Results 101–120 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

Energy: Nuclear Safety and Waste (EUC Report) (18 Jan 2007)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is a platitude to say that this has been an interesting debate; one always says that in this House. However, I have found the past two hours extremely interesting. There have been some very good speeches and, as always in the committee I was lucky enough to chair, a marvellously varied degree of knowledge coming out at moments when one does not, perhaps, wholly expect it. We saw...

Energy: Nuclear Safety and Waste (EUC Report) (18 Jan 2007)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on Managing Nuclear Safety and Waste: The Role of the EU (37th Report, HL Paper 211, Session 2005-06).

Energy: Nuclear Safety and Waste (EUC Report) (18 Jan 2007)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I can hope only that the trains from Victoria station later are not in the same condition as trains elsewhere. I start by stressing to your Lordships that the report that we are considering is not per se about going into detail about what we think in technical terms about managing nuclear safety and waste. It is about the role of the EU in this area and, particularly, whether we...

Health and Safety Executive (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a review of the standards set by the Health and Safety Executive in view of its assessment of the risks posed by trees on National Trust land.

Health and Safety Executive (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, while thanking the noble Lord for that Answer, I should say that the National Trust had no part in asking me to pose this Question, although the tragic incident of an oak tree falling on and killing an eight year-old boy on New Year's Day two years ago has not yet been resolved. But surely the point now is that the mention of involvement by health and safety is seen much more as a...

Health and Safety Executive (19 Dec 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, perhaps I may add, as I shared the "Today" programme with Mr Callaghan, that I entirely share the Minister's respect for him. Is there now any point in having a separate Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive? Would it not be much more sensible if the two were merged? Is not the present structure archaic and would it not please many in the health and safety...

Young Offenders: Speech and Language Therapy (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, can the noble Lord give us any idea of the cost of appointing a speech and language therapist at any individual prison?

House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report) (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I have listened to my noble friend with great interest and I am grateful for what he said about my speech, but I would point out to him, as perhaps might our chairman, that when we are in the process of scrutiny, if we do not like what the Government are saying or think that we are being rushed, we draft a very rude letter that our chairman then sends to the Minister. That is very...

House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report) (27 Oct 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell, in this debate on our EU scrutiny. The noble Lord has been a tireless and painstaking chairman of the EU Committee. It is a large committee with 17 members, and it cannot be said that all its members share exactly the same views on the EU. The diplomacy shown by the noble Lord is therefore always very welcome. I also...

Iraq (7 Jun 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times since 1 January 2005 the Prime Minister has discussed the situation in Iraq with President Bush.

Iraq (7 Jun 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. I was not expecting much more than that. I realise the difficulty of answering my Question, but could she at least assure us that this continuous dialogue has reflected the changing situation in Iraq; for example, the conditions in Basra, where British troops are, which seem to get worse day by day, and the sad fact that the presence of US and...

Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payments (10 May 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to have made all overdue single farm payments.

Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payments (10 May 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I remind noble Lords of my interest as chairman of the South Downs Joint Committee. I congratulate the Minister on his new appointment. As he is a well known toughie, I am not surprised to find him at Defra, considering that four of the other five Ministers have gone. The previous Secretary of State must be lucky to find herself at the Foreign Office. That said, I am delighted to...

EU Sugar Regime (EUC Report) (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, on that point, can I have clarification from the Minister? I may be wrong, but I understand that the first view was that every farmer receiving a single farm payment would also receive some money for sugar beet that was no longer going to be grown, whether he had been growing sugar beet in the past or not. That has probably changed now, and the Secretary of State, having listened to...

EU Sugar Regime (EUC Report) (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I am always delighted and surprised by the ability of your Lordships to talk wisely and learnedly about a specialised subject. That has certainly been the case in this debate. Great expertise and wisdom has been shown, and I am grateful to noble Lords from all sides of the House who have taken part. I also thank the Minister for his final words about the acceptance of the need to...

EU Sugar Regime (EUC Report) (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee, Too much or too little? Changes to the EU Sugar Regime (18th Report, HL Paper 80) in the context of the Doha development round of WTO negotiations.

EU Sugar Regime (EUC Report) (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to move the Motion. I am very pleased that the powers that be have agreed to add the words, "in the context of the Doha development round of WTO negotiations". The WTO appeals tribunal decided in April last year, at the request of Brazil, Thailand and Australia, that the EU sugar regime broke WTO export rules. That decision led to the change in the EU...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. I think she was saying that the budget for the Countryside Agency in the year ahead would be £246 million. Can she remind us what the budget for that agency was in the present year, which is nearly past?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: had given notice of his intention to move Amendment No. 231A: Page 48, line 20, at end insert— "(3A) In making appointments to the Commission, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the desirability of appointing at least one person who has considerable experience of, and has shown capacity in, the rural affairs of local authorities."

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I listened very carefully to what the Minister said but I should also like to read it carefully. I have to say that at this stage I am not convinced by her arguments and I may well wish to return to the matter on Report. I do not want to repeat the arguments now and, on that basis, I shall not move the amendment tonight.


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