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European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the critical issue is that we stay vigilant in this country and have the right approach to ensure that financial investment takes place with the right level of transparency. That is critical to the point that my noble friend is making. Across Europe there is an issue of looking at the regulatory approach to the commodities and derivatives markets, which again may have an impact on...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, inevitably the noble Lord has asked some detailed questions, to which I do not have all the facts at my fingertips. I shall write to him, particularly on how our additional £200 million is used, as I suspect that it may still be the subject of discussion to see how it would be most effective. My understanding is that the totals include Zimbabwe. However, depending on what happens,...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I shall be as clear as I can. As the noble Lord says, the Irish voting no should have no impact on the progress on technical negotiations for Croatia or for anybody else. Croatia set a target to complete negotiations in 2009; that target has been acknowledged by Commission President Barroso. I think—it is also the Government's view—that enlargement is the greatest success of the...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right. One of the issues that arose during the discussions on the treaty was how best we could make sure that people understand the benefits of our membership of Europe and the benefits of being able, as 27 countries—and, we hope, eventually more—to work collaboratively together, whether that be around issues such as trade and development or around...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the noble Lord puts forward an interesting idea, of which I shall make sure that my colleagues in Defra are aware.

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, in answer to the noble Lord's first question, I will not venture into hypothetical questions about a court judgment that we have not yet formally received. The noble Lord must forgive me, but I certainly will not do that in your Lordships' House. On his second question, he raises the point that he thinks that the greatest bulk of scientific evidence is in one direction, although...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I think that I understand the noble Lord to say that, should there be any kind of amendment to the European treaty as it currently stands, that would be subject to parliamentary processes. We discussed in some detail on Wednesday that, if there were a new amended treaty, it would indeed have to come before your Lordships' House and another place. I hope that that clarifies the position.

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, my right honourable friend attended the two days with my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary and there is no report that I have been given of any possible bullying. There was a great deal of discussion and understanding from member states in talking with the Irish Taoiseach and with the Irish Foreign Minister. I understand that the Irish asked for some time—in other...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, my noble friend is right. It is for the Irish to determine the Irish position and it is for the British Government to determine the British position, and so on across 27 member states. I could not agree more. For the record, I should add that the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, is not formally a member of UKIP.

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, the Government's position is clear; we have debated it at great length in your Lordships' House. It remains exactly the same as it was last Wednesday night, Thursday morning, over the weekend and today. We believe that the treaty is a good deal for the European Union and a good deal for this country. The noble Lord may not like what he describes as the self-amending provisions or...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I am grateful for the detailed questions that both noble Lords have put to me. The noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, talked in his opening remarks about referendums and the bullying and cajoling of Ireland. All I can do, rather than taking the time of the House now, is refer him to the many, many answers that I gave earlier to these questions. I have done that bit. It was important to...

European Council: 19-20 June 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister. The Statement is as follows: "With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement about the European Council held in Brussels that I attended with my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary on 19 and 20 June. "The main business of the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Equality: Age Discrimination (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: These issues were considered as part of the discrimination law review, as set out in the consultation paper on proposals for the Equality Bill, A Framework for Fairness. The Government's proposals for the Equality Bill package will be published shortly.

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy (23 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, we have had three speakers from each side—the Cross Benches and the government side—but in strict rotational terms it is the turn of the Cross Benches.

Business of the House: Debates Today (19 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That the debate on the Motion in the name of Lord Taylor of Warwick set down for today shall be limited to three hours and that in the name of Baroness Park of Monmouth to two hours.—(Baroness Ashton of Upholland.)

European Parliament (Number of MEPs and Distribution between Electoral Regions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2008 (19 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move the next four Motions standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That the draft orders and regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.—(Baroness Ashton of Upholland.)

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government: Draft Legislative Programme (19 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The consultation period for the draft legislative programme is open until 6 August, after which the Government will produce a summary of responses in the autumn. In the mean time, the Government are actively engaging with the public through events in each region and encouraging responses to be submitted through the website of the Leader of the House of Commons.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I begin by saying that the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, was inevitable. I say no more than that. Noble Lords have conducted themselves with enormous integrity and passion. I have been deeply privileged to be part of the passage of the Bill, and to have led for the Government. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has participated, from whatever side of the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill do now pass. Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Baroness Ashton of Upholland.)

European Union (Amendment) Bill (18 Jun 2008)

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow that debate. I shall end in a sense by referring to the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Wirral, to which the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, has just referred. I shall deal with the substance of the amendment first, so that I can put it on the record. If there were any amendments to the Lisbon treaty, they would have to be laid before Parliament....


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