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Brexit - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: Well, my Lords, what an extraordinary response. On Saturday, MPs from all parties voted to seek an extension to ensure that the necessary legislation will be passed prior to Brexit day. The Prime Minister maintains that his deal, and its enabling legislation, must be delivered by 31 October, yet your Lordships’ House has always said that such a self-imposed deadline runs the risk of either...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement. There were some points of difference from what the Prime Minister said, which I will come to. I listened carefully to what she said. It is now 1,212 days since we heard the outcome of the 2016 referendum vote, and few could have foreseen how Brexit would lead to our politics and our country being so uncertain and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion to Adjourn (14 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is my third Queen’s Speech debate as Leader of the Opposition, although it has been a while since the last one. After three Queen’s Speeches, three debates and three different Prime Ministers, the dire state of national governance means that I cannot rule out taking part in a fourth or even fifth debate in the coming months. It could be a bit like the proverbial No. 9 bus:...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Statement (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I feel I have heard some of those words before in many other Statements. To be clear, what the Urgent Question asked was when the Government intend to publish the full legal text of proposed changes to the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration. MPs will be asked to make a judgment on this and consider the Prime Minister’s offer. I am not going to call it a deal,...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Statement (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, by way of explanation, I said that the DUP were not represented here. I see that they have now taken their seats, and we look forward to hearing from them.

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I first thank the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement. I think that most of us listened carefully to what the Prime Minister has said today. The Statement was very different in tone to what we heard last Wednesday, so hopefully her entreaties to the Prime Minister had some impact. When the Prime Minister took office in July, we were promised a fresh approach to Brexit, and...

Services, Procedure and Selection Committees - Membership Motion (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I concur with the comments of the noble Baroness the Leader of the House. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, has been Convenor since 2015 and he has served this House, as well as his group, with distinction during that time. These have been interesting and at times very demanding times for your Lordships’ House. In so many debates, the noble and learned Lord’s forensic and...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: There are only four on your Benches.

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: The noble Lord says that it is an important measure, but he seems to be critical of what the House of Commons was discussing. I think he ought to be very careful where he goes with this.

Special Adviser Appointments - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I will ask the Minister two questions. Given the report in the Daily Telegraph that Sonia Khan was later offered a pay-off of around £40,000 following her treatment, does he consider that an appropriate use of public money? I also refer him to the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, this time paragraph 14, which says: “Special advisers must not take public part in political...

Development Aid: Pakistan - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that a key part of our support for Pakistan is the CSSF’s rule of law programme, which aims to increase Pakistan’s civilian capacity to investigate, detain, prosecute and try terrorists. He will also be aware that Pakistan routinely uses the death penalty, including against those who are alleged to have committed terrorism offences as juveniles. He...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Legal Aid for Separated Children) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: Just to clarify: if I have understood correctly, is the Minister saying that all children who currently get exceptional case funding will now get legal aid to complete their cases?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Legal Aid for Separated Children) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, like others, I unreservedly and wholeheartedly support the order before us today. However, I have to say that the congratulations should go not to the Minister but to the Children’s Society. The noble Lord, Lord Marks, the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle made similar comments. I was pleased to see the Government recognise this...

Brexit: Access to EU Systems - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I listened carefully to the Minister’s Answer, but I am not clear about exactly what the Government are doing. It is all very well to say that that is in the next phase of negotiations, but what if there is a no-deal Brexit? There will be no further negotiations and we will be out of the system. RASFF is not the only notification system: there are others as well. It would be...

Arrangement of Business - Announcement: Motion to Adjourn (26 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I thank the Chief Whip for announcing that there will be business for next week and for his discussions with us through the course of yesterday and today to ensure that the business that we have was available. In the light of that, I am delighted that I now do not move the amendment standing in my name. Motion agreed. House adjourned at 2.16 pm.

Use of Language to Create a Safe Environment - Statement (26 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for repeating the Answer from the House of Commons. Perhaps the Government have put forward the noble Earl to respond today because he has not, I do not think, ever been offensive to anyone in his life. It feels awkward to have to address these questions to him when I am sure that the Statement we heard last night from the Prime Minister...

Update to Parliament - Statement (25 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I think we have heard a change in tone. When I heard the Statement in the House of Commons, I was quite shocked, and I hope that the noble Baroness was embarrassed at having to read out some of that Statement this evening. The Prime Minister just does not get it. I did not think I could be any more disappointed in the Government. I got it wrong, because I just was. Iain Dale, a...

Lord Speaker’s Statement - Announcement (25 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I concur with the comments of the Lord Speaker and the noble Lord the Chief Whip about the work the staff have undertaken to get this place ready for us: anybody who saw it last week may have doubted that it could be done quite as quickly and efficiently as it has. We are very grateful to them and to the other staff of the House, who have been mucked...

Report Pursuant to Sections 3(1), 3(6), 3(7), 3(8), 3(9) and 3(10) the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 - Motion to Take Note (9 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, what better way is there to get towards the end of the debate than with such an invitation? I gladly accept it. We are grateful to the Minister for his introduction to this debate and to the earlier SI. He is always candid and honest with your Lordships’ House. We understand the frustration he feels in negotiations. We have perhaps not made as much progress as he would like....

Chair of the European Union Committee - Membership Motion (9 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House will share the noble Baroness’s confidence, and mine, that the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, will take on this role with enthusiasm and great skill. His expertise in science and the law are key ingredients for evidence-based policy-making and analysis; that is essential, particularly at a time when some consider opinions superior to facts. We warmly...


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