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G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, on the second question, the noble Lord is far better informed on these matters than I am. However, that is certainly my understanding of the position, if we are fortunate enough to achieve what we want at the UN. In terms of the G8, I am well aware that there are always discussions about whether the right players are in the room at any debate. There are other countries which are...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the main achievement of the G8 summits during the past few years has been to try to secure the best-possible dialogue on and understanding of some of the global issues that face the nations involved. I talked about some of them in the Statement, be it climate change, the forces that are disturbing economies around the world and the action that needs to be taken. Achievement comes in...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord's expertise in this matter. The UK Government have sought to try to tackle it, first, by being very practical—the practical propositions that the noble Lord puts forward are very important—and, secondly, by getting government departments to collaborate so that it is not just the Department for International Development trying to tackle these...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have not read the redoubtable Mr Booker and cannot say that I have much inclination to do so at the moment, as I have rather a lot on. However, to answer the noble Lord's point in two ways, first, whatever the situation, helping people to insulate their homes so that their fuel bills fall is a good thing. Secondly, if we have what we currently have—rising oil prices—it is...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I hesitate to pretend that I have the expertise to give a full assessment of what could happen at the UN. I am grateful to the noble Lord for his comments on the Prime Minister's leadership, with which I concur completely. Within the Statement, we have tried to set out the road that we are going down in the support from the G8, which is now translated to the UN. Noble Lords have...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I believe that it is extended to them. As the noble Lord will see in the Statement, when he has the chance to look at it, we describe the forensic work that will go on to try to track bank accounts and so on, precisely to deal with the point that he has rightly raised. In fact, I have just been told that the provision applies just to the individuals, so I apologise for what I have...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, as I indicated in the Statement, the $10 billion package is meant both to meet the short-term humanitarian needs of which noble Lords will be fully aware and to improve security and output. That will be done through a new partnership which will come together to co-ordinate all of those with a stake in the food crisis, whether they be the consumer or producer. With the $10 billion,...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord can address that question in a note to my noble friend Lord Rooker.

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful to both noble Lords for the advice they have given me throughout their comments. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, that on behalf of this Government we should thank the Japanese Prime Minister for his hospitality. Whatever may have been written in the press, it is important to recognise the effort that nations put in to ensure that these occasions achieve...

G8: 2008 Summit (10 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister. The Statement is as follows: "With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on the G8 Summit, which took place under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Fukuda between 7 and 9 July in Toyako, Japan. It was a summit that was unique...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the Government have long-standing liaison arrangements with the devolved Administrations. We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding governing relations with them, which stresses close co-operation and communication. The Joint Ministerial Committee, which met last month in plenary form for the first time since 2002, offers further...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, on funding, I refer the noble Lord to Treasury documents that I have here and which I am happy to make available to him and to any other noble Lord. They go into great detail on how funding is allocated—not just through the Barnett formula but way beyond that; the noble Lord might find that useful. On the general discussions, Ministers of the UK Government talk to the devolved...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the committee meets under the auspices of the Secretary of State for Wales. The Prime Minister has just asked him to undertake a series of meetings. I do not yet know how many there will be. That will depend partly on the agenda. This is part of trying to ensure that as we go forward with our colleagues in the devolved Administrations we do this properly. I understand that the...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, as the noble Lord will know, last July we published the sub-national economic development and regeneration review, the purpose of which was to think more strategically about an integrated regional strategy which looks at regional development agency work and the need to link it more closely to local authorities. We have consulted on those issues and I understand that we shall report...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I cannot pretend to understand the Mayor's mind. Perhaps noble Lords opposite are better able to answer my noble friend's questions.

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I think the noble Lord is asking whether we are able to give more information about the response that the devolved Administrations may have given to legislation which affects them. I hope that we do that when preparing Bills. We certainly do so in the pre-legislative scrutiny and on the Floor of the House. I shall certainly consider the matter because it is very important that those...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, as the noble Lord would expect, the relations with the Crown territories are complicated, depending on which they are and what the relationship is. This process is often carried out through Orders in Council, and I have the privilege to be the president of the Privy Council. It would be better for the Ministry of Justice to set this out more clearly rather than my trying to give a...

Government: Devolved Administrations (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Baroness is right to raise that point. The current processes vary between the different Administrations. Taking Wales as an example, as it was the origin of the Question, there are bi-weekly telephone calls between the Ministers; weekly meetings between the Secretary of State for Wales and the First Minister in Wales; when legislation is proposed, there are opportunities...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Lisbon Treaty (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Following the result of the Irish referendum on 12 June, the European Council on 19 to 20 June agreed to Ireland's suggestion to discuss this issue at its meeting of 15 October 2008 in order to consider the way forward. The Council conclusions state that: "The European Council agreed that more time was needed to analyse the situation. It noted that the Irish government will actively...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Written Answers: Summer Recess (7 Jul 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: In 2007, following an experiment in 2006, the House agreed to permanent arrangements for tabling Questions for Written Answer (QWAs), and making Written Ministerial Statements, during the Summer Recess. Under these arrangements there are two opportunities during the Recess, on dates to be announced by the Leader of the House, for the tabling of QWAs. Answers are made available online as they...


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