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European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Well, my Lords, it is round to me.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have been at this a long time—do me a favour. I was surprised at the report part of the amendment because, in a sense, it would require less of the Government. There are four prime ministerial Statements a year. I have been told that 23 June is the date for the Statement, should your Lordships' House wish me to repeat it—somehow I think that your Lordships might. Last year,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, before the noble Lord continues—and I hope that noble Lords will recognise that I have been patient in listening to what has been said—let me just remind the House that we are considering an amendment. We had a long debate on the amendment to the Motion tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, during which we dealt with these issues. At this hour and at this stage of...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I was not trying to curtail the debate; I was trying more to feed it into the debate on the amendment. I make no apologies for that, but I hope to allay the concerns of the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, and those of the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Alloway, which he expressed in his earlier speech in particular. Let me be very clear so that it is on the record and everyone...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I indicated that those discussions were among officials and that such discussions take place in any deliberations on any legislation, both domestic and international. I say that just to clarify the matter. The noble Lord knows this, although I notice that he sprang to his feet rather like a tiger. Therefore, I cannot indicate whether there has been any further discussion. I imagine...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am sorry to interrupt, but Hansard is finding it difficult to hear. Will the noble Lord pause while the Chamber clears and then perhaps recap what was said for the benefit of all noble Lords?

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, this has been yet another interesting and high-quality discussion. I have sat through some 75 hours of discussion in your Lordships' House and I hope noble Lords will believe me when I say that it has been a great privilege to do so. I have heard speeches with which I agreed wholeheartedly and speeches with which I agreed with not a word, but all of them were delivered with great...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, all we can do on the Front Bench is count the numbers. It is five each. There is time for both noble Lords to speak. I cannot possibly make any kind of ruling, because I will get it wrong.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that she, having been informed of the purport of the European Union (Amendment) Bill, has consented to place her Prerogative and Interest, so far as they are affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time. Moved, That the Bill...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, ratification of the Lisbon treaty is a matter for individual states to complete through their own national processes. In this country the proper place for debate and decision is Parliament. Votes in both Houses have rejected a referendum.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I accept what the noble Lord says about the British electorate wishing to have referendums, or referenda. On practically every question ever put to the British public on any subject, when asked if they would like a referendum on that subject, they have said that of course they would. I think that that is a measure of a healthy and thriving democracy. However, it is quite clear that...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, it is very important to respect the will of both Houses of Parliament; that is a fundamental part of our democracy and the rules that we have both in your Lordships' House and in another place. I believe—this is an issue that has been raised many times in the course of our hours of deliberation—that we do respect our own parliamentary sovereignty and make our own decisions.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord makes an important point about trends and what happens within opinion polls. I have heard many politicians on all sides of your Lordships' House condemn or condone opinion polls depending on what they say at any particular time. Of course the noble Lord is right: this is a dialogue. But it is absolutely clear to my mind that we have a parliamentary democracy and that...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am sure the noble Lord is correct in what he says. Post all of our deliberations on this particular treaty, I would very much welcome your Lordships' House having a really serious debate about the important issue of the role of referendums.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, that may be what the British people have been lead to believe, but it is clear to all of us who have had the privilege of studying the treaty in detail that that is not the case. One of the great advantages of the treaty is that national parliaments have a greater say than they have ever had before.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am afraid that the noble Earl has missed the point. The point is that that promise was made on a constitution. This is not a constitution. This is a reforming treaty similar to the reforming treaties that noble Lords opposite brought through your Lordships' House.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, in operating within a European Union, it is important that member states retain their sovereignty in making their own determinations on issues. We have talked long, and will talk later this afternoon, about the importance of respecting what the Irish people have decided. Equally, it is important that we continue our deliberations as this Parliament and come to our own conclusions.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I do not wish to comment on the Irish situation, but there is certainly a general issue about the questions that one asks in referendums and whether people are able to understand them and give a considered response. That is a broader question that, as I have already said, I would be keen for your Lordships' House to debate.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers (17 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: A search of the records indicates that the longest time taken to reply to a Lords Question for Written Answer during the present Parliament is 22 weeks and two days. This was in response to two Questions tabled by Lord Lester of Herne Hill on Monday 5 June 2006 (HL 6054 and 6055), which were answered on Wednesday 8 November 2006.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Questions for Written Answer: Late Answers (17 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: An Answer was given on 16 June 2008 (Official Report, col. WA122).


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