Results 1–20 of 6259 for speaker:Lord Foulkes of Cumnock in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Can the noble Lord confirm that it will be a comprehensive review and reassure the noble Lord, Lord McNally, that it will not just be a tweaking?

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: I am not seeking to speak in this debate because I think this debate is serving no purpose whatever. The Senior Deputy Speaker has moved his Motion and we will not divide on it. As I understand it, there will be a review of the whole procedure, in which we will all be given the opportunity to make recommendations and suggestions. Why are we continuing with this—albeit erudite—completely...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, this has been an exceptional debate. It has gone a bit wider than I expected, but who am I to complain about that? It has been notable that the reply was clearly a ministerial reply, not a reading of a Civil Service brief. It was very welcome. I would like to tackle many of the points that have been raised but I do not have the time to do that. I finish by saying that I hope we will...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, I am particularly grateful to my noble friends in the Labour group in the House of Lords for agreeing to this topic and allowing me to speak to it. It is very important, as indicated by the number and distinguished nature of the speakers who have put their names down for the debate. I hope others will forgive me if I start by saying how pleased I am that my friend and former...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: For once, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, for intervening because he has reminded me of that, and we should keep reminding the people of Scotland that it was the SNP that helped to bring down Jim Callaghan’s Government and gave us Margaret Thatcher and a Tory Government for nearly 18 years.

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Where was I? As a result, nothing was done by that Government and some of us felt that the opportunity had been lost. However, after some reflection, the campaign was revived and, although unfortunately we were not able to persuade the Thatcher Government to act, we came up with a very novel idea, which will be the central part of my argument today. It was that the Labour Opposition should...

Housing: Serviced Plots - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, what advice would the Minister give to someone threatened with eviction from their home just off Whitehall?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - Statement (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, we are all obliged to the Minister for his explanation. Will he now confirm that what the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, has been saying again and again has now been confirmed by the European Court of Justice, that we can unilaterally agree to withdraw our Article 50 withdrawal and remain part of the European Union now that we know the consequences of leaving? Is that not something that the...

Exiting the European Union - Statement (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, let us be honest about this. Is this not increasingly a desperate clutching at straws by the Prime Minister to try to heal divisions on this issue within the Conservative Party? That is why David Cameron led us to this unfortunate referendum in the first place. Why is it that the poor of this country—and it is the poor of this country—should continue to suffer and to be...

Arrangement of Business (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: I am confused. I understood from what the noble Lord, Lord Newby, said that he was about to move the adjournment; that is what it sounded like. As my noble friend Lord Adonis said, either he or my noble friend Lady Smith should be in a position to move the adjournment of the House. It is entirely ridiculous that I am down to debate something that will no longer exist in a few hours’ time. I...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, can the Minister clarify her answer to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern? From what he said today and last week, I understand that if the deal does not go through, he is not in favour of a people’s vote but wants Parliament to accept responsibility for deciding future action, which would include staying as a member of the European Union. That is a very tempting...

Russia and Ukraine: Seizure of Naval Vessels - Private Notice Question (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Russians feel more able to do this while western Europe is preoccupied with Brexit and while the United States is coping with Trump? Russia interfered with the referendum and his election. Would it not make us more skilful and adept in reacting and responding appropriately to Russia if we were to abandon the foolishness of Brexit?

Verify: Digital Identity System - Question (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, I am tempted to ask the Minister why it took a Question from the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, for him to sign up to Verify, but instead I shall ask him about his other revelation—that there is a Minister for Implementation. What are his or her—I do not know whether it is a he or a she—other responsibilities?

Brexit: Economic Effects - Question (21 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, can I just clarify something? Is it not the case that people such as the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, and the CBI, are only now cosying up to the deal proposed because they are absolutely scared—I was about to say “something” scared, but I had better not—of the alternative of no deal? The reality is that, all around the country, a momentum—if noble Lords will excuse the...

United Nations Relief and Works Agency - Question (19 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, there were also reports in the papers that the British Government would follow President Trump and withdraw from another UN organisation, UNESCO. That was done by Mrs Thatcher’s Government in 1985 and there were huge outcries in the universities, the arts and elsewhere. Can the Minister give us an assurance that these reports are not correct and that the United Kingdom will not...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Many of us do not live in London and we have to get to other parts of the United Kingdom. We are hearing the same arguments again and again. Surely it is about time that we went to the vote.

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: Thousands.

Productivity: Work-related Stress - Question (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, it is very good that we have such an experienced Minister replying to this Question. Can I urge him to consider introducing counselling sessions for those experiencing work-related depression and anxiety at the moment—namely, members of the Cabinet?

Brexit: Proposed Agreement - Question (14 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate publishing the details of a proposed agreement with the European Union on the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal.

Brexit: Proposed Agreement - Question (14 Nov 2018)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, this has turned out to be a really topical Question. Does the Minister recall that the vote that took place in 2016—contrary to what the noble Lord, Lord Bates, said in answer to the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham—was a vote by the narrow majority to authorise the start of negotiations for withdrawal? Now that we are imminently to be told the terms, surely the choice between...


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