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Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, last night at 8 pm, I lit my candle to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. Yesterday, Jewish leaders asked us to include later, less egregious events that have been committed against other groups—notably, and most recently, Chinese Uighurs. China is a superpower and we are a mid-sized state, but if the measure of a people is its moral standing, the United Kingdom has stood tall in...

Educational Settings: Reopening - Commons Urgent Question (27 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the Minister, in informing the Government about the reopening of schools, bear in mind the equalities considerations for women, who, along with the children who are disadvantaged, have been most significantly impacted by home-schooling requirements?

Xinjiang: Forced Labour - Statement (19 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too welcome the Statement, but I am conscious that it talks about co-operation with international partners. The Minister will recognise that sanctions in whatever form work best when there is across the board co-operation among countries. I note that the EU has just completed an investment accord with China. What actions will the Government take if EU firms manage to export items...

Covid-19: Restrictions - Question (7 Jan 2021)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I refer to my interests as set out in the register and point out that my remarks are personal. Compliance and transmission are interlinked, and transmission rates are hugely dependent on public compliance. So I echo the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Herbert, that, although senior libertarian individuals and leaders point to the fact that individuals can make their own...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I, too, felt an enormous sense of relief on Christmas Eve when this agreement came through, delivered, as it was, four and a half years after this country decided its interests were better understood in Burnley and Bournemouth than Brussels. But I, too, share a sense of regret, being married to a German who was forced to become a Brexit Brit. His experience of nationality here was...

Trade Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (7 Dec 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a real pleasure, as the fourth person to have put my name to the amendment, to speak after the wonderful speeches that we have just heard—most notably, that of the noble Lord, Lord Alton, who has been steadfast on this issue for many years. Every now and then, two or three times a century, nations are measured in international affairs for what they did or did not do. In the...

Covid-19: Levelling-up Agenda - Question (12 Nov 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: What is the noble Baroness’s assessment of the Treasury’s 80:20 rule, which decrees that 80% of funding for Homes England goes to the areas where homes are most unaffordable? This naturally ends up being the south and south-east of England. Will she accept that, when 46 of the red wall seats are only eligible for 20% of the funding for homes, this creates a blatant unfairness for the...

USA Presidential Election - Question (9 Nov 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the noble Baroness has mentioned security co-operation several times in this interlude. Does she agree that security co-operation with the United Nations Security Council is pre-eminent in terms of UK-US relations? Can she take this opportunity to deny allegations in the media that the United Kingdom vetoed a ceasefire put forward by the Minsk Group on the Azerbaijan-Armenian...

Covid-19: Intensive Care Treatment - Private Notice Question (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I think that the whole House will be grateful to the Minister for his unequivocal rebuttal of that extremely concerning story. Let me be clear that this Question is not intended to criticise the NHS, for which we all have the highest regard. However, according to that Sunday Times story, under conditions of extreme stress, consideration was given to guidance that could have amounted...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 68 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lords, Lord Alton and Lord Forsyth. The noble Lord, Lord Alton, set out the case so comprehensively that I will not detain the House in repeating some of these egregious abuses. I want to come at this from another angle that speaks directly to the UK’s trade policy and our values and obligations on the international stage. States carry...

Trade Bill - Order of Commitment (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I say to the Chief Whip that those of us who have been working on the Trade Bill have found the painfully slow pace of progress extremely difficult to deal with, as we have gone on well beyond the number of days in Committee that we expected. So it is really important for the House to grasp how significant this change is because, even if we are going to have two further days in Committee, we...

Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (7 Oct 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in relation to the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (7 Oct 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the sad fact is that innocent civilians are being maimed and killed while the Minsk process continues to fail them—as it has for over 25 years. But so, too, has NATO failed, in so far as Turkey’s rampant authoritarianism and turbo-charged nationalism imperils its allies’ interests in Syria, in Libya and, now, in Nagorno-Karabakh. Can the noble Baroness tell the House what...

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (23 Sep 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I begin by assuring the Minister that I too have no objections at all in principle to the imposition of a payment cap on public sector employees. I only wish that the private sector would voluntarily incorporate some form of limit on what employers pay as golden goodbyes, but I fear that that is not imminent. However, I am troubled by the immediacy of these regulations, by their...

Trade: Trans-Pacific Partnership - Question (23 Sep 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that we face two spheres of internet governance at the moment: one controlled by authoritarian regimes, rife with surveillance; and the other, western, free and accessible to all? Does he therefore agree that, alongside the CPTPP, another priority should be digital FTAs with Japan, Australia and India?

UCAS End of Cycle Report 2019 - Question (8 Sep 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister will know of the National Education Opportunities Network’s work in widening participation and outreach. Last year it found that less than 40% of universities were doing outreach with white males and less than 12% with white females. Will he please have a look at what the problem is there, in the light of his comments about access and participation? It is clearly not...

Aid Impact - Question (3 Sep 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the review. It is extremely timely, given the merger of the two departments. However, can the Minister confirm that the resources of ICAI will be strengthened? Surely three commissioners and a very small secretariat are not sufficient to provide the resources that the budget demands to provide assurance to Parliament and the public.

Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: [Inaudible.]—a gruelling session since we came back at Easter. Before I turn to my brief remarks, I declare my membership of the Bank of England’s Enforcement Decision Making Committee and put on record that my remarks are entirely personal and have no relation to the work of the committee. Like other noble Lords, I welcome these regulations and I am pleased that we have finally got here....

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister will know that financial services are in surplus in our trade with Russia. Does he agree that however desirable that might be, it does not benefit the City of London to be referred to as a laundromat for Russians to wash their dirty money? Will he call together the City institutions to discuss how the measures in the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 can be...

Covid-19: Response - Statement (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the United Kingdom has spent 30% more than any other EU country on PPE. Of the UK’s PPE contracts, 73% went through without any competition at all, compared with 61% in Europe. The Department of Health had 137 contracts totalling more than £1.9 billion, none of which was subject to competition, according to Spend Network. The Department of Health has told today’s Financial...


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