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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Senior Salaries Review Body (17 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) has made the following Statement in the House of Commons. The 30th report of the review body on Senior Salaries is being published today. This makes recommendations about the pay of the senior Civil Service (SCS), senior military personnel, the judiciary and very senior NHS managers. Copies have been laid in the Vote Office and the...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful for the points made by the noble Lord about the sovereign nature of the role of Parliament and I hope that I have expressed the view of the Government that that is precisely what we ought to do. On the issue of the date of 31 December, we have agreed that countries will deposit as far as possible their ratifications, but ratification does not have to have taken place...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I agree completely with my noble friend.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am not going to get involved in an argument between the Opposition parties, and the noble and learned Lord probably would not expect me to do so. The point made by the noble Lord, Lord Howell, is very important. Both he and the noble Lord, Lord McNally, said that it is important that Europe should move forward and not stand still at this point. Issues need to be discussed, and as...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am always mindful of language in your Lordships' House, and we have heard some interesting examples of the use of the vernacular along the way. People speak with enormous passion, and I can live with that. But I agree completely with my noble friend that it does no service to this country, to the people of Ireland or to the people of the European Union not to complete that which...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I cannot predict what the votes would or would not have been in referenda in any country of the European Union, nor would I seek to do so. Where I agree with the noble Lord is the underlying point I think he makes, which is that it is important to make sure that the people of this country and of every other nation in Europe understand the benefits of being part of the European...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord is absolutely right to say that we gain nothing by suspension other than sending a rather bizarre message to another place, to the country and to Europe. We should complete the process. If a new treaty were to be negotiated, it would begin its process through another place and your Lordships' House all over again. That would be the way of it.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am sorry if the noble Baroness thinks I am doing that, but she is simply incorrect. If we were to suspend the treaty, then as the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, has just said, we would have to begin with a new treaty and consider it all over again. I fail to see what evidence there is for what the noble Baroness has said. We have had 57 votes on the treaty in this Parliament. The...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the Irish Government have made it clear that they believe that other member states should continue with their processes. Indeed, as I have indicated, that is what I believe we should do. This is about parliamentary sovereignty and the rights of each member state. We have had many discussions, in the course of our debates, about the desire of noble Lords, on both sides of the House,...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I cannot pre-empt the discussions that will take place at the European Council. Suffice to say that my right honourable friend the Prime Minister will make a Statement, as always after a European Council meeting. If noble Lords wish to hear that Statement—which I sincerely hope noble Lords do—it will be repeated by me next week.

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I will not pre-empt the discussions that will take place. I understand my noble friend's point that European Union members need to respect what has happened with the Irish vote, and therefore respect the implications for the treaty. I am sure, however, that they will want to discuss some of the issues; for example, the effectiveness of meetings, and so on. We will have to see what...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord went through a series of different issues there. The first was to do with whether the leadership should do more to talk about what the European Union is all about, and what the benefits of enlargement are. I agree with the noble Lord about that. There is a job to be done; it is something that I have been taken to task for, not least by the Liberal Democrats, many...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful to both noble Lords, who set out their positions extremely succinctly and to no great surprise on these Benches. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Howell, that his was a nice try. However, we have had, in your Lordships' House and another place, one of the best series of debates that this Parliament has been fortunate enough to experience. I will not go over all the...

EU: Lisbon Treaty (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary in another place. "With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a Statement about the Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty held last Thursday. The 'no' vote on the treaty in the referendum is important because of our strong national interest in an effective...

Business of the House: Debates Today (12 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move the first Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That the debate on the Motion in the name of Lord Thomas of Gresford set down for today shall be limited to three hours and that in the name of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to two hours.

Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 (Sources of Energy and Technologies) Order 2008 (12 Jun 2008)

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

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, earlier in the debate someone said that we were on a journey; we are coming to the end of tonight's journey. I am very grateful for the 24th offer of a report—19 of them from the Conservative Front Bench—in the course of our deliberations. I am going to resist this one as much as I have resisted the previous 23. In answer to the question about how many times the European Union...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, if my noble friend Lord Tomlinson is right and they do not talk about it in Walsall, so be it. I shall be rather old fashioned and talk briefly to the amendment before us. We have discussed the substantive issues in the amendment on many occasions, including the role of the full-time president of the European Council. The noble Lord, Lord Howell, has accepted that there are aspects...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord asked me a direct question. He has not answered my direct question, but I shall answer his on the Irish referendum. I wish to make it clear that I intend to complete this legislation at Third Reading. It will be for the Council of Ministers, which my right honourable friend the Prime Minister will attend, to make any decisions about what happens there. It is my...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, this has been an interesting albeit shorter debate than our previous debate, but an important one. While listening intently to what noble Lords were saying, I was musing to myself on where the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, might be were we to be having a referendum. It is a rhetorical question; I am not going to ask the noble Lord to answer it.


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