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Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will limit my remarks to just one aspect of the gracious Speech that has not been covered—as the 70th speaker in this debate I say that with some reticence. I will keep my remarks brief, as I am sure noble Lords would like to move on. I speak from the perspective of having chaired the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee for four years, until last summer. I also declare in the...

Intelligence and Security Committee Report - Statement (5 Nov 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, will the noble Lord consider this point? Even if the Prime Minister, following the Act, refuses to publish the report today, can the noble Lord assure the House that if there are sensitive matters in terms of Russian interference that require security services and other agencies of state to take necessary precautions in the six weeks leading up to the next election, they will do so,...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the speeches of the noble Duke, the Duke of Wellington, and the noble Baroness, Lady Nicholson of Winterbourne. They both bring first-hand experience of the European institutions; I only wish more people who had served in Europe could make those points. My points are very simple; I will make just three. I would like to rebut the arguments that some noble...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for initiating this debate. I also warmly welcome the Minister to the Front Bench. Her role here is much deserved and I look forward to hearing what she says in the period to come. I am going to speak about the broader trends which are more relevant to the future and nature of free trade agreements, although...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Prime Minister has said that this is a final offer. Does the Minister agree that, while it may be the final offer from the UK, it is the beginning of a fresh negotiation? It is profoundly important for the Government to keep that in mind and be prepared to make further compromises against the framework of what they have outlined. In light of that, coming back to the principle of...

Hong Kong Protests - Private Notice Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in light of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, have Her Majesty’s Government made any attempt to speak to the other Commonwealth countries about whether visas and rights of residence will be issued across the Commonwealth to the young demonstrators in Hong Kong when and if action of that nature is required? In other words, will we live up to our obligations to provide safe harbour...

Brexit: Positions on the Pound - Statement (30 Sep 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Does the noble Lord agree that the logic of these allegations that if people have any evidence, we are a well and highly regulated country in our financial markets, and they should report that evidence to the existing regulators? In saying that, I need to declare that I am a member of the Bank of England’s enforcement decision-making committee.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I might be able to assist the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, and the noble Baroness, Lady Ludford, because this is very much the subject of my amendment. If the Committee is willing to hear from me now, I will not need to move it later. On 11 April 2019, when responding to Mrs May’s request for an extension of Article 50, the European Council’s concluding statement took...

The Situation in the Gulf - Statement (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the commitment given in the Statement that the new force will not be part of the US maximum pressure policy on Iran. That will help to defuse the situation, but I have two brief questions for the Minister. First, he said that we are putting together a European-led maritime protection mission. Can he indicate how long he thinks it will be before the mission is completely...

Brexit: European Investment Bank (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, it remains for me to thank all Members who have spoken tonight. There were some excellent speeches that will merit rereading in Hansard tomorrow. The Minister shone a little light on the negotiations with regard to our retained earnings—a very little light—but perhaps he shone slightly more light on the success of having got our money back a little earlier than originally...

Brexit: European Investment Bank (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am delighted to introduce this EU Committee report on Brexit and the European Investment Bank. In doing so, let me start by thanking all members of the sub-committee who participated in the inquiry, some of whom cannot be here today. As I have stood down as chairman of the sub-committee after four years, let me say a word or two about what a privilege it has been to lead this...

Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Given the House’s keenness to hear the important things that the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, is saying, I wonder whether she might actually address the House. It is very hard to pick up her voice when she is looking backwards.

Liaison Committee - Membership Motions (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Senior Deputy Speaker has been asked quite a lot of questions to answer today, but I want briefly to express support for the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, on how selection is carried out in terms of the balance of gender—and diversity, if I may add to his list. When the European affairs committee was appointed in 2015, we discussed the lack of gender balance on it....

Yemen: Women and Girls - Question (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, wearing his hat as the Human Rights Minister, is the Minister aware of the report by the University Network for Human Rights showing that US and British arms were used in 200 unlawful bombings recently and that most of the casualties were women and children? Will he consider more prohibitions on the use of the arms that we are selling to Saudi Arabia in its pursuit of this ghastly...

Universities: BAME Women in Leadership Positions - Question (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to increase the number of black and minority ethnic women in leadership positions in Russell group universities in England.

Universities: BAME Women in Leadership Positions - Question (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I thank the noble Viscount for that very helpful reply and I unequivocally uphold university autonomy and independence. He knows, however, that the latest data shows that of 19,000 UK university professors, only 25 are black women. This is reflected across senior roles in the Russell group. Does he accept that institutions receiving those public funds must go beyond the race equality charter...

Trade Bill - Report (1st Day) (6 Mar 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Baroness has just told your Lordships that the House was trying to protect manufacturing through being in “the” customs union. So we have on one side “the” customs union, which is the EU customs union, and on the other side we have a bespoke customs union. That in itself illustrates the problem with those who want to reverse where we are today. I urge the House to look at...

Trade Bill - Report (1st Day) (6 Mar 2019)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I would like clarification from those who tabled this amendment: they refer to “a” customs union but other speakers have used the expression “the” customs union, as the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, has. For the purposes of what I am going to say. I will assume that they mean remaining in the EU’s customs union and common commercial policy. If that is the case, I...


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