Results 301–320 of 918 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

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...

Iran Nuclear Talks — Statement (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given where we were a few days ago, the extension of the talks is indeed very welcome news. I say from this side of the House that we are completely supportive of our Government’s endeavours in that regard. My noble friend will appreciate the importance of sequencing. It is really important that we have managed to hang on to the status quo at the moment. Of course there will be...

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament Report: Fusilier Lee Rigby — Statement (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend mentioned the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill to be introduced in the other place tomorrow. Can she give the House an assurance that we will not use fast-track legislative procedures to take it through this House? I declare that I am a member of the Constitution Committee. She will know that the Constitution Committee believes that fast-track legislation should...

Hong Kong — Question (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of recent events in Hong Kong on the prospects for democracy in that region.

Hong Kong — Question (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have very genuine concerns about the pushback from the joint declaration of 1984, particularly with regard to judicial independence and elections? He will be aware that the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group has just been denied a visa for China for the mere act of instigating a debate in the...

Hong Kong — Question (25 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I think I understood my noble friend to say that he believed that the British Government did not feel that judicial independence had been jeopardised through the White Paper. Would he like to tell the House how requiring judges to be patriotic without defining patriotism is upholding judicial independence?

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states about investor-state dispute settlement, in relation to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I belatedly welcome my noble friend to the Dispatch Box. I think that this is my first interaction with him. He will know that in the past 15 years 1,400 investor protection agreements have been agreed by EU member states. In 2012, 60% of them were brought by the EU states alone and only 7.7% by the US. Therefore, it is very depressing to see that it looks like there may be a real...

G20 Summit — Statement (17 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, through my noble friend, the Prime Minister should be congratulated on the agreement on beneficial ownership transparency. She knows, however, that the World Bank believes that the United States and the United Kingdom are the two jurisdictions where most companies that hold proceeds of corruption incorporate. It is a little disappointing to see in the communiqué that, while...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Muslim Brotherhood (10 Nov 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the report of the inquiry by Sir John Jenkins into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom.

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, when we met here just over a month ago to debate our engagement in another air war in Iraq, much was said about the evil of ISIS but not very much about what the alternatives might be for a solution to the Syrian civil war, which is now in its fourth year, with more than 200,000 people dead, more than 3 million refugees and more than 6 million displaced internally. Several noble...

Refugees and Migrants: Search and Rescue — Statement (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Refugees and Migrants: Search and Rescue — Statement (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Perhaps I might pick up the point that my noble friend the Minister has just made. I understand that in Alexandria, Egypt, which is one of the major ports for trafficking, only one trafficker has been prosecuted in the last five years. Will we give specific assistance to the Government of Egypt, and what Government there is in Libya, to train them on arrest, prosecution and internment for the...

Gaza: Reconstruction — Question (29 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the Egyptian Government are starting to clear eastern Sinai to create a buffer zone to close the Rafah crossing, which will further limit supplies going into Gaza. Given that very limited construction materials are already agreed, how does she see Gaza being rebuilt in these very constrained circumstances?

EU Council — Statement (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks on the drawdown from Afghanistan in offering our deepest support for the 453 men and women who gave their lives in that cause. I also say to the Minister that we must not forget the many thousands who have been injured and maimed and who continue to live. We must remember our obligation to them as well. On the EU budget...

UN Security Council — Question (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the privileged status that permanent membership brings also carries a responsibility to have a leadership role among other nations and organisations? In the light of that, have Her Majesty’s Government carried out an assessment of what might happen to Britain’s privileged status if it were to withdraw from the European Union?

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Question for Short Debate (21 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, Bismarck in his later years was believed to have said that the next European war was bound to arise from some, “silly thing in the Balkans”. He was prescient, although Franz Ferdinand’s assassination was no mere “silly thing” 100 years ago. It is testament to the difficulty of dealing with the Balkans that the last war in Europe happened there. I went there shortly before...

Russia — Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it has been a remarkably focused debate given how wide the title was. I think that we have seen great unity around the idea that we must be clear about not threatening Russia through NATO enlargement to Ukraine, but only at this point. We have heard about the importance of diplomacy, powerfully expressed by a former Foreign Secretary, the noble Lord, Lord Owen. I am sure that noble...


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