Results 1–20 of 1811 for speaker:Lord Goldsmith

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Resolve (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I have said everything that I want to say, and I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 214, Noes 171.

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I very much resent that last piece from the Minister. I presented this on the basis that it was the view not of the Labour Party but of the committee as a whole. I have tried to be completely unpolitical in what I have said, and it is a great shame that the Minister should choose to make that particular observation towards the end of his speech. I thank all noble Lords who have...

Asylum: UK-Rwanda Agreement - Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, there are two Motions in my name on the Order Paper, and I shall speak to both. The first ask the House to take note of the fourth report of the International Agreements Committee, which I have the honour to chair. The report addresses the UK-Rwanda asylum partnership agreement, known as the Rwanda treaty. The second Motion invites the House to agree with the committee’s unanimous...

Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, it is always an enormous pleasure to listen to and follow the noble Lord, Lord Kerr. I get the pleasure of doing that quite frequently because he sits on the International Agreements Committee, which I have the honour to chair. I want to say something about that, because it explains why I do not intend to say very much in my remarks today. There are two reasons. One is that, as has...

Rwanda: Asylum Arrangements Treaty - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Goldsmith: To ask His Majesty’s Government what plans they have for ratification of the proposed asylum arrangements treaty with the government of Rwanda, as announced by the Prime Minister on 15 November; and whether they intend the treaty to be subject to scrutiny by Parliament for 21 days under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Rwanda: Asylum Arrangements Treaty - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Goldsmith: I am grateful for that Answer and for the confirmation that this time, the treaty will be put through the CRaG process. That will mean that Parliament will be able to scrutinise the agreement and consider the relevant policy considerations, and indeed the financial implications, unlike the memorandum of understanding, which the International Agreements Committee of this House previously said...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aug 2021)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, there are many in Afghanistan whose safety must now be protected, including those who have worked to support the rule of law, such as Mr Rohullah Qarizada, president of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association, who has been engaged in hundreds of cases fighting for human rights and now fears for his life and the lives of his family. I particularly join the noble and learned Lord,...

Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (20 Apr 2021)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I support the amendment proposed by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Garnier. First, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Donaghy on the clarity with which she has presented this report, and I hope she knows how much I respect her opinions. I am not going to speak in any detail to the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, as time will not permit, save to note that the points he...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 70 (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, who spoke as a member of the International Agreements Committee—I am its chair—as did the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, and as will the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, when he follows me. Reference has rightly been made to our inquiry into why the Government have not yet ratified the Istanbul convention, which is described by the...

Economic Partnership Agreement: Kenya - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Mar 2021)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. It has been very valuable, and although noble Lords had only a short time for their contributions, those have all been significant. I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McDonald of Salford, on his maiden speech, which was, as anticipated, eloquent and impressive. I welcome the Minister’s assurances that this was not...

Economic Partnership Agreement: Kenya - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Mar 2021)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to debate the International Agreements Committee’s second report, which covers the economic partnership agreement between the United Kingdom and Kenya. As the committee’s chair I extend my thanks to the members of the committee for their important contribution to this report, as well as to the staff. I also thank the noble Lord the Minister for...

Trade Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 6 ( 7 Dec 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I am happy to follow the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, and his underlining of the importance to be attached to the views of the devolved Administrations when dealing with trade agreements. I will speak to Amendments 6 and 12, on parliamentary scrutiny, with the experience I have gained as chair of your Lordships’ EU International Agreements Sub-Committee, but not on its behalf, save to...

EU Trade Agreement - Private Notice Question ( 8 Sep 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the reason for Sir Jonathan Jones’s resignation was his great concern about the proposed Bill, as reported in newspapers today? I know Sir Jonathan very well, because for many years he was the head person in my department when I was Attorney-General. I know him to be a hugely talented lawyer, very experienced in Whitehall and very loyal to the...

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - Virtual Committee: Amendment 14 (13 May 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I was looking forward to hearing the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, and saying that I agree entirely with what he said. I still imagine that I will agree with him, even if he has to come in a little later in the debate. I start by declaring two interests. The first is as a practising lawyer whose practice includes international, commercial and public law cases, so some of the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 19 (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: I thank the Minister for his reply and thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, particularly those—and it is the majority—who supported this amendment. I will just clear one or two matters out the way, from what the Minister said. The first is on the scope of the Bill. There was no problem including protections of this sort in the Bill before the election. It has been...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 19 (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, Amendment 19 is in the name of my noble friend Lady Hayter of Kentish Town. One of the key issues in our debates has been the extent to which the United Kingdom will continue to safeguard the protections of certain rights that derive from EU law. The previous Bill, and assurances by the Government, indicated that protections would remain. The Government have repeatedly stated that,...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 12 (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I did not have the privilege of attending the House when Committee took place, but I have read every word of the debate on this clause. It is so powerful to see, I think, three former Lord Chief Justices, a former Lord Chancellor, a former Law Lord, the chairman of our Constitution Committee and other distinguished people speak perhaps not unanimously as to the right outcome but...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Oct 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: Perhaps I could help the noble Lord. The Supreme Court judges said they were all of the opinion that parliamentary sovereignty was what was at stake. As they made very clear, they were not taking a decision for or against Brexit. They were talking simply about the role of Parliament, and how wrong it therefore was for the Prime Minister to stop Parliament sitting. I do not see any difficulty...


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