Results 161–180 of 912 for speaker:Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Armed Forces: Investment - Private Notice Question (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I think the Minister implied that the results of the review may be made public. Will he tell the House why they might not be made public? We are asking not for the evidence but for the results of the review to be made public, so the rest of us can see how the Government have arrived at their conclusions.

United States: Foreign Policy - Motion to Take Note (18 Jan 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Ashdown for initiating this debate, even though I sometimes do not share his historical analogies or gloomy prognosis of what is to come. The US role in securing the liberal international order that the world has enjoyed over the last 70 years is changing—there is no doubt about that—but it has been changing since the more stable certainties of the...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, in his absence, perhaps I may also refer to the sterling chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Jay, of the EU Select Committee while the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, was indisposed. I am grateful to him for having taken us through this report in the way he did. I should declare that I am married to an EU national and that, like the noble Lord, Lord True, I own a property in Italy. It...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I am grateful to the noble Lord for saying that. I heard that, yes, and I agree with that part of it, but what I was saying was that, across the House today, we have heard people criticising us very selectively when they do not like the tone of the report. The noble Lord, Lord Kerr, said that there would be legal consequences of what he described as rash suggestions. The point is that you go...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: One of the problems with the argument being made by the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, is that he sees the EU 27 as one unitary decision-making body. He may be surprised to hear that employment law is not an EU competence but a member state competence. I am a member of the committee, and the answer to his question about calling German car manufacturers is that we did not need to do it, for two...

Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme - Question (18 Dec 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I think the Minister said that the programme will end in March 2018—in other words, in a few months. How many of their 45 NGO partners in this programme have the Government consulted, and did they consult them in writing or orally? Finally, I understand that the external evaluation was conducted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Is that report available for public...

Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Dec 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I join every other speaker in the House in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy of The Shaws, on bringing this Private Member’s Bill to the Floor of the House. I will be with her every step of the way in ensuring that we get as much support as we can to make it pass. Before I commence the substantive part of my speech, I declare under category 2 of the Register of...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia: Yukos (11 Dec 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they will make at the next meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe during consideration of the non-payments by the Russian Federation to the former majority shareholders of Yukos of the 1.9 billion euros awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia: Council of Europe (11 Dec 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the suspension of Russia's annual payment to the Council of Europe, what discussions they have had with Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General, regarding the possibility of Russia's withdrawal from the Council of Europe.

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Biometrics (21 Nov 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 November (HL2794), whether they will clarify why information relating to failure rates of biometric passports, and resulting delays, raise national security concerns.

Yemen: Humanitarian and Political Situation - Statement (20 Nov 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, given his role as a human rights Minister, does the noble Lord accept that Saudi Arabia’s presence on the Human Rights Council is deeply unhelpful? Is he aware of the UN’s own report, issued today, which states that the highest number of human rights-violating states have now been elected to the UN Human Rights Council? Does he think it is good enough for the Human Rights...

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Biometrics (14 Nov 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the failure rate of biometric passport gates at UK airports; and what was the total amount of delay resulting from such failures in 2016–17.

Pension Schemes: Universities - Question (7 Sep 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the affordability and sustainability of United Kingdom university pension schemes.

Pension Schemes: Universities - Question (7 Sep 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I need to declare a few interests. I am visiting professor at King’s College London, I am married to an academic who pays into the scheme and I am the parent of a child who is paying university tuition fees: these may well be used to bail out the scheme, so I submit to the House that I may be relatively neutral in this regard. I accept that the valuations of the scheme are a matter for the...

Grenfell Tower Update - Statement (3 Jul 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I declare that I am a resident in Kensington and Chelsea and have stood as both a parliamentary candidate and a council candidate there. The borough has, quite rightly, come up for quite a lot of criticism. Will the Minister tell the House, first, when he expects the interim report to be published, and will he reassure everybody, whether in social or private housing, that should the...

Grenfell Tower Update - Statement (3 Jul 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, perhaps I may come back to the interim report of the inquiry. I do not believe that the Minister gave us a timeline. Have the Government not had discussions with the chair about when we might expect to see some of the findings come to light? This is a matter of great anxiety not just in the borough but for everyone who lives in tower blocks.

Brexit and the EU Budget (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Apr 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate. It has been extremely valuable and we will of course reflect on all the comments that have been made. I particularly thank the members of the committee who have spoken. As my noble friend Lord Shutt pointed out, a debate on the last day of term seems to be the fate of European Union Sub-Committee A, but as a...

Brexit and the EU Budget (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Apr 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am delighted to introduce the EU Committee report, Brexit and the EU Budget. I thank all members of the committee, which, along with the other sub-committees, has worked at an extraordinary pace since the referendum to examine all the significant areas of policy that will be impacted by Brexit. I benefit in my chairmanship from an extraordinary level of expertise and talent in the...


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