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Building Safety - Statement (27 Mar 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: As a department, DLUHC has many priorities and, necessarily, a limited budget. Can the Minister tell us where in the list of departmental priorities the cladding safety scheme features? Will all eligible buildings be covered?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 19 (14 Feb 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, I support the case put by the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, and ask about a current torture case concerning a journalist called Dieudonné Niyonsenga. Last month he appeared in a court in Kigali on appeal; he was sentenced three years ago to seven years in prison. He appeared in court with a wound in his head and he claimed, in that hearing, that he had been tortured. His case has been...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (12 Feb 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: The Minister rests a great deal on a signature on a treaty with a country that—with the current Government—has in the last decade refouled over 4,000 refugees sent by Israel to Rwanda. That was the current Government of Rwanda behaving badly with refoulement. Why is the Minister so confident that the same Government are so fundamentally different and reformed?

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers - Private Notice Question (12 Feb 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: Could the Minister update the House as to when aircraft suitable for flying from these very expensive aircraft carriers will be ready to be deployed?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (29 Jan 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, the international system for dealing with refugees is breaking. That is hardly a surprise given that in 1951, when the refugee convention was approved, there were about 2 million refugees, whereas now the UN estimates there are 110 million forcibly displaced persons. We need a new system, but that would take years of painstaking multilateral negotiation. His Majesty’s Government...

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2024)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, two years ago, Putin’s Russia was massing 100,000 troops on the borders of Ukraine and the foreign ministries of the West were debating just how firmly they could rule out imminent Ukrainian membership of NATO and the European Union without definitively ruling it out for the long term. As the noble Baroness, Lady Suttie, said, a lot has changed in the last two years. As NATO’s...

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP: Resignation Letter - Question (27 Apr 2023)

Lord McDonald of Salford: In his report, Mr Tolley took care to anonymise all the complainants. Reading the report, it was not possible to see who had complained. In his resignation letter, the former Deputy Prime Minister mentioned a Gibraltar negotiation and then someone leaked the name of the British ambassador to Spain to the Telegraph. Will His Majesty’s Government condemn that leak?

Eating Disorder Services: Men - Question ( 1 Mar 2023)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, the Minister did not answer my noble friend Lady Bull’s question. Calorie labelling talks about a daily intake of 2,000 calories, which is the amount recommended for a woman. For a man, it is 2,500 calories per day. Why is this the case? Will the Minister undertake to change this and make it accurate?

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Feb 2023)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, I sometimes hear noble Lords complain that people outside your Lordships’ House do not pay enough attention to what is said inside it, but I assure you that, today, one part of our external audience is listening very carefully: the Russian embassy in London. People there are not listening because they want to hear the strength of support for Ukraine or because they are looking for...

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - Second Reading ( 8 Feb 2023)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, like every noble Lord who has spoken so far, I support this clearly important Bill. I would like to a make one general point and three specific points. I apologise, as the specific points have all been made already but I will, I hope, expand them a little. My general point goes back to something the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, mentioned, which is the impact of this area...

Turkey and Syria Earthquake - Statement ( 8 Feb 2023)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, an area of development assistance the UK traditionally does best is humanitarian assistance. As the Minister has outlined, our response in the face of this disaster will be quick and impressive. The press is alive with rumours of cuts in ODA. Can the Minister assure the House that humanitarian assistance in particular will be protected so that, when there are future disasters, the...

Ukraine - Statement (21 Dec 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, one of the many ways in which President Putin miscalculated his invasion of Ukraine was a failure to foresee its galvanising effect on NATO. Since the invasion, both Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership. By earlier this month, all allies, apart from Turkey and Hungary, had ratified the new memberships. Hungary has said that it will ratify them by the end of the year,...

House of Lords (Peerage Nominations) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (18 Nov 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: Like the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, and indeed the overwhelming majority of noble Lords who have spoken so far in the debate, I support the Bill from the noble Lord, Lord Norton, and commended it to His Majesty’s Government. I will make three points. First, because further reform of your Lordships’ House is long overdue, the changes in 1999 having been explicitly temporary, reformers are...

Missile Incident in Poland - Statement (17 Nov 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, one of the most remarkable features of the conflict in Ukraine since February has been the consistency and quality of the leadership of President Zelensky, but in his statement since the strike on Poland he seems not to be as co-ordinated with NATO. Indeed, he seems to be trying to drag NATO into more direct involvement in the conflict. Can the Minister assure your Lordship’s...

Ukraine - Commons Urgent Question (12 Oct 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, as we contemplate the possible escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, the West is strikingly united. However, the key external player is China. Can the Minister inform your Lordships’ House about contacts with Beijing to ensure that the Chinese are also conveying the necessary messages to Moscow?

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (11 Oct 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, no matter his verbal dexterity and acknowledged charm, the Minister was unable to present this Bill as anything other than what the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, called “a manifest breach of international law”. Many noble Lords taking part in this afternoon’s debate have urged the Government to reconsider. I add my voice to theirs, for three foreign policy reasons. First, the...

Sri Lanka - Commons Urgent Question (13 Jul 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, how many British citizens are in Sri Lanka and are Her Majesty’s Government confident that they are all safe?

CHOGM, G7 and NATO Summits - Statement ( 4 Jul 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, I thank the Leader for repeating the Statement. I have two questions. First, all these summits agreed that there needs to be an increase in defence spending; this was said most loudly in NATO, but it also came from the other two summits. Given that the British economy is growing so slowly, where will cuts be made to other expenditure to fund that increase? Will the Government lead...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 ( 4 Jul 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: My Lords, the House this afternoon represents one of the Prime Minister’s favourite metaphors: a nest of singing birds. Everybody who has spoken agrees with each other; I agree with everything that has already been said, but particularly with what my noble friend Lady Hayman has said. I have added my name to her Amendment 1, and I will make just two additional points to the ones she made....

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2022)

Lord McDonald of Salford: Hear, hear!

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