Results 61–80 of 2561 for speaker:Lord Trimble

Human Rights: UK Application — Question (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I draw the Minister’s attention to the Dudgeon case, which concerned the legalisation of homosexuality. Mr Dudgeon was from Northern Ireland, where homosexuality was still an offence when it was not an offence elsewhere. He went to the European Court, which held that human rights must be uniform throughout the country. I think that that might be relevant here, too.

Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Oct 2015)

Lord Trimble: If I understand her correctly, the noble Baroness is saying that a significant number of Conservative people might support this Motion. This Motion will have no legislative effect and the legislation will continue. What is happening here is of a different order.

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I welcome the publication of this comprehensive assessment. I ask the Minister to refer to paragraphs 12 and 13. Paragraph 12, with regard to the Provisional IRA, states that, “some ‘departments’ with specific responsibilities”, are still in existence. Is it not the case that the team of leading republicans who conducted an inquiry into the killing of Davison—which inquiry...

Isil — Question (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, has the Minister seen the speculation in the press recently that the Turkish Government may be about to intervene in Syria to create a safe haven and prevent the creation of a Kurdish-controlled area? If he has seen that speculation, would he like to comment on it?

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, the underlying problem here is the fact that this inquiry was not constituted under the Inquiries Act 2005. If it had been set up under the Act, as it should have been, the inquiry would have been conducted more efficiently, the Minister setting it up would have had a power to call for it to be concluded and handed over to him, and this problem would not have arisen. Lessons should...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (1 Jun 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I start by echoing the praise which has been given throughout this House to the three maiden speeches that we have heard. We have also heard a number of other extremely good speeches, but I want to move on to my own. I begin with a couple of what might seem like minor points. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, referred in their speeches...

EU and Russia (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I have the pleasure of being a member of the sub-committee that produced this report and it is only right that I should start by echoing the praise addressed to the noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat, for his chairmanship of it, and to the staff who helped so much in producing the report. It is also a pleasure to have been here for the maiden speech of the noble Earl, Lord Oxford and...

Inquiries Act 2005 (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (19 Mar 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I was also a member of the Select Committee which produced this report. Like other Members, I want to thank the noble Lord, Lord Shutt, for his chairmanship of the report and in particular for the way in which he has followed matters up in the interval since we made our report. I will come back to that later. I had intended to start by quoting paragraph 14 of the report, in which we...

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (17 Mar 2015)

Lord Trimble: I am going slightly off the noble Lord’s point on credit unions and back a little bit. I think it is a mistake to rule out financial services. Northern Ireland missed out completely on the changes that have taken place in financial services in the United Kingdom over the last 20 years. We do not have a significant financial service sector at all, yet that sector is much more profitable than...

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (17 Mar 2015)

Lord Trimble: I thank the noble Lord for giving way. He is talking about the desire to have quick decisions on this. Did I miss something? Did I miss him saying when the implementation of the Stormont House agreement would be sorted out through fully providing for welfare reform and implementing it? I did not hear that.

Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (17 Mar 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the two previous speakers. Perhaps I may first say to the noble Lord, Lord Hay, how much we enjoyed his maiden speech and how pleased we are to see him here. I shall not try to emulate the achievement of the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, in going through the noble Lord’s history, but I want to pick out the reference that was made to the noble Lord’s...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill — Committee (6 Feb 2015)

Lord Trimble: I am not going to quibble with 0.7%, nor with the idea of the target. However, will the noble Lord address the question about putting a statutory target down and the problems that then arise from the inflexibility of that? The target itself, if you just think of the concept of a target, contains the notion of flexibility. That is the issue that is at stake here: putting down a target that is...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords—

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, in reply to an earlier question, the Minister referred to the numerous documents that had to be sifted and I am sure that he was absolutely right. Does he not agree with me that this is where having a good-quality counsel for an inquiry is essential? Am I right in thinking that Chilcot decided that he could do without such a person?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, my comments would have been most apposite when I tried to intervene earlier. At that point, the noble and learned Lord was quoting from the contribution from my noble friend Lord Mawhinney, who referred to Clause 4. I observe that that clause talks about prescribing, “medicines for that person to enable that person to end their own life”. Does he agree with me that the worst...

Northern Ireland: National Crime Agency — Question (4 Nov 2014)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Northern Ireland Act, which implemented the agreement, expressly reserves and protects this Parliament’s right to override that legislation, in just the same way that it has the power to override others in the national interest? How long will the Minister wait before the inevitable exercise of that power?

Scotland: Devolution Commission — Question (22 Oct 2014)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, how within the commission will there be a provision to enable the British national interest to be reflected?

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I start by reinforcing the final point made by the noble Baroness; that is a hugely important issue, which I hope we will be able to follow up. One of the pleasures of speaking so late in a debate is that so much has already been said that I can just tick off who I agree with, and I have a little list to go through in that respect. I thank the Minister for her opening speech; it was...

Northern Ireland: National Crime Agency — Question (16 Jul 2014)

Lord Trimble: My Lords, I understand the Minister’s desire to proceed by agreement, but with regard to the particular issues of trafficking, drugs and the related matters that she mentioned, is it the Government’s view that it is in the national interest that the National Crime Agency be fully operational throughout the United Kingdom on those issues?


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