Results 281–300 of 916 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Russia's commitment to international law and conventions.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: European Energy Charter (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Boko Haram — Question (27 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, given the pivotal role of the Commonwealth—with two affected countries, Nigeria and Cameroon, being members—it is appalling that the Commonwealth Secretary-General took four months before he responded to the abduction in the first instance; and can the Minister tell the House a little more about what efforts we are taking within the Commonwealth...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Second Reading (23 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I had the privilege nearly five years ago of being the first Liberal Democrat to speak from Government Benches in seconding the Queen’s Speech when the coalition was formed. One of the most significant things in that Queen’s Speech was the commitment to legislating for 0.7% of GDI being given in overseas development aid. I am sorry that it has taken nearly five years to get...

United Nations Secretary-General: Selection — Question (22 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the selection procedure for the next United Nations Secretary-General.

United Nations Secretary-General: Selection — Question (22 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend will know that last time the decision was effectively made by Bush, Putin and Hu Jintao—not great men of peace. And with eastern Europe in the frame now, it is likely to be just the US and Russia. What discussions are the Government having with all l5 members of the Security Council to ensure that at least two names go forward to the General Assembly—from my...

Yemen — Statement (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the most critical point about this current instability in Yemen is that we need to work to prevent it becoming sectarian, and it has all the hallmarks of being yet another conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran? What conversations have the Government had with the United Nations Special Envoy, Mr Jamal Benomar, regarding an immediate ceasefire, in so...

Raif Badawi — Question (20 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia regarding freedom of speech in the light of the sentence passed on Raif Badawi.

Raif Badawi — Question (20 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. Before I ask my supplementary question, I need to declare that as vice-president of Liberal International I have worked with the Saudi Liberal Forum, although not Mr Badawi himself. Mr Badawi was imprisoned for such innocuous sentiments as saying that secularism is, “the most important refuge for citizens of a country”. His lawyer, Waleed...

Ukraine — Question (8 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that a political collapse in Ukraine will have not only profound security but also economic consequences for the entire West? Will she therefore tell the House why the international and multilateral institutions are being so very cautious in putting in place a Marshall plan for Ukraine? If the Ukrainian Government collapse, it will be too little, too late...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question (6 Jan 2015)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, when the inquiry was announced, some of us took the position that it should be a two-part inquiry: one part into the conduct of the war and one part into the events that led up to the war. Would my noble friend agree that that would have been the better way to deal with it? In other words, we should have produced a report on what led up to the war itself and left in the long grass...

Syria: Refugees — Statement (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Syria: Refugees — Statement (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we are coming to the fourth anniversary of this conflict. In answer to the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, the Minister said that the Government do not believe in keeping the Assad regime in place—

Syria: Refugees — Statement (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I obviously cannot go on with my question if the Cross-Benchers continue. The Minister said that the Assad regime cannot be kept in place. Did he mean that President Assad cannot be kept in place and does he rule out in any future peace settlement any conversations that might allow some elements of the regime to take over in a transitional government? That is a change in position as...

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — Question (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that one of the great problems at the moment with the monitoring mission in Ukraine is that it also comprises Russian observers. He will also know that the border by which Russia enters Ukraine is about 100 kilometres long, but only 1 kilometre of that is actually monitored by the OSCE. Would he be able to tell us whether he believes that it is possible...

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — Question (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, may I press my noble friend a little bit on his last reply to me? Given that Russia is a party to the conflict—in other words, it is conflicted in being part of the monitoring mission—have there been any discussions with the leader of the OSCE mission to ask whether the Russians might stand down from this particular mission while remaining members of the OSCE?

Syrian Refugees: Food Aid — Private Notice Question (2 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the only comprehensive and long-lasting resolution to this problem of refugees is to bring them back to Syria where they can live their lives in the communities they were in? What discussions have the Government had with the UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura about his attempt at a new plan to bring about those ceasefires?

Kuwait: Bidoon — Question (2 Dec 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the Kuwaiti Government have offered to the 105,000 stateless Bidoons that they might emigrate to the Comoro Islands. They have particularly said that those who are found to have broken the law will be relocated compulsorily to the Comoro Islands, which sounds rather as if the Comoros are being treated as a penal colony. Have the Government had any...

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for securing this debate and articulating it in such a timely and profound fashion. In the little time I have today I want to concentrate on the role of religion in education—in schools in both maintained and independent sectors—and to talk specifically about minority faiths in this context. We...


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