Results 121–140 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

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: The noble Baroness appears to be arguing that because one good idea might lead to other good ideas she should not accept the first good idea. I have been grateful for the support from others in the Committee in this short debate. I suggest that she and her colleagues think very seriously about this, because there is a wealth of information in the local authorities that the commission will...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I seem to have managed to insert Amendment No. 231A between the Liberal Front Bench and my own Front Bench. It states: "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". This follows on very well from the...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: A silk purse.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I thank the Minister for his most kind comments. I hope that he will answer this before he moves on, but I just remind him that I asked him what he expected the budget of the Commission for Rural Communities to be. I think that he told us last week that the probable budget for Natural England will be about £300 million a year. Does he have a figure for the CRC?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I do not want to pursue the matter any further at the moment, but once it has been decided where the CRC is to be, as my noble friend on the Front Bench asked, and once it is set up, will it be possible for the Minister to write and tell us what the likely budget figure is for the first full year?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I remind Members of the Committee of the interests that I declared last week, in our debate on Wednesday, as chairman of the South Downs Joint Committee, which is a bringing together of the Countryside Agency locally, the Sussex Downs AONB and the East Hampshire AONB. I have listened very carefully to the passionate remarks in favour of the CRC made by the right reverend Prelate and the noble...

Common Agricultural Policy:Agri-environmental Schemes (7 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the reduction in funding for Pillar 2 of the common agricultural policy over the period 2007–13 will have on new agri-environmental schemes in the United Kingdom.

Common Agricultural Policy:Agri-environmental Schemes (7 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer, but I remind him that the new CAP budget has to cover 25 countries as well as Bulgaria and Romania, as opposed to 15 countries previously. The possible move from subsidies for crop production to more environmentally beneficial farming is welcome. Is it not the case, however, that the amount of money for Pillar 2 is very insecure and that it is...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (1 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: What is the definition of "incidental or conducive" in this context?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (1 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I would appreciate that.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (1 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Perhaps I may develop briefly the wider concern about finance mentioned just now by my noble friend Lady Byford. If we compare Clause 14 covering grants with Clause 13 covering incidental powers, it is difficult to work out where the financial decision about money will be made. Clause 14 states simply that: "The Secretary of State may make grants to Natural England of such amounts as the...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (1 Feb 2006)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I declare an interest as chairman of the South Downs Joint Committee, which is a getting-together of the Sussex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty and the East Hampshire area of outstanding natural beauty in a committee that is formed by the local authorities together with the Countryside Agency. I have listened with great care to what the noble Baroness said in moving the amendment,...

Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that local art, culture and heritage development throughout the United Kingdom is not affected as a result of £1.5 billion of National Lottery funds being channelled to the Olympic Games in London.

Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, that is precisely the Answer I expected from the Minister. He is quite right to regard the Olympics as an opportunity and not a threat; clearly that is so. But I hope he will agree that there are a number of what I would call customers—existing customers or future customers—of the lottery who are very worried at the potential diminution in the amount of money that will be...

Nuclear Energy (22 Nov 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, if I may rephrase the original Question in a different and perhaps slightly simpler way to get a simpler answer, is it not clear at the moment that nuclear power will not be a renewable energy source in Britain under present plans? As I understand it, every existing nuclear power plant will be decommissioned by 2020, at which stage we will have no more nuclear power under present...

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his interesting reply. It was rather franker, with more meat in it than one sometimes hears in ministerial replies. I know that we will all want to study it very carefully. On a theme that many noble Lords have said has run through this debate, under Pillar 2 especially, more should be done by national countries. There should be more co-financing and no more...

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on The Future Financing of the Common Agricultural Policy (2nd Report, HL Paper 7).

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, it is delightful to see so many speakers this evening on the arcane but very important subject of the common agricultural policy. I remind noble Lords of my interest, as chairman of the South Downs Joint Committee which looks after the South Downs stretching from Winchester to Lewes. I thank all my colleagues on sub-committee D who took part in this very interesting inquiry. Thanks...

EU Budget (13 Jul 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I think that the Minister said that the administrative expenses were a relatively small proportion of the budget. When the figures are available, will the Government at the same time publish what has happened to administrative expenditure here over the past 10 years? No. 12 has been taken over by No. 10. There has been great growth in the Cabinet Office. Surely, that would give us a...

EU Constitutional Treaty (6 Apr 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of my noble friend Lord Grenfell's Select Committee, does the Minister realise that she has made a quite remarkable statement? She rests her case on the fact that the Government are being asked for a single opinion. Why did the Government not fight against that? What are the precedents for treating us as a unicameral parliament? As far as I know...


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