Results 21–40 of 890 for speaker:Baroness Ludford

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (18 May 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, Europe does not figure in the title of today’s debate, or indeed of any of the five days of debate on the Queen’s Speech. Europe, it seems, has been abolished. Some Brexit-related issues were debated last Thursday, when I could not be present as I was participating in the first meeting—finally—of the UK-EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly, set up under the TCA. That...

Shireen Abu Aqla - Commons Urgent Question (17 May 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords—

Shireen Abu Aqla - Commons Urgent Question (17 May 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Minister did not quite answer the question of whether he thought it feasible and valuable to have a joint investigation. The bullet is clearly an essential piece of evidence. He talks about an impartial investigation; does he believe it should be a joint one?

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (17 May 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, while political knockabout is tempting in the surreal circumstance to which the Government have brought us in respect of the Northern Ireland protocol, the situation is too serious and dangerous for that. The Foreign Secretary’s claim that the Government’s “first priority is to uphold the Belfast/Good Friday agreement in all its dimensions” does not stand up to scrutiny. The...

European Research Council - Question (27 Apr 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, everyone agrees that UK participation in Horizon is of benefit to researchers in the UK, the EU and beyond, but also of mutual benefit is the UK’s commitment to stick to legal engagements that it has made. I am afraid that there is some pot and kettle going on from the Minister. Why are this Government again threatening to breach the Northern Ireland protocol and to take...

Ukraine - Statement (2 Mar 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that the helpline advisers will be fully trained? A journalist on the Independent had a tweet a few hours ago saying they are getting lots of calls but they have no information to give out. As I understand it, he said that was true, in a sense—they will have the information by Friday and they will call people back. Perhaps some planning could have taken...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 47 (2 Mar 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I have listened carefully to the Minister. I still hope that some lessons will be learned from the Ukrainian family scheme, about which we will probably have some exchanges shortly. I hope for wider reform in future. I heard everything the Minister said but I still think that there needs to be fundamental reform of the family reunion rules for all the good reasons expressed in this...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 47 (2 Mar 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the Ukrainian family scheme drives a welcome coach and horses through the usual Home Office approach to refugee family reunion, which is to oppose anything but a very narrow definition of “family”. The Home Office, in my opinion, seeks to restrict this safe route very considerably. As I understand it, the new scheme would allow children as well as adults to sponsor parents,...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 30 (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the arguments have been put very well and very strongly. I am very pleased to co-sign the excellent amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Stroud. Her speech was really excellent. Others have demolished the pull factor argument and I do not wish to say any more on that. The noble Baroness, Lady Williams, said in Committee: “To relax the policy would be totally to...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I thank the Minister for that further clarification. I think I have got as far as I am going to get—

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I very much thank the Minister, who has taken a very welcome personal interest in this matter, which is very encouraging. The government amendments are interesting and represent some progress, but they are unspecific for EEA citizens, and there is still that discretion, not certainty, that the Secretary of State “may” but not “must” do this. As I said in Committee, I was...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 3 (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: I do thank the Minister for that reply. I am not absolutely certain. It may just be that I did not follow the detail, but I am not sure I quite heard that the guidance, apart from in the exceptional case of criminality, will say that the Secretary of State will always exercise her discretion in favour of EEA applicants by not inquiring about the CSI record of the people that it affected. I...

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I recognise that the Bill removes discrimination against those, including some descendants of Chagossians, unable to claim previously through their mothers or unmarried fathers. But with this amendment we are talking about a limited number of people, in the hundreds—maybe 800 to 1,000—who, as descendants of Chagossians evicted from the islands, will still have no rights to...

Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Question (28 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, the EU has said that Ukrainian refugees, who do not need visas to get into the Schengen zone anyway, can stay for three years without having to regularise their situation. I thought that the UK took back control in order to regulate better than the EU. Can the noble Baroness tell me what the UK will do better than the EU for Ukrainian refugees?

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (25 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the superb speech from the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup. I start my own remarks with a light note on which I will not continue. I congratulate my female colleagues, the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, and my noble friends Lady Kramer and Lady Smith of Newnham, on their sartorial display of solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their...

Ukraine - Statement (24 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, when we eventually get the economic crime Bill, it and other similar legislation will be welcome, but critics would say that the challenge is enforcement. Do the Government plan to boost the resources of bodies such as the National Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority to allow them to crack down on the abuses we see in London and the UK?...

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL] - Order of Commitment (23 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Ukraine Update - Statement (22 Feb 2022)

Baroness Ludford: My Lords, I share the puzzlement of those who wonder what else President Putin has to do to get the full barrage of UK sanctions fired at him. The Statement says that he has “flagrantly violated the Minsk peace agreements”. The noble Baroness said that he has flagrantly violated Ukrainian sovereignty and the Statement says that “the deployment of these forces in sovereign Ukrainian...


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