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Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I will focus my remarks in particular on the accelerated degree mentioned in the Augar report, but first I welcome the fact that so many speeches in this debate have concentrated on the really important recommendations in the Augar report relating to those 50% or so post-education people who are not in university. Those recommendations will, I hope, provide the better skills that...

Disabled People - Motion to Take Note (9 May 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Lord, Lord Lingfield, who demonstrates how many types of disability we have to consider. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Borwick, for setting us the very good challenge of imagining where we would like to be in the field of disabilities in 50 years’ time, and even enticing us with the prospect that we might all be here in 50 years’ time to take...

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Amos, who speaks with enormous authority and experience on this issue, having served with such distinction at the United Nations and in tackling humanitarian issues. I too warmly welcome the report of the Select Committee and the excellent introduction from the noble Lord, Lord Howell. It is certainly refreshing to be talking about...

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, was right to put this important debate into a wider context of the very long-standing friendship between the people of this country and the people of Bahrain. If we consider the very significant points made by the noble Lord, Lord Soley, that the region in which the Bahrainis live is sandwiched between Iran on one side and Saudi Arabia on the other,...

Chagos Archipelago - Private Notice Question (26 Feb 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice. I declare an interest as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Chagossians and as a former Minister responsible for that region.

Chagos Archipelago - Private Notice Question (26 Feb 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her reply. However, as the advisory opinion of the ICJ, with only the American judge dissenting, is that the expulsion of the 1,500 Chagossians in the late 1960s, together with the separation of the archipelago from Mauritius on independence, was unlawful and wrong—and bearing in mind that there is no dispute between the key parties that Diego...

Higher Education (Fee Limits for Accelerated Courses) (England) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (29 Jan 2019)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I would like to focus on the two-year degree, of which I have considerable experience. I declare an interest as the chancellor of the University of Gibraltar, but more relevant to this discussion is my five years as vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham in the 1990s. As everybody now knows, as an independent university it has pioneered the two-year degree over the last 43...

Royal Academy of Arts: 250th Anniversary - Question for Short Debate (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, it is really most refreshing to take part in a debate where it is almost impossible to disagree with any of the other speakers. I am very glad to follow the noble Lord, Lord Jones, and listen to him talk about his love of the arts and all the exhibitions he has witnessed. I agree entirely with him that we are talking about a national centre of excellence. In particular I must thank...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I first thank the Government for their support of the people of Gibraltar. But will the Minister confirm that no concessions whatever have been made to the EU in the past few days over Gibraltar? Will she confirm also that it is not acceptable, either to us or to the European Union as a whole, that Spain should have the right of veto at the last stage of the overall agreement with...

Yemen - Question for Short Debate (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Luce: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with international partners to end the conflict in Yemen.

Yemen - Question for Short Debate (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the urgent question of how to achieve peace in Yemen. I look forward to hearing from the Minister what action HMG are taking following the Foreign Secretary’s visit to the Gulf, and to the contributions of noble Lords to this rather delayed debate. The 27 million people of Yemen face a kind of Dante’s Inferno; they are today’s...

Brexit: Civil Service Impartiality - Question (24 Oct 2018)

Lord Luce: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the impartiality of the Civil Service following recent political criticisms of the Brexit process.

Brexit: Civil Service Impartiality - Question (24 Oct 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his Answer. He speaks with authority, having been a civil servant as well as a distinguished former Minister. I am sure the whole House will appreciate the tribute he has paid to Sir Jeremy Heywood. Since a politically impartial and independent Civil Service recruited on the basis of merit, in which civil servants are advised to speak fearlessly in...

Death of a Member: Lord Carrington - Tributes (10 Jul 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, many fine tributes have been paid to the remarkable life of Lord Carrington. It is generally agreed that he was an outstanding Foreign Secretary. Very briefly, I want to record my experience of his leadership at the time of the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982. I was serving as his Minister of State with responsibility for, among other areas, the...

Disabled People - Motion to Take Note (28 Jun 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, it has been a most humbling experience to take part in this debate and listen to the very moving contributions that have been made. It was very ably led by the noble Baroness, Lady Thomas, and had an inspiring maiden speech by the right reverent Prelate the Bishop of London. I will concentrate on what the Government are doing to help the millions of people with long-term health...

Palestinian Territories - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I agree with every word that has been said by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, and find it hard to disagree with any of the speeches that have been made since then. It is an endless cycle of violence when we meet in this Chamber, year in and year out. Of course, we are absolutely right to condemn it, but at the same time we all know that, until there is a political settlement, this cycle...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former Governor of Gibraltar. I support very much the amendment moved by the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, and supported by the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey. I find myself in total agreement with all the speeches that have been made so far. Without any doubt, the people of Gibraltar have as a whole been suffering great anxiety over the last...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Luce: I am not going to be drawn on that but, if I may, I will end my remarks by emphasising the need for words not just of caution but of hope. On caution, I refer to clause 24 of the European Union’s negotiating procedures, which gives Spain a right of veto. That remains a matter of profound anxiety regarding the negotiations that are going to take place in the next six months. It is in the...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 - Motion to Take Note (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Luce: My Lords, it is a very great privilege to follow my noble friend Lord Geidt in his Maiden Speech to this House. For four years early in this century—it sounds like a long time ago, but it is not that long—I had the great pleasure of working with him when I was Lord Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household and he joined us as an assistant private secretary to the Queen. Before that, he had...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Luce: My contribution will focus solely on the position of Gibraltar in the context of the broader negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. I declare an interest as a former Governor of Gibraltar and as chancellor of the new University of Gibraltar. I appreciate that this Bill applies only in a limited way to Gibraltar, but there is a need to provide firm reassurances at...


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