Results 141–160 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

Overseas Students (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it remains their policy to encourage overseas students to come to English universities for their graduate and postgraduate courses.

Overseas Students (15 Mar 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I declare my interest as a member of the council of Sussex University. About 20 per cent of the university's students are international and they make an important contribution to its income and to its international reputation and knowledge. Will the Minister explain his statement that the Government seriously wish to attract more overseas students, against the background of the Home...

Climate Change (EUC Report) (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: rose to move, That this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on The EU and Climate Change (30th Report, Session 2003–04, HL Paper 179).

Climate Change (EUC Report) (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, there are many things that one does out of duty, even in the House of Lords, that do not give one very much pleasure. But chairing Sub-Committee D, which produced the report that we are debating tonight, did nothing but give me absolute pleasure. I had marvellous colleagues with whom to work, most of whom knew a great deal more about the subject before we started than I did. We had...

Climate Change (EUC Report) (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: Noah! My Lords, I am sorry: Noah managed to do that. What was his secret? Goodness, we need it now. This is the big unresolved question. How do we—politicians, scientists, editors and the media—put over to the public the potential dangers ahead and advise them about what they can do to minimise the damage and to use human inventiveness, the inventiveness of mankind, to overcome it? That...

Climate Change (EUC Report) (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, obviously the Minister's reply has opened many interesting doors, all of which we might wish to walk through at some time, but it is not going to be tonight. I thank all those who have taken part in this debate, on all sides of the House and on all the Front Benches, for their extremely interesting and wide-ranging contributions. I particularly enjoyed the maiden speech of the noble...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I listened to what the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, said with great interest. I remember him well as a friend and companion on the opposite Benches in the other place. I agree with him very much that immigration and asylum are sensitive issues and must be dealt with sensitively. I think he is perhaps a little optimistic in thinking what help we might get in that respect from the...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. On the point raised by myself, the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, and my noble friend Lord Bridgeman, there is great concern about the suggestion in the five-year strategy that no appeals will be allowed for students coming here to attend college or university. There is a genuine belief that that will turn off a lot of overseas students from trying...

House of Lords Reform (26 Jan 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords—

House of Lords Reform (26 Jan 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I welcome this report. I agree with much of it, but I am a tad more cynical in my approach than some noble Lords were in their speeches. The noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, rightly said that the ability to delay is key to the powers of this House. But he and his group make no mention of what they believe the right time for delay should be. Perhaps I may remind your Lordships...

Energy Efficiency: Households (26 Jan 2005)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I agree wholeheartedly with what the Minister said, and I disagree with my noble friend Lord Lawson. Is it not a fact, as the Minister said, that, since carbon-produced electricity is one of the major sources of increases in carbon dioxide emissions, all of us are becoming increasingly worried about the speed at which this is happening? One's heart sinks when one hears that the...

Hunting Bill (27 Oct 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I support the amendment just moved by the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, and have added my name to it. As the noble Lord said, it is extremely important that the registrar, who will decide whether to give a licence, be seen as an independent, impartial character. It is important that the judgments made by the registrar should be made on the twin bases of cruelty and utility, as has already been...

Hunting Bill (27 Oct 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: The noble Lord amuses me: we were both in the House of Commons for a long time, and we both know that there are extreme Members on both sides of the House of Commons—there always have been, and there always will be. That is, perhaps, one of the features of the House of Commons. If the Bill is pushed through by the use of the Parliament Act by a bunch of extreme Labour Back-Benchers who know...

North East Regional Assembly: All-postal Ballot (8 Sep 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, broadening the subject slightly, could the Minister tell noble Lords what, other than political considerations, are the criteria by which the Government decide on having referendums on regional assemblies in some parts of the country but not in others?

Haskins Report (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will implement the recommendations in the Haskins report.

Haskins Report (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer and declare an interest as chairman of the Sussex Downs Conservation Board. If behind his reply is the fact that the Secretary of State is, as is widely thought, to announce her decisions on the Haskins report on 22 July, the last day on which Parliament meets, I consider that to be quite disgraceful. The Government had 10 months in which to...

Haskins Report (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, perhaps I may make a final point to the noble Lord. I fully understand that, in his position, he is bound to defend the decision to make the announcement on the last day that Parliament sits. However, does he accept that at present it looks as though there will inevitably be confusion between the different agencies over the next three years when no one knows precisely who is doing...

Regional Assemblies (29 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, what will be the difference in powers between those regional assemblies that are elected and those that are not elected, such as in the south-east of England where I assume they will continue to exist? What powers will the non-elected regional assemblies continue to have?

Protected Landscapes (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: What increases in the budgets of protected landscapes they will make available in light of the emphasis on biodiversity and environmentally friendly agriculture in the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy.

Protected Landscapes (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer and remind your Lordships of my interest in this matter as the chairman of the Sussex Downs Conservation Board, which is a protected landscape. However, with the rather complicated detail that the Minister has just given us, is this not a golden opportunity for protected landscapes to be used as a test-bed for biodiversity and environmentally...


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