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Results 61–80 of 3100 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tony Lloyd

Northern Ireland: Political Process (29 Apr 2019)

Tony Lloyd: In thanking the Secretary of State for advance notice of the statement, may I also firmly welcome the spirit of that statement? She finished by talking about the things that are happening very positively in Northern Ireland, and she is right to do that. The tragedy of Lyra McKee’s murder is that, once again, Northern Ireland is in the news globally for tragedy, not for the things that we...

Northern Ireland: Murder of Lyra Mckee (23 Apr 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of her statement. The way the House listened to her today is significant in showing that we share her words and, importantly, the meaning lying behind them. Of course we need to condemn, and we do condemn, those who perpetrate these acts of violence. It is sad that this statement follows a statement on the atrocities in Sri Lanka. In offering...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolution (10 Apr 2019)

Tony Lloyd: May I join the Secretary of State in commemorating the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday agreement? One of the casualties of the lack of devolved governance is the compensation scheme recommended by Sir Anthony Hart some five years ago. In the time since that report, 30 victims of historical institutional abuse have died. Only one person can now resolve the issue, rather...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (10 Apr 2019)

Tony Lloyd: In these heightened times of threats against politicians, anyone standing for a council election in England this May does not need to have their home details published. In Northern Ireland, that is not the case, which has led to the Social Democratic and Labour party councillor Máiría Cahill having to withdraw from fighting her seat. Will the Minister tell the House why in England...

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Legacy Cases (26 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: This has been most certainly an interesting debate, although possibly not the one that either the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson) or I thought it might turn out to be. Let me say this: the role of the ombudsman is vital. The problem is that it has been constructed in the wrong way. The ombudsman has responsibility for the investigation of contemporary...

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Legacy Cases (26 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Thank you. Two minutes, Mr Owen?

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Legacy Cases (26 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Of course my point brings us to the very important role of the Historical Investigations Unit. I have to say to the Minister that it is now five years since the Stormont House agreement concluded that that was needed. It is now more than six months since the consultation on that body finished. We need to see that body up and running, because, and I say this to the hon. Member for Upper Bann...

Northern Ireland Assembly Election (21 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: (Urgent Question) To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement regarding the extension of her power under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 not to hold an Assembly election.

Northern Ireland Assembly Election (21 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for her initial response, but I remind the House that it is now well over two years since the Stormont Assembly last sat. In previous periods, we have sometimes had direct rule, but we have most certainly had Secretaries of State and Prime Ministers actively engaged in bringing the parties together. Before the passing of the Act last October, the law required...

Point of Order (11 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I regret that the Secretary of State has not made a statement to the House. I hope that in the coming days she will consider whether it would be right and proper to come before the House to make a full statement. One of the prime necessities for anybody in her role is that they have the confidence not just of the political parties and...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill: Introductory (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I reiterate to the Secretary of State that these proceedings are not satisfactory. Everyone recognises the legal imperative to make sure there is a scheme in operation, and therefore there is time pressure, but none of us accepts that this is the right use of the parliamentary process. It would still have been undesirable had we separated the two very different strands of the Bill, one...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill: Introductory (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: In his closing remarks, the Minister, who I believe was trying to be helpful, talked about the further exchanges that might take place in Committee. However, I think it would be remarkably difficult to prolong this debate in any meaningful detail, because of the granularity that was drawn to our attention by the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison). It will be about real-life...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am grateful that the Minister is being so generous with his time. None of us has any brief for those who have done extraordinarily well out of all this; they should not have been allowed to be so lucky, but we should not let that delay us. The reality is that it is accepted as part of the scheme that there may be losers, as is recognised in the buy-out clause that the Secretary of State and...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The Bill is in many ways an abuse of the processes of the House. I hope that the Minister will take this seriously. There is no connection between the regional rates and the structure surrounding the renewable heat incentive scheme, and they should have been presented in two separate pieces of legislation. It is already obvious from the debate so far that there is massive concern about the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Like the hon. Gentleman, I very much welcome this piece of good news, but it has to be set against the fact that we do need to see renewal in many towns, and I want to return to a question I raised with Ministers yesterday about the stronger towns moneys. I did not get a response to the question I raised; there was no certainty on that. The Communities Secretary made it clear that the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The hon. Lady makes a valid point. Obviously, it is not a small difference; in fact, it is a huge difference to those on what could be described as the receiving end, those at the £20,000 level, or the non-receiving end for those at the £2,000 level. The details for a particular farm that I will come on to bear out exactly the point that she makes. We need to know about state aid...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and to the extent that some of those affected were in court this morning. Specifically, I understand that the judge said that he will not rule on the request for judicial review today because the scheme has not yet been implemented and is therefore not yet in breach. However, he will ensure that any judicial review is expedited once the scheme is...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: That seems logical, but—I am not a lawyer, so the hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I am not right—the problem is that the judge has ruled that, because the scheme is not in operation, he cannot yet judicially review it. So we have to wait for the implementation of the scheme before the judicial review can be taken forward. One way or the other, that is not a satisfactory way of...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am not being generous with my time because we have to tease out these important issues, and we have to get answers to give us some certainty that the scheme is both necessary and sufficient to protect the interests of those who have acted in good faith.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: That is a fair point. There is nothing in this Bill that talks about post-legislative scrutiny. We need some capacity to measure the impact of the legislation after it leaves this House, because it will have an impact. The scheme was a disaster from its inception. That is most certainly true. It is also most certainly true that controlling the overall level of cost is and ought to be a matter...


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