus the guarantee will be of extreme importance? Can the Minister see, therefore, that now that the Bank of England...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I speak with some trepidation, not having spoken about this Bill before. However, I was for 10 years chairman of, first, the South Downs Conservation Board and then of the committee that also embraced east Hampshire. One of our real beauties is the iconic coastal land and seascape of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Those of us living close by and those now on the South Downs joint...

Banking: Corporate Governance — Question (11 Mar 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I am glad to hear that from the Minister. But can he also assure us that the interest rate on new loans to be made by the banks will reflect at least in part the reduction in interest rates down to 0.5 per cent by the Bank of England?

Financial Services Authority — Question (31 Mar 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government what future role they envisage for the Financial Services Authority.

Financial Services Authority — Question (31 Mar 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I listened carefully to what the Minister has said, but—there always is a "but" in these matters—with the collapse of the Dunfermline Building Society and with the urgent need now for financial stability, is it not just the right moment to reconsider the relative roles of the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England regarding the supervision of banks, building...

Companies' Remuneration Reports Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Apr 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Lords, Lord Gavron and Lord Taverne, and my noble friend Lord Tugendhat on bringing this Bill forward. The one difference between those noble Lords and me is that I do not regard this as a very modest Bill. I think that it is a pretty bold Bill. I very much wonder what will happen next because this is only a step in a certain direction. As...

Energy: Renewables — Question (6 May 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to increase investment in the production of solar, tidal or wind power in the United Kingdom.

Energy: Renewables — Question (6 May 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer but perhaps I may suggest to him that on this issue the Government are self-satisfied and that it is time they moved into reality from dreamland. Is it not ironic that on the day of the Budget last week, when the Chancellor announced the first of his three carbon Budgets, Vestas Blades UK, the only wind turbine manufacturing plant in Britain,...

Parliament and the Public — Question for Short Debate (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, this short debate arises from a Question that I tabled some months ago asking the Government what steps they were taking to increase the connection between Parliament and the public. Given the vitriol that has poured over Parliament in the past few weeks, noble Lords reading this Question today may well indulge in mirthless laughter. They may, for example, have heard the speaker on...

International Development: Aid Spending — Question (21 Oct 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I support my noble friend very strongly in her Question, but I will go in a slightly different direction. Will the Minister consider, as suggested in the recent report of our Information Committee, that the Government should publish all draft Bills on the internet and invite comment on them from the public? If that happens, will it not encourage people outside Westminster to feel...

Financial Services Authority: Northern Rock (1 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, surely the matter is a great deal more serious than whether a few people have been sacked. Is it not clear that in finance, and in life, you cannot have three chiefs—one in the Treasury, one in the FSA and one in the Bank of England—all responsible for doing the same job? Once there was real trouble, as in Northern Rock, the system failed. Would it not be much better now to wind...

Environment: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (3 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: rose to call attention to the environmental importance of areas of outstanding natural beauty; and to move for Papers. My Lords, this seems a sudden step away from the drama and tragedy that is Zimbabwe to the relative tranquillity of the British countryside, but I am pleased to have this opportunity. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty asked me not long ago...

Environment: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (3 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I totally understand what the Minister has just said. I, for one, was certainly not expecting any statement today on the national park. However, I am very glad to hear the rider that he added, that it is absolutely extraordinary that the first preliminary decision to turn the South Downs into a national park was taken in 1999. It is amazing that, eight years later, that has not been...

Environment: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (3 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I congratulate and thank all those who have spoken in this debate, including the Minister and others on the Front Bench. The speeches were unusually thoughtful, knowledgeable, passionate at times and, typically in the case of the Minister, very lively. I am delighted that in the course of the last two hours we have strayed from Cumbria, through the Lake District, to the north...

Restaurants: Gratuities (22 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords—

Restaurants: Gratuities (22 Apr 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, may I suggest to the noble Lord and the noble Baroness in her suggestion about leaving cash that there is an even simpler method of solving this problem? Noble Lords will probably remember that the French word for tip is pourboire. If noble Lords are worried about this matter, I suggest that they buy the waiter a large glass of red wine and leave that instead of money. The...

Russia: Human Rights (22 Jul 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, might it not be simpler and more productive if we started a discussion with Russia to see whether it has a long-term wish to join the European Union?

Nuclear Energy: Electricité de France (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to Electricité de France's proposed takeover of British Energy to become the principal provider of nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.

Nuclear Energy: Electricité de France (21 Oct 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister very much for his Answer. I have long been in favour of increasing nuclear power generation in this country and I recognise that there is no group more experienced in this field than Electricité de France and the EDF Group. However, will the Minister bear in mind that EDF will perhaps have excessive dominance in this country once it has taken over British...

Energy Bill (28 Oct 2008)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: moved Amendment No. 32B: After Clause 91, insert the following new Clause— "Nuclear power generation: report on operation of market (1) The Secretary of State shall, no later than two years following the commencement of this section, and every two years thereafter, report to Parliament on the operation of the market in nuclear power generation. (2) Reports under subsection (1) shall include...


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