Results 261–280 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 May 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by welcoming the noble Earl, Lord Howe, to the foreign affairs and international defence portfolios. It will be a busy time for him, given the state of the world as we find it, but I am sure that he will bring his usual verve to the Dispatch Box. I also congratulate my noble friend Lady Anelay on coming back to this brief. Foreign affairs always benefits from a level of...

Israel: Elections — Question (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that now may be the time to bring the United Nations back in? What discussions have the Government had with other EU Governments about a framework resolution on a peace settlement through the UN Security Council now that the United States is recalibrating its position?

European Council — Statement (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for repeating that Statement, which sounded rather like the Conservative election manifesto—but then so did Labour’s response. I am sure the House will be pleased to hear that I will stick to the conclusions of the European Council rather than doing that. The conclusions say at paragraph 13 that the high representative, in co-operation with member...

European Council — Statement (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I am concluding. Could I just ask whether the Leader of the House has seen the report coming out today by Open Europe on the cost of exit?

BBC: Russian Language Programming — Question (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend has mentioned the commercial impetus in the dialogue conducted between the Foreign Office and the BBC board. Given the importance of the strategic situation in Russia, whereby Russian speakers need access to objective and historical truth, have the Government proposed to the BBC board that they would be prepared to put in some funding for this vital work that is in...

G20: Turkish Presidency — Question (23 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend mentioned previous G20 communiqués so she will be familiar with the November communiqué, which said that tackling infrastructure shortfalls is, “crucial to lifting growth, job creation and productivity”. In that case, what conversations have taken place with the United States over the very welcome UK application to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,...

Burma: Policing of Demonstrations — Question (19 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, as recently as November when I met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, her main point for the West was that we must not become complacent that the constitutional reform process is sufficient. With elections coming up in November, she is extremely concerned that there is a regression on the part of the military. That is what we have seen, in terms of the Question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady...

Syria — Question (18 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware of the United Nations report from last week: 210,000 dead, 840,000 injured, one-third of the country displaced and life expectancy down by 20%. Given that, is it not time to say to the Syrian opposition—who my noble friend mentioned she is in negotiation with—that they need to consider an end to this war? It is in its fifth year. The opposition did...

Liaison Committee — Motion to Agree (12 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, there has been a chorus for the establishment of a permanent international affairs committee, but does the noble Lord agree that this House adds enormous value to the proceedings and scrutiny of Parliament with the work of its European affairs committee? The House of Lords Select Committee on European affairs is known around the world. It has a wide remit, as witnessed by its...

EU: Balance of Competences Review — Question for Short Debate (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My noble friend will, of course, be aware that the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, was meant to speak in this debate, but then decided he was not going to. I made the effort to go through almost all the reports, including the parts on those people’s pet subjects—agriculture, the budget, fisheries and so on. Does my noble friend agree that they did not contribute a shred of evidence...

EU: Balance of Competences Review — Question for Short Debate (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, on completion of the European Union balance of competences review, how they will use the information gleaned.

EU: Balance of Competences Review — Question for Short Debate (11 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I declare that I am on the advisory board of British Influence; a British member of the Anglo-German Conference, Koenigswinter; and a member of the advisory group of Demos, the think tank. I bring in the latter as I will comment on its evidence. Before I begin my substantive remarks on this balance of competences review, I commend the Minister for the role that he has played both in...

Ukraine — Question (9 Mar 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the Secretary of State’s decision to supply Ukraine with non-lethal arms worth £850,000. It is an important gesture. My noble friend will recall that in the recent battle for Debaltseve there was only one set of night-vision goggles for several units to use. Do the Government intend to build on this by providing extensive training as well as further equipment of a...

Ukraine — Statement (25 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, can my noble friend tell the House whether the United Kingdom Government’s position that we are not contemplating shipments of defensive weapons to Ukraine still stands, and what the arrangements will be as regards the short campaign and the period thereafter if the situation on the ground, particularly with respect to Mariupol, changes significantly?

Ukraine — Question (23 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will my noble friend tell the House what her assessment is of the EU Select Committee’s report on relations with Russia and its principal recommendation that the European Council should take a more proactive line in determining that relationship? Will she also comment on whether we will have an opportunity to have a debate in this House before we rise? There will be a long break,...

Ukraine — Statement (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Does my noble friend accept that in the unlikely circumstance that we have progress in Minsk tomorrow and that Mr Putin sticks to his word perhaps for more than an hour or two, or even a day or week or two, the holding of any ceasefire is contingent on the verifiable force of peacekeepers? Does she agree that the OSCE effort, valiant though it has been, is perhaps now inadequate? What...

Ukraine — Question (10 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that Russia’s disregard for international law, and disregard for the rule of law at home, can best be challenged through democracy and freedom within Russia? Is she aware of the anti-war rally on 1 March, organised by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Grigory Yavlinsky and Alexei Navalny, the champions of freedom and democracy in Russia? What talks are being held...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Investment: Treaties (4 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of international investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Yukos (3 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Permanent Court of Arbitration's $50 billion ruling in July 2014 in favour of GML Ltd, the former majority shareholders of Yukos, against Russia.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (2 Feb 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the New York Convention.


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