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Results 101–120 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 Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Yes, but I do not want to continue this for too long.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: It is rather interesting that the right hon. Gentleman says that I do not want to discuss the issue. I did. I answered the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison) very directly. I do not know what the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) wants me to say beyond what I have said. If he wants to check the record, he should please do so. I am happy to continue the...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: My hon. Friend makes a similar point about the lack of transparency to that which has already been made by a number of Members, including the hon. Members for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson), for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly) and for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson). They are right to make that point. Any local authority would have a far more dignified debate than the one we are having today...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I very much welcome that reassurance. Will the Secretary of State also consider this point? The frame of reference in previous budgets is that 45% of the spend has been moved forward. That would take us up to September, roughly. This year, unusually, the Secretary of State has put in 70% of next year’s spend. That speaks to the point raised by the hon. Member for Belfast East, who made the...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I think the Secretary of State is confirming that this is not an emergency and that the procedures to allow everything to be forced through so quickly are not absolutely necessary. The different parts of the Bill—the retrospective definition of what was legal spend and the anticipatory spend for next year—could have been separated. The second most certainly could have been done more...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for that assurance. On a different issue, the Secretary of State’s colleague, the Communities Secretary, made it clear that the Stronger Towns initiative would extend to Northern Ireland, and hon. Members from across the Chamber will welcome that. However, given that it is a UK Government initiative, it is not clear how the decision-making capacity...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: As the Secretary of State knows, I have asked for the BIIGC to be convened regularly. Back in the day, it sometimes met three or four times a year, particularly in the days of direct rule, when there was an ambition to get us back to a functioning Stormont. I have asked her in the past when it will meet again. Those meetings need to be timetabled and put on a regular basis so that we know it...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill (5 Mar 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I am interested in what the Secretary of State said in response to the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon). I am looking at the Secretary of State’s written statement and the announcement of an extra £140 million for education, health and, as it happens, justice, but she says that it was provided “in recognition of the lack of opportunity for more fundamental service...

Northern Ireland: Restoring Devolution (13 Feb 2019)

Tony Lloyd: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on her attempts to restore devolution in Northern Ireland one year on from the collapse of the all-party talks in February 2018.

Northern Ireland: Restoring Devolution (13 Feb 2019)

Tony Lloyd: It is two years since we saw the collapse of the Stormont Executive and Assembly. It is 12 months since the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach visited Belfast in the hope of seeing restoration of the power-sharing agreements, but sadly—we all regret this—that led to failure. Since that time, there have been many calls for the Secretary of State to show significant effort in bringing the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border: Use of Technology (30 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I join the Minister in his commemoration of the tragic events of Bloody Sunday, but may I also use this opportunity to recognise the work of and thank the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland? As he announces his forthcoming retirement, I think the whole House will agree that we owe him a debt of gratitude. The Minister and the Secretary of State know that there is no...

Northern Ireland: Security Situation (21 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement and for giving the statement on an issue that merits parliamentary time. Like her, I am bound to welcome the fact that no injuries resulted from the bomb attack on Saturday, but that was not for want of care from those who planted the bomb. As the Secretary of State said, innocent bystanders were very close. Congratulations are...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: This is a serious point, not a polemical one. We now have a situation where the rest of the UK will follow Northern Ireland. If that is the case, why was that not the base case written into the protocol?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: This comes to the nub of things, and it is the point that the hon. Member for Belfast East made. If I disagree with the Government proposing any form of regulatory change that affects my constituents in Rochdale, I can vote in this House. The hon. Member for Belfast East does not have that same facility, and that is what is different about this agreement.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: This has been an interesting and passionate debate, with a wide range of views expressed. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster may be in a small minority among those who have spoken, but nevertheless, I know he is up for the debate. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer) told us earlier that nothing much has changed since the debates before...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The hon. Gentleman and I are on the same page in hoping that those relationships do endure and are not put at risk. When I say that a no-deal Brexit would be potentially dangerous, it is not a personal view. It is a view that many people in Northern Ireland have expressed to me, and one of the most influential of those voices is that of Chief Constable George Hamilton. He has put it on the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Again, the hon. Gentleman and I are on exactly the same page. The Prime Minister also agreed with that viewpoint. On 28 February last year, the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) asked her to “reinforce her earlier comments” and “confirm that she will never agree to any trade borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom”. The Prime Minister replied:...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I fundamentally agree with my right hon. Friend. That is true for those in the west midlands, the north-west of England and other parts of Great Britain, and especially in Northern Ireland, where jobs, housing and decent health services are so important but are not yet on the agenda. Raising our aspiration there is of fundamental importance. If we are to be true to the Good Friday agreement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I welcome the Minister of State to his place. Paragraph 50 of the EU-UK joint report last December made it clear that there would be a guarantee, consistent with the 1998 agreement, that the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive would be consulted on any regulatory changes. Why did that guarantee disappear in the withdrawal agreement? Why did the Secretary of State allow it to disappear?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Tony Lloyd: Paragraph 50 was very clear about the role of the Assembly and the Executive. The Secretary of State’s words are not good enough. Why should Northern Ireland Members have confidence in this Government? Why should the people of Northern Ireland believe that this Government are committed to devolution, to the peace process and to the Good Friday agreement?


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