All 9 results for speaker:the Earl of Oxford and Asquith

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2024)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, first, I warmly welcome the noble Lord, Lord Camoys, to this House and congratulate him on his speech. In the course of this war, much has been said about possible territorial concessions to Russia by Ukraine as the condition for resolving the so-called stalemate of the present moment. I should like simply to sound a cautionary note. If you analyse everything said or written by...

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (21 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, I want to make just two points in this debate, one of a military nature and the other political. First, while I have no intention of trying to play the armchair general —and, as we all know, war plays tricks on predictions and predictors—none the less, the focus of the war in Ukraine looks to be on the point of change. The Ukrainians appear to have modified their plans and have...

Syria - Motion to Take Note (29 Mar 2018)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, I also voice my thanks to my noble friend Lord Roberts for securing this debate. It is no doubt to be expected that many assessments of the provision of humanitarian aid to Syria have been couched in markedly politicised terms. I recently read several of the reports provided over the last few months to or through the UN Security Council, and in respect of many of the statements made...

Russia - Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2018)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, whatever one’s view of the state of our bilateral relations with Russia, and despite the overheated rhetoric that prevails in London, there are some objective issues which have to be recognised. The noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, whom I congratulate on securing this debate, has mentioned some of the main points. First, there is the Litvinenko case. Then there are the allegations...

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (26 Jan 2018)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, I find many reasons to support this Bill on moral, philosophical, legal and practical grounds, but I wish to be brief and I shall try to confine myself to four or five points. First, there is inadequate protection in the law at the moment, I believe, for the issues of conscience addressed by the Bill. Yes, there are lines of professional guidance issued by the General Medical...

Syria - Question (20 Dec 2017)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, barring the unforeseeable, President Assad will remain in place until 2021, or until the Syrian people elect a successor. Three years is a long time, and mention has twice been made of sanctions on Syria. I do not think anyone expects sanctions to be lifted on the Syrian military, for example, but the country is, as the Minister recognised, suffering severely from food, clothing and...

EU Action Plan Against Migrant Smuggling (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, I shall confine myself to Operation Sophia, but first I should like to offer my own words of tribute to the excellent chairmanship of the committee of the noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat. Operation Sophia has done some very creditable work in its search and rescue role, but as we have heard and as the report concludes, it is unable to perform its mission of preventing illegal migration,...

EU Foreign and Security Strategy (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Jun 2016)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: My Lords, I echo and wholly endorse the comments of my noble friend Lady Suttie about the quality of the chairmanship of the sub-committee by the noble Lord, Lord Tugendhat. I will pick up on the section of the report that alludes to a new Helsinki dialogue in relation to Russia and to European security. This issue will be with all of us in Europe for the long term, irrespective of whether or...

EU and Russia (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2015)

the Earl of Oxford and Asquith: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I should first like to express my deep appreciation for the assistance and guidance that I have received from all those who work in this building. I know that my experience differs in no way from others who have come before me, but it has been a real encouragement to encounter such courtesy and helpfulness from the officials, staff and doorkeepers on whom the...

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