Results 81–100 of 520 for speaker:Lord Green of Deddington

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: The reason why the numbers matter is that if we get a close vote, as is possible, and if we are discussing here matters that involve potentially significant numbers, we will need to understand how that would be perceived afterwards.

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: I shall describe Amendments 31 and 32, which stand in my name. In the earlier amendments in this group the Government are asked to set out the consequences of leaving the EU, and, as the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, said, it is only right and fair that they should set out the consequences of staying in. In my amendments I have selected two issues which I believe are likely to be extremely...

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: I mentioned earlier that more than half the intake—180,000—is from the European Union. The population increase over a 25-year period includes two things: the migrants and their future children, as well as the growth of the population already here. Over the long term, all population increase in the UK is a result of immigration; over the medium term, it is two-thirds. I am not suggesting...

European Union Referendum Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My point is not actually about refugees because in seven years’ time they will not be refugees, they will be citizens of the European Union. Therefore the issue that may be in the minds of the electorate, at least, are the implications for us in the future if the European Union has lost control of its southern borders and if the chaos in the Middle East continues, which is quite likely. I...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Iraq (12 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 October (HL2920), how many Iraqis have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010.

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, Amendment 2 concerns just over 1 million potential voters. Its purpose is to establish a clear principle for the franchise at what most people agree is a historic turning point. At the same time, it would bring us into line with all our EU partners and all Commonwealth countries except New Zealand. I will speak very briefly, first to comment on the Government’s response in...

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: They would have to be resident in the UK, of course, in which case they would have the right to vote. That is buried in the reference to the British Nationality Act. Finally, on the case for change, the effect of these amendments would be to establish a clear principle for the franchise, namely that only British and Irish citizens who have become British citizens would continue to be able to...

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: Yes. The number is of the order of a million—it is actually 1.2 million—who are Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK but are not British citizens. Their nationalities vary—I do not think there is any information on which nationalities they are—but they are the ones who have not become British citizens.

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: That would be possible—you can take that information from the Labour Force Survey—but it is not relevant to the purpose of the amendment. The purpose of the amendment is that only British citizens shall be entitled to vote in a British referendum. It does not matter to me what their citizenship happens to be, nor does that affect the principle.

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, this matter has now had an airing and a response. I am grateful to those noble Lords who have contributed to that, especially to the noble and learned Lords, Lord Goldsmith and Lord Mackay of Clashfern. The only point that I would challenge in what has been said is the question of the guillotine, or of taking away something that people have. That would be the eventual effect but let...

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (1st Day) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: Is the noble Baroness aware that 16 and 17 year-olds amount to 1.5 million people? If you add in the attainers, you are probably talking about another 1.5 million people. That amounts to 3 million. Is she perhaps making light of what is involved in this registration process?

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: I can help the noble Lord. He will not be surprised to hear numbers from me, or that I am repeating them. We are talking about 1.3 million people, according to the UN Population Division. Some of those will be minors because that figure does not distinguish between minors and adults, and some will have been in Europe for fewer than 15 years. There are no statistics and no way of knowing...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the minimum salary required of a Tier 2 (General) visa applicant in order to be allocated a Certificate of Sponsorship in each of the last 24 months.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Funding — Question (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords—

European Union Referendum Bill: Report (2nd Day) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: Before the noble Lord sits down, is he aware that the balance of competences review did not include the word “population”?

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: There is a rumour that he is the author not just of Article 50 but of the entire treaty. Can he therefore explain to us what happens if the two-year period permitted under Article 50 expires and we cease to be a member? What happens then?

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: Does the noble Lord recognise that if the UK were to withdraw from the European Union, the Germans could then find themselves quite frequently outvoted by QMV by the southern members of the union, who have very different interests?

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: Does the noble Lord agree that the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, has lifted a very interesting stone as to the exact process following a vote to leave the European Union? Would it be helpful for business confidence, which he has just mentioned, if the Government were to produce a report on the process, not the alternatives, that would then entrain?

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I apologise for interrupting the noble Lord, but does he agree that—

European Union Referendum Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Green of Deddington: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 27. I can be very brief, as the ground is familiar but very important. I welcome the Minister’s introductory remarks. She steered a very careful course to avoid advocacy. However, her presentation seemed a little one-sided. There would be very serious consequences of staying in the EU as well as of leaving it. Unpredictable consequences apply to...


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