Results 41–60 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

Zimbabwe — Question (10 Nov 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Does my noble friend agree that the best way for us to assist in the economic recovery in Zimbabwe would be to offer President Mugabe a safe, comfortable and well looked-after home in Britain?

Rural Payments Agency — Question (7 Jul 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I, too, declare an interest as a recipient of payments from the Rural Payments Agency. Does my noble friend agree that Defra literally passed the buck to the Rural Payments Agency when it was formed? Given that the variety of payments has now increased tremendously, does he think that the RPA will be able to cope, particularly when more EU money becomes available?

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (30 Jun 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider the proposal to phase out analogue radio and replace it entirely with digital radio.

Broadcasting: Digital Radio — Question (30 Jun 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I thank the noble Lord for his comments. Can he go a little further? Will he accept that there are still many things wrong with digital radio? Will he assure us that he will do something, for example, to cope with excessive costs of coverage, the need for more energy and the often muffled and fizzy noise that it makes? Can some of that be cured before analogue radio finally disappears? I have...

Banks — Question (26 Jan 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government what further measures they propose to take to restore confidence in British-based banks.

Banks — Question (26 Jan 2010)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his interesting Answer. I greatly appreciate the time that he has spent in recent days on this very important issue, but-there always has to be a "but"-does he agree that there is a strong sense of frustration that, after 18 months of talk, nothing has really changed? Goldman Sachs is back making huge profits and is having difficulty restraining its...

Pre-Budget Report 2009 — Motion to Take Note (16 Dec 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I agree with the remarks of my noble friends Lord Lamont and Lord MacGregor. I slightly disagree with the depth of pessimism of the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria. However, in the few minutes available to me, I shall take a slightly different, perhaps less fundamental, view of what is happening today. We have heard a lot of good speeches about the depth and length of our current crisis....

Finance: Fiscal Deficit — Question (8 Dec 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of likely progress in the next six months towards halving the fiscal deficit.

Finance: Fiscal Deficit — Question (8 Dec 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I thank the noble Lord for his reply, although I anticipated it. I did not expect to hear the details of the Pre-Budget Report today. Perhaps it will be repentance on the scaffold tomorrow for the Chancellor. I shall try another tack. Was the Guardian newspaper correct when it reported the other day that the cost of quangos-those much maligned, non-departmental and non-ministerial bodies-is...

Banks — Question (2 Dec 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for what he has just said. Surely one of the problems of relying on shareholders more is that the individual small shareholder-a shareholder who has perhaps 1,000 shares and goes to an AGM-has no chance of making his ideas move forward against the pension funds which own much the largest quantities of shares and which often, frankly, do not wish to rock the boat.

Financial Regulation: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is a great privilege for me to follow the speeches that have just been made by the noble Baroness, Lady Cohen of Pimlico, and by my noble friend Lord MacGregor. I have served for the past two years on European Union Sub-Committee A, dealing with finance. It has been a great pleasure to serve under the noble Lord, Lord Woolmer, who acted as our chairman for the report that we are...

Afghanistan — Question (4 Nov 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the cancellation of the second round of the presidential election, they will reconsider their policy on Afghanistan.

Afghanistan — Question (4 Nov 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I express deepest sympathy from the Back Benches to the families of the five soldiers who were killed yesterday. I thank the Minister for his reply. I do not share his optimism, not least about President Karzai. Does he agree that against the corrupt and discredited background of President Karzai, we cannot have any confidence in him thwarting the fraud and corruption that has been so much a...

Health: Alcohol — Question (27 Oct 2009)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, may I assure the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, that I have just had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of red wine with 13 per cent alcohol in the Lords dining room, with really, I think, no ill effect to my health? Would it perhaps be sensible to say that the real answer is occasionally to drink one bottle with 13 or 14 per cent alcohol rather than two with 10 or 11 per cent?

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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.


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