Results 1–20 of 29 for speaker:Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 21 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, in his introductory remarks the noble Lord, Lord Hain, talked about the Assembly. I say to him simply that he knows that there is one party that had three red lines before it would enter the Executive. No other party put down red lines; it was one party and one party alone. Every other party in the Northern Ireland Assembly was willing, and is willing, without red lines, to enter...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 17 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join with my colleagues. I am a signatory to this amendment and rise to support it. Introducing same-sex marriage is a move that has been highly divisive in Northern Ireland. I acknowledge that, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, there are people who hold strong views concerning this. I certainly know that many in Northern Ireland believe strongly, as I do, that marriage is...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in their support of the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Empey. I do so bearing in mind that these are all devolved issues. Like him, we certainly want to see these taken forward by a devolved Administration. However, if these reports come through and there is no devolved Administration, the issues are so urgent and of such importance that they...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 10 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, many people listening to this debate, including those listening outside, will hardly believe or understand how a simple Bill for the extension of two dates for the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland could have arrived at a debate on major social issues that impact on the whole community. We have come a long way in Northern Ireland, and it is right to...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: The other House has voted upon these clauses and sent them to this House. That is what the majority was based upon: the clauses that were voted on in the other House. Why is this House, therefore, deciding to make changes, not knowing what the other House thinks about the changes we are about to make?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, it is a privilege and I am humbled to follow the amazing speech of the noble Baroness, Lady O’Loan. I certainly concur with many of her remarks. From the outset, let me state that my party, my noble friends in this House and I genuinely want to see devolution restored, but what happened yesterday has made that practically impossible. In a few weeks, a new Prime Minister will be...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I acknowledge the noble Lord’s response, but Conor McGinn did make a statement, and it is a naive statement. What incentive is there for Sinn Féin to allow the Executive and the Assembly to be restored before 21 October? It made these two red lines, and its comrades in Westminster have produced the goods. Why would it want, and allow, Stormont to return, to possibly see one or both of...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Second Reading (10 Jul 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: Yes, I am bringing my comments to a conclusion. My sermon concerned the consequences of choices. I suggest to this House that we have the power to make choices but we do not have the power to decide the consequences. With every choice, there is a consequence. I say to this House that if it passes this legislation and forces it on the people of Northern Ireland, there will be no need for an...

Northern Ireland: Trauma Victims - Question (27 Jun 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I am sure the Minister is aware of the long-standing campaign for justice and compensation by victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism in Northern Ireland and across the United Kingdom. It has now been confirmed that £17 million in tax has been recovered by the Government on frozen assets in the past three years. Will the Minister ensure that the money is used to help the innocent...

Veterans: Investigations - Statement (16 May 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I know what it is to come from a family whose loved ones were brutally blown up and gunned down by the Provisional IRA. No one has been brought to justice to this day and probably never will be. However, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the young men and women who served in the Armed Forces on the streets of Northern Ireland in very difficult circumstances. They showed...

Trade in Animals and Related Products (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (13 May 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I shall follow on from my noble friend. The Minister talked about the consultations between officials from Defra and the Irish Republic. Can he tell the House what consultations have taken place with the Ulster Farmers Union and the other groupings that represent farmers in Northern Ireland, and do they agree with the regulations before the House this evening? Also, do any of these...

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I think everyone would agree that our young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world. Many are the voices that beckon our young people, whether they are our children or youths in society. It is correct to acknowledge that this legislation does not apply to Northern Ireland. But, as one who believes in the union and being part of the United Kingdom, I think it is...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 - Statement (21 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his expression of sympathy for the families of Lauren, Morgan and Connor, the young people who tragically died in Cookstown. It is important that the PSNI fully investigates the circumstances, and we trust that those who have been injured will recover and that the young people impacted by this tragedy are given appropriate counselling. The present situation,...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: Can the Minister clarify the position on a question which I asked? Should the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee find that an injustice or inequality has been done, given the tariffs received by those in England or those in the Irish Republic under the state aid rules, will the department ensure that that will be rectified immediately and further repayment made accordingly?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I feel that some facts need to be stated. No one in the political establishment in Northern Ireland comes out with any glory whatever from the RHI scheme. I remind Members that the Northern Ireland Executive, who represented a large range of political parties, passed this scheme unanimously. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which scrutinised this scheme from the Northern Ireland...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: Surely the Minister needs to clarify. Can he not find a legal way to keep the tariffs as they are until the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has concluded its deliberations? It is difficult: this axe will fall because the date of 1 April has been set. Surely the Minister can find another way to fulfil his obligations to Europe but allow the present situation to continue until a...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill - Report (1 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: I thank the noble Lord for that; it is the very point I was coming to. I said that there was another point in the questions of the noble Lord, Lord Hayward. It is a question not only of when the Assembly will come back but of when the legislation will take place. But that is what devolution is all about: deciding in the Assembly, not the understanding of this House in deciding for the...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill - Report (1 Mar 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hayward, for the manner in which brought forward his amendment, and the respect with which he has treated those who have different views on this subject. As I have said before, I respect and do not doubt the sincerity of noble Lords who hold different views from me, but nor do I apologise for the views which I hold with deep conviction. The noble...

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education - Statement (25 Feb 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the Government will firmly adhere to the promise made in the Statement, that they have retained the long-standing ability for parents to request that their children be withdrawn from the sex education element of RSE? When it comes to exceptional circumstances, who decides what these are?

Brexit: Northern Ireland Backstop - Question (19 Feb 2019)

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown: My Lords, will the Minister assure the House that any proposal put to the EU for replacing the backstop will protect the constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom and the integrity of the United Kingdom and ensure that there are no barriers, economic or otherwise, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom?


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