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EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2021)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I want to exploit my position here at the moment, standing right behind the Minister. He opened the debate by referring to some of the major achievements that have been made, in particular that the European Court of Justice no longer applies in Great Britain, and other related matters. I am sure the noble Lord will realise that I could, and perhaps should, exploit my position here...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I have listened with great interest to the debate so far. I am sorry to hear so many occasions where people are criticising the Government for what they have done and in particular suggesting that in some way they were dragging out the proceedings, for whatever benefit. This is a most unfair approach. One could predict at the beginning of the negotiations that there would always be...

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (4 Nov 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I should point out at the outset that there is no significance whatsoever in the positioning of my name on the Order Paper. Although it is set up that way, I have nothing to do with the wind-up of this debate. I have a sad story to tell. Before the debate started, I was looking for somewhere to sit, which is difficult in this building at the moment. At that point, some of the...

Northern Ireland: Commission for Victims and Survivors - Question (22 Oct 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, these comments from other Members are what one would want to hear, in many respects, but we must remember that we are dealing here with the republican movement. I use that term to underline the extent to which and way in which it tries to present itself as something innocuous, wanting to rewrite the past—or, if it cannot do that, pretend or create a situation in which blame can be...

Interest Rates - Private Notice Question (23 Sep 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I must start with a disclosure. Many years ago, I invested what to me was a substantial sum of money in NS&I. We are now seeing the rates go down to well below 1%—indeed, to a fraction of 1%. Is it going to stop there? Will the Government look at negative rates? If not, will they make a clear commitment to move away from them? How much of that target of £35 billion has been...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, in addressing the House at this stage of the evening I shall try to keep things as tight as I can, but there are some important points that I want to make. Obviously one would desire free trade on as wide a scale as possible. Whether we will get that, I am not sure. As to this legislation, really the same Bill has come back a number of times, so it will be very well construed. I...

Covid-19: Economic Costs - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for having the paper circulated to us. I briefly refer to the last paragraph, which talks about measures targeted specifically at groups most at risk but goes on to say: “Such a policy should probably have been started before the end of June”. I fear that the authors are not being realistic about the date for the targets and have not taken account of...

Digital Platforms: Impact on Democracy - Question (16 Jul 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Holmes, on raising this issue. For me, the issue is still open and the jury is out, and we shall see how these things develop. I suggest that noble Lords should emulate the Conservative Party in 1945, which accepted the result of the election, which brought in a reformist Government. They should realise that the recent election that we have had...

Sentencing Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I have to start by apologising that I am not going to discuss the Bill before us, for very obvious reasons. Instead, I will use this occasion to draw attention to a discussion that seems to be going on at the moment about whether we should have more cases dealt with by judges sitting by themselves rather than by juries. I see that this discussion—I have not been following it very...

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups - Question (15 Jun 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I suggest to the noble Lord, Lord Caine, that when the Secretary of State next meets representatives of the republican movement he could remind them that they were admitted into the talks process only when they committed themselves to democratic and peaceful means. That commitment has somewhat frayed after senior members of the republican movement have tried to justify the terrorist...

Hong Kong: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I welcome this debate as it gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our support for the people of Hong Kong. As has been made clear, there are difficulties and limitations on what we can do, and obviously we want as wide a grouping of people and other countries working on this, but one thing we can do, as sketched out by the Prime Minister this week, is provide a safety net that may...

Northern Ireland Banknote (Designation of Authorised Bank) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Consider (2 Jun 2020)

Lord Trimble: What the noble Lord, Lord Hain, said, is really quite shocking. Legislation has been enacted, clearly stating dates by which things should be done, yet as those dates come up we discover that nothing has happened. That is very disconcerting. The Northern Ireland Executive have quite enough on their plate at the moment and one can understand some of the difficulties there might be there, but...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, turning back to look at the Bill, one should remember what its purpose is. It was to put provisions in place to enable an Executive to be formed. Under existing legislation, there is a period of time in which that has to happen. It is then a question of prolonging that time. Essentially, the Bill was providing more time for this. There was no surprise about that. This is the fourth...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, looking at Amendment 10, the key thing I see is, “offering a consultation with the people of Northern Ireland if no Executive has been established”, by the date mentioned. It is really indefensible that we sit here acquiescing in the continued non-existence of the Northern Ireland Assembly. I understand why my noble friend has put this amendment forward. I am slightly...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Trimble: My apologies for interrupting the Minister, but following on from what has just been said about salaries for people who are not doing what they should be doing, could that principle not be extended to the other end of the building? It would have a significant effect if it were, because for a certain party that does not send its Members to carry out their tasks in this building, that money is...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I rise to support the amendment moved by my noble friend Lord Cormack for the reasons that he gave in moving it. It is very wise to give more time for this. I notice that he is suggesting 13 January instead of 31 October, which gives a couple of extra months, but I rather like the idea of putting down 10 April and reminding people that it is the anniversary of the making of that...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, this is a Bill that we have seen many times before and we understand the reasons for it. I am sorry; I intended to start by paying tribute to Sir Anthony Hart, who I knew well in my university days. He made a very significant contribution to the law in Northern Ireland and I would like to join those who have offered condolences to his family. The Minister was quite brief in opening...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I think we have just heard a contribution that settles the issue to a large extent and indicates what should be done by the Government when the various reports become available. I say “the various reports” because there are two. There is the statutory inquiry conducted by Patrick Coghlin and the inquiry to be held by the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. But there is no...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Feb 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I support what the noble Lord, Lord Empey, said. I agree entirely with the comments of the noble Lord opposite, but I want to open up something that touches slightly on what he said—and I am afraid that in doing this, I may add to the list of things that the Minister has to consider. I noticed that in his introduction the Minister made reference to the Belfast agreement. The...

Northern Ireland: Devolved Government - Question (24 Jan 2019)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, is the problem not that you cannot bring in an arbitrator unless the parties agree to it? It is very obvious that one party is not willing to do that. Consequently, it is time for the Government to go to other procedures, not even to wait until then. If the Government take some action to enable the Assembly, or Assembly Members, to meet to discuss local services, that would be a...


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