Results 1–20 of 1309 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Syria - Statement (16 Apr 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, is the Minister basking in self-congratulation about the UK’s humanitarian aid to Syria? I remember the night when we voted on the Dubs amendment. We wanted 3,000 children from Syria to be accepted into the UK and those on the Government Benches walked into the Not-Content Lobby. Is that a measure of congratulation? There are still children in Calais and Dunkirk, yet every...

Syria - Motion to Take Note (29 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: I thank the Minister very much indeed for ending on what is always an encouraging note. The time is late; I could go on for some time but I would not be the most popular person. I hope that we will continue to talk about Syria month after month; it is important that we keep it on our agenda. Finally, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part. I wish everybody here Pasg llawen—a happy...

Syria - Motion to Take Note (29 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, it is essential that we keep focused on Syria, because it is possibly the greatest humanitarian tragedy since the Second World War. In a message only this week, a girl, Siham, who was in the Aleppo hospital and was suffering from 70% burns, said, “Please let it be over now. We have to find a way out. We’ve had all we can take”. Seven years of civil war have...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, I will intervene very briefly. Since the Maastricht treaty, 18 million people have been born into European citizenship. They have not acquired it—it is their right from birth. What right have we to strip them of this citizenship? I am proud of being Welsh, proud of being British and proud of being a European. A person is usually stripped of citizenship as a penalty for having...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, I usually sleep quite well, but last night I had a sleepless night. It was because I received a Written Answer yesterday from Defra about exactly how much farming support came from Europe. It stated: “Across the UK £3.95 billion is provided a year under the Common Agricultural Policy. Of this, around 93% is funded from the EU, with around 7% being national funding under...

Syria - Question (20 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the changing situation in Syria.

Syria - Question (20 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: I thank the Minister. This is not, as Neville Chamberlain said of somewhere else, “a faraway country of which we know very little”. In the past week, 237 people have been killed in Syria, 37 of whom were children. Over 10,000 were killed last year and nearly 3,000 of those were children. At the same time, some of the national and international agencies have been forced to...

Syria: Protection of Civilians in Afrin - Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, when David Cameron was Prime Minister he made a pledge that by the year 2020 we would accept 20,000 Syrian refugees. The figure I have heard is that by 22 February this year we had welcomed 10,538. So we are halfway there but we are also three-quarters of the way since the pledge was made. I ask the Minister whether we can really open that door: we still have nearly 10,000 promises...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (5th Day) (7 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, I speak not as a lawyer—I find it difficult to follow some of these legal arguments—but as a grandfather to seven grandchildren, each of whom was born into European citizenship after the treaty of Maastricht. They are just representative of the more than 18 million others who were born since that treaty was signed. If the Bill were to go through unamended, we would...

General Practitioners: Workforce - Question (5 Mar 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, many refugee medical trainees are coming over. Is there no way that we could help them finish their medical courses and then deploy their skills in this country before it is safe for them to return to their country of origin?

Private Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Checks - Question (26 Feb 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: What steps have been taken to ensure that, when people from various other countries—refugees and so on—come here, the warnings on electrical facilities are in a language that they will understand?

Asylum Seekers: Legal Advice - Question (5 Feb 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that every failed asylum seeker, and anyone facing removal from the United Kingdom for whatever reason, has access to adequate legal advice.

Asylum Seekers: Legal Advice - Question (5 Feb 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that many asylum seekers are unable to access legal advice, for different reasons. Some are penniless and others just do not know the procedures. The result is that many of the decisions made by the Home Office are unsound and reversed on appeal. In 2005, 13,000 appeals were allowed. In 2010, 35,000 were allowed and, in 2015, 17,000 were allowed....

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

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, first, can I say how much we welcome the words of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris of Aberavon? I am sure that, in Wales, people will have been listening very carefully to what he said. My emphasis will again be on Wales and in a different context. We need to confirm Brexit or otherwise, and we do that by voting. We voted in the referendum. People will say that we had one...

Brexit: Child Refugees - Question (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new arrangements they propose to introduce to support child refugees following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Brexit: Child Refugees - Question (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: I thank the Minister for those comments. She will remember the day when this Government opposed the admission of 3,000 refugee children into the United Kingdom and the whole situation then. I have received letters from 254 refugee organisations saying how sad they were about that. Are the Government intent on pursuing—if it happens—our distancing from the European Union, which...

Brexit: EU Citizenship - Question (11 Dec 2017)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, I am very proud that I was born Welsh, and I am very proud that I was born British as well. By what right can the Government or anybody else deny those who are born after we joined the European Union of their citizenship in Europe? How can we deny it to them?

HIV: Global Response and Young People - Question (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: My Lords, what action is taken with immigrants to the UK, including refugees and asylum seekers, to make them aware of the facilities available and that they are able to access them just like anyone else?

Calais: Refugees - Question for Short Debate (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the condition of refugees and migrants still in Calais and the surrounding area, one year on from the refugee camp there being demolished.


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