Results 241–260 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia: Sovereignty (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place at a senior level with the government of Spain regarding a referendum on Catalonian independence, following the regional elections on 27 September.

Syria — Question (17 Sep 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The Minister will be aware of reports that the Russians are building new runways in Syria, in addition to the naval base in Tartus, and deploying significant numbers of military advisers, even “green men”, we are told. This has striking parallels with Vietnam; although of course this time it is the Russians, rather than the US, in the role of being sucked in. Is the Minister able to tell...

UN: Senior Appointments — Question for Short Debate (10 Sep 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, for securing this debate, and indeed for couching it in sufficiently wide terms to enable us to cover extensive ground, looking at the effectiveness as well as the appointments. Those two certainly go hand in hand. Let me deal with the most important issue to do with the UN’s effectiveness: the perception—widely...

Syria: Christian Refugees — Question (9 Sep 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Does the noble Lord agree that Muslim countries, the Gulf states and particularly Saudi Arabia, which are oil rich, should be taking their share of refugees from Syria—on the basis not of religious apartheid but of vulnerability, need and genuine fear of war and persecution?

Airports Commission — Question (7 Sep 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in making the decision on Heathrow or Gatwick, depending on which it is, will the Government publish after the decision the considerations of the legal delays that might occur depending on which decision is taken? It would seem to me that the advocates of Heathrow should surely want for the first spades to start the construction work as soon as possible. However, Gatwick seems more...

Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy — Statement (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I have great respect for the noble Earl, Lord Howe, so it is sad to see his semantic convulsions to avoid the impression that UK forces are flying in bombing missions over Syria. If one of those five pilots were shot down during a bombing raid, how would he explain in plain English to the country that this was not a military operation by UK forces over Syria? On the broader point,...

Greece — Statement (6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill, is wise to resist the encouragement of the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, to comment on his own views about the current situation in Greece, particularly given the role that Goldman Sachs played in Greece’s original submission to join the eurozone. However, I will ask a concrete question which is covered in the Minister’s brief. He said that his right...

Global Challenges — Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in the limited time that I have today I shall concentrate on Syria. Before I do so, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Ashdown on the magisterial tour d’horizon that he gave us of the changing world that we face in the 21st century. Syria is now in its fifth year of war. In Parliament we have had two serious occasions to reflect on what the United Kingdom Government should do...

Isil — Question (2 Jul 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, would the Minister accept that when the Defence Secretary said on the “Today” programme this morning that MPs need to rethink attacks in Syria, he did not define a legal basis for those attacks if President Assad is still considered the foe, as was repeated by his colleague the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, only last week in my debate on Syria? Secondly, would the Prime...

Greece — Statement (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Lord has accepted that the United Kingdom is exposed through the IMF to a Greek default or Greece being in arrears. He has not given us a figure, but the Times this morning said that Greek indebtedness to the IMF was to the tune of about €21 billion. Will he tell the House what specifically the United Kingdom exposure would be in that regard?

Tunisia and European Council — Statement (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister speaks about the Muslim countries in the Middle East trying to achieve good governance and stability. Would she accept that the war in Syria, which by next year will be entering its sixth year, must be resolved? The European Council Statement talks about a strategic reflection to conclude by June 2016. By then, ISIL will have been in power for two years in a given...

Syria — Question for Short Debate (24 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Syria.

Syria — Question for Short Debate (24 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the war in Syria is in its fifth year. The UN estimates 200,000 dead, 100,000 injured and 10 million displaced. The whole of the Middle East is riven by sectarianism and destabilised by global jihad. The borders of the Levant are in a state of flux. It is tempting to ask how we got here; what could we have done to avert this ongoing crisis? However, this is merely a Short Debate so...

Saudi Arabia: Raif Badawi — Question (11 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Zero-hours Contracts — Question (11 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the Minister answer my noble friend Lord Stoneham’s point that the Government need to collect the data to be able to get a picture of what is going on with these contracts? Will she at least write to him and place a copy in the Library so that we know what information the Government have?

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the candidates and process for appointing the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I congratulate the UK Government on having moved somewhat in a progressive direction, certainly more than France has, in terms of Matthew Rycroft’s moves in this regard. However, does she agree that a selection process needs to be set up, that we need to do away with regional assignments for the role of Secretary-General and, most importantly, that more than one candidate should...

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, since there is still a second, can I press the Minister to say whether she believes that the inclusion of Australia and New Zealand in the western European bloc—in other words in the category of western Europe—is appropriate, given that apparently one of the strong female contenders is from New Zealand?


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