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Brexit: Triggering Article 50 - Statement (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords—

Brexit: Triggering Article 50 - Statement (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: The European Union has brought an unprecedented 71 years of peace to western Europe. Have the Government given any thought to this historical reality?

Brexit: UK-EU Security (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Feb 2017)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, this is a very important report and the way the noble Baroness introduced it today was helpful and clarified the detail. We need to implement this absolutely excellent report. When will the negotiations start? If we have a hard-Brexit response from the members of the European Union it might be difficult to promote the detail of this report. This might be done in the lead-up to...

Brexit: Green Paper - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish a green paper on their negotiating objectives for Brexit.

Brexit: Green Paper - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: Will the Government reveal to Parliament and the British people the damage to the economy that will result from Brexit if we leave the European single market?

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, I welcome this debate initiated by the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, who spoke for many in this Chamber when he talked of his respect for the European Union’s contribution to peace. We have had 70 years of peace in western Europe and I believe that the European Economic Community very much contributed to that. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ricketts, on his forceful maiden speech,...

Article 50 (Constitution Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, and my chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Lang, on their excellent reports. Western Europe has seen 70 years of peace. I fear that Britain’s exit will unravel the knitted union and that western Europe may face further disruptions and wars. The referendum was a mistake, in that it...

Drugs Policy - Question for Short Debate (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, I support the case of the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, for legalising cannabis. It is a drug that helps and does not seem to harm. She has made the case very strongly. I note that the British Medical Journal has also called for the legalisation of illicit drugs. It is a source of expertise and is evidence that drugs can be helpful to those needing pain killers and could help stop...

Brexit: Article 50 - Statement (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, why have the Government ignored the reports of the Constitution Committee referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Lang? Why is Parliament not being given the intentions regarding the presentation of specified information? Why are Ministers in principle not being required to report back to Parliament at all? Why is Parliament not being involved in the negotiation process subsequent to...

Brexit: Foreign and Security Policy Co-operation - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, I thank my colleague for initiating this debate on a subject vital to our future. During the campaign for Brexit, the indications were not clear at all. On one occasion, the former Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned the fact that we had had 71 years of peace in Western Europe, but it was largely a debate about migration. That was false and misleading. The present Prime Minister...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for opening this debate in a way that enabled Members of this House to speak their minds, rather than putting his foot down and saying that this was the final decision. The BBC is facing a reduction in its financing and that has to be taken into consideration. It has dropped by 25% and I seriously recommend that the Government contemplate how to deal with that....

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: I entirely agree with that. I heard the noble Baroness, Lady Liddell of Coatdyke, pointing out that Scotland could have stronger broadcasting. She talked about the Gaelic language and how it was being noted and strengthened. That is very worth while. I am concerned about two elements of this charter. One is that Ofcom could involve itself in editorial and creative judgments, which is a great...

Written Answers — Home Office: Female Genital Mutilation (27 Jul 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of victims of female genital mutilation in each of the four nations of the UK; and what steps they are taking to eradicate that practice throughout the UK.

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, the European Union is something to which the United Kingdom has belonged for 43 years. I cannot see that it has done harm overall to the United Kingdom. We are one of the most productive and wealthiest countries in the world. The referendum, which has numbed us because it was intended to bind Parliament, has left out of the count two nations of the United Kingdom—Scotland and...

Outcome of the EU Referendum - Statement (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that Parliament is the constitutional sovereign power of the United Kingdom and that, consequently, referenda should be seen as advisory in nature? The nations of the United Kingdom did not vote in the same way in support of leaving. The United Kingdom Government have the presidency of the EU in the second half of next year and could therefore put forward...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, this has been a very good, and timely, debate. I declare an interest, in that I am a beneficiary of the common agricultural policy. I would prefer to focus not on the short term, as I think most people have, but on the longer term. We have lived in a peaceful Europe for more than 70 years. That is part of the outcome of bringing together the member countries in Europe into a...

European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016 — Motion to Approve (2 Mar 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, referenda are unpredictable and this one is very unpredictable. In the period after the Convention on the Future of Europe, France and the Netherlands voted against the recommendations made by that convention, on which I served. It was pretty clear that the votes were not against the substance of the convention but against the Governments in office in those two countries. Both...

European Council - Statement (22 Feb 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, is not the greatest achievement of the European Union, to which we have belonged since the 1970s, the fact that we have had 70 years of peace? After the two world wars Britain was financially at a loss. We lost our empire and we lost our ability to spend, and this is the whole purpose of the European Union being saved. If we left the European Union we would destabilise it, and that...

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jan 2016)

Lord Maclennan of Rogart: My Lords, the country should be very grateful to my noble friend Lord Dholakia for pursuing this question of the minimum age of criminal responsibility. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, that this is a civilised country, but we are exceptional in our treatment of young people in respect of their criminal propensities. The circumstances in other European countries that have raised the...


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