Results 1–20 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Tunnicliffe

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

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, for the avoidance of doubt, my noble friend Lord Hain’s amendment has our full support.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Empey, for bringing forward these amendments. There seems to be a consensus in the House on the importance of forming an Executive as soon as possible. The noble Lord serves that cause by illustrating the serious issues that have not been processed. We are 100% behind the re-forming of the Executive, and we hope that the people and the politicians of...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 4 (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is an example of the fact that a number of things which would normally be dealt with by the Executive have become sufficiently urgent to be considered. This seems to be a sensible idea—and, as I understand it, the Minister is going to produce appropriate warm words.

Defence: Expenditure - Question (17 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, yesterday the Defence Select Committee report found that MoD expenditure has been cut by an eye-watering 25% since 2010. The former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs said that during this time there has been, “a steady decline of Britain as the partner of first choice for the US military”. Does the Minister accept that austerity has undermined...

Royal Navy: Frigates - Question (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, can I build on that point? Does that incident in which HMS “Montrose” was involved indicate the probability that more frigates will have to be deployed in the Gulf and, if so, what tasks elsewhere will be left uncovered?

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the leak of the diptel cable will do extraordinary damage to the UK’s interests abroad, and the confidence of civil servants will now be marred by knowing that they cannot freely feed back their insights. The Government are right to launch an inquiry. On an issue of such significance, speed is of the essence. Can the Minister outline the timetable for the inquiry? In the immediate...

Inflation - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Did the Minister say that the state pension was linked to CPI? I thought it was triple-locked—I hope it is because I draw it.

Inflation - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My understanding of this part of my income is that it is the greater of CPI, RPI or, I think, 2.5%.

Inflation - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, on securing this debate, on his committee’s report and on his speech, which he delivered in his usual clear and fairly concise manner. I find myself in a state of shock, praising him in such an effusive way. This is not normal, but we do not live in normal times. The two Tory candidates for the role of Prime...

National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill - Second Reading (26 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, before I begin, I should like to thank the Minister and his team for the briefings they have held on this Bill. Early engagement is always useful, particularly when dealing with technical taxation measures. In particular, his team’s and his own thoroughness is such that I do not expect to have to bring forward any probing amendments; the concept of the Bill has been battered into...

Schools: Cadet Expansion Programme - Question for Short Debate (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lingfield, for obtaining this debate. I particularly commend his praise of Ofsted and its renewed interest in and emphasis on the whole child. This wider emphasis on the whole child, in which the cadets can play such an important part, is really good for our society in the broader educational sense and in this sense. The Cadet Expansion Programme was...

Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz: Merchant Shipping - Question (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, building on the theme of accidental escalation, following reports that the UK is sending additional marines to the Strait of Hormuz, can the Minister give us an overview of the rules of engagement for British forces in the area? If he is minded not to do so, can he at least assure us that specific rules of engagement have been issued and inform us which member of the Government...

Hospitals: Listeria - Statement (17 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for repeating the Answer to this Urgent Question. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have tragically died as a result of the outbreak and those who have fallen sick. Professor Jose Vazquez-Boland, chair of infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, warned in the media over the weekend that: “Pre-packed...

Afghan Interpreters: Security Clearance - Private Notice Question (17 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the way in which the Government have treated Afghani interpreters is an absolute travesty. During the UK’s 13-year mission, they risked their lives in support of our Armed Forces, but have since been forced to work in low-paid jobs as well as struggling to secure security clearance and family visas. It has been reported that vacancies remain for interpreters with NATO forces in...

Defence: Expenditure - Question (11 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I wonder whether we could build on that point, as I am a little confused. In the good old days, when a Secretary of State made a speech, one had reasonable assurance that he was speaking the policy of the Government. That is not so clear at the moment. Have the various statements by the Foreign Secretary been more in his role as a candidate for Prime Minister than as a...

D-day: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (4 Jun 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for introducing this debate, and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Reay, on his maiden speech. I was going to read the excellent speech that my adviser prepared for me, but I realise that it is not valid. I have no relations who were involved in the Second World War; my father was a hospital worker throughout that period. Little bits of the story...

Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I welcome the useful report by the European Union Committee on the common security and defence policy. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Horam, for introducing the report and am grateful for the contributions of other noble Lords. The CSDP dates back to 1948, when five countries, including the UK, signed the Brussels Treaty, which envisioned a collective defence effort to keep the...

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is one of many no-deal SIs on which I have been forced to represent Her Majesty’s Opposition from the Front Bench—a pretty unattractive pastime. The principal reason for this is the fact that most of these SIs amend an SI that amends an SI that amends an Act that is many years old, which makes it fundamentally difficult to understand them. When one has put all the...

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: On that point, the Minister should realise that that paragraph has been repeated 65 times, so we all know it well.

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy Activists - Statement (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the response. A serious discussion on the situation in Hong Kong is overdue. China’s erosion of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Hong Kong Basic Law has been growing since the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. The last few years have seen an increasing crackdown on dissent and protest, political parties banned, pro-democracy...


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