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Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:the Marquess of Lothian

Israel and Palestine: United States’ Proposals for Peace - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord. I am grateful to the noble Baroness for having secured this debate. For many years, I have been both a friend of Israel and a friend of Palestine—not always an easy balance to achieve in the ebbing and flowing of the two-state solution arguments—but President Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” has totally upset that...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, with a new Government in place and at a time of severe international tension, it must be right to start looking for a new foreign policy, as whatever passed for one before stopped working a long time ago—no more so than in that traditional cauldron of the Middle East. After years of drift, of reacting to events and of sheltering in the afterburn of the United States, the time has...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (1st Day) (3 Dec 2018)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, as my noble friend the Minister will know, the committee which I have the honour to serve on behalf of this House along with the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin, produced a report 10 days ago on the lessons to be learned from terrorism incidents last year. One of the points that we made was that in most of, if not all, those incidents, the perpetrators had had access to the type of extreme...

Palestinian Territories - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2018)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Steel of Aikwood, on securing this very timely debate. I agree with much of what he had to say. The Middle East is currently facing a struggle for hegemony between Iran, Saudi and Turkey. On this occasion, Israel seems intent on joining in. I do not believe that this is about preserving or strengthening Israel’s security but, on this occasion,...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (21 Feb 2017)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, last June I voted to leave the European Union. After years of urgently needed reform of the Union being promised and never delivered, and finding ourselves on the path inexorably to ever-closer union, I decided that the time had come to leave and, thankfully, a majority of the British people took the same view. This has been and still is a marathon debate and we have heard an...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Sep 2016)

the Marquess of Lothian: In the interests of public confidence, can my noble and learned friend give an indication of what sort of penalties there would be for the offence of misconduct in public office? It is important that the public know this is being taken seriously.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Sep 2016)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I rise briefly to support the noble Lord, Lord Butler, in these proposed new clauses. As a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee I can confirm that we felt very strongly that there was a gap here which needed to be filled. I am conscious of the fact that the major consideration behind this Bill was to create a balance between privacy on the one side and security on the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Sep 2016)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I welcome the government amendment and support Amendment 194. I, too, am a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Indeed, I have to admit to having been a member of that committee for more than 10 years now. The Government have tabled a very sensible amendment. There have been times during our investigations when we have come across issues which were really not for the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I am sure the whole House is relieved to hear of this newfound friendship between their two noble Lordships. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Butler of Brockwell. He and I served together on the Intelligence and Security Committee in the last Parliament. I am particularly pleased to take part in this Second Reading debate today, not least because the ISC—on...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

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Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I put a question to my noble friend Lord Forsyth. Having listened to this argument, does he agree with me that—perhaps I am being oversuspicious—somehow what this clause is about is trying to say to the people of Scotland, “It is all right. This is for ever”, and then saying to this House, “We know that it does not really mean that, because the sovereignty of Parliament...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: My noble friend is being asked to withdraw the words he is trying to insert because we do not know who is recognising? Subsection (3) of the proposed new section contains the words, “it is declared”. Do we know who is declaring?

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: Can the noble Lord explain how the removal of new subsection (1) would affect the existence of the Scottish Parliament?

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I support Amendment 1. We have heard a lot of intricate and technical arguments and I do not intend to get involved in them. I listened to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness. He mentioned Section 1 of the Scotland Act. I remember that Act well because I was leading for the Opposition in the other place at that time. I think we all accepted that the Scottish...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: I accept the noble and learned Lord’s suggestion. The word “permanent” is the one that concerns me. I do not think heads of agreement can change the British constitution—only Parliaments can change the British constitution. We could say something along the lines that we envisage that this will last for a long time or for ever, but we cannot say that it will because that is what...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: I do not disagree with my noble friend. What I said was that I do not think that heads of agreement can change constitutions, nor do I think that Governments, by heads of agreement, can change them. The constitution can only be changed, Parliament by Parliament, by Parliament itself, and that is what this clause seems to argue against. I would very much like to think that we could withdraw...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the interesting speech of the noble Lord, Lord Turnbull. It will certainly deserve re-reading tomorrow to get its full impact and I shall certainly be doing so. My family’s Latin motto is “Sero sed serio” which, translated into English, means “Late but in earnest”. That is fairly appropriate for my position in this debate. This does, however,...

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: I think I will have to take that as being as near to an apology as I will get from the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes.

Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: I am very happy to reflect on it, but I make the point that had we not had devolution, I doubt whether we would have had the referendum because the basis for having the referendum would not have been there. A little later in my remarks I will deal rather more fully with what the noble Lord has just said. Another thing that has interested me about this debate is how unpartisan it has been. In...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 May 2015)

the Marquess of Lothian: My Lords, I, too, offer my heartfelt congratulations to my noble friend Lady Helic, who I had the pleasure of working with in 1995 on defence matters and for whom I have tremendous admiration. We heard a great speech from her today. I would like to ask a question: in a new Parliament with a Government with an overall majority, is it too much to hope that after decades of drift we might at...


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