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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Hill of Oareford: My Lords, this is a technical Bill with a simple purpose: to provide as much legislative certainty and predictability as possible as we leave the EU. In some ways, it is quite a boring Bill, but that does not mean that it is not important. To translate the whole body of European law into British law will be a massive task. To provide the certainty, the Government must be able to move fast at...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Hill of Oareford: One of my noble friend’s most endearing characteristics is that he cannot walk past a wasps’ nest without wanting to poke it with a stick. He has just succeeded. There are two points that I would ask him to reflect on, which we have already touched on in this debate. The first—which my noble friend and, I think, all noble Lords, with a few exceptions, would agree with—is that this is...

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

Lord Hill of Oareford: My Lords, since I stood down as European Commissioner back in the summer, I have had a self-denying ordinance on speaking about Europe in this House. The bad news is that today I have broken my self-denying ordinance, but I do not intend to do it too often. I did not feel that I could sit out this debate without saying something about what seems to be missing almost altogether in many of our...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: My Lords, as a self-regulating House, we all have a responsibility to uphold our rules of conduct at question time. The rules on supplementary questions set out in the Companion could not be clearer: no reading and no statements of opinion. Supplementaries, “should be short and confined to not more than two points”.

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I agree very much with my noble friend that brief questions are to be encouraged: brief questions tend to elicit brief answers. I think that it is incumbent on everyone in the House to make sure that they understand the rules set out in the Companion. I think that over time behaviour sometimes slips. This is a good opportunity to remind ourselves of those principles to which we all say,...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I will certainly stress the rules to all Members of the House, both Front Bench and Back Bench.

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I agree that question time provides an important opportunity for Back-Benchers. Noble Lords may be interested to know that, so far this year, 370 Members of your Lordships’ House have asked an oral or a supplementary question. That is an encouragingly large number, although it sometimes feels as though certain Members of the House ask more than that number might suggest. The House at Oral...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I hope that noble Lords who are regular attenders would agree that the way in which questions move around the House works pretty well. It is worth pointing out that over 50% of noble Lords who are the most frequent askers of questions are from the Labour Benches.

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I certainly do not think that we should have jostling and bullying. Most of the time the House operates pretty well and noble Lords give way to other noble Lords and give them a chance. The House wants to hear from a wide range of people. However, I take the point. Sometimes we hear from some noble Lords more frequently than from others—they might all like to reflect on that. I had a...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I agree—and long may that continue.

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: This House is full of all sorts of Members who are not shy of coming forward and I welcome that.

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I disagree with the noble Lord very strongly. The principle of self-regulation that we have in this House is worth fighting for and preserving as strongly as we possibly can—all of us. I would not wish on this House the example provided by the other place. A few years back the House looked at the question of whether we would prefer to have a system here that mirrored more closely that of...

House of Lords: Question Time — Question (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: It is incumbent on all the groups in the House to help to police this and, if they need to, to communicate to some of their members. The point that I make about publishing more information on the number of times people ask questions, and perhaps the number of words that they use, might help to shine a spotlight.

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I will have a go, although I suspect I may need to write further to be more accurate. My noble friend took the Bill through and enacted it, and I am sure he knows it far better than I do. My understanding is that the Act applies to changes in the rules that transfer power from Westminster to Brussels. Under the EU treaties, the European Council, acting by qualified majority, shall propose to...

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: The point I was trying to make was that on policy grounds it was the view of the Prime Minister and others within the European Council that the decision about the next President of the Commission should be taken by the Council rather than by the European Parliament. That was the principled point that he was seeking to pursue. More broadly, in answer to the noble Lord’s question about the...

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: First, as part of that agenda, the Government are pursuing the general objectives of progress on trade talks and on liberalising markets. This is something the Government have set up, and we have made some decent and solid progress. Other aspects will become clearer over time as the negotiation continues, but the Prime Minister set out the main strands and objectives we are pursuing in a...

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: As far as the voice of UKIP is concerned, we have the voice of UKIP here, which I am sure we will hear later. I agree with the noble Lord on his remarks about the strategic objectives and his welcome of the language. There has been some solid progress, which I will not overstate. It is significant that the noble Lord spotted that and, being a fair-minded person, relayed that to the House....

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I know that the Prime Minister will want to carry out and, he will hope, complete successfully a renegotiation that he can recommend to the people of Britain that he believes is in the interests of Britain. That is not about a party political agenda or management task. In putting that package, whenever it is concluded, to the British people it would clearly need to command the support of the...

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: I will take it very happily from the noble Lord that that was how the previous Government operated. Unfortunately, they also gave up our veto through the Nice and Lisbon treaties. That made the pursuit of our national interest much more difficult in these circumstances.

EU Council June 2014 — Statement (30 Jun 2014)

Lord Hill of Oareford: My noble friend is right to point us towards that paragraph which contains a number of important points. Her point about the European Council considering the process for the appointment of the President of the European Commission is set out in the way that she says. As it happens, that paragraph also says, “the European Council noted that the concept of ever closer union allows for...


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