Results 321–340 of 918 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Russia — Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by welcoming the Minister to her first substantive debate in our House. I know that she will bring the wisdom, good judgment and élan to this role that she has brought to all her other appearances in the House. I also thank her for facilitating a visa for me to go to Moscow last weekend—a visa which, I discovered for the first time in about 15 visits, was becoming...

Isis — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for confronting ISIS.

Isis — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My noble friend has mentioned co-operation with partners, so she will undoubtedly be aware that the United States is moving to a strategy—if you can call it that—of using more drones in armed warfare in Syria. Given the experience that it has had with Pakistan, Yemen and several other countries, where more than 60,000 civilians have accidentally been killed as collateral damage, can she...

Ukraine — Question (13 Oct 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we all welcome the withdrawal of the 17,000 troops that was announced yesterday, but we also look forward to seeing the evidence of it. Does the Minister agree that the greater danger is the number of Russian troops who are operating within the Donbas region in unidentifiable combat gear? This is a new dimension to European warfare. Even when Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979 its...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the question that this House, and more importantly the other place, have to address today is this: what is the question to which engaging in a fourth Iraq war is the answer for the United Kingdom? The noble Baroness the Leader of the House set out a clear and structured argument and I want to debate directly with her on the points she made. She said that one of the issues was the...

United Nations: Secretary-General — Question (22 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that, by 2016, 71 years will have passed without there being a female Secretary-General and that it will be 35 years since there was a European Secretary-General? When she says that the United Kingdom Government have no specific criteria at this point, will she at least recognise that the 2006 Canadian non-paper had very clear specifications and...

Ukraine (Shooting Down of MH17) and Gaza — Statement (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will my noble friend please explain what is meant on page 6 of the Statement, where the Prime Minister says: “Those criticising Israel’s response must ask themselves how would they expect their own Government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on British cities today”? Will she tell me—perhaps in writing if she cannot tell me now—what is meant by drawing an...

UK National Plan on Women, Peace and Security — Question (14 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the Ministry of Defence’s new report Global Strategic Trends out to 2045, which finds that the number of women participating in terrorist groups and in armed resistance movements will increase very significantly in the developing world? Can she tell the House whether the Conflict Pool’s thinking in that regard will apply across the board to the focus...

European Commission: UK Member — Question (10 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, my noble friend has talked about the importance of the characteristics of the individual who is appointed. Given the portfolio that the United Kingdom is hoping to get within the economic sphere—on these Benches we would like it to be the single market because that is an area where reform really needs to continue—does she accept that the right candidate is one who has a deep and...

European Commission: Portfolios — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Given what my noble friend said about the importance of an economic portfolio, does she agree that the important thing for the Prime Minister to do is to find someone who is a heavy-weight, has good judgment and substance, irrespective of whether he or she is from Parliament or from outside of Parliament, and that he must particularly put aside considerations about by-elections and other...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Muslim Brotherhood (2 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete their inquiry into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood; and whether they intend to publish their complete findings.

Middle East Peace Process — Statement (1 Jul 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, we on these Benches deeply commiserate with the families and friends of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. We join their families and the whole Israeli nation in feeling their loss and in sharing their unity at this time of great suffering. The noble Lord, Lord Bach, asked about contacts. I wonder whether, in those contacts, her colleague the Minister has discussed with...

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the Leader of the House comment on paragraph 27 of the conclusions, which seems to give great comfort to the PM about the Commission process as the selection of the President is going to be reviewed? Has he noticed the wording that says it will be reviewed respecting the European Treaties? How is that any different to what was in the Lisbon treaty which referred to taking...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, one always looks at a list of these kinds of debates on the Middle East and thinks that one will hear speeches from the usual suspects. Then, of course, one is astonished when one hears a rather remarkable delivery from someone who does not conform to the traditional view that most of us share in this House. The noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, will not be surprised to know that I...

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Iraq — Statement (16 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, one of the reasons why my noble friend Lord Howell of Guildford and I always attempt to speak at the same time is because we so often agree completely with what each other has to say. In addition to endorsing everything that my noble friend said, I simply want to address two or three issues. While I congratulate the Minister and the Government wholeheartedly on the ending sexual...

Palestine — Question (16 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend recall that over the last two years she has stood at the Dispatch Box and told the House on many occasions—I think mainly during 2013—that this year was the last chance saloon for achieving a peace process in the Middle East? Given where we find ourselves, what is the United Kingdom Government’s position on achieving a peace process now that the Americans...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (11 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for setting out in very succinct terms the overview of where we are on foreign and defence policy today. However, I point out to her—I know that this view will be echoed around the House—that it was perhaps a bit of a mistake for the usual channels to schedule foreign affairs, defence and international development alongside the significant...

European Union: Reform — Question (10 Jun 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the danger that the noble Lord, Lord Davies, is tempting us into with regard to specifics is the drawing up of wish lists and red lines that would automatically lead to Brexit should they be unfulfilled, and that the more pragmatic approach that my noble friend talks about is to see what the composition of the institutions looks like, to see what...

Coalition Government: Constitution Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 May 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I cannot help but start by thanking our chairman, the noble Baroness, Lady Jay of Paddington, for the service that she has given to the House in chairing the Constitution Committee. Her seniority, her experience and, above all, her effortless charm in keeping us to the disciplines—there are quite strong personalities around the committee—were in play in almost every meeting. We...

Coalition Government: Constitution Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (13 May 2014)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I am sure that we all appreciate that clarification. Nevertheless, I am not sure that any of us will not use it to give Mr Clegg a hard ride next time, if there is a next time. Let me conclude by coming to the role of the Civil Service. I will touch on this issue merely to say that both we and the Institute for Government, in its more extensive study, heard about the difficulties encountered...


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