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Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament: Special Report - Private Notice Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that there have been press reports in the past two or three days on this. There have been what look to be official select leaks saying that actually, the report exonerates everyone regarding Russian money. However, the Guardian this morning states that the report deals with allegations that, “Russian money has flowed into British politics in general and...

Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, I declare an interest as someone who was involved with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013. I remember the discussions with the noble Baroness, Lady Finn, and others within the Government about the change from household to individual electoral registration; and the frustrating discussions we had then about data matching and a wider modelling of individual data...

Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, to reinforce that point, government actually has all this data, which demonstrates who people are and where they live, but it has not yet been pulled together. The question that we have to discuss as part of the broader issue of government data management is precisely how, with guarantees on privacy et cetera, that can and should be done. We all know that Google now knows much more...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, there has been a remarkable consensus around the House in this debate. My party would prefer a confirmatory referendum. Indeed, the Liberal Democrats in the Commons put down 17 amendments for a people’s vote and voted seven times on amendments to promote it. As my noble friend Lord Newby said earlier, we have come to the conclusion that the Commons lacks a majority for that. The...

Brexit: Workers’ Rights - Statement (29 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the Minister correctly emphasised that most of these EU standards are minimum standards, and that in many cases we considerably exceed them. Could he therefore explain why the Government have put so much emphasis on having the right to diverge from those standards, when the only argument that many of us have heard in favour of divergence is so that we could lower them? We can always...

EU Settlement Scheme - Question (23 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, as the Minister just said, therefore 1 million people have not yet applied. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that they are aware that they now need to apply, and their applications can be got in in good time?

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lamont, has just said that remainers do not admit that the EU is not just an economic project. The European Union has always been a political project. The memorandum presented to Harold Macmillan in 1961 made it very clear that it was in our political interests to join the European Economic Community and that the Washington Administration were strongly of the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (16 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, we have not discussed the future political declaration in much detail. There is a very large agenda to be negotiated once, as the Minister said, we have got Brexit done. Do the Government have an estimate of how long that will take? Are they confident that they really can negotiate and agree all those matters and get the treaty through during the implementation period, or are we...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the Minister’s opening speech displayed a spirit of faith-based optimism worthy of Boris Johnson himself. In the hard light of the real world, after three and a half years of internal arguments within the Conservative Party and the right-wing media, Brexit negotiations are being crammed into the narrow gap between the end of the Conservative Party conference and the parliamentary...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: I do not recollect anyone saying that the UK was now its colony; I look forward to receiving chapter and verse. The European Union is a confederation of countries in which Britain, from the time that we joined, has played a major part, alongside its other major players. That is what we believe and that is what we wish Britain to continue to do. Once we have escaped from our neighbours, the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: I apologise to the noble Lord. I am glad to hear that they were at Conservative Party conferences, but at that point on the outside rather than on the inside. I withdraw that point. Lord Carrington, as Margaret Thatcher’s first Foreign Secretary when she became Prime Minister, played a leading role in developing European foreign policy co-operation, as did his successors, Geoffrey Howe and...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, it is very difficult to know how much of this Statement to believe. It says that the Government still think that there is a chance of no deal. The text from No. 10 from last night—which the Spectator has now published—suggests that people with influence inside No. 10 have clearly entirely given up on the idea of a deal and are moving towards an election, so we have to treat this...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Statement (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, I hope that the Minister understands that part of the reason for our demand to see the full text is that many of us neither trust the Government nor are convinced that they understand quite where they are going. In answer to my question last week, the Minister insisted, as he just has again, that the Government are aiming for higher standards than common European standards. Yet,...

Elections and Referenda: Protection Against Corruption - Question (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, does the Defending Democracy unit have a clear definition of what it means by democracy? At present we are in a situation in which the question of whether the rule of law is an important part of democracy is under challenge and the relative weight of referenda and elections is also under challenge. It would be good to know that the Defending Democracy team has some clear...

Railways: Trans-Pennine Freight - Question (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, some weeks ago, I asked someone from Transport for the North where they could find extra freight rail capacity between Liverpool and Hull. The answer was that they had identified that, if you took container traffic through Daventry, you could take it from Liverpool to Hull; that is an interesting diversion. Meanwhile, freight container traffic goes along the M62, which becomes even...

Brexit: Parliamentary Processes - Question (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, at the beginning of this Session, the Government set out a series of Bills that needed to be passed in order to provide for an orderly Brexit. These included Bills on trade, immigration, fisheries and agriculture, none of which has yet proceeded through this House, completed their progress and become Acts. Do the Government intend that we have a disorderly Brexit without the...

Brexit: Divergence from EU Standards - Question (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to inform Parliament of their priorities and objectives in the areas in which they wish to diverge from European Union standards by way of United Kingdom regulations.

Brexit: Divergence from EU Standards - Question (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: I thank the noble Lord for that Answer, which tells me exactly nothing. I am even more confused than when I put this Question down, because I see in the various documents that we had yesterday that we are now about to have, “continued regulatory alignment for a potentially prolonged period across the whole island of Ireland”. That suggests that, if we are going to keep Northern Irish and...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: Since the Leader of the House is here, we repeat strongly the request to have sufficient time for this tomorrow, rather than having a Statement with 20 minutes for questions. This is clearly important, and we will need much more time.


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