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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (25 Jul 2019)

Final Judgment and Summary of the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China, published on 17 June – Lord Collins of Highbury. Oral questions

Detainee Issues - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. It is extremely disappointing that the Government failed to implement the Intelligence and Security Committee’s recommendations to commission an independent and judge-led inquiry, especially in the light of the comments by the UN Committee Against Torture, which has called on the UK to, “establish without further delay an...

Palestine: United States’ Peace to Prosperity Economic Plan - Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Cope. He was absolutely right: this debate is about whether the cart has been put before the horse. When I recently met the PLO’s Secretary-General—the noble Baroness, Lady Morris, was there too—he stressed this point, making it clear that there can be no discussion about the economic situation without first discussing the political one. As the...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Statement (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Answer to yesterday’s Urgent Question. We all share the sentiments in the Statement about concern for the family and the impact that this is having on the health of Nazanin, and also on Richard, who has been tireless in his support for his wife. The Minister, Dr Murrison, in his highly measured response to the Urgent Question yesterday,...

Turkey: Russian Missiles - Question (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, the Minister stressed the importance of Turkey as an ally and a valued member of NATO. One of the diplomatic issues may be the response of the United States. Have there been any discussions with the US Administration about further possible action they may take, including sanctions against Turkey, which will have a detrimental effect on building positive relations?

Nuclear Weapons (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I shall begin with a little bit of good news. My noble friend Lord Judd is sitting up, cheerful and eager to get back to the House as soon as possible. He will be sorely missed in this debate. I too welcome this excellent report and certainly the introduction by the noble Lord, Lord Howell. The fact is that we are now living in a world dangerously close to an era without arms...

Lotteries Regulation - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, before I begin, I would like to mention my noble friend Lord Judd. I am sure the whole House will join me in wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery.

Lotteries Regulation - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement made in the other place. On this side, we welcome the Statement but somewhat regret that the Government have taken seven years to make up their mind about to deal with the society lottery sector. Although society lotteries were in existence at the time that the National Lottery was established, I do not believe anyone expected then that they...

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Private Notice Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I too congratulate DfID and the Government on their work in combating this awful disease. On the radio this morning we heard about the success of vaccination, including the vaccination of 3,000 health workers. However, as the right reverend Prelate alluded to, there is huge resistance to extending that vaccination programme, which would halt the disease. It needs support. I know...

United States: Migrant Detention Camps - Question (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, what is truly shocking is that, when democratically elected representatives have raised their concerns, they are treated to abuse by their President. I very much welcome the Prime Minister’s condemnation of the words as “completely unacceptable”, but in this country we would call them racist. Will the Minister do the same?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to include the presence of survivors of sexual violence from conflict zones at the Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict Initiative Conference in November; and whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will liaise with the Home Office to ensure that such people are not prevented from entering the UK to attend that conference.

Religious Persecution - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, for the record and for the benefit of my party’s leader, I am not sitting on the Government Benches; I am of course speaking from the Opposition Benches. I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Elton, for initiating this vital debate. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, I am a proud member of the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. Why do I, as a humanist and a gay...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA: Resignation - Statement (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I think we all share dismay at the circumstances that led to the resignation of Sir Kim, who resigned simply for doing his job. As Tom Tugendhat said in the other place this morning, it is absolutely essential that we all stand up for those we send abroad. It is deeply shameful that Boris Johnson was unable to do that, despite the six opportunities he had on Tuesday. Nevertheless,...

Gulf of Oman - Question (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, is this not a classic situation where the three Ds of diplomacy, defence and development need to work together? We need our Government to ensure that there is collective responsibility and working together. The noble Earl said that we will never give up sovereignty over our defence forces—but we work in co-operation with our allies all the time to ensure the security of this...

Commemoration: Victims of Religious Violence - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, it is a sad fact that tomorrow, 11 July, marks the day in 1995 when more than 8,500 men and young boys were massacred in Srebrenica. Will the Minister say what we are going to do tomorrow to commemorate those victims of such a terrible crime?

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, the fact is that the hyperbole of President Trump—the “deal of the century”—will simply not happen if the PLO and the Israeli Government do not sit round the table together. Peace talks need to involve everyone. What are Her Majesty’s Government doing to ensure that we work with our allies to get everyone round the table to talk for peace?

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Females (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: To ask Her Majesty's Government how (1) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and (2) the Department for International Development, systematically include older women in their (a) work with widows, and (b) wider approach to economic empowerment, across their programmes.

Hong Kong Protests - Statement (2 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating that Statement. I welcome the acknowledgement by the Government that they reject the notion by the Chinese Government that the agreement is a historic document, but yesterday’s editorial in the state-run China Daily said that Hong Kong is an “inalienable” part of China and that its affairs concern China only. There is no doubt that China...

Displaced Yazidis and Survivors of Daesh Violence - Question (2 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: My Lords, picking up that last point, the conference will be vital in raising awareness of the horrendous crimes that were committed, including horrendous sexual violence. Can she give us a commitment that the Government will ensure that first-hand testimonies, particularly of the Yazidi women, are heard at that conference, and ensure that the world truly knows what went on?

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Overseas Visitors (2 Jul 2019)

Lord Collins of Highbury: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals were refused visas to travel to the UK for the DfID Safeguarding Summit in October 2018.


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