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EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I agree that this is a matter now decided and we should move on. As to the anxiety of Eurosceptics, I leave that to their psychologists.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, let me be clear. The treaty was introduced and passed during the life of this Government, it was negotiated by this Government and I very much think that it is business to be finished in the course of this Government.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, all I can say is that, if the Front Bench wants to respond, I shall immediately defer to it.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, with the greatest respect to the noble Lord, just in case he has to occupy the ministerial Box in the future, I do not think that he completely answered the question that was asked from behind me. On referenda, I am sure that there are many policies that Parliaments and Governments are forced to take for which instant popularity is not the proper judge. I hope that there is no...

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I certainly agree that there has been a history of continued challenge to the outcome on Europe, whatever it has been. After all, in 1992 we faced a situation in Denmark analogous to that in Ireland now and the Tory Government of the time felt that they could proceed without a referendum on the assurances given to Denmark.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I can only say yes.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a telling point. Indeed, he is right that I was living across the Atlantic, but, as he is well aware, the issue was whether Lisbon was a constitution or just a treaty; the referendum pledge applied to a constitution, which is not ultimately what was adopted.

EU: Lisbon Treaty — Question (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I would certainly never think that all polls agree with each other, so I am sure that such a blanket statement is not correct. However, the noble Lord has a point—there is no doubt that polls have shown considerable expressions of opposition to the treaty. Again, it is the job of government to lead and to win the debate in this House and the other place, which we have done.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Human Rights (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The judgments of the Grand Chamber in which violations against the UK were found during the relevant period and that were referred to in the earlier Written Answer of 20 April 2009 were: Edwards and Lewis v UK (39647/98 and 40461/98), Hirst v UK (No. 2) (74025/01), Roche v UK (32555/96), Dickson v UK (44362/04), Saadi v UK (13229/03). Details of the violations found, including the articles...

Iraq — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I rise with humility on two scores. First, it is a tribute to this House, particularly to the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, that we are today debating the fact that there will be an inquiry. When he tabled a debate 18 months ago, that was a much less certain outcome, and all of us in this House who spoke that day realised that we were contributing to pushing this issue forward to the...

Iraq — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the Prime Minster has given Sir John Chilcot a certain discretion to find a form that enjoys as broad a competence as ever. However, I think that there is a bridge that the Prime Minister does not wish to cross, and that is not to move to the point of a judicial public inquiry where it became necessary for witnesses to engage legal counsel and to get into a protracted public defence...

Iraq — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord has in a way answered his own question. It is precisely the vast scope of this inquiry—covering some eight years, from two years before the conflict began through to now, the end of the conflict—which means that, if this is to be done with some dispatch, and conclusions arrived at, it must be a process in which information and disclosure are managed in an...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Cyprus: Property (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our High Commissioner in Cyprus discussed the question of title deeds with the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus on 27 April 2009. The Minister was fully aware of the problem of obtaining title deeds, an issue which also affects a large number of Cypriots. The Cyprus Government will introduce legislation to speed up the issuing of title deeds, but this legislation will only...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Global Peace Index (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government welcome the publication of the third annual Global Peace Index (GPI) and its aim to contribute to a greater understanding of the factors that foster peace. We plan to work closely with the GPI team to enhance the methodology behind the index and consider possible common objectives in our work.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We would welcome constructive dialogue with Hamas, if they renounce violence, recognise the state of Israel and adhere to previously made agreements. However we believe that to talk to Hamas directly at this time, when they remain committed to violence and refuse to recognise Israel, would simply undermine President Abbas and those Palestinians who are committed to peace. The Arab League has...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Lebanon (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Any such action would be in contravention of the arms embargo established by UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and would serve only to undermine regional security.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Lebanon (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Renewed violence would serve only to harm the interests of Lebanon and its people. The only sustainable solution to the challenges facing Lebanon and the conflict in the Middle East is full engagement in democratic politics and the peace process. The Government continue to believe that Hezbollah should disarm, reject violence and play a constructive role in Lebanese and regional politics, in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: Our embassy in Washington continues to monitor activities in the US Congress which relate to reserved and excepted matters concerning Northern Ireland. Should the subject be raised by members of Congress, the embassy will consider the need to prepare an information pack.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Piracy (8 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK and EU have agreed memorandums of understanding covering the transfer of suspected pirates captured off the Horn of Africa to Kenya. In order to assist Kenya with providing the facilities and legal processes related to the trial and detention of these prisoners, the European Commission recently approved assistance through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to support trial...

North Korea — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are working with UN Security Council partners including China and Russia to secure a robust resolution in response to the nuclear test carried out by the DPRK on 25 May. This includes action in New York as well as in capitals. What has happened is a breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1718 and we have strongly condemned the DPRK Government for their action. The DPRK's...


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