Results 21–40 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

Rural Payments Agency — Question (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I thank my noble friend the Minister for that. I agree with him that the Rural Payments Agency, which used to be chaotic, is a good deal better and more sensible now than it was then. One could go further. Perhaps I could suggest to him that the big question now for the RPA and for Defra should be: how will British farmers be affected in the common agricultural policy reform that will happen...

Public Expenditure: Deficit Reduction — Question (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, could I ask my noble friend perhaps a rather simpler question? Despite the dreadful headlines in today's newspapers, to what extent does the Chancellor of the Exchequer feel that he is on course in deficit reduction?

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I must confess that I was in the minority on the report of the committee that the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, chaired. I was one of two people who felt that it would be incorrect to move towards always having four-year Parliaments. My reason for this was much as the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, a very old friend of mine, expressed it. It is just that if you only have four years...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: After my personal experience through those years, I therefore think that four years fixed for a Government is not enough. I would much rather see it for five years, whether it is fixed or can be changed by the next Parliament. I beg the pardon of my noble friend, who is someone I know very well.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: That is the start of a very good argument as to whether they were the most successful. It much depends, obviously, on who is the Prime Minister and who is the Chancellor. That will have an enormous effect and will make one Government better than the other, simply because the Ministers at the top are better.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Yes, that is true and we know very well at the moment that this Government, despite having to be a coalition, have lots of thoughts planned, but there is a great deal of difference between planning in advance and getting on with the really difficult problems when you have got to know what the Treasury is promising you for money in the future, et cetera. I am not going to go on repeating...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I am sorry, but I do not really follow the point that the noble Lord is making.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I think that is a perfectly fair point; I cede the point, but the fact is that Governments do change a great deal. We have seen it in recent years and it will go on. Others will win; they will come in for the first time. Without wishing to go into detail, I totally agree with the description by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, of what a five-year Parliament could do, but I think that...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill — Report (1st Day) (10 May 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I only make the point, before I give way to others, that it is very interesting to see just how many people voted on the AV matter and all that a few days ago: just 42 per cent. One may think that most of the public are longing and waiting to have a vote; it is not true. Most members of the public are very difficult to interest in politics and many members of the public would much rather only...

Economy: Government Policies — Debate (24 Mar 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow a speech by my noble friend, who I have known for many years. I do not disagree with him, either with the pessimism or the optimism. However, I want to talk about a different matter in my few minutes. Before I do that, I join in what he said about the noble Lord, Lord Hussain, and his speech. It was a very great pleasure to hear him, and it...

Video Recordings Act 2010 — Question (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, will the internet be fully covered in these important consultations?

Companies: Executive Remuneration — Question (9 Feb 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I find myself very much in line with the noble Lord, Lord Donoughue, on this. Does my noble friend agree that the prime interest in this matter lies with the shareholders of the FTSE companies? Is it therefore not reasonable and sensible to require in law that quoted companies compare the total remuneration of their chief executive with the average wage of their workers, and do that...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I would like to pick up on one or two of the comments made by the noble Lords, Lord Lipsey and Lord Foulkes. I serve on the Constitution Committee, to which the Deputy Chairman and the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons came and told us, perfectly truly, as others have said, that there was no big explanation of why the figure was going down from 650 to 600. That has to be said. However,...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I confess that I was not proposing to speak to this amendment, but I have just listened to the noble Lord, Lord Wills, who I believe was Minister for Constitutional Affairs in another place, and I have to say to him that, frankly, I have rarely read a paragraph that horrified me as much as the one on his committee of inquiry. It seems to me that he is going down absolutely the wrong route by...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (2nd Day) (8 Feb 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: The noble Lord's amendment provides for three years after passage of the Act, but it does so on what basis? That is what really surprises me. He has been a Member of the other place as well as a Minister in the other place. I cannot understand why he feels that a committee composed of, "individuals with no party attachment, and others", is likely, even if it reports after three years, to...

Elections: Second Home Owners — Question (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I do not think, with respect, that the Minister has precisely answered the question put by my noble friend Lady Trumpington. She asked whether it was right that a student should have two votes-one at home and one at the university-when he or she is likely to be at the university for only two or three years and is therefore electing someone who might well be in office for many years after they...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: It surprises me that the noble Lord and others have said that an independent commission should decide on the right new number for MPs. What makes anyone think that we would agree with the result of an independent commission? We would surely disagree for one reason or another. For that reason, I firmly think that it is right for a majority in the Commons to decide on what the number should be,...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (8 Dec 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Before the noble Lord sits down, I am rather surprised by what he is saying. I apologise for the fact that I was not in the House for the beginning of this debate, but is he saying that he would like to see the British people being given the choice as to whether it is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday? If he is, the people will simply split and you will have 10 per cent...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (23 Nov 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Like the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, I served on the Constitution Committee that produced the first report on the Public Bodies Bill. As the noble Lord will remember, I shared his horror-that is perhaps the appropriate word-when we first read this Bill and studied it. Listening to what has been said, particularly by the noble Lord, Lord Soley, I feel a great need to hear what the Minister has...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Motion to refer to the Examiners (15 Nov 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Will the noble and learned Lord tell us whether any other areas such as those that he mentioned, including the islands off Argyll, have requested that they should have the same privilege-if that is the right word-as Shetland and Orkney and the Western Isles? Has he received any such requests?


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