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NATO: French Nuclear Weapons - Question ( 9 May 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, was it not a pity that President Macron talked about boots on the ground in Ukraine, when what is needed is air power, if we are going to win this war? Without it, we will lose it.

Carbon Budget Delivery Plan: High Court Ruling - Question ( 8 May 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the amount of carbon we are emitting is less than 1% of the world’s emissions? Can he confirm that, when we come down to zero, there is a serious risk that the Chinese will still be burning vast quantities of coal and fossil fuels, and that world carbon levels will be rising?

Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Apr 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Lisvane, the chairman of the committee, who was absolutely excellent in the way he carried out the job. I have no doubt that he had somewhat of an advantage over many of the rest of us on the committee, as he had spent quite a lot of time in the House of Commons on the Defence Select Committee, which must have given him great...

School Meals for Children - Question (20 Mar 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: Can my noble friend tell us what effect exercise has on the health of school- children?

Independent Schools - Question (18 Mar 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, the noble Baroness made the point that the surpluses that were going to be created by raising VAT on private schools would be spent in the state sector. Does my noble friend agree that if too many independent schools close and pupils are transferred to the state sector, there will not be any surplus whatever?

India: Democratic Freedoms - Question (14 Mar 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, before the United Kingdom Government push again for India to join the permanent five, will we look for an improvement in India of the treatment of minorities and the democratic process?

President of the European Commission - Question (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, one of the weapon systems that Ukraine could certainly deal with is the Taurus missile from Germany. The German Parliament has passed this to be sent to Ukraine, but for some reason Chancellor Scholz is holding it up. Can we do anything to encourage the Germans to send the Taurus missile to Ukraine?

Situation in the Red Sea - Statement (29 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, further to the question of my noble friend Lord Hailsham about the help we are getting from allies, can my noble friend confirm that the two biggest economies in Europe are Germany and France, in that order, which are importing significant quantities of goods from the Far East and China through the Suez Canal and therefore have a big interest in protecting shipping in the Red Sea?...

Overseas Territories: Tax Haven Status - Question (26 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that, if some of the overseas territories ceased to be tax havens, they would become an even greater burden on the British taxpayer?

Peatlands - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, I have raised this with my noble friend before. Wildfires are one of the greatest dangers to our peatlands. They get very much worse when heather is allowed to grow out and become hard and woody. Then, during a drought you can have a fire that lasts for six weeks with endless fire engines being deployed and the peat still burning underneath, as happened on Saddleworth Moor. Does he...

Developing World: Debt Reduction - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, if we write off the debt of these developing countries, what is to stop them running up more debt in future?

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers - Private Notice Question (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, further to the request from the noble Lord, Lord West, that compensation should be paid by the manufacturers of these aircraft carriers for a total sum of £6.2 billion, does my noble friend accept that BAE S might not be very good at building ships but it is very good at writing contracts?

Met Office: 2023 Temperatures - Question ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: Does my noble friend the Minister accept that, if heather is allowed to grow out and become woody and large, we will have more wildfires destroying peat and so forth? The answer is to regularly burn heather. What plans does my noble friend have for this?

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, I received the email from the noble Lord, Lord Alton, trying to persuade me to support the amendment, and I must say that I am very reluctant to do so. The fact is that all trade agreements are a compromise. That is one reason why there is no veto in Parliament over a trade agreement—you would start to unpick the whole thing if Parliament objected to some aspect of a trade...

BBC Funding - Statement (12 Dec 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, we are regularly told that the licence fee is not a tax, but on the other hand it walks like a tax and quacks like a tax. Of course it is a very flat tax, in that it impacts enormously on people who cannot easily afford it. As the noble Lord, Lord Birt, has referred to, the BBC is coming under enormous competition from many other forms of media. Surely this settlement is quite...

Illegal Immigration - Statement (20 Nov 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: Has my noble friend had any luck in securing the conviction of so-called human rights lawyers who tell illegal migrants to throw away their passport and pretend that they come from a war zone when they do not or tell them to say that they are subject to child trafficking or modern slavery? Surely these people should be convicted and should not be part of the legal system in any way whatever.

Creative and Cultural Industries: Impact of Visa and Immigration Policies - Question (25 Jul 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, I find myself meeting nothing but young homegrown Brits who want jobs in the creative industries. What are we doing to develop our own national talent in this area?

NATO Summit - Statement (18 Jul 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, I am a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and I agree with him completely about the importance of the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. Does my noble friend the Minister agree that that is very important, not least because one of Putin’s excuses for invading Ukraine was that he did not want to see the expansion of...

Asylum: Channel Crossings - Question (27 Jun 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, further to the question about children from the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, does my noble friend have any evidence that human rights lawyers are telling people who come here illegally on boats across the channel to say that they are children, when they are clearly not?

Sudan - Question (26 Jun 2023)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, I am not quite as close to Sudan as is my noble friend Lady Anelay or the noble Lord, Lord Alton. Can my noble friend tell us what the African Union has actually achieved in Sudan over recent years?


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