Results 181–200 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

Hunting Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I speak to both Amendments No. 19 and No. 21, which are grouped together. The amendments omit the two subsections from Clause 3, which provide that a person commits an offence if he knowingly permits land that belongs to him to be entered or used in the course of the commission of an offence under Clause 1 or if he knowingly permits a dog that belongs to him to be used in the course of the...

State Visits to the United Kingdom (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, leaving, if I may, President Ceausescu on one side for the moment, does not my noble friend Lord Marlesford have a serious point? Do not noble Lords remember the addresses to both Houses of Parliament by President Mitterand, President Clinton and particularly that by Nelson Mandela? In my memory, those were great parliamentary occasions. I very much hope therefore that the Minister...

Hunting Bill (16 Sep 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I should think that the remark just made by the noble Lord, Lord Moran, that we must learn to leave people alone, will be very much echoed from all sides of the House. It was very much in contrast to the preceding speech of the noble Lord, Lord Corbett—who I see is no longer in his place—who seems to show all the blind prejudice against hunting that is typical of those who know...

Regional Assemblies: Referendums (15 Jul 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria they used in making their decision to hold local referendums on whether to establish three regional assemblies in England.

Regional Assemblies: Referendums (15 Jul 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, the noble Lord tells us exactly what is in the summary that was put forward and published. However, he did not mention that, on the same day, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he was satisfied that, "an overwhelming case has been made for the three northern areas to hold a referendum".—[Official Report, Commons, 16/6/03; col. 31.] In Yorkshire and Humberside, only 833...

Regional Assemblies: Referendums (15 Jul 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I do not want to continue trading statistics with the Minister. However, is it not a fact that, according to the Government's own statistics that they issued, in answer to their request for responses to the paper on regional government there were 713 replies of which 72 per cent were opposed to change with only 7 per cent being in favour? Is not the question of regional parliaments...

Endangered Species (17 Jun 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, does the description "endangered species" cover occupants of the Woolsack?

Common Agricultural Policy (EUC Report) (10 Jun 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I joined the sub-committee that produced the report in December, about half way through its deliberations. That still gave me time to experience the very able chairmanship of my noble friend Lord Selborne. He was effective and incisive and there was also the great advantage that when he told us at the start of the morning that the interrogation of the witnesses was to end at noon,...

EU Developments: Referendums (10 Jun 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have concluded that referenda are in principle unsuitable for major decisions on European Union matters.

EU Developments: Referendums (10 Jun 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Yes, my Lords, quite. I think that noble Lords will share my view that it will be difficult to forget the pained look on the Prime Minister's face yesterday and his anxious consideration as he listened to the Chancellor put pro-euro trimmings on to an anti-euro speech. In that context, does the Minister accept that, whatever happened in the past, the new European convention to be announced...

Communications Bill (3 Jun 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I rise to speak to Amendment No. 233A in this group. I tabled the amendment only yesterday, and therefore appreciate that it is not included in the sixth Marshalled List, although it has been printed and I have it in my hand. In case Members of the Committee have not had time to study the amendment carefully, perhaps I may remind them what it contains. The amendment suggests that a new clause...

Communications Bill (20 May 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I am one of the Conservative broadcasting Ministers about whom the noble Lord, Lord Thomson of Monifieth, was so kind and generous a few moments ago, saying how much Conservative governments over the years had promoted and helped the BBC. It is incorrect for the noble Lord, Lord Sheldon, to say that, as Prime Minister, my noble friend Lady Thatcher wished to do away with the licence fee....

Hunting: Civil Service Impartiality (14 May 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to allow civil servants from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to attend hunt meets.

Hunting: Civil Service Impartiality (14 May 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is difficult to see how there can be a conflict of interest in just attending a hunt meet. Does the Minister recall the leader in The Times of 28th April? It suggested—anticipating the review of Defra by the noble Lord, Lord Haskins—that many hundreds of senior Defra staff would be required to put on their wellies, leave Whitehall and go and live in the countryside in order...

Iraq: Water Supply (12 May 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, has the noble Baroness seen the recent reports about the widespread damage to the desalination plants in southern Iraq, including the looting of parts of those plants? Those parts had no purpose outside those plants; they were simply being taken. Does that not call for what one might call the secondary forces of law and order? I refer to military police working with civilian police...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Before the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, replies, I find myself very much in agreement with what the noble Lord, Lord McNally, has said. With apologies to my own Front Bench, I do not quite understand the purpose of knocking out the duty in Clause 3 and in a sense re-inserting it again in Clause 333. If there is a difference here it is that Clause 3, under the heading of "General duties of...

Communications Bill (29 Apr 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I appreciate what my noble friend has said. I meant page 333 (Clause 384). I return to Amendment No 9. One of the great things which we set out to do in the Broadcasting Bill 1990 was to try to provide for the continuance of plurality of different radio and television services. I remember it very well. Our aim was to try to keep going, particularly in ITV, the 13 or 14 different regional...

European Union: Fraud (2 Apr 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, on the important point made by the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, has the Minister made any calculations of how many British farmers would go bankrupt if the CAP were abolished and all CAP subsidies removed?

Iraq: International Aid (2 Apr 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that co-operation between the Department for International Development and international aid agencies is satisfactory in relation to the Iraqi war.

Iraq: International Aid (2 Apr 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that reply. Does she agree that the problem at the moment is how to make the Iraqi people partners in their own liberation? Whatever the Department for International Development has done so far, could not much more be done—as the time for humanitarian aid becomes more pressing—to encourage it to work with international agencies in the effort to...


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