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Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My understanding, having talked to the clerks, is that the new clause proposed by the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, becomes Section 9, and this amendment then seeks to amend it.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, I have listened with care to everyone who has spoken. I thank noble Lords who have spoken in support of my amendments. I will address a couple of issues before I give noble Lords my decision. There is a democratic deficit. The Minister is right: people are tired of politics. That is why I did not expect a response to the letter which the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames,...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I thank the noble Lord; I am in his debt. There is a democratic deficit. Noble Lords have acknowledged it throughout this debate. They have all acknowledged their unease at the way they have found themselves forced to do this and they have stressed the unacceptable nature of what they have been obliged to do. Despite that, our people still want a voice. While discomfort has been expressed...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: It has been said so often: Amendment 16 is an amendment to Amendment 12.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, in moving Amendment 16 I shall speak also to Amendment 16A. Amendment 16 is in my name and those of the noble Lord, Lord Trimble, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay; Amendment 16A is in my name and that of the noble Lord, Lord Morrow. In speaking, despite the result of the last vote, I make it plain that I intend to divide on these amendments. Our amendments have a simple...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 16A (to Amendment 16) (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, at this late hour, I beg to move Amendment 16A.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I am sorry. I need clarity on this. It is very important. The Minister just said that, under the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945 it would be a limit of 24 weeks. Is that what was said?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: But the Criminal Justice Act would need amendment to get to 24 weeks.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I always thought that the scope of the Bill was articulated in its Long Title, which in this case does not refer to abortion. Therefore, I do not quite understand why there is such a rejection of the question of whether these are proper matters for the Bill.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: To what period does that apply? My understanding was that the legislation said “twenty-eight weeks”. I just want to clarify that.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report: Amendment 12 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, this is a strange Bill, and it seems to get stranger as we go along. Clause 9, we were told, was not workable. As the noble Lord, Lord Steel, said, the Government indicated repeatedly that they were going to bring amendments which would remedy the defects in Clause 9. What we have now, I am afraid, is equally lacking in clarity, although it contains more subsections. I will say at...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 23 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. Will she explain when, before this time, I could have raised the amendment?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 23 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: Does the noble Lord not recognise the difference between the people of Northern Ireland having some form of consultation with their elected representatives and a blocking amendment? This is not a blocking amendment.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 23 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their contributions. I particularly thank the noble Lord, Lord Shinkwin, for a magnificent defence of those who are disabled even before they are born. As I said, I have listened carefully. I alluded to the timescale of this Bill. Second Reading was last Tuesday in the Commons; we got the amendments here on Wednesday morning. We have had a few days when...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 23 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: The Reverend Norman Hamilton has worked on the interface in north Belfast for 20 years, and hundreds of clergy and ordinary people—doctors, nurses and lawyers—all signed, from all sides of the community. They wanted one thing: to be respected as people and to allowed to make their own law on this amendment. That shows how concerned people are about this matter. My amendment would not...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 23 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, I rise to speak to the amendment in my name and that of the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames, the noble Lord, Lord Hay, and the noble Lord, Lord Alton, who cannot be with us tonight. This Bill had such a simple purpose: to allow the Secretary of State not to call an election and extend the time for agreement to be reached between the parties. That was all it had to do. I...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 21 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: My Lords, I want to add a brief word to what the noble Lord, Lord Hain, and others have said. Unfortunately, many of us have seen, met, worked with and tried to help people whose lives have been shattered by bomb and bullet. I thank the Minister because I understand that he is considering this idea: I am sure the Government will find the money to pay these pensions to such a very small number...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I do not think it is quite right to say that huge numbers of women are being raped, become pregnant and are imprisoned because of breaches of the law. That is not what is happening in Northern Ireland. Yes, we have some women who are raped. Undoubtedly, some of them will get pregnant. Northern Ireland needs to sort these things out for itself.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. She talked about the nature of comments and said something about a noble Baroness making a comment. I would like to know who and what she was talking about.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness O'Loan: If that is the case, why was the amendment in the other place drafted in the way that it was, which was asking the Secretary of State to do this? There is no international obligation, legal or otherwise, to introduce abortion.


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