Results 1–20 of 6179 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 King of Bridgwater

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, it is a pleasure to join in at this stage in the debate and recognise the contribution that the House of Lords is making to showing that you can debate the issues of Brexit without the sort of bad temper and extraordinarily bad conduct that has existed in the other place and led to a serious loss of public respect for Parliament. In the various exchanges that have taken place, I...

Thomas Cook - Statement (25 Sep 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: Is my noble friend saying that, at a time when the Government are making every effort to get home people who are stranded and scrabbling around to find any airlines that will help, and while we see pictures of all the Thomas Cook planes sitting idle on airfields, whose crews presumably are unemployed, there is no way in which some extra arrangement could be made on a temporary basis to give...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My noble friend kindly offered to write to the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. Will she confirm that she will put a copy of that letter in the Library?

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Pickles, who speaks with great authority on this matter. As he rightly declared, he is deeply involved in and knows an enormous amount about what is proposed. But I pick him up on one point he made. Whether or not the application here is out of time for this amendment, I would have thought that nobody in your Lordships’ House would disagree that...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: There was an intervention that I thought suggested not. If I have got that wrong, I apologise. It is going to be a massive construction process. I asked my noble friend Lord Pickles—he will not mind my mentioning this—how long he thinks this will take; two years, possibly. Anybody familiar with construction projects in London—I have been, and am at present, quite closely involved with...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: One of the new boys.

Nuclear Weapons (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: If my noble friend will allow me, there is an important recommendation in view of the recent tension between India and Pakistan. The committee made a sensible recommendation to invite India and Pakistan to attend the next P5 meeting; they have been included in past discussions. I see that the Government’s response merely says: “Such an invitation would require the explicit agreement of...

UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 May 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy. He has yet again made an extremely informative and educational contribution to one of our debates. I join other noble Lords in congratulating my noble friend Lord Howell and his committee on an absolutely excellent report. I just looked at the list of witnesses, which seems to go on for page after page. I am amazed by the scope...

Torture Overseas: Ministry of Defence Policy - Statement (20 May 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: I strongly welcome the Statement that my noble friend has made on this matter. When I saw that the Question had been tabled, I thought that there was some evidence of a serious incident involving torture but, as I understand it, the Minister says that there is a possible misunderstanding about the rules that apply and he has indicated that this has been looked at very carefully. There can be...

Elections and Referendums: Foreign Interference - Question (9 May 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: Does my noble friend recognise that it is no secret where a lot of this foreign interference comes from? The outcome of the presidential election in America and the referendum here gave no unhappiness at all in Moscow. Can I take it that the strongest representations are being made to the Russian Government that this conduct is unacceptable, we now know where it is coming from and we will...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, as we embark on the third day of our deliberations, and the House of Commons approaches its penultimate day, I think there is not a single Member of your Lordships’ House who would not agree with the Prime Minister’s comment today that we are in uncharted waters. I would take that analogy further and say that the ship of state is at the moment adrift in a dangerous sea, with...

Arrangement of Business (10 Dec 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: Is the situation then to be that those who have not yet had the chance to speak on the first two days and are due to speak today, and would like to give their advice to the Government as to what we think ought to happen in this somewhat fluid situation so that those speeches can be taken into account thereafter, cannot do so? I certainly support my noble friend the Captain of the Honourable...

Religious Hate Speech - Question (5 Dec 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: Does my noble friend agree that there is now far too much hatred in the world, affecting all ages, such as the tragic incident that occurred recently with the Syrian refugee? The total pervasiveness of social media is an opportunity to spread hate in different directions. Will she comment on the approach that could be taken to tackle that particular challenge that we now have?

Brexit: Legal Position of Withdrawal Agreement - Statement (3 Dec 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that there is a very good reason for the convention that advice from the Attorney-General can be kept confidential to the Government? Nobody who voted on that proposal for a contempt Motion has the slightest idea whether some of that advice might be advantageous to the people against whom—or with whom—we are negotiating. I do not know how many noble...

Brexit: Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, I entirely understand the strength of feeling of the noble Lord, Lord Morrow, having devoted a few years of my life to ensuring the right of Northern Ireland to be part of the United Kingdom by virtue of the democratic wish of the people of Northern Ireland. Clearly, the issues we are discussing now are of great concern to them. I start as a remainer. With many others, I felt the...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Second Reading (9 Oct 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the right reverend Prelate. In her relatively brief remarks I think she impressed the whole House with the quality of her contribution. I wonder whether any of her predecessors as Bishop of Newcastle would have dreamed of standing up in your Lordships’ House and saying, “I have just had a meeting in Newcastle Central Mosque”. That drew...

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Dannatt, on introducing this very important debate. Even though I am allowed only two minutes in which to give my views, I want to make it absolutely clear that I think a completely fresh approach is now needed. I lived through some pretty troubled times during my time in Northern Ireland. I certainly saw atrocities of all kinds, serious ones,...

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

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, who takes a great interest in these issues. I note that we have already had contributions in this debate from people who know a tremendous lot about all the detail of these matters. I have therefore decided to take on the role of the common man, the person who does not understand all the details of everything, but of some...

EU Exit: Future Relationship White Paper - Statement (12 Jul 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, does my noble friend recognise that this Statement and the White Paper do rather better than one or two of the statements that came out of Chequers in continuing to emphasise the point that frictionless trade is as important for jobs among our friends in the European Union as it is for jobs in this country? If that does not exist in any way, that would be hugely damaging to jobs in...

NATO Summit 2018 - Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2018)

Lord King of Bridgwater: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hannay. I want particularly to pick up the last point that he made so that I can get rid of it. I hope that one thing we will do at this summit is make it clear that whatever is going on with Brexit makes absolutely no difference to our commitment to European defence and our involvement in it. This House has a tradition of fairly...


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