Results 201–220 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate on a Friday. It has been a long week, and I genuinely appreciate that their interest and their concern for our country, and the situation in which these things can go wrong, is heartfelt. I will start by going very briefly through some of the arguments that were put. I have great affection and respect for the...

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I say to the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, that his problem is one for the noble Earl, Lord Howe, to deal with—not me. But I completely accept the concerns of the noble Lord, Lord Framlingham, which were voiced by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, as well. But, ultimately, either we trust MPs to do a job and have access to the information or we do not. The concern expressed by the noble Lord, Lord...

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will start with a figure: 179 men and women, who proudly wore the uniform of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. They are the 179 casualties of the war in Iraq, whose families expected the Government and Parliament to do the right thing by them at the time and to take the right decisions. Through the Chilcot report they now know more of what happened but find themselves listening to Mr...

European Council - Statement (29 Jun 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Baroness tells the House that the empty chair today is not because of any legal issues but because it is an informal meeting. She will know that Nicola Sturgeon is meeting the Commission chairman, Mr Juncker, as well as the President of the European Parliament today. Is that an informal meeting as well? Is foreign affairs still a reserved matter, or will they have...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I should declare that I am a co-owner of a property in the eurozone area and that I am married to a citizen from another EU member country whose right to remain in the UK could theoretically be affected by Britain leaving the European Union. It has been a pleasure to work under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, and the committee has been extremely well served by its...

Schools: Modern Languages - Question (24 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Is the Minister having discussions with employers’ organisations about the need for qualified graduates with modern languages? One of the huge competitive disadvantages faced by United Kingdom firms is that they have to recruit abroad for modern languages, because there is an insufficient number of people capable of speaking those languages who are home-grown here.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: BBC World Service (11 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC World Service regarding the proposal to move the Chinese Language Service to Hong Kong.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia and China: Censorship (11 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to counter misinformation and censorship from Russia and China and what assessment they have made of how the relocation of the BBC Chinese Service to Hong Kong fits with that strategy, given the rise in Chinese intervention in freedoms in Hong Kong.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia: BBC World Service (11 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been informed of any plans by the BBC to move the Russian Service to Moscow.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: BBC World Service (11 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the editorial independence of the BBC Chinese Service of its potential relocation to Hong Kong.

China: Market Economy Status - Question (9 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the European Union granting market economy status to China.

China: Market Economy Status - Question (9 May 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I welcome the Minister to his role. He will be aware that several studies show that if China were granted market economy status, it could reduce Europe’s GDP by 1% to 2% and reduce total output by up to €220 billion per annum. It is not a straightforward matter. I suggest to the Minister that he is legally allowed, under Article 15(d) of China’s WTO accession plan, to put the onus on...

Capital Markets Union: A Welcome Start (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Feb 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I did not want to interrupt the noble Earl’s flow, but I asked a very specific question about concerns that have arisen in the light of the Prime Minister’s Statement. I wonder whether the Minister will give us a reassurance that he will take those concerns back to the Treasury.

Capital Markets Union: A Welcome Start (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Feb 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the two senior members of the committee, the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Stamford, and the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, who I am delighted to see is on the road to recovery after his recent illness. Listening to what the committee says about the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, it feels, sitting in the chair as I do now, as if he is a very hard act to...

European Union Subsidiarity Assessment: Electoral Law of the EU (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 Feb 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I had not planned to speak in this debate but the intervention of the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Stamford, provoked me to add my tuppence worth. I should clarify to the House that I speak in my capacity as the chairman of another sub-committee of the EU Select Committee—the sub-committee on financial affairs. It is true that the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Stamford, holds original,...

Saudi Arabia: Executions — Question (1 Feb 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia regarding the executions of political activists.

Saudi Arabia: Executions — Question (1 Feb 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is widely reported that in King Salman’s first year of office, 2015, Saudi Arabia executed more people than in any of the previous 20 years. Many of those people were executed for political dissent. The last time we discussed this, on 13 January, the noble Baroness was urged from all sides of this House to express those concerns to the Saudi Government. She has just told us...


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