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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I recognise that I stand between those noble Lords who are still graciously here and their beds. Several noble Lords have graciously said to me that I have the graveyard slot, so I do not know what I did to the Whips. One noble friend encouraged me not to take this to heart but rather to buck myself up by imagining that I was again delivering a ministerial wind-up speech, so I...

Terrorism: Aviation Security — Statement (1 Nov 2010)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, is there not a tremendous disproportionality between the attention with which an individual passenger's luggage is microscopically examined and what she described as the trusted consigner, whose large packages cannot be examined in anything like the same detail? A second contradiction relates to the long-term interest that we share in the foreign policy of this. We have had many...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Afghanistan (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Afghan Government increasingly have to contend with the insurgency's ability to promote its extremist ideology. In order to help counter the extremist narrative, the UK is committed to increasing the Afghan Government's ability to communicate their credibility and authority, particularly in the Pashtun Belt. The UK supports the Afghan Government in developing their communications capacity...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Afghanistan (12 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK continues to press others to share more of the burden in Afghanistan, focusing on what others can realistically deliver, including military and non-military. Lobbying efforts have resulted in real progress in the form of commitments announced at the NATO summit in Strasbourg on 3 and 4 April 2009. Many European nations, including eastern European NATO members, such as Poland, Romania...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK values its strong, open and growing relationship with Kazakhstan. Energy security and supplies, together with the resultant commercial opportunities, are especially important. The UK is the third largest investor in Kazakhstan with over US$5 billion invested since independence in 1991. Bilateral trade is worth some US$3.5 billion annually. Good governance and regional security issues...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK maintains a constructive and balanced relationship with Uzbekistan. That relationship also takes account of the EU sanctions regime imposed after the tragic events in Andijan (eastern Uzbekistan) in May 2005. Our main priorities are to support good governance, democracy and human rights. We raise our concerns in a critical but constructive dialogue with the Uzbek authorities in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Kyrgyzstan remains one of the poorest countries of the region. Our main priorities are to support good governance, democracy and human rights. Members of the UK Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) visited Kyrgyzstan in September 2008, following a July 2007 Kyrgyz IPU visit to the UK. President Kurmanbek Bakiev faces an election on 23 July 2009, and we look forward to the post-election...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Tajikistan is the poorest of the former Soviet republics and is faced by rising economic hardship caused by a slowdown in growth and a fall in remittances, as well as the risk of overspill from the conflict in Afghanistan. Our main priorities there are good governance, democracy and human rights. The Department for International Development’s programme is worth about £6 million this...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our priority is to support Turkmenistan in becoming a stable and prosperous partner for the UK and EU. We are pleased that UK companies are expressing interest and seeking to develop business links in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan can play a key role in the development of a southern corridor bringing gas from the Caspian region to the EU, and help diversification of supply routes to ensure...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Central Asia: Regional Security (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The central Asia region, and our relationships with its five independent states, is important to a number of the Government's strategic objectives. The Caspian basin is a region of growing importance for world energy markets. Kazakhstan is set to become one of the world's top 10 oil producers. The UK will potentially be a major importer of central Asian gas. The diversification of supplies to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: International Conventions (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The work being undertaken within Government to examine the potential impact of the convention against enforced disappearance on the law of the UK is ongoing. This includes analysing the extent to which common law provisions may need to be replicated in statute law, the creation of one or more new criminal offences, and whether the UK required any reservations or declarations upon...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pakistan: Christians (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Bilaterally, and with EU partners, the UK continues to urge the Government of Pakistan to protect the human rights of all its citizens and repeal laws that can be used to discriminate against minority communities. The most recent EU demarche, 16 December 2008, called upon the Government of Pakistan to promote tolerance, to protect effectively freedom of belief and freedom of expression and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pakistan: Christians (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We have not made representations about the incident in Taiser Town but the most recent EU demarche on 16 December 2008 called on the Government of Pakistan to promote tolerance, to protect effectively freedom of belief and freedom of expression and to reform discriminatory legislation, in particular blasphemy laws. This demarche also called on the Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pakistan: Christians (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We are concerned about reports that members of the Christian community in Bahmani Wala, Pakistan have been attacked. The UK supports freedom of religion and condemns persecution because of faith or beliefs. Incidents such as the attack in Bahmani Wala are an example of the discrimination and violent extremism faced by religious minorities in Pakistan. We regularly raise our concerns with the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Russia: Human Rights (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My noble friend Lady Kinnock of Holyhead, the Minister for Europe, made the following statement on 16 July 2009, the day after the murder of Natalia Estemirova. “I am saddened and troubled to learn of the kidnapping and murder of Russian human rights defender, Natalia Estemirova. I share the indignation expressed by the European Union, President Medvedev and human rights advocates at...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sudan (5 Oct 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We regret the cancellation of President Kiir's visit to the UK, planned for 13 to 14 July 2009, which would have been an opportunity to underline UK commitment to Southern Sudan and our support for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). I spoke to President Kiir on 20 July 2009 to express our disappointment that the visit had not gone ahead and our hope that we would be...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Afghanistan (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Bolan Park was built in Bolan, Lashkar Gah, in 2007 at the request of the governor of Helmand and in response to an identified local need: it functions as a symbol for security and development in the area. The park is providing much needed recreational space and facilities for the people of Lashkar Gar and the surrounding area, in particular women and children. One of the first major...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Enforced Disappearance (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The work being undertaken within the Government to examine the potential impact of the Convention against Enforced Disappearance on the law of the UK is ongoing. This includes analysing the extent to which common law provisions may need to be replicated in statute law, the creation of one or more new criminal offences, and whether the UK required any reservations or declarations upon...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iran (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The US authorities are well aware of the the UK's position towards the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MeK). However, US proscription is a matter for those authorities alone.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iraq (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: I refer the noble Baroness to the Statement made by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister on 15 June 2009 to the House of Commons, ( Official Report, col. 21). The Prime Minister announced that the membership of the Committee of Inquiry consists of highly respected, entirely non-partisan experts in their fields. The committee members were consulted before agreeing to join the...


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