Results 21–40 of 1200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Tunnicliffe

Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I welcome the useful report by the European Union Committee on the common security and defence policy. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Horam, for introducing the report and am grateful for the contributions of other noble Lords. The CSDP dates back to 1948, when five countries, including the UK, signed the Brussels Treaty, which envisioned a collective defence effort to keep the...

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is one of many no-deal SIs on which I have been forced to represent Her Majesty’s Opposition from the Front Bench—a pretty unattractive pastime. The principal reason for this is the fact that most of these SIs amend an SI that amends an SI that amends an Act that is many years old, which makes it fundamentally difficult to understand them. When one has put all the...

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 May 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: On that point, the Minister should realise that that paragraph has been repeated 65 times, so we all know it well.

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy Activists - Statement (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the response. A serious discussion on the situation in Hong Kong is overdue. China’s erosion of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Hong Kong Basic Law has been growing since the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. The last few years have seen an increasing crackdown on dissent and protest, political parties banned, pro-democracy...

Arrangement of Business - Announcement (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I understand that we are able to start the Statement now. I suggest we take it now and, during it, the usual channels confer on a sensible time to restart.

Operation Brock - Question (8 Apr 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Minister will know that my rule of transport safety is: if it can go wrong, it will go wrong. That seems to have proved true in this case already. Accidents will create enormous delays and completely destroy the whole operation. Can she assure us that everything is being done to reduce the risk to as low as reasonably practical?

NATO - Motion to Take Note (2 Apr 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for introducing this debate and the many noble Lords who have participated in it. It has been wide-ranging, and it is therefore inevitable I will repeat some points. I am honoured to take part in today’s debate on the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO. Over the past 500 years, the average lifespan of a collective defence alliance has been...

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: Will the Minister flesh out the word “important”? Can businesses trade if they do not have—I cannot pronounce the damn thing—this unique identification number?

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I hope the Minister will forgive me for pressing this point, but there is a world of difference between being concerned, with perhaps some irritation, minor penalty or whatever, and whatever proportion you want to take—say four-fifths—of the firms that would want to trade across this border not being able to in a fortnight’s time.

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (26 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I too thank the Minister for presenting these SIs. Taking them in the same order as on the Order Paper, the first one concerns customs safety and security procedures. The impact assessment says: “The main purpose of this regulation is to enable the UK to continue to meet its safety and security obligations under the World Customs Organisation … Framework of Standards by introducing a new...

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I will speak mostly about the first SI, if only to moan a bit. Paragraph 3.6 of the Explanatory Memorandum says that the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, “noted that the legislation proposed to be amended by the instrument includes: four Acts of Parliament; seven ‘pre-EU Exit’ statutory instruments; 12 ‘EU Exit’ statutory instruments that have been considered by...

Common Rules for Access to the International Market for Coach and Bus Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: On 1 January 2020, by which time the EU regulation will have expired, and assuming there are a satisfactory number of signatures to the Interbus agreement, to what extent will the situation for UK operators be different from the situation today?

Common Rules for Access to the International Market for Coach and Bus Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this SI is a little complex. It seems to be about timing. One gets an uncomfortable feeling that the Government had tackled aviation, marine and road haulage when suddenly someone woke up and said, “We’d better do coaches”. As you read through the Explanatory Memorandum, initially it seems to be an asymmetric situation where EU operators get all the provisions that they have...

Railways (Interoperability) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I first declare an interest as a founding chairman of the RSSB and its chairman for five years. Many of the transport SIs have assigned duties to the Secretary of State, and on each occasion I have asked who will advise the Secretary of State and whether it is a statutory or necessary process. As far as I can see, in this case it is not clear who would advise the Secretary of State, and I...

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I am sure everything the Minister says is accurate and that if I understood the treaty I would understand what she said, but can we translate it into practical terms? By Eurostar services, I assume that she means those to Brussels and Paris—and some intermediate stops which I cannot remember. I think she is telling the House that, on Saturday week, those services will be able to run; and I...

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: The noble Baroness has accepted that bilateral negotiations will be necessary in order to extend services through the tunnel to other destinations. Have these started? Is there clarity on who to talk to? Have there been any informal discussions to give us some optimism that there will be favourable outcomes?

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, this is about my 60th SI, so I am into some SI fatigue. Previously I have started by saying how much I regret being here because of the Government’s failure to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Unfortunately, the world has changed. If nobody blinks, our no-deal exit is next Saturday and these rules will come in. I therefore have to disagree with my noble friend Lord Foulkes: I think we...

Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: I am glad the noble Lord agrees with me that, unfortunately, it is now a necessity. Turning to the two instruments, first, I agree with virtually everybody who has spoken—including my noble friends Lord Berkeley and Lord Snape, and the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson—that the ongoing exchange of information should be a long-term aspiration, even in the silliest position we might find...

Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, the Chancellor set out to make a Spring Statement that did not constitute a fiscal event. This is a slightly strange objective for a Chancellor of the Exchequer, but one which he achieved, with the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies commenting: “We should not complain. One fiscal event a year is plenty”. However, while the Chancellor may have cleared his own rather low...

Licensing of Operators and International Road Haulage (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (18 Mar 2019)

Lord Tunnicliffe: My Lords, I took a slightly more optimistic view of this SI than the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson. However, clarification in plain language will help. Paragraph 2.7 of the Explanatory Memorandum says: “The UK operator licensing regime will generally remain as at present”. I wonder whether we could have simpler language than that. My understanding, taken with recent agreement in the EU,...


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