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Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (7 Oct 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the war in the Caucasus over Nagorno-Karabakh is definitely worsening, with an increasing number of casualties, as areas determine to regain territory they consider theirs? What are the Government doing with other like-minded countries, not just in NATO, to at least get a ceasefire? Also, given that the US is preoccupied, are we really going to let...

Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (30 Sep 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, does the Minister agree that this long-expected war in the Caucasus is a danger for a wider conflagration that is complicated by Russia and Turkey supporting different sides and the attentions of the US elsewhere just now? Will the Government do more than make their usual statements and calling in ambassadors, and work actively as a high priority with like-minded countries to...

Bahrain - Private Notice Question (8 Jul 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, by any objective legal judgment, Mohamed Ramadan and Hussain Moosa have not had due process. Why can the FCO not put its mouth where British money is going and very vigorously obtain for these two men at least, for now, a delay of execution and a fair trial?

Reading Terrorist Attack - Statement (23 Jun 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, this is another tragic loss of life apparently by the hand of a person recently in prison. Is the Minister confident that the Prison Service has the resources to recognise potential danger in those who pass through its hands? When I was on the ISC, that was the kind of issue we discussed with the heads of the intelligence and security services. My noble friend Lord Rosser raised...

Israel: West Bank - Question (6 May 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, does the Minister agree that everyone who wishes the best of futures for both Israel and the Palestinian people should be giving all the support they can to the people trying to bring about a two-state solution, and that therefore no support for any unilateral action should be given? It does not matter who is taking the unilateral action, whether it is Israel, the Palestinian...

Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment - Private Notice Question (23 Apr 2020)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, I have been puzzled—not for the first time—on the PPE distribution question. The UK has always had a system and structure of deciding on priorities of threats to the security and well-being of the United Kingdom. Pandemics have been on that list and given very high priority for a number of years. If that system is functioning, as it normally does very well, how can we have this...

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Foulkes for giving us the opportunity to discuss this important issue, which, thanks to the BBC, has become very topical in the past few days. If it is true that a society’s degree of civilisation can be measured in how it treats its most helpless—the youngest and oldest citizens—I am afraid that the UK does not score enough to be at the...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, with whose views on constitutional matters I usually find myself very much in agreement. We are indeed at point in devolution when it is a good time to take a look at the past 20 years and to contemplate the future, not least in the light of developments such as Brexit. The aspect that I know best, of course, is Scottish...

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (28 Feb 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, one does not often hear these words from the Opposition Benches, but I congratulate the Government, particularly the Home Secretary, on doing the right thing about Hezbollah. There is no division of Hezbollah. Nasrallah has explicitly said time and again, “We do not have a military wing and a political wing”. He must get quite frustrated with the British Government for not...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, if the noble Baroness really is finished, I will get to my feet. Of all the many things that could be said about the situation we are in, certainly no one can say that our political system is having one of its finest hours. We are in a situation which is perhaps inevitable when you use a referendum—a very blunt instrument—to answer a complicated, multifaceted question,...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: I am pushed for time. My second-best option is to go back to the people for a people’s vote. I see no option other than those two that does not threaten the well-being of all our citizens in every aspect of their lives. I support the Motion in the name of my noble friend Lady Smith of Basildon.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (10 Jan 2018)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, I come in just after the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, because I agree with a great deal of what he said. Unlike him, however, I was a great advocate for a national police force in Scotland. I have spent a lot of my professional life in the Nordic countries and they all, without exception, have a national police service. I saw no reason why Scotland could not exactly fit the same mould...

Balfour Declaration Centenary - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2017)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, in its history, the Balfour Declaration has been, and is, almost as much attacked, dissected and denigrated as it has been revered and respected. In two minutes, it is difficult to do it justice, but some salient points can be made. The letter that Foreign Minister Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild to transmit to the Zionist Federation should be seen against the background of the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (27 Jun 2016)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, because of time constraint and the long list of speakers, I intend to be as brief as possible in this Second Reading of a vital and very detailed Bill. I hope there will be plenty of opportunity to deal at greater length with issues at the later stages of the Bill. I speak from a base of my own professional experience in government service, where I spent some time in this precise...

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, like everyone else in the House, I very much appreciated the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hague, and of course we all look forward to hearing him many times more on this and other topics. When, in September 2014, this House debated air strikes against Daesh in Iraq, I said that these were very much more limited in scope and were being proposed much later than I would have...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (16 Mar 2015)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of Iran's compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1835 on nuclear non-proliferation.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Palestinians (16 Mar 2015)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of bomb attacks against Fatah officials in the Gaza Strip.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (13 Mar 2015)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether Iran's construction of a heavy-water research reactor at its Arak facility places that country in breach of its international obligations.

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: My Lords, the Foreign Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Tobias Ellwood, recently reminded another place that it is 67 years since the General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, recommending that two states be formed from Mandate Palestine. The Jewish Agency accepted the recommendation but the Arab League did not, and five Arab armies invaded on the day the new Jewish state declared...

Palestine: Recognition — Question (15 Oct 2014)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: Does the Minister agree with me that a premature and unilateral declaration of recognition would not only not aid the peace process in the Middle East towards a two-state solution but would in fact appear to be rewarding Hamas, which is a terrorist organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel and rains thousands of rockets down on her civilian population?


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