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Written Answers — House of Lords: Cybercrime (9 Feb 2010)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: To ask Her Majesty's Government which departments are responsible for their assessment of and response to cyber attacks.

National Security Strategy — Debate (4 Feb 2010)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord King, has chosen a vital subject for debate. We are a global power, both in terms of defence and foreign policy. We are constantly assured that everything is being done to enhance our security. In the same week, however, we have been told-as the noble Lord said-that the FCO, which operates extensively abroad, faces, as a result of exchange rate movements, a cut...

EU: External Action Service — Question (25 Jan 2010)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: Can the Minister assure us that the creation of these missions will not lead the Treasury to have the brilliant idea of closing down our missions in those countries? However excellent the EU may be, it is not reasonable to expect a mixed EU representation to look after our national commercial interests and our national defence interests or indeed to handle the issue of passports and entry...

Security and Counterterrorism — Statement (20 Jan 2010)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, does the Leader of the House agree that at this time it is vital for us to use every resource we have, one of which is the skill and knowledge that should be in the Foreign Office? I wonder how many Arabists we still have and how we propose to know and identify the threats against which we are working if we have no means of doing so. We will essentially be blind if the FCO is cut...

Future Defence Programme — Statement (15 Dec 2009)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: I have a very simple question for the noble Baroness. Is the survey ship referred to, which is to be withdrawn, the one that operates around the Falklands? If so, it will be sending the same signal to the Argentines as it did last time.

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Freeman has already said much of what I should like to say far better than I will, but I shall say it all the same. Other noble Lords have spoken of the strategic and tactical military and diplomatic implications of the war in Afghanistan and of the wars in Iraq and the Balkans. They have not gone away any more than the threat from Iran and from an unstable...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (2nd Day) (27 Oct 2009)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I also strongly support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Turner of Camden. I feel very keenly that we should do anything we can to encourage and enable people who are poor and needy but are held back from applying by a very natural pride to claim what is their right as a rebate.

Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I must apologise to the House for the fact that you are about to hear a speech about the Gurkhas, because I was quite unaware of the wonderful events that were due to happen last night. I want to speak about them to urge on HMG to make a real reappraisal of their policy. I do so not only out of a profound admiration of and gratitude for the Gurkhas' loyal and courageous service but...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (8 Jul 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I have had to do a little rewriting—I hope that I can read it. I listened with great respect to the noble Baroness, Lady Manningham-Buller, who of course knows far more than I do about the workings of the terrorist world today. I respect her concern for our freedoms and our rights as citizens—rights that are shared by those who are under arrest. I have heard those views...

Rule of Law (19 Jun 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I had serious doubts when I realised what a splendid debate had preceded this one and how many things had been said that were probably extremely relevant to our discussion. However, I do not regret introducing this debate, because all the speakers today have been fascinating in their completely different ways. I am deeply grateful and I think that the House owes a great debt of...

Rule of Law (19 Jun 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: rose to call attention to the case for maintaining the rule of law and ensuring that respect for other cultures does not infringe upon the right of United Kingdom citizens to protection under the law, particularly in the field of education and marriage; and to move for Papers. My Lords, earlier this year, thanks to the efforts of that admirable Peer, the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (4 Jun 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I have a different concern. The existing EU delegations are already very generously staffed. How long will it be before the Treasury decides that we cannot afford, and do not need, our own missions? Then what will Mr Smith, who goes to prison or has lost his passport, do? Political crises blow up extremely fast and without our own missions we shall be unprepared for them. They...

Zimbabwe (3 Jun 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, in the absence of my noble friend Lord Blaker and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name on the Order Paper. The Question was as follows: To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent contacts they have had with members of the Southern African Development Community regarding the situation in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (3 Jun 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. The outrageous spectacle of Mugabe's presence at the FAO summit in Rome has been condemned from many quarters. Has there been any condemnation from African Governments? Recently, President Mbeki wrote to President Bush asking him to "butt out" of Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Mbeki used his vote at the UN Security Council to block discussion of the crisis...

Armed Forces: Reserves (22 May 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, we are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, for the opportunity for this important debate. The noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and I have some shared concerns. Noble Lords will hear some of the things that he has said repeated by me. They are none the worse for that. General Sir Michael Jackson said in a recent Dimbleby lecture: "It is our soldiers who pay the cost in blood. The...

Zimbabwe (7 May 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, what is the position on the arms shipment from China? Is there any truth in the claims being made by ZANU-PF that the arms have actually entered the country? If that is so, it is deeply important in the context of what the noble Lord has been saying. I know that the trade federation workers in Angola said that nothing had been landed and I am sure they meant it; they are very...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (6 May 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: I want to ask some worm's-eye questions. If this is going to happen, we are told that the EU missions will issue visas. Are they going to be issuing British visas? How are they going to be promoting, for instance, our trade interests, our defence interests and things like the British Council? You can be sure that if the Treasury sees any chance of closing our missions—on the grounds that...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (23 Apr 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, I read recently that there had been a case in a church somewhere in London where an attack was made by young local Muslims on members of the congregation and above all the clergyman officiating, outside the church, on the grounds that it ought to be a mosque. I raise that only because I entirely support the right reverend Prelate in feeling that we should not get rid of this...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (22 Apr 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: I want to make a very brief intervention. Is it not the case that relinquishing full control of our defence policy by agreeing to QMV is a major constitutional decision that affects everything in this country? I cannot see that that is not an issue affecting the country.

Personal Statement: Baroness Park of Monmouth (21 Apr 2008)

Baroness Park of Monmouth: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I wish to make a personal statement. During the discussion on the Statement on Zimbabwe on 3 April, I said: "Unless the present head of the UNDP is withdrawn, there will not be very much confidence in the UN's role in the future of Zimbabwe. Two successive UNDP leaders have been far too close to Mugabe and indeed, in one case, have taken land from...


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