Results 101–120 of 2083 for speaker:Lord Malloch-Brown

North Korea — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Lord and the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, made an important report after they returned from North Korea, which emphasised the need, as the noble Lord has done again in his Question, to balance the sticks of sanctions against the carrots of diplomatic engagement. Fundamentally, that remains the right twin track. Obviously, in the face of such extraordinary provocation by the...

North Korea — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, let me reassure the noble Baroness that we certainly are monitoring the trial and have been following it closely. I think that Europe—not Britain alone—has some role as a bridge builder in the context of the DPRK, but we should not consider our influence to be more important than it is. This is a situation where the so-called contact group of six—the five outsiders being...

North Korea — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, first, China and Russia are very engaged at the moment in crafting a sanctions resolution in New York and they are very much taking the lead in advising on which sanctions steps are practical to take and which, in the eyes of China in particular, might further aggravate the situation and become a casus belli that would further escalate the situation. I think that we have to defer to...

North Korea — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, there is a balance between trying to keep engagement going and not allowing the regime to use its provocations and our reaction to feed its political base via paranoia. Ensuring that engagement keeps the lights on in the country is key. We were continuing English language training there, for example, and we continue to support the UN in its development and technical assistance...

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I can confirm that the United Kingdom will be represented at the Holocaust Era Assets Conference which will be hosted by the Czech Republic in Prague on 26- 30 June this year.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, the noble Baroness is quite right that Poland lags behind other countries in this regard. We have been regularly lobbying the Polish Government on this point. We understand that a draft law on restitution is under discussion by the Polish Council of Ministers, which is expected to go to their parliament later this year. I assure the noble Baroness that we will continue to lobby for...

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, my noble friend makes an interesting point; if it is not our intention, I suspect that it should be. I would like to look into this further, but he is quite right that there are currently a lot of different jurisdictions through which people must work to try to achieve restitution. The system does not offer even, transparent justice for these claims.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I completely endorse what the noble Lord has said. This is an important conference and we are sending a large delegation. It is the latest in a series of conferences, the first of which was held here in London and which was followed by an important one in Washington in 1998. We must keep the momentum moving forward and, as the noble Lord rightly says, we must not forget that what...

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as the noble Lord knows, the UK Government support the Bill. To be honest, I am not aware of where it stands with the Scottish Executive, and I will get back to him on that.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we hope that the force of the delegation we send, which may even include my noble friend, will ensure that we are able to carry this agenda forward. As he indicated, its roots lie in the original conference organised here in London in 1997. A number of issues have been tabled for the meeting, which I think everyone involved agrees is a watershed meeting. We have to get closure,...

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, I will certainly take that point under close advisement.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, we are watching with interest to see at what level delegations will be led. I have other commitments on those dates. If we need to send a Minister, we will, but at the moment it appears that most delegations will be led at the senior official level.

Holocaust Assets — Question (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: My Lords, as I said, we are making representations but, given that 20th anniversary, I take this opportunity to say for the record that we hope the Polish Government will finally do the right thing on this.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Employment: Discrimination (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government have no plans to add Ireland to the countries it monitors for human rights abuses.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: Legislation (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government have not assessed the likely cost of research into this issue. The Government believe that any expenditure would be disproportionate given the limited purpose such figures would serve. The Government do not believe that the figure of 75 per cent is accurate. A House of Commons Library analysis of the effects of EU legislation on British law between 1998 and 2005 gave a figure...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Human Rights (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: It is not the general practice of the Government routinely to keep statistical information in relation to cases before the European Court of Human Rights, including cases before the Grand Chamber. As there are no plans to maintain such statistics, no assessment has been made of possible costs.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Turkey (4 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The charges against the Democratic Society Party (DTP) MPs relate to statements which were allegedly part of speeches the MPs made prior to their election to parliament. However, the DTP believe that as MPs they still benefit from parliamentary immunity for the alleged offences. Debate between parliament and the courts about how the immunity provisions in the constitution should be...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: We welcome the Pope's call for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. We have been clear, in public and in private, on the need to achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East. The UK will continue to work with the US and other partners to help achieve this objective, which we regard as a priority. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary reinforced our commitment during his...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: There were no conditions. It is imperative that we engage with the Israeli Government, including their Foreign Minister, on the important task of reinvigorating a serious political dialogue, aimed at establishing a lasting and just regional peace between Israel and its neighbours. In their meeting, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary stressed the importance that the UK attaches...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Southern African Development Community (3 Jun 2009)

Lord Malloch-Brown: The Government maintain a dialogue with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a range of regional issues, including Zimbabwe. Thematic groups are the major forum for policy dialogue between SADC and donor countries. The Department for International Development (DfID) co-chairs, with SADC, thematic groups on transport, food security and agriculture. Since 2003, DfID has been...


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