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Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill (25 Jun 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am grateful for this opportunity to address your Lordships in this great Chamber for the first time. On first impressions, this House feels like a well oiled machine, churning its cogs and wheels without effort. But the reality, I know, is that this place requires the highest degree of leadership and individual professionalism, which are so characteristic of good management. I...

Iraq (7 Sep 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, as the Butler report points out, this was a war of choice. The intelligence community saw regime change as an option to achieve Iraqi disarmament. It was for the Government to make the choice for war: there was no necessity to do so in the form of an imminent threat to Britain. We also know from section 5.4 of the review that the continuation of sanctions was a credible option but...

Grenada (14 Sep 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: What efforts are being made to assist the people of Grenada following the recent hurricane in the area.

Grenada (14 Sep 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for that Answer. Does she agree that an urgent and necessary impact assessment needs to be carried out on the needs of the people of Grenada, and that timely and generous assistance is due to them? Does she also agree that, in the longer term, HMG needs to work with Commonwealth partners to provide the Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean with...

Bangladesh (15 Sep 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Leader of the House agree that, despite the very generous assistance provided by Her Majesty's Government, in the words of the World Food Programme, Bangladesh needs more than band-aid solutions to the problems of persistent flooding. She will be aware that floods causing this level of devastation are happening with greater frequency now. What steps are the Government...

Islamabad: British High Commission Visa Section (18 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the Minister agree that suspension of visa facilities for people under 25 sends a very adverse signal to a fellow Commonwealth country at a time when soft diplomacy and friendship should be the way that we approach our relations with Pakistan? Does the Minister also agree that the problems in Islamabad are compounded by the fact that consular services in Lahore—a city of more...

Pakistan (19 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Pakistan about the restoration of democracy in that country, in the light of recent announcements on the military role of the president.

Pakistan (19 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the Minister associate herself with the remarks of the Secretary of State for Defence when he was in Pakistan two weeks ago, when he described this regressive move, in clear breach of a pledge to the Commonwealth, as "understandable"? Would the Minister similarly understand that were it to happen in Zimbabwe?

Pakistan (19 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Baroness will be aware that, while stability is what all well-wishers for Pakistan want to see, President Musharraf's declared aims in the military coup were to restore a political culture that was representative and to combat terrorism. He has failed in both in the sense that Sipah-e-Sihaba and many other terrorist groups have been banned but no effective action is being...

Civil Contingencies Bill (21 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: On this side, we would associate ourselves with and support Amendment No. 100A proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Lucas. I welcome the noble Baroness's openness to the principle behind the amendment. The noble Lord, Lord Lucas, invoked the possibility of even a Liberal Democrat government perhaps finding themselves making decisions. I will therefore quote a good liberal, perhaps with a small...

Civil Contingencies Bill (21 Oct 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: We, too, support the amendment. It would be a good thing to, ipso facto, instil a basis for reviewing the situation and the action taken on the basis of fact rather than judgment, irrespective of how sound Ministers' judgment may occasionally be.

Kyoto Protocol (8 Nov 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, returning to the phase through which the Earth is currently passing, and looking beyond whether the US ratifies the Kyoto Protocol, which is desirable, does the Minister agree that the provisions of that protocol are fairly modest and that we need an international effort, not only to reduce emissions but to move to a fairer distribution of carbon use as the only long-term strategy...

EU Summit (8 Nov 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, repeated Mr Allawi's statement on Fallujah earlier today. Although we recognise that it regrets the need to take the action that will be embarked on there, we still believe that taking that action in the holy month of Ramadan in a primarily Sunni town will send a very poor signal to the Muslim world, particularly if casualties are inflicted in large...

Somalia (9 Nov 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in light of the Minister for Africa's commitment of 22 October to help to disarm Somali militia, have Her Majesty's Government asked the United Nations for an investigation into reports that Abdullahi Yusuf has imported weapons from the Yemen, contrary to the UN embargo?

Civil Contingencies Bill (9 Nov 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we welcome Government Amendment No. 85 and are extremely pleased that it includes a specific reference to the Human Rights Act. We sympathise with the aims of Amendments Nos. 83 and 86 to safeguard basic civil and political rights against the abuse of power. We associate ourselves with the remarks of noble Lords who have just spoken. We suspect that we shall be told by the...

European Student Alliance (18 Nov 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, is the Minister aware that most foreign students understand the acronym for the London School of Economics to be "Let's See Europe"—particularly American students, who come in large numbers to the LSE. In that spirit and the spirit of the entente cordiale, is it not entirely fitting that the students' union—in which I spent four happy years hanging around as an alumna of the...

Crime Prevention (8 Dec 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lady Linklater for giving us the opportunity to reflect on some of the very important issues arising in this debate. Debates like this are occasions when specialist expertise comes to the fore, and thus a non-expert has to speak with some humility when following such a distinguished list of speakers. We have heard many depressing statistics on crime and...

Pakistan and Kashmir (9 Dec 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, did any discussions take place on Kashmir and the cross-border infiltration from the Pakistani side? Does the Minister see any possibility of assistance through a UN peacekeeping force so that there is independent monitoring of the issue?

Elections: All-postal Pilots (14 Dec 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given the ambiguous response of voters towards all-postal ballots as opposed to the unrestricted right to apply for a postal ballot, does the Minister not agree that this move towards all-postal ballots seems designed more for the convenience of bureaucrats than the voting public, who like to have contact, in the democratic process, through the ballot box?

International Organisations Bill [HL] (16 Dec 2004)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in broad terms, we are content with several facets of this Bill, but we feel that several other aspects need clarification. When I say "the Bill" I refer to the conventional interpretation of the Bill. Most of my comments will deal with the Commonwealth Secretariat. As the bulk of my comments will be concerned with provisions relating to the Commonwealth Secretariat, I place on...


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