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Results 1–20 of 37 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Wilson of Tillyorn

Hong Kong: Emergency Powers - Private Notice Question (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, what has been happening in Hong Kong recently is deeply depressing and very worrying indeed. It is understandable that the Hong Kong Government should wish to deal with people disguising themselves, particularly if they are engaged in violence, but it is not really possible to see how that is going to be an effective move. It is more likely that it will be widely disregarded and...

Hong Kong - Private Notice Question (3 Sep 2019)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, what has been happening recently in Hong Kong is very distressing. What started with large demonstrations against the extradition treaty—probably better called the fugitive offenders ordinance—by people who are well-intentioned, but many of whom probably misunderstood what was behind the proposal, has deteriorated into the sort of violence that is not the custom in Hong Kong; it...

Hong Kong - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, there is no doubt that what has been happening recently in Hong Kong is a matter for enormous concern, particularly for those of us in your Lordships’ House who have been involved with Hong Kong and have great affection for it and its people. There have been mistakes and things have gone wrong on all sides. The bill to deal with extradition—the fugitive offenders ordinance—was...

Hong Kong Extradition Bill - Statement (11 Jun 2019)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, clearly this draft legislation is causing a great deal of concern in Hong Kong and I am sure that the Hong Kong Government will wish to take account of that. That said, does the Minister agree that there is nothing in the draft legislation which offends against either the joint declaration between ourselves and China on the future of Hong Kong or the Basic Law, which is the...

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy Activists - Statement (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, I agree with my noble friend Lord Pannick and my noble and learned friend Lord Hope that the system in Hong Kong has remained remarkably stable in the courts despite some choppy waters politically over the last few years. That rule of law is enormously important—for the people of Hong Kong and for commercial relations with Hong Kong. It is wise to do our utmost to bolster the rule...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, we are coming to the end of a long and very interesting debate which—let us hope—is going to turn out to be very productive and significant for the future of your Lordships’ House. As somebody who is interested in China, I have been fascinated by how often that country has cropped up in the debate: it has been repeatedly said that the House of Lords is the second largest...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, I have not spoken before on this Bill but I will speak very briefly in support of the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford. There is no need to name names. All of us in your Lordships’ House know of people who have been mistreated over the past months in the way that their cases have been dealt with and summed up by the police. The reputations of some very...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Funding — Question for Short Debate (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, the subject of this debate is broad and important, but time is very short indeed, so I shall concentrate on one issue: the importance of regional and country expertise if we are to have an effective foreign policy and, it follows from that, the need for consistent funding to support it. A good many years ago, when I was a relatively junior member of the Foreign Office, I was...

Hong Kong: Kidnapping of British Subjects — Question (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, these are very troubling cases, particularly that of Mr Lee. Does the Minister agree that the rule of law is vital for the prosperity of Hong Kong and the peace of mind of its citizens, and that it is in everybody’s interest—including that of mainland China and Hong Kong—that the rule of law, which up to now has been maintained very effectively, should continue properly?

Civilian Use of Drones (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, it is a great pleasure—and it has been very instructive—to have been a member of the European Union Committee, which approved this report, and of its Sub-Committee B, which, under the chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, produced the draft of the report. The noble Lord, Lord Brooke, referred to our chairman as having been slightly doubtful at the beginning. I...

National Parliaments (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (15 Dec 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, I count myself very much a new boy on the European Union Committee of your Lordships’ House, although I have served on sub-committees, which do such valuable work in monitoring what goes on. It was particularly instructive for me to serve under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, on this particular report on the relationship with the European Parliament. We are all...

Hong Kong — Question for Short Debate (16 Oct 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, with demonstrations still going on in Hong Kong and emotions running quite high, it is quite hard to know how we here can comment helpfully on the situation there. But perhaps this debate launched by my noble friend Lord Luce gives us the opportunity to stand back and try to see these events in context. It is now 17 years since Hong Kong became a special administrative region, or...

BBC World Service and British Council — Motion to Take Note (10 Jul 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, like others, I am most grateful to my noble friend Lord Alton for the chance to debate these two terribly important institutions. A good deal has been said about soft power, and I am tempted to cite a moral tale from classical Chinese Taoism: the power of water. Water appears to be the most flexible, malleable thing that there is, but it is about the strongest thing there is. You...

Scotland: Independence — Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, it is very good to have this double-barrelled debate. One sentence in the gracious Speech on such a fundamental issue did not really seem a sufficient springboard for discussion. I am one of those many Scots, in the past and the present, who have spent a lot of their career and working life outwith Scotland, but I feel myself immensely fortunate that, on retirement from public...

EU: Youth Unemployment (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, it was a very great pleasure to take part in Sub-Committee B, which drafted this report under the chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain. As other noble Lords have said, we were enormously well served by the staff and by the witnesses who came to give evidence. I will deal with a couple of general points first and then deal in slightly more detail with the section of...

China: Air Defence Identification Zone — Question for Short Debate (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, it is very useful that the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan, has drawn attention to this issue, including all the complexities that lie behind it and all the dangers that may lie ahead. In a timed debate in your Lordships’ House, it is rather strange to find oneself allocated a longish period of time in which to speak and, with permission, I hope not to use all that time. Perhaps I may...

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, China is enormously important. There are always new things happening there, and it is endlessly interesting. I feel very supportive of the view that China is now so much of a world power that we must be involved with China, try to get China involved in all the major issues in the world, encourage China to take part in international organisations, and encourage those organisations...

Visas: Student Visa Policy — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, like other Members of this House, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for the opportunity to raise this important issue. I have an interest that has expired so recently that I should mention it: until the end of the previous month, I was Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. The general points have been made by all speakers that graduate students coming from...

Gender Balance among Non-Executive Directors (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (10 Jan 2013)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, I, too, will speak very briefly and not delay the House too long, partly because I am a relatively new member of Sub-Committee B, at least in its present incarnation; I was a member of a previous incarnation some time ago. The inquiry into women on boards was the first one that I attended as a member of the present Sub-Committee B and it was a very impressive process. The evidence,...

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Wilson of Tillyorn: My Lords, I am no expert in nuclear affairs but I have listened with enormous interest to the noble Lord, Lord Browne of Ladyton, and others who are expert in that subject. It seems that we seldom get a chance to talk about China in general in this House, so I hope I may be forgiven if I join those who have a broader-brush view of the subject of this debate. I fear that the noble Baroness,...


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