Results 121–140 of 912 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

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

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Lord has expressed sentiments that I have heard many times over the past three years from Mr Corbyn. In our various EU Select Committee meetings with the EU’s chief negotiator Mr Barnier, some of us raised the issue of whether there would be a possibility of negotiating a different sui generis, unique, bespoke customs union. We have been told in terms that that is not possible. I...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I think I heard the noble Lord say that he experienced discussions with many Muslims across the country who have been discriminated against on the basis of religion. If that is what I heard, that is precisely the point: if they are discriminated against on the basis of religion, that is a hate crime and the law exists to cover it.

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Sheikh, for securing this significant debate. I begin by saying that I have the utmost regard for the motives of those behind the report and I do not intend any disrespect in my remarks today. I do not like to be self-referential in public debates but as this topic is so defined by identity, I find that I have to share a little of my...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I will give way only very briefly, because my time is limited. I take it that the noble Baroness has decided not to intervene. I am grateful to her for that. I am always open to have a discussion with her, but time is limited and I have quite a lot to say.

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Since I do not know what comment the noble Baroness is referring to and since I cannot prove or disprove, in belief terms, what is or is not true, I think I will let that one go. My other broad problem with the analysis is that, while it takes pot shots at other political ideologies, it is almost entirely silent on Islamism and political Islam. So while there is reference to incidents of hate...

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: You are not just embarrassing yourself; you are embarrassing all of us.

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: Does the noble Viscount accept that none of the cases he is speaking about mentions sexual misconduct—as paragraph 4 of appendix 2 on page 18 points out? Did he hear the intervention by the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy, which absolutely emphasised that standards of conduct have moved on and that the context to which he refers is not the context in which women today expect to be...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will speak briefly on the report of the EU Select Committee on the withdrawal agreement, which was introduced in this debate yesterday by our chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Boswell. As I chair the sub-committee responsible for the EU budget and the financial settlement on withdrawal, I will say a word or two about that. The UK Government estimate that the net cost of the bill...

Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree (15 Nov 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: While my noble friend is setting out a very cogent case as a lawyer, does he accept that the commissioner was appointed by this House and that he and the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, need to accept that the procedures are the procedures that were adopted by this House and that, whether they are fit for purpose or not, they are the procedures that we have today? They are the procedures that will...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Meyer, to the House. As she knows from our personal interactions, and after her fabulous contribution today, she will find friends right across the Chamber. I have had chats with her since she arrived here but it was good to hear from her formally in the Chamber. Turning to the forceful arguments advanced by the noble Lords, Lord Risby and Lord...

Higher Education (Transparency Condition and Financial Support) (England) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (24 Jul 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I want to focus on what the Minister told us about attempts to widen access and increase transparency, particularly through a better set of data. The noble Lord will know, because I have had this conversation with him in the past, that it is profoundly important not only to increase access for disadvantaged students and students from diverse backgrounds across the sector but to have...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I chair the EU Sub- Committee on Financial Affairs. The committee also has responsibility for the UK contribution into the EU budget, so the current discussion about cannot pay or will not pay is also pertinent to our role. I was also part of the EU Select Committee’s delegation to Brussels last week to Mr Barnier, under the distinguished chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: The noble Lord was of course a member of that committee and he knows the system well. What he loses sight of is the timing. The discussions are happening now. As far as I know, and I am sure the noble Lord knows, we are not at the table—this is a point I made early on.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: If I could conclude answering one intervention, I may be disposed to take another, but I am limited in my time and will perhaps wish to continue this bilaterally. Let me deal with the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Kerr.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: No, I am sorry. I am not going to give way until I have dealt with the point made by the noble Lord. The noble Lord’s point was that if we were full members sitting at the table we would negotiate not to give away our rebate—of course, because there is unanimity. The essence of what I am saying is that the EU is making these decisions now while we are not at the table, because the...

Turkey: Pride March - Question (21 Jun 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House whether the United Kingdom has raised the issue of general and grievous human rights violations in the Human Rights Council in Geneva?

Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who spoke in this debate. Naturally, noble Lords would expect me to be extremely grateful to members of the sub-committee who spoke, but I am also particularly grateful to noble Lords who are no longer members of the sub-committee and to those who have never been members. Their remarks are truly the important ones. I also know that there is another debate and...

Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: For the record, the noble Lord was critical that we took for granted single market withdrawal. All I would say is that he should read our 2016 report, Brexit: Financial Services, chapter 2, where we cover all the alternative arrangements. So in that case he was shooting the messenger unnecessarily. The noble Lords, Lord Liddle and Lord Davies of Stamford, and my noble friend Lady Kramer did...

Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, on behalf of the EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs, I am delighted to introduce this EU Committee report, Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision. Our inquiry was undertaken between September and December 2017, and subsequently, four members have left the committee. They are the noble Lords, Lord Haskins, Lord Skidelsky, Lord Woolmer and Lord Fraser of...


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