Results 1–20 of 1709 for speaker:Baroness Evans of Bowes Park

Tributes to Mr Keith Phipps (5 Nov 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, before we move on to the rest of our business, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to a loyal servant of the House, our Principal Doorkeeper, Mr Phipps. I know that the whole House will join me in thanking him for his 25 years of outstanding service. A dedicated public servant, Mr Phipps left school at 18 and joined the Coldstream Guards. He served in the Army for...

Speaker of the House of Commons (4 Nov 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, I beg to acquaint the House that a Commission has been issued under the Great Seal to several Lords therein named authorising the said Lords to declare in the name and on behalf of Her Majesty Her Majesty’s Approbation of the choice of the Commons of the right honourable Sir Lindsay Hoyle to be their Speaker. Then, the Lords Commissioners (the Lord Chancellor, Baroness Evans of...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Committee (and remaining stages): Motion (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in today’s debate for their work to ensure the swift passage of the Bill. I wish you all a very happy evening. I beg to move. Bill passed.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, I am pleased to open the Second Reading debate. While this Government did not want an election, this Parliament has not been able to agree a way forward on the major political issue facing the country. The purpose of this Bill is to allow the public to have their say and to give the other place the mandate to resolve this deadlock. Earlier this year, the other place voted three...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I may ask my noble friend to cover that point in his wind-up speech. I know that a number of conversations have been had, and I think that the Prime Minister has said something, but I do not want to put words in his mouth that are not accurate.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: Oh dear. This might be the last time you see me here anyway, after that. But we will respond to the noble Lord. I hope that noble Lords will reflect, in their usual measured and considered way, on the manner in which this Bill was passed yesterday in the other place and replicate that in your Lordships’ House today. I beg to move.

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords on all sides of the House for assembling on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years. I know that this has involved sacrificing personal time, time with families and, of course, missing the end of England’s World Cup quarter final, although the result is looking quite promising. On behalf of us all, I thank all parliamentary staff and the police who...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion to Adjourn (14 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, and the noble Lord, Lord Newby, and to support the Motion. I am honoured to stand here once again, as Leader of this House, ready for a new Session of Parliament. For centuries, this House has played a vital role in making and shaping the laws of the United Kingdom, checking and challenging the Government of the day. Now, as...

Prorogation: Her Majesty’s Speech (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, by virtue of Her Majesty’s Commission which has now been read, we do, in Her Majesty’s name, and in obedience to Her Majesty’s Commands, prorogue this Parliament to the 14th day of October, to be then here holden, and this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Monday, the 14th day of October. Parliament was prorogued at 8.20 pm.

Royal Commission (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: My Lords, it not being convenient for Her Majesty personally to be present here this day, she has been pleased to cause a Commission under the Great Seal to be prepared for proroguing this present Parliament. When the Commons were present at the Bar, the Lord Privy Seal continued: My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, Her Majesty, not thinking fit to be personally present here at this...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: As I said, I am afraid that I will not prejudge the outcome of the negotiations. Our aim is clear: we want to conclude these negotiations quickly, so that we can have an agreement at the EU Council this month and progress to leave the EU on 31 October. That is our very firm intention; it is where our focus is and what we are working towards. With willingness and compromise on both sides—it...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I fear I cannot agree with the noble Lord’s assessment. We want a deal. We believe that a deal is in our best interests and also, frankly, those of Ireland and Northern Ireland. That is why we are working hard towards it. We made very clear—the Statement made clear, I hope—that our proposal is centred on our commitment to find solutions compatible with the Belfast agreement. We believe...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I thank my noble friend for his comments. He is absolutely right. We have been very clear that there will be no further infrastructure—there will be no hard border within Ireland. Any changes to process that happen, will, we believe, be very minor. We will do everything we can to ensure that. That is why we will be working hard with Northern Irish and Irish businesses further to explain our...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: The principle behind the consent is that we believe any alignment with EU law in Northern Ireland must depend on the consent of those affected by it, which is why we believe this is an important element. As I said in my response to the opening questions, obviously the exact mechanisms will need to involve a discussion between us, Ireland and representatives of the communities in Northern...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I am afraid the noble Lord will not be happy, but I cannot say more than I have said. Some of the details of the exact mechanisms will be open to discussion. I will not pre-empt negotiations or discussions and do not think it would help the process if I did. I am sorry I cannot say any more to the noble Lord.

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I thank my noble friend for his more optimistic outlook. He is absolutely right: our proposal is that before the end of the transition period, then for every four years after that, the UK will provide an opportunity for democratic consent in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive for the regulatory alignment arrangements, within the framework set out in the Good Friday agreement. My...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I once again reiterate: we have made very clear that there will be no return to a hard border in Northern Ireland and that we believe that it is only right that the people of Northern Ireland have a say through the Executive on whether they wish to consent to the proposed arrangements. I believe that that is right. I will not second-guess their decision, but we fundamentally believe that it...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: Our focus, and what we are aiming for, is a comprehensive, best-in-class free trade agreement. We believe that we can certainly achieve that. I reiterate once again, as I said in answer to the earlier question, that we have an excellent track record in relation to standards. We have made clear at this Dispatch Box time and again that we are not intending to lower standards. I referenced a few...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: I can only defer to my noble friend on his knowledge in this area. The concerns that have been expressed across the House are noted. As I have said, the exact mechanisms in this area will be subject to discussions with our Irish colleagues and, obviously, with representatives of the communities within Northern Ireland. As he says, it is critical that we get this right and get it right for...


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