Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, given that the EU is very largely responsible for the tragic situation in Ukraine, can the Minister tell us of any specific successes in Brussels foreign policy?
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Morocco on 10 and 11 December; and if so, what effect they have calculated signing the Compact will have on UK immigration.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 November (HL11282), whether the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of hate crime includes hate speech; and if so, what is the basis in statute for that offence.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether section 29J of the Public Order Act 1986 remains in force, and if so, what is the basis in statute for the offence of religious hate speech.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her reply. However, I fear that we are on our way to losing our freedom of speech in this area. I repeat a question I put a year ago, which the Government refused to answer: namely, whether a Christian who proclaims that Jesus is the only Son of the one true God can be arrested for hate speech if a Muslim feels insulted and complains to the police. By the...
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government what further support they will give to Nissar Hussain and his family, and others, who have left the Islamic faith and if facing persecution in the UK.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 6 December 2017 (HL Deb, col 1051), whether Baroness Vere of Norbiton wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions to ask whether she agrees that the definition of hate crime is broader than what is in statute and on what authority any broadening was based; and if so, what reply she received.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have refused an application for asylum from Asia Bibi; and if so, why.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK is a safe place to offer asylum to those being persecuted for their Christian faith.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 1988 they have unilaterally withdrawn from their obligations under international treaties.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, circulars were issued by the Home Office to police forces in England and Wales about the circumstances in which instances of organised sexual abuse and exploitation of young women and girls should not be investigated, in each year since 2008.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: Last Thursday, the Minister told your Lordships that the financial settlement on the deal would cost between £34 billion and £38 billion, but she did not answer my question on when that money will be handed over. In particular, I want to press her on whether it will be handed over only when all the pious hopes in these agreements have been fulfilled. If they are not, surely we will not hand...
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: The Statement says that there will be, “a fair settlement on our financial obligations—less than half what some originally expected”. The amount of that fair settlement is already well known but I hope that the House will forgive me if I ask how much it will be and when we will hand it over. Will it be after the many pious hopes in this Statement have been fulfilled? I very much hope...
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: My Lords, I know this will not be popular, but I find myself having to say to the Government, “I told you so”. I told them so in my speeches at Second Reading of the EU withdrawal Bill on 30 January this year, and at Third Reading on 16 May. I refer anyone who is interested in this sorry history to those speeches. The Government did not listen and now they, their civil servants and our...
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further the answer by Lord Callanan on 29 October (HL Deb, col 1111), whether they will (1) withdraw their notice under Articles 2 to 5 of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and (2) offer through the European Union Council continuing free trade under the World Trade Organisation, and residence and security to European Union citizens, before agreeing...
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions of women there have been for non-payment of the BBC licence fee in the last 12 months; how many of those have led to a prison sentence; and what proportion of all women prisoners this represents.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 29 October (HL10678), whether the police and the Crown Prosecution Service definition of a hate crime includes hate speech.