Results 161–180 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

Protected Landscapes (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, if we could stop tilting at windmills for a moment—

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report (16 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, like my noble friend Lord Marlesford I am a member of the European Union Committee chaired so ably by the noble Lord, Lord Grenfell. I am also chairman of Sub-Committee D that is involved with the environment and agriculture. I should like to assure my noble friends and the noble Lord, Lord Marsh, who have spoken against the formation of this Joint Committee, that all the arguments...

United Nations Environment Programme (8 Jun 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, will the noble Lord tell us what he believes the UN Environment Programme can do realistically in regard to, in particular, informing the developing countries of the seriousness of climate change? Frankly, I was unaware that today is World Oceans Day. But we must all be aware of the real threat that now comes from climate change. When developing countries put in new industrial...

Rural Delivery Review (21 Apr 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Following their acceptance of the Lord Haskins's report, when they will announce in detail their changes to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Countryside Agency and English Nature; and whether these changes require primary legislation.

Rural Delivery Review (21 Apr 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that interesting reply. Perhaps I may remind noble Lords of my interest in this matter. I am chairman of the Sussex Downs Conservation Board. Does the Minister agree that the proposals put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Haskins, are of considerable complexity and possibly of great opportunity? Given the reform in the common agricultural policy, will...

Rural Delivery Review (21 Apr 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, the description given by the Minister is that the Government Front Bench may pretend to be rather picky and choosy about which recommendations of the noble Lord, Lord Haskins, they will follow up and which they will not. Can she give us an assurance that at the end of the day at least the whole system will be more efficient, much more streamlined and less bureaucratic than it is at...

Constitutional Reform: Ministerial Responsibilities (24 Mar 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, did the noble and learned Lord have the opportunity to listen to "Breakfast with Frost" on Sunday, in which Peter Hain, the Leader of the House of Commons, in answer to a question from David Frost about House of Lords reform said: "I think instead of just looking at composition we will also seek to curtail the powers of the Lords . . . we need to bring down the period that it can...

Countryside (25 Feb 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I have great sympathy with the remarks about regeneration in the countryside that the right reverend Prelate has just made. I hope that he will forgive me if I pursue a different aspect of regeneration. I welcome the opportunity that my noble friend Lord Peel has given us, and I congratulate him on the wide-ranging nature of his speech. I declare an interest as chairman of the...

Fish Farming (14 Jan 2004)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, is not the matter a little more serious than the noble Lord on the Front Bench opposite is giving the appearance of accepting? Is he aware that attempts to farm cod are being started now on the Shetland Islands? If that works, it could be a very important development for Scottish fishing, but even more for producing cod at a time when the shortage of North Sea cod becomes more...

Government Key Performance Targets (17 Dec 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they remain confident of the validity of their key performance targets.

Government Key Performance Targets (17 Dec 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I have a further supplementary question. I am in favour of tuition fees, because they make a lot of sense. I declare an interest as a member of the council of Sussex University. Why do the Government stick to the target that 50 per cent of all those who take GCSE exams should go to university? That takes no account at all of the number of young people who have the brains, the...

European Union Accounts (10 Dec 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, does the noble Lord remember that in the past the European Court of Auditors has been subject to a great deal of criticism? Not long ago, Sub-Committee A of your Lordships' European Union Select Committee recommended that membership of the Court of Auditors should consist of professional and, preferably, independent accountants, rather than having one former politician put on the...

Higher Education: Tuition Fees (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have developed their policy on the issue of undergraduates' contributions to the cost of their tuition.

Higher Education: Tuition Fees (6 Nov 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that clear and informative Answer. First, I declare an interest as a member of the council of Sussex University, where we are in principle supporting the idea of contributions to tuition fees being paid after graduation out of salary. Will the Minister look at two particular points? First, will she look at increasing the maintenance grant in order to give...

Hunting Bill (28 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: In the circumstances, and with regret, it is not moved.

Hunting Bill (28 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: I must first declare an interest: I live in an area of outstanding natural beauty that may, shortly, be designated a national park. The inquiry into whether the South Downs will become a national park starts in three weeks, so I could find myself moving from an AONB to a national park in two or three years' time. I am interested in the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord...

Privy Council and House of Lords Reform (23 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: My Lords, declaring an interest in this matter as a Privy Counsellor, perhaps I may go back to my noble friend's original Question. Will the noble Baroness the Leader of the House tell us what is the use of the Privy Council at the moment, apart from oaths and such like? Given that there are a number of members of the Privy Council from the Commonwealth, would it not be helpful to seek their...

Hunting Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: When I tabled the amendments I did not know that we would get into quite such a—I do not know whether "muddle" is the right word to use about them, but confusion. First, I thank the Whip on the Government Front Bench for telling me that she thought I was transgressing in my first remarks. But she allowed me to continue none the less. That is a rare privilege and as an ex Chief Whip I...

Hunting Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: The Minister said that before dinner we passed an amendment by a substantial majority that allowed registration. He then implied that given that amendment, he believed that I was going rather far in pushing these amendments for the reasons that he has just stated. I accept that abolishing the two subsections in Clause 3 is a substantial step. Could he give the Committee a promise that he will...

Hunting Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry: moved Amendment No. 19: Page 1, line 11, leave out subsection (1).


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