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Turkey: Russian Missiles - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: This is a challenge for the whole of NATO. Have HMG discussed with the American authorities the decision to block F-35 supplies? It raises fundamental questions about whether Turkey can remain in the alliance and, if it does not, how we can reconfigure to meet the new challenges, which are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Nuclear Weapons (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have spoken with enormous knowledge and understanding about this issue and who said kind things about the report. We know that in a world of reason and calm these revolting weapons should never be used. Unfortunately, we live in a world full of unreason and emotion, and the only answer is constant and continuous dialogue, engagement and involvement. I...

Nuclear Weapons (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I am glad that we have been able to reach the time for this debate but, like others, I am obviously sorry about the circumstances. I join them in wishing a speedy recovery to my very good friend the noble Lord, Lord Judd. This report is presented to your Lordships for debate against a background of a fast deteriorating world arms control environment and rising nuclear risk. Some...

Nuclear Weapons (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: Like my noble friend, I am not enlightened by the Government’s reply. It would be a very good idea, but the P5 would have to do it. As the UK is its chair, it may have some additional influence in persuading that step to be taken. I very much hope so. In conclusion, without the general determination between nations to co-operate closely, even with those who oppose and frustrate in other...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA: Resignation - Statement (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, as the President of the United States added a few gratuitous and personal remarks about our Prime Minister, should we not stand back and tell him to go and relax and play a game of golf? His aides often reveal that his grumbles and irritations are short-lived, and he tends to forget after a day or two what is worrying him, or he has a new worry. In these circumstances, clever...

Gulf of Oman - Question (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I cannot help wondering whether it was such a good idea for us to raid the Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar in the first place. Obviously, we want to stop oil getting to Assad—although probably he can get all the oil he wants from the Russians—but are we not supposed to be on the same side as the Iranians on the question of nuclear proliferation and control? Can we have a firm...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Migrant Workers (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the cost of intra-company transfer business visas for staff and their families applying to work in the UK for more than three years; what is the typical cost for an employee, their spouse and two children to apply for such visas; and what representations they have received about the impact of those costs.

G20 Summit - Question for Short Debate (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I declare my interests as listed in the register and in particular that I advise two major Japanese companies. This debate arises from a short inquiry by your Lordships’ International Relations Committee, of which I was then chairman, and a subsequent memorandum to the Prime Minister before she set off for the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, 10 days or so ago. The G20 meeting is...

Brexit: Appointment of Joint Committee - Motion to Agree (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I declare an interest as an adviser to two major Japanese companies. We have heard three impressive speeches from one point of view, and it is no surprise that I shall strike a slightly different note in what I have to say about the problems we confront. I shall vote against the proposal for yet another committee—we seem to live in a world of committees—and against the...

Liaison Committee - Membership Motions (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I am sure that all the new committee members will be quite excellent, but I wonder whether my noble friend Lord Forsyth has a point: these committees are concerned with ongoing work. I also endorse the work of the Senior Deputy Speaker, who has been excellent in trying to develop a new shape for our committees for the new age in which we live. These committees have ongoing work,...

EU: Law-making Process - Question (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, would it not be a good idea in future to promote more understanding of how the European Economic Area works, because that is where we are highly likely to end up?

Jamal Khashoggi: United Nations Report - Question (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, has clearly done a very good job in this investigation along with her two colleagues, as one would expect. Can we be assured, in view of the established close links that we in this country have with Riyadh, that we are pressing the Saudi authorities to be as open, frank and co-operative as possible in any further judicial inquiry, not least in...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (26 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: Before my noble friend comes to an end, does the measure address carbon consumption, as opposed to carbon production? Carbon consumption is increasing fast and will increase further under this measure. Is that not considered important?

Export Licences: High Court Judgment - Statement (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, reminds us that this judgment has similarities with the recommendations of your Lordships’ International Relations Committee when we examined the subject some months ago. We then argued, as is implicit in the judgment, that this is a matter not of suspension but of process. In our report, we argued that there needed to be more rigorous checks on...

Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz: Merchant Shipping - Question (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: Is my noble friend aware that 95% of the oil going through the Strait of Hormuz goes to Asian markets and eastwards, rather than to the West? Should we not be consulting closely with the Chinese and Japanese, who are the big consumers most affected by problems in the strait, before planning any further action?

UK Net Zero Emissions Target - Statement (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: I declare an interest, as in the register. Has my noble friend seen yesterday’s reports that last year worldwide carbon emissions rose faster than for many years past? Indeed, the amount by which carbon emissions increased is said to be the equivalent of putting 400 million new motor cars on the road—that is an additional third of all the cars on the roads on the planet. Energy...

Rwanda: CHOGM 2020 - Question (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, I declare my interest as in the register. Is not the best way to help Rwanda, as we pass over the chairmanship to that country in June 2020, to bequeath to it much stronger Commonwealth institutions that provide a much better space for civic society, the private sector and professional connectivity, which is the main driving force of the Commonwealth today and tomorrow?

Ford in Bridgend - Statement (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Howell of Guildford: My Lords, this is obviously a miserable affair. The Statement mentioned China. Is it not a fact that the entire worldwide motor industry is now in a state of turmoil with the rise of Asia? China has not yet even begun its impact on world car markets, but it will be massive when it comes. On top of that, there are the changes in technology, with the move to electric vehicles. The war on diesel...

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