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Results 1–20 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 Executive Formation (16 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for giving me early sight of his statement. I also want to thank him for the work that he has personally put in to ensure that we now have the restoration of Stormont. His place in the history books will be assured on that basis. I join him in acknowledging the role of the many others that he has name-checked this morning, and on behalf of the Opposition I...

Northern Ireland Executive Formation (16 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for giving me early sight of his statement. I also want to thank him for the work that he has personally put in to ensure that we now have the restoration of Stormont. His place in the history books will be assured on that basis. I join him in acknowledging the role of the many others that he has name-checked this morning, and on behalf of the Opposition I...

Northern Ireland Executive Formation (16 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for giving me early sight of his statement. I also want to thank him for the work that he has personally put in to ensure that we now have the restoration of Stormont. His place in the history books will be assured on that basis. I join him in acknowledging the role of the many others that he has name-checked this morning, and on behalf of the Opposition I...

Northern Ireland Executive Formation (16 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for giving me early sight of his statement. I also want to thank him for the work that he has personally put in to ensure that we now have the restoration of Stormont. His place in the history books will be assured on that basis. I join him in acknowledging the role of the many others that he has name-checked this morning, and on behalf of the Opposition I...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (8 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: May I congratulate the Minister on making a 20-minute speech in just over eight minutes? He has been on his feet all day. This is an important report and he has raised a number of important issues. I will begin where the Minister began. I hope he will at least be able to help the House in response to some of my questions. Under the legislation that this House passed to provide safe and legal...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (8 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: The hon. Member is absolutely right in his demand. The DeSouza case shames us as a society. We ought to resolve the issue not only for that particular couple—I have met them, of course—but more generally. This matters to those who consider themselves to be Irish. It is part of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement, and it is something to which every party in this House is committed. We ought...

Scotland: Fiscal Framework Agreement (8 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: May I also welcome you to the Chair, Mr Speaker, and the Secretary of State and the Minister to their positions? The 2016 framework was established before we knew what the impact of Brexit would be. The world has changed. Consideration will now have to be given to what powers pass from Brussels not just to Whitehall and Westminster but to Holyrood. This gives the Secretary of State an...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: Those answers are simply not good enough. The Scottish Government in Holyrood and the Scottish local authorities are entitled to know what the block grant is so that they can plan their future. Anybody who has tried to set a budget dependent on UK central Government funding knows that delay in this makes it almost impossible to manage. When will the Scottish Government be given certainty...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Tony Lloyd: Again, it is simply not good enough. Not only can the Scottish Government not set a budget, but Scottish councils cannot. That affects non-governmental organisations, businesses and services. What the Minister is doing is a measure of incompetence. When will the Secretary of State say to the Chancellor that he has to do more? There must be certainty; we cannot wait till March.

Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Let me join the Secretary of State in applauding the fact that the House has seen fit to move the Bill so swiftly through the House today. I want to place on record our thanks to my colleague Lord Hain and Lord Duncan, the Minister involved, because they were instrumental in ensuring that this House had the opportunity to move things forward. I want to say to those with us today who are...

Delegated Legislation: Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (31 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand that the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill has now passed all its remaining stages in the other place, which means that there is capacity for the Bill to come to the Commons. The Opposition have made it clear to Government business managers that we will cause no impediment to the orderly and rapid passage of that Bill through...

Northern Ireland (31 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: The Secretary of State knows that it is inevitably with considerable regret on both sides of the House that we once again confront the need for these regulations to be passed. Come the 13 January deadline, Northern Ireland will have been without an Assembly and Executive for about 1,100 days, if by then there is still no newly formed Executive or Assembly in operation. I hope the general...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2020 and appropriation of that sum (30 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I want to repeat something I raised earlier. I do not necessarily expect the Minister to give a response in this debate, but perhaps we could get some kind of response today. Once again, this relates to the situation of the victims of institutional abuse. If we are not going to see the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill brought through the House of Commons, is there any...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: May I say to the Secretary of State that we well understand why the fast-track process has to be used for this legislation as we approach the general election? Obviously, the needs of the people of Northern Ireland require that there is a budget to provide the vital services on which they depend. It does however make it all the more paradoxical—and, I think, shameful—that the same...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: I have enormous sympathy with the point made by the right hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson). One thing we do know is that there has been significant demographic change in Northern Ireland in the last three years. The population is growing increasingly elderly and the number of young people, in relative terms, is decreasing. Therefore, the decisions made by politicians those years...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Again, I have real sympathy with the point made by the hon. Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly). It is similar to the point made earlier by the hon. Member for South Antrim (Paul Girvan) about ring-fencing of moneys for the high streets and the inability to trace those moneys. In fact, some time back I raised with the previous Secretary of State whether it would be possible to...

Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland in the UK (30 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: May I begin by thanking you, Mr Speaker, for your courtesy and consideration to the Opposition’s Northern Ireland team? It would be remiss of me not to recognise the ending of the place on the Front Bench of the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, the right hon. Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (Mr Hurd), as well as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing North...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (28 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: While we are on the subject of compassion, may I ask the Secretary of State to clarify the position in respect of the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill? There is a rumour that the Government do not plan to introduce it in the House of Commons in the immediate future. That may not be true, but it would be a retrograde step, and I should be grateful if the Secretary of...

Checks on Goods: Northern Ireland and Great Britain (24 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union if he will make a statement regarding checks on goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain and Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the current withdrawal agreement.

Checks on Goods: Northern Ireland and Great Britain (24 Oct 2019)

Tony Lloyd: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question, which really does matter. There is confusion at the very heart of Government. Yesterday the Prime Minister told the House there would be “no checks” and “no tariffs” between Northern Ireland and Great Britain; that is in direct contradiction to what the Secretary of State just told the House. It is in contradiction with the...


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