Results 1–20 of 2900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Noakes

Making Tax Digital for VAT (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in this debate. It allows me to place on record my admiration for my noble friend Lord Forsyth’s insightful chairmanship of the Finance Bill Sub-Committee, in which I had the honour to take part. I fully support what my noble friend said on the engagement of Treasury Ministers in the sub-committee. It is little short of disgraceful for Ministers to...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 8 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, it does not surprise me that I have been supported by some of my noble friends and opposed by people on other Benches. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, that the Bill does not stop us leaving this Friday. If the EU decides not to agree an extension, we will leave on Friday. I am not frightened about that. I believe that the Government have made many significant preparations...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 8 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I shall not detain the House long. My amendment would ensure that this legislation ceases to have effect on exit day. It could be said that the amendment is there just for the avoidance of doubt because, clearly, there is nothing to be done with this Bill after exit day. However, I wanted to table the amendment because this is, by almost common consent, a pretty terrible Bill. One...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I support my noble friend’s amendment for two reasons. First, this remains a wretched Bill, taking power away from the Government and their ability to use the royal prerogative. Therefore, I would support any restriction on that measure being put into the Bill. Secondly, I support the points made by my noble friend in respect of the financial impact of different variants of a...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I have been a member of the Finance Bill Sub-Committee for many years, though not absolutely every year. I was a member of that committee this year, so I intended to speak. I hope the noble Lord is not referring to me in those remarks.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I am not going to give the speech that I had planned to give at this late stage of the evening. I was nearly goaded into picking it up again by the typically hard-line speech of the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, but I will leave my speech with my other papers down there, and just say that I would have said a lot more about the B-word. Instead, I will just associate myself with the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: There are two swallows.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: There are no national security issues. All the examples that have been given of expedited procedures have involved agreement between all parties. The fact that a lot of people in Westminster are very excited about a no-deal Brexit should not be confused with a national crisis. Recent poll evidence shows that the most popular way forward is actually a no-deal exit, and of course it is by no...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I am drawing to a close. Anybody can make a comment once I have moved my amendment. I remind the House that my amendment is there because the Prime Minister has already indicated her intention to ask for a delay. It is unnecessary, undesirable and unprecedented to apply exceptional procedures. I beg to move.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I have to disagree with my noble friend on that. We have to trust that the Prime Minister means what she says.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: Benches opposite may laugh, but that is highly disrespectful to a Prime Minister who has worked extremely hard on this. The Prime Minister can be criticised for many things—

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I am not entirely uncritical of the Prime Minister, and in particular of her handling of Brexit. Anybody who has heard me speak before will know that.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: Indeed, but there are important issues of process that we do need to address. I was saying that the Prime Minister had not always made a success of Brexit to date, but she has been persistent throughout in trying to achieve the will of the majority 17.4 million people who voted in the referendum, and we have to give her credit for that. She has also acted throughout with integrity, and I hope...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: The reason we do this is that the other place does not do a very good job of scrutinising legislation. There are a lot of reasons for that. Compared with the normal proceedings of your Lordships’ House, the proceedings in the other place are much more party political. Anybody who reads Hansard can see that. In particular, since 1997, when Mr Blair introduced programme Motions, the amount of...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I fully hear what the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, says, but I have a right to be heard on the Motion that I have put on the Order Paper. A considerable amount of the time has been taken up by noble Lords moving closure Motions, which involves two Divisions every time.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: No: they are on different amendments to the Motion so they are different issues.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I thank my noble friend for that. I had reached the end of reading through Standing Order 46, which is an important foundational part of our procedures. I remind noble Lords that it has been in existence since 1715. It has served us well for more than 200 years, so we should be very careful about tinkering with it. It is the case, in many instances, that those rules can be modified if noble...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: My noble friend makes very good points. I hope that the Front Bench opposite is reflecting on them. The House is being asked to handle this Bill on a one-day basis and, in effect, tear up the rules under which we normally consider legislation. This has led to a speakers’ list being closed before this business Motion is even finished. This Motion was not available to noble Lords until they...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I remind the noble Lord that it was a majority of one in the other place. I do not think that the other place can be proud of the length of time it devoted to this legislation yesterday. Second Reading was 55 minutes; towards the end speakers were given two minutes; the Secretary of State had a very short time to wind up. That is not a proper way for any chamber to handle legislation. I would...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Noakes: I am not giving way at the moment. I am going to make some progress if the noble Baroness does not mind.


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