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House of Lords: Oral Questions (10 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, there are a number of ways in which Questions could be asked in the House for which I would pay good money. Again, however, it is for the House to determine. I have had plenty of opportunities of having the joy and benefit of listening to Liberal Democrat policy.

House of Lords: Oral Questions (10 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I would indeed recommend the little red book.

House of Lords: Oral Questions (10 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Valentine, has waited since 24 January; the reply was due on 7 February. The culprit is Mr Liam Byrne, whose office I rang yet again today. I also rang his Permanent Secretary. I remind Ministers of these matters and my office does so on a regular basis. The noble Lord has been extraordinarily helpful in supporting me in so doing, as he well knows.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken. I begin by making clear what happened with the response to the Constitution Committee report, which was published last Wednesday. Under the usual procedures of the House it was sent to the clerk to the committee, with copies for all committee members. Copies were placed in the Printed Paper Office, where noble Lords have been able to...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I shall do my best to be clear with the noble Lord, Lord Howell, and not to be in any way dismissive. What I interpreted from our previous discussions, as noble Lords have just done, is that there is very little to say on the matter, because the treaty is so clear. It is therefore difficult to extrapolate in great detail. Let me say that noble Lords who have just spoken are right...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, for setting out so clearly what was agreed earlier today, which applies to this, too. I agree with everything that he said. We have secured legally watertight safeguards in the treaty against any move towards a European public prosecutor or subsequently, and just as important, towards extending that prosecutor's role. It is what we...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble and learned Lord, Lord Slynn, who has demonstrated the strength of his convictions on this issue and his tenacity by speaking with a voice that I know is just returning. When I attempted to speak to him last week, he had no voice at all. I know the House wishes him well and hopes that his voice will return. To quote the noble Lord, Lord...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I just want to be clear that it is not within my gift to give permission or to withhold it from any noble Lord. However, if the noble Lord will look at the expression on the faces of noble Lords around the House, he will see a desire—

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: In that case, my Lords, I withdraw the remark. The noble Lord will have to make his own judgment, but we need to continue the debate as quickly as possible.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, we are at the Report stage. I shall try to be indulgent, but the noble Lord must not keep interrupting. At the Report stage, a specific question of clarification is quite in order. The noble Lord has the opportunity to make a speech himself, which might be the better way.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I shall be brief because we have had an interesting debate around issues that are quite broad and I would like to make progress this evening. The amendment is specific and I pray in aid the Constitution Committee. The committee published an extremely good report, to which noble Lords have referred many times in our deliberations, on the implications of the treaty for the UK...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am in your Lordships' hands because I have already spoken, but I felt that the time may have come for me to respond briefly to the points raised by noble Lords. I see the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, nodding. I apologise to my noble friend but I did get that sense. I am extremely grateful to everybody who has spoken. It is wonderful to see some people who I have not seen for a...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I tried to address that in my opening remarks. I checked, and the Home Office has overridden scrutiny only once in the past year. There is a procedure whereby, when one is looking for readmission agreements with third countries—to return third country nationals from the European Union—there have been occasions when the signatories needed for the countries to agree that they are...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: I did not, my Lords.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I have not had the pleasure of seeing that transcript. I have no idea why the noble Lord has a copy; I do not have one.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, suggested earlier that it might be helpful to the House if I rose now to explain the proposal. I say to the noble Lord that I am a fervent cat lover and, therefore, were he to return as a cat, I can assure him of my best attentions at all times. I agree with him that I was in no way seeking to nobble anyone; rather, I was seeking to listen, to take note...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill be now further considered on Report.

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the summit made progress on several UK objectives. It raised regional awareness of the need for action on climate change and its impact on poverty. It launched a co-operation programme between the two regions on climate change. It helped to generate renewed momentum on the millennium development goals in advance of the September UN meeting and it was an opportunity to press for...

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Viscount, to whom I pay tribute for the incredible way in which he has kept this region on the agenda in your Lordships' House and, indeed, for the Government, for a very long time—he was instrumental in my going on that trip and I did indeed return enthusiastic—will know that I do not quite accept his analysis of the response of the Government. We are doing a lot of...

EU-Latin America Summit (9 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Stern, provided a video for the summit which I did not see in the group I was in, but which I know was very well received. It tried to tackle some of the issues that the noble Lord has raised. There is more general acceptance of the point that he raised. The whole point of the UK intervention was to get an understanding of the link between climate change and...


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