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EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, during the summit, the two regions agreed that they wanted to encourage more sustainable patterns of consumption and production and to make sure that we exchange experiences on biofuels technology. The noble Lord knows that the issues surrounding food prices concern not just biofuels but bad weather, low stocks, restrictions on trade by exporting countries and increasing prices for...

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have nothing to add to the advertisement.

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, there was recognition. In fact, my honourable friend Kim Howells and I had a bilateral meeting with President Uribe of Colombia in which we covered a range of issues: climate change, poverty, human rights and drugs co-operation. The president was keen to highlight the developments that have taken place in Colombia, which he is very proud of, but he recognises there is much more to...

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, DfID is organised is to enable support and help to be given, but I do not want noble Lords to think that we were not investing in the region with the support that development assistance is giving. The funding in the region will increase from £84 million in 2007-08 to £97 million in 2010-11. As the noble Baroness indicates, staff are working collaboratively.

Business of the House: Debates Today (5 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That the debates on the Motions in the names of Lord Morris of Manchester and Lord Pendry set down for today shall each be limited to two and a half hours.—(Baroness Ashton of Upholland.)

Ministerial and other Salaries Order 2008 (5 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move the Motions standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That the draft regulations and draft order be referred to a Grand Committee.—(Baroness Ashton of Upholland.)

War Graves (5 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: I am sorry, my Lords. We are out of time.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I appreciate that the noble Lord does not understand and I am worried that he is getting into a bit of a state about what is happening in another place, where I hope that the focus of our discussion will be on what happens in your Lordships' House. Let me be absolutely clear: Standing Order 21 is for any vote under any Act and allows a 90-minute debate. It will be for the Government...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I hesitate to intervene again but I am concerned that the noble Lord is suggesting that somehow the Government or the Opposition would not whip on a Motion of this kind. Let me be clear about this. I apologise if there is any misunderstanding as regards Standing Order 21. If we are wrong about the number, I will, of course, correct it. That is the number I have been given. However,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I do not think that I behaved in a disgraceful manner. I have already said that if I made a mistake I will correct it. I was not trying to act disgracefully in any way, shape or form. Indeed, under the new book that has been published, the relevant standing order is Standing Order 60.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the issue that we are debating is not whether Parliament should have control but the nature of that control. I agree wholeheartedly with the noble Lord that it is important that Parliament should have control, which is why the provision is in the Bill. The issue is the kind of control that is most appropriate in this case. The difficulty that I have with the proposals of the noble...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: the noble Lord is correct. As he would expect, I feel quite strongly about the role of your Lordships' House and the importance of ensuring that your Lordships have the opportunity to contribute where that is appropriate, as I believe it is here. As I said, this is a new power. It is a new power because this is a new provision; it is the first time that we have had it. Noble Lords rightly...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, it is not down to the Speaker. I sought to give as much clarity as possible and I will make sure that I give the noble Lord chapter and verse on this. My understanding is that Standing Order 21 is simply the Motion that says that there will be a debate on the relevant point and that the debate will last for 90 minutes. I do not believe I have misquoted the Standing Order but I will...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, this has been, as ever, an interesting debate. I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken. I think it could be rather a jolly occasion, despite the concerns of the noble Lord, Lord Dykes. I begin where my noble friend left off, which is with the issue of cost-benefit analysis, and not least with what one describes as a cost and what one describes as a benefit. I fear that no...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, we are in danger of lapsing into a Committee stage debate. I am grateful that noble Lords are trying to stay within the rules, but can we try very hard to observe them?

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, perhaps I may say to the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, that, without evolution, he would not be here. The noble Lord, Lord McNally, says that the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, is a creationist. I do not believe that. Evolution is a very important concept, not least because without it none of us would be here. It enables us to think about how we evolve and how we can...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I do not believe the President will be signing treaties. I make a distinction with the President of the Council. The noble Lord seeks to position this role in a different way for all sorts of reasons that I can imagine. It is a function that is performed on a six-monthly basis by the state that carries the presidency. It has become clear, over the years, that the rotating presidency...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am terribly sorry that I missed the birthday and wedding anniversary of the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, but I am sure that I shall find another reason to celebrate with him. I still have the image before me of the unedifying tussles that he mentioned, which must have been a sight to see. I seek to defend myself a little against the accusation that he made as regards not providing...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, if I could think of a realistic example, I would be more inclined to consider it. However, I cannot think of anything that operates across the European Union, either in an agency or in a programme, where our removal from it would result in all the other 26 nations failing to function at all. I can see that we might have to rewrite a software program or bring our people back because...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, as Leader of the House, I am very clear that we should use Third Reading for the purposes detailed in the Companion. I have nothing further to say to the noble Lord on this. If he disagrees with me, he will decide whether to seek the opinion of the House. However, I thought long and hard about all the other possible scenarios and came up with none that I felt was of any merit. The...


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