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Russia: Sanctions - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, in previous debates on sanctions I have raised questions about the ability of Ministers to exempt British Overseas Territories from the shipping components of our sanctions. Can the Foreign Secretary reassure me that not one single member of the shadow fleet will be able to get a landing licence into a British Overseas Territory?

Israel and Gaza - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: Does the Foreign Secretary recall that in the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas, during which there were just over 2,000 Palestinian casualties, he agreed with us on these Benches? As Prime Minister, he decided to pause military equipment licences to Israel on the basis of a disproportionate response by the Israeli military. That was the normal procedure, which he has referred to. Do we...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and International Committee of the Red Cross (Status) Bill - Second Reading (17 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady D’Souza, on ensuring that the Bill will, I hope, have a smooth passage. I took careful note of the speech from the noble Lord, Lord Verdirame, on some of the detail of how the Orders in Council are prepared. I very much hope that they will also be scrutinised by Parliament. I commend our friend the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, and indicate that we...

Conflict in Sudan: El Fasher - Commons Urgent Question (16 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, I restate my registered interests on this topic. There are 800,000 civilians who are, in effect, now trapped in El Fasher. I agree with all of what the Minister stated and what the Government are doing. My understanding is that, over the last five months, only 34 trucks’ worth of humanitarian assistance has been able to get to a community of 800,000. My understanding today is that...

Ukraine and Georgia - Commons Urgent Question (16 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, this is a critical year for the Georgian population. In December last year, the EU announced accession candidate status for its admission to the European Union, and elections are due this October. This is an important time for the young people of Georgia, who have shown their resilience against this measure to restrict civil society freedoms. How will the United Kingdom ramp up...

Illegal Migration Act: Northern Ireland - Commons Urgent Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, the Illegal Migration Act gives Ministers the power to detain those who have arrived in small boats. My understanding is that that is still not yet in force after a number of months—since last July. What prevents anybody who has arrived on a small boat since last July then travelling to Northern Ireland?

UNRWA - Question (15 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, UNRWA has lost 89 of its humanitarian workers in this terrible conflict and, as the noble Lord says, is the only body that is able properly to administer support for more than 1 million children displaced within Gaza. That is equivalent to the entire under-10 population of Greater London. The impeding of that aid is a clear breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. I know that His...

Russia - Statement (14 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, I associate myself with many of the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Coaker. I agree with what he said. These Benches also welcome the Statement repeat and support the Government’s actions. I too pay tribute to the security and intelligence services, which remain vigilant in keeping us safe from foreign malign activity. It is of course a very serious matter when we have to take...

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act - Question ( 9 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I agree with the Minister. On a visit to Kampala before the pandemic, I met with the leadership of the Anglican community—my visit was about the abolition of the death penalty—who said that they would support my work on the death penalty, as long as I did not campaign on LGBT rights; the death penalty is now supported by that community. I am grateful that Lambeth Palace has disassociated...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. She is responding very carefully to this debate. It is the Government’s position that the Occupied Palestinian Territories are a separate legal entity that the Government of Israel do not represent. Indeed, the UK has its own direct bilateral relationships with the representatives of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Have they asked for the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. With respect, she has not answered my question. The Government do not recognise the Government of Israel to represent the Occupied Palestinian Territories in our discussions with their representatives. I ask in clear terms, since we are at the stage in this legislation where it has to be crystal clear, have the representatives of the OPTs...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, inevitably this group has raised the wider issues that we have debated within it. A week has not gone by without either Statement repeats or Questions that I have contributed to. Since 7 October, I have visited the region; I have visited the kibbutzim, the hostage families and the illegal outposts and settlements. I say, in the most sincere way I can, to the Minister, that I do not...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: The noble Lord knows that I listen attentively to what he says. Earlier he said that the Occupied Palestinian Territories were being afforded a protection under the Bill. He is aware that existing trading and investment relations are covered by a UK-Palestinian Authority bilateral agreement. Is he aware that the Palestinian Authority has asked for this protection?

UK Trade Performance - Statement ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: My Lords, as this month we are likely to see the UK economy moving from recession to stagnation, I can imagine that there were briefings in the department a few weeks ago to show some of the trade figures. There will probably be a collective view from Ministers, saying, “We don’t like those facts and figures; bring us some different ones”, so I am grateful for the alternative facts and...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. Why is British International Investment singled out as a body which is able to operate its own independent human rights impact assessment for where it chooses to invest, while other decision-makers cannot?

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am most grateful to the noble Lord as that leads on to my next question. It relates to those who are democratic figures in those countries and, indeed, our country. As regards this country, my reading of this legislation is that, if I, in Parliament, call on the Government to sanction, let us say, a foreign Government’s Minister, or an enterprise or a body operating in another...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am talking about not the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, but the Leader. No, the Leader prefers to shake his head and not to intervene. In his absence, I can think of no better deputy than the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am not a decision-maker for the purpose of this Bill but, under Clause 1(7)(b) of this Bill, I am considered to be a “person”. A decision- maker making a decision based on what I asked them to do would be prohibited. Now the noble Baroness is shaking her head. Why would I not be considered a “person” under Clause 1(7)(b)?

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I do not think that it is nitpicking. I would be considered a person when a body was making a decision based on what I called them to do. I know that I am not a decision-maker, nor am I a Minister of the Crown, nor am I an exempted officeholder, but I would be considered a person calling on bodies to act. If bodies choose to act on what I say, they are currently prohibited under this from acting.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 19 ( 7 May 2024)

Lord Purvis of Tweed: I am grateful that Hansard will record the contradictory nature of the noble Lord’s intervention on me, when it comes to the nonsensical nature of the point of seeking to influence groups. Let me turn to why—


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