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European Council - Statement (25 Mar 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the noble Baroness has now told us more than once in the context of the Statement that the Government’s priority has been the delivery of a deal. Is it not the case that in yesterday’s Sunday Times the political editor revealed, with the help of one of the noble Baroness’s Cabinet colleagues, the content of a Cabinet minute that showed that the discussion in the Cabinet was...

Interserve - Question (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the annual revenues of Interserve were £2.9 billion, two-thirds of which it got from the public sector. The debt holders got this business for approximately £600 million, and will undoubtedly sell off its profitable parts for more than they were owed. However, the unsecured creditors have been left fighting over £600,000. Were the Government part of that deal? How much was owed...

Brexit: Article 50 Period Extension Procedure - Statement (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I assume that the Government were aware that the other place had a convention dating back to 1604 that you could not bring a proposition substantially the same as one that had already been decided in the same Session of Parliament. If that is the case, why is the Solicitor-General going about today saying that the House of Commons Speaker’s restatement of that convention—that is...

Northern Ireland: Devolved Government - Question (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, has the Prime Minister met with the leaders of any other parties in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit in the same timescale as she has met with the DUP? All important decisions in Northern Ireland according to the Good Friday agreement require cross-community agreement. What efforts are the Government making to get cross-community agreement for the people of Northern Ireland?

Eurotunnel - Statement (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, no one believes that this £33 million was paid to Eurotunnel to secure medicines post Brexit. Anyone who knows anything about the legal process knows that, at the door of the court, the Government’s lawyers told them, “We need to settle this case”—and they settled it for £33 million to Eurotunnel. The question, which has been posed to the noble Earl twice now, is: did or...

Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty - Statement (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, Europe has been the greatest beneficiary of this treaty since 1987. With the suspension of compliance by both the United States and Russia, Europe is now much less secure, and it will continue to be while that compliance is suspended. On the date in December when the United States gave Russia notice of its intention, there was a NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels. The...

Brexit: Proposed UK–EU Security Treaty (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I am reluctant to intervene on the Minister—I think we are all conscious of the time—but I have been listening carefully to what she has said, and she seems to have represented the provisions of the political declaration as being agreed. I am not going to go through all its paragraphs but I have copied down three active verbs from three of them, and they are very important. One...

Brexit: Proposed UK–EU Security Treaty (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Kirkhope specifically said—and as the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, adopted and applied—the security of our citizens is the paramount responsibility of the Government. The security implications of Brexit have not been debated nearly enough, and I believe the Government should have found time for a comprehensive debate about it so that our citizens could be...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I speak in support of the Motion of my noble friend Lady Smith of Basildon, and I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, for a number of reasons. He has given me an opportunity to use a sentence that I never thought I would in my political career, which is that I agree with him. The Prime Minister’s deal is unacceptable. I am not tempted to engage with...

Government Policy: Plain English - Question (19 Dec 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, on any reasonable measure, all three services of the UK’s Armed Forces are smaller now than when the Government took responsibility for them. The Navy has fewer vessels than it had in 2003 and the Government have no intention of building more than there were in 2003. However, yesterday, in an otherwise pretty vacuous Statement, the Secretary of State for Defence said to the other...

Modernising Defence Programme - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I woke this morning to the news of the transformation fund of £160 million. Clearly, that was what the MoD briefed last night from this Statement because that was what the Secretary of State wanted the media to focus on—and they have done, for most of today. So I too will focus on this in your Lordships’ House. Since the Statement was first made, the MoD has briefed further...

EU Council - Statement (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, in the seventh sentence of this Statement, the Prime Minister said that her, “Brexit deal includes the deepest security partnership that has ever been agreed with the EU”. This seems a very odd choice of words, since no such security partnership exists. The political declaration, in paragraphs 80 and following, sets out an ambition to have a broad, deep and comprehensive...

Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, as I intend to restrict my remarks to the part of the report that deals with autonomous weapons, I draw attention to my entry in the register of interests, particularly my consultancy with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and its nascent collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University, which of course is the brainchild of the noble Lord, Lord...

Cyber Threats - Motion to Take Note (18 Oct 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I draw your Lordships’ attention to my entry in the register of interests, particularly my association with and employment by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a US-based think tank. I congratulate the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, on securing this debate and commend him for corralling this massive topic into a 15-minute speech. I congratulate him also on the breadth of the Motion...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, since my introduction into your Lordships’ House, on each occasion when I have risen to speak from these Benches, I have endeavoured to find some point of common cause with the previous speaker—some point on which we can agree, or some way in which I can seamlessly weave myself into the debate. The noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, will appreciate that, on this occasion, I choose to...

Brexit: Negotiations and No-deal Contingency Planning - Statement (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, why, in the relevant technical notice, did the Government advise those who trade in Northern Ireland, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to ask a foreign Government for advice as to how they should continue? Secondly, how is that consistent with us taking back control through Brexit to the British Government and the British Parliament? Finally, if the Minister wishes to criticise me...

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Fox. I hope that his speech has engaged the Minister’s business experience and encourages him to take back to his colleagues in government the significantly persuasive detail of the argument he presented. I also hope that the Minister will refer particularly to that in his response to the debate. I do not suppose that this will be...

Broadband: Full-fibre Coverage - Private Notice Question (24 Jul 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I fear that the Minister may have misunderstood what the Chancellor said in the other place last week. The Chancellor is widely reported as having been overheard by journalists as saying that he was considering fixing a switch-off date for copper wiring to incentivise broadband installation across the country, not what the Minister has reported to the House, which is that when it is...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, and I pay tribute to her for her consistent championing of the UK agri-food industry throughout this whole Brexit process. This evening she has again made a knowledgeable contribution. My contribution will be restricted to the defence and security issues referred to in chapter 2 of the White Paper. I say to the Minister...

Written Answers — Treasury: Whisky: Exports (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance to industries such as the scotch whisky industry of maintaining access to the Excise Movement and Control System.


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