Results 221–240 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

ISIL in Syria — Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, and congratulate him on securing this debate. He has rather surprised me, because I expected his contribution to come from a certain perspective that would go along the lines of, “Russia good, Russian intervention good, and everything else we’re doing is a complete disaster”. He and I are old sparring partners and friends, so...

Women: Businesses — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, for securing this debate. Her speech was very much at one with her distinguished career as a journalist and in business, and was elegantly and forcefully presented to this House. I am going to use my time today to speak about a subject that is not discussed very much but is critical to the long-term health of our economy: the...

Hong Kong: Kidnapping of British Subjects — Question (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities regarding the kidnapping of British subjects from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong: Kidnapping of British Subjects — Question (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I thank the Minister for that reply. As he knows, Mr Lee Bo was the fifth person to disappear from Causeway Bay Books in the past three months. Given that the 1984 Sino-British joint declaration guarantees free speech as well as Hong Kong’s judicial independence until 2047, are the Government engaging with other partners—Australia, the United States and other countries, as well as the...

Saudi Arabia: Executions — Question (13 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Baroness accepts that Saudi Arabia not only uses the death penalty but uses it against political prisoners, which is a significant point. It also wages illegal wars, as with its neighbour Yemen, and supports jihadi groups in Syria. Will she tell the House how she thinks that the UK Government supporting and collaborating with it to get it elected to the Human Rights...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (7 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in making their decision about how to vote on the implementation of real driving emissions tests at the 28 October meeting of the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles, whether they took into account (1) estimates from DEFRA and Public Health England that pollution from mono-nitrogen oxides is responsible for 23,500 premature deaths in the UK per annum, (2)...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (7 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure of London, Leeds, and Birmingham to maintain nitrogen dioxide levels within legal limits over the past five years, what assessment they have made of whether relaxing emissions standards for cars is compatible with public health and legal requirements to control urban pollution.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (7 Jan 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they made to the October 2014 findings by the International Council on Clean Transportation that some vehicles were producing emissions at seven times the legal limit.

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Hague of Richmond, on the brevity and clarity of his fantastic maiden speech. It was an important speech and the House needed to hear his voice today. I have spoken in 43 debates on Syria since 2011. In the intervening five years, more than 9 million people have been displaced, more than 1 million injured and 250,000 killed. It is...

Foreign Ownership of UK Assets — Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Viscount, Lord Hanworth, not just for bringing this important topic to us today but for having covered such a wide expanse in his opening speech. When I was a student at the London School of Economics—I should add hastily that I was a mature student, so the age difference between me and the noble Lord, Lord Desai, is not as great as it might appear when I...

Aviation Security — Statement (5 Nov 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister mentioned the discussion that the Prime Minister is having with President Sisi today. Is Her Majesty’s Government’s position as a candid friend to Egypt that to deal with terrorism does not mean that it is appropriate to lock up the thousands of democracy activists, secularists, bloggers and all manner of people who simply want to express their right to free speech...

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I declare that I am currently chairing the inquiry into the five presidents’ report, which I mentioned. The noble Lord is misrepresenting the black ink on white paper in that report. They are national competitiveness authorities for the eurozone; they do not apply to the eurozone-outs. However, I will give the noble Lord a broader point: he is asking the Government to produce their...

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Lord might not know that this House’s EU financial affairs sub-committee is looking into the five presidents’ report. He might like to see the conclusions of that before he draws these conclusions here.

Syria: Military Involvement by Canada — Question (28 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the new Government of Canada regarding the intention of that Government to withdraw their combat mission from the bombing campaign against ISIL.

Syria: Military Involvement by Canada — Question (28 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I am extremely glad that the noble Earl welcomes the election of the new Liberal Government who are delivering on their manifesto commitment to withdraw combat forces from the campaign in Iraq and Syria. Will he accept that this is a recognition by the Canadian people that the facts on the ground have changed? Russia is in Syria now; Iran is more constructively engaged. Indeed, the Foreign...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question for Short Debate (22 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris, for initiating the debate. It is important for us to realise that this inquiry is crucial to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in Iraq, who must feel very badly treated in this sorry affair. To them it must feel that the decision to lay down the lives of their loved ones must have been taken in weeks or perhaps...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Georgia: NATO Enlargement (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of Georgia’s suitability to become a member of NATO.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Georgia: Russia (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent reports of creeping annexation of Georgian territory by Russia.


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