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Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I have the right to speak at the end of this brief debate, but because everyone agrees that the debate should be brief, I do not intend to use that opportunity. Motion agreed.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: Can I ask the noble Lord a question? Had the referendum gone the other way, would he and his friends have accepted it absolutely and stopped campaigning for Britain to withdraw from the European Union?

NATO - Motion to Take Note (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: I know that the noble Earl will come to my somewhat critical comments about the lack of information on NATO from the Government, especially to parliamentarians, but I exempt him from some of that criticism because he is a shining example of what Ministers should be doing, given his early morning briefings of all-party groups of MPs. I should like to put that on the record but it does not...

NATO - Motion to Take Note (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, we should all be grateful to the Minister for arranging this welcome debate, even if the short notice given has deprived us of a number of wise contributors who might otherwise have wanted to join us. Those in 1949 who contemplated or even wanted a North Atlantic Treaty that would be time-limited would have been stunned but hugely impressed, 70 years on, at this anniversary today....

Offensive Weapons Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 95 (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I think we are all agreed that this is an important issue which needs to be debated. As my noble friend said, he is simply moving in his amendment what the Government put in their original legislation, so one would have thought that it would be uncontroversial. My noble friend has read out what the Home Secretary said in the debate at Second Reading in the other place. I think it is...

Offensive Weapons Bill - Second Reading (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: I am grateful to the noble Earl for giving way. If the case is as strong as he makes out, why was the Home Secretary convinced that criminal elements in Northern Ireland and on the mainland were likely to use the .50 calibre weapons?

Offensive Weapons Bill - Second Reading (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: It is a great privilege to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove. She speaks with authority and personal passion and we should listen with great care to what she says. I listened to her a few weeks ago at the annual Livia Awards, a remarkable institution created by the parents of a young woman who was killed in a road traffic accident to recognise in the Metropolitan Police those who expend...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British American Security Information Council: Finance (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding support they give to the British American Security Information Council; and for what purposes.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (2 Nov 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions of Article 32.10 (Non-Market Country FTA) of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would preclude the UK having both a United States–UK free trade agreement and a UK–China free trade agreement.

Afghanistan Update - Statement (11 Jul 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, as the person who invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, from which the Afghanistan mission derives, I commend the Government for this further reinforcement of our troops in Afghanistan. We cannot too often pay tribute to those who died or were injured and to the tens of thousands of British troops who have served in Afghanistan over these long years. However, I do not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, in the dim and very distant past, responsibility was given to me by Neil Kinnock—now my noble friend Lord Kinnock—for dealing with the Maastricht treaty Bill in the House of Commons. John Major had come back from the Amsterdam summit with a flawed agreement and an opt-out on the Social Chapter of the Maastricht treaty. We somehow had to protect the treaty, which we supported,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Accidents (24 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the UK meeting the Sustainable Development Goal target of halving the number of road traffic fatalities by 2020.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Caledonian MacBrayne (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Caledonian MacBrayne registered their sea-going employees in a company registered in Guernsey; and, if so, how much revenue was foregone by HMRC in employer's national insurance contributions.

United States: Foreign Policy - Motion to Take Note (18 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, it is very difficult to say something positive about President Donald Trump. I am going to stretch the patience and maybe the credulity of the House and try to do so. As he has rampaged across the world, he has done something valuable, even if he has done it unconsciously. With his attacks on the American press, he has alerted all of us to the value and importance in our society of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Partnerships: Scotland (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to regulate the operation of Scottish limited partnerships.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Partnerships: Scotland (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the National Crime Agency about the operation of Scottish limited partnerships.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Partnerships: Scotland (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether ministers have had discussions with the government of Scotland about the operation of Scottish limited partnerships.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Partnerships: Scotland (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to prevent the use of Scottish limited partnerships for money laundering and the avoidance of legal limits on financial activity.

National Security Capability Review - Statement (15 Jan 2018)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: Does the noble Earl realise that the continued delay in making key decisions about future capabilities is simply paralysing decision-making inside the Ministry of Defence and encouraging our opponents outside? Our allies in NATO will also be dismayed at the fact that these decisions are still pending, still waiting and seem to be kicked further down the road. Is he not concerned that this is...

Israel: DfID Secretary of State Meetings - Statement (7 Nov 2017)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: We have the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs telling a Select Committee of the House something that was not correct, and now we have another Secretary of State—for International Development—telling the press and the world that she had told the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in advance of her visit, then saying that she did not do it. What do...


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