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Immigration Bill — Second Reading (22 Dec 2015)

Lord Empey: With the noble Lord’s experience, both personal and political, would he not agree that the concentration of such enormous numbers of people in small geographical areas is almost unmanageable? It is natural for people to gravitate towards those who come from their own background, can speak their language and so on. It is difficult to get any kind of distribution that would achieve the noble...

Airport Capacity — Statement (14 Dec 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, will the Minister not accept from me that even if a third runway at Heathrow or wherever were to be paved with gold, it matters little to some of us who cannot get access to it? The right reverend Prelate made the point about the comment made by the chief executive of IAG, which is only one comment. But the Minister will know of my interest in this matter; the regions do not have...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, makes a good point in so far as referenda in one part of the United Kingdom clearly have implications for the others, but there would be fairly significant inconsistency. If we look at the Belfast agreement and its proposals for a referendum in Northern Ireland, it is exclusive to the people of Northern Ireland. If the carry-through from his amendment...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, perhaps I may make a brief observation. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, quoted the 1998 agreement that affected Northern Ireland. I have to say that if you have a political agreement such as the Smith commission which you are trying to implement, you cannot be expected to translate it word for word into legislation. The Belfast agreement contained diplomatic...

Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Empey: Before the noble Lord sits down, he mentioned some comments that I made. Actually I would have no difficulty if the proposal were to remove the 82,000, but the difference is that the people on the register in Northern Ireland are not ghosts. They had to have their national insurance numbers and so on verified at the time. So there is a significant difference in that these people clearly did...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I take this opportunity to wish Mr Robinson well in his retirement. However, I wish to disabuse the House of any idea that this is a five-party agreement. The document was pushed in front of our faces at 3 pm on Tuesday, and that applied to three out of the five parties. The final plenary session of the talks process was one hour later, and no one should be required to absorb a...

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Wills, used the word haste, but this process has been going at a snail’s pace for years. We introduced individual electoral registration in 2002. As my noble friend Lord Lexden pointed out, the solution in dealing with the inevitable groups who tend to be underrepresented on every electoral register is not just to sit back and leave on the register loads of...

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Empey: That is a perfectly reasonable and sensible point. I absolutely agree that it does need resources. I understand that there have been some additional funds—my noble friend Lord Lexden mentioned one example, and a further £3 million has been put in—and I would be entirely supportive if the Government felt the need to put more money into local authorities. I do not know what applications...

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Empey: I say to the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, that people can be on the register in a particular constituency, but that does not mean that they are not on the register in a different constituency. That is the point that I made in the student example. We found that people registered in their place of residence at home registered again when they came up to the university area. When they had to produce a...

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Empey: First, I do not accept that the scale of the problem is as large as the noble Lord suggests. As to the five weeks, our experience is that this process has been going on for quite some time—it is not as if it has come from nowhere. We are talking about the opportunity at least to bring it to a conclusion. However, the period after 1 December is not a period in which nothing can happen....

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I refer the Minister to page 11 of the Statement and the paragraph in it that my noble friend Lord Rogan mentioned. I also associate myself with the thanks expressed to the panel for its work. However, this goes beyond what the chief constable said in August this year. The paragraph on which I wish to focus states that, “the assessment states that: ‘PIRA members believe that the...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments — Statement (15 Sep 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I begin by saying how delighted I was to hear the words of the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, because there has been some concern in Northern Ireland about the forthcoming attitude of the Labour Party. We are most grateful for what he had to say. Is the Minister aware that the Sinn Fein leadership gave a press conference at the weekend at which the northern chairman of that organisation...

London Airport: New Runway — Question (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, it will be 10 or 15 years before any additional capacity is available. Meanwhile, our internal regional access to our one current hub at Heathrow continues to be at risk. Given that Europe controls the slot allocations at Heathrow, will the Minister give consideration to the Government positively pushing Brussels so that we can regain control over our own national, fundamental piece...

Davies Commission Report — Statement (1 Jul 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, in view of the Minister’s Statement and the comments of a number of noble Lords from all sides of the House, can I look forward to the inevitability of government support for my Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill?

Greece — Statement (29 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: Does the Minister agree that politics brought the Greek people into the eurozone and that politics will be deployed to keep them in it as the week goes on? Will that not mean that the misery that they suffer continues? As the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Stamford, said, what happens if the Greek people vote yes when their Government recommended no? What policy can we expect to be implemented...

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (19 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: I am most grateful to noble Lords who have participated in this debate. Indeed, with people intervening in the gap, one or two issues have arisen which I think have caught us all by surprise. The noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, has a reputation in this House which is second to none. Every time you see a train or go into a railway station, you automatically connect that with the noble Lord. He...

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (19 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, regional policies are designed to prevent, or at least reduce, economic decline in those areas of the country that have seen their economic strength eroded as traditional industries have contracted. These regional policies have also been augmented by the European Union through numerous measures, including the ERDF and the ESF to name but two. Therefore, it is no surprise that those...

Trade and Investment — Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I want to make a brief contribution in the gap. It is encouraging that the Minister is in his current post. Having someone who has been at the centre of government in the past five years come into this post I hope illustrates that the Government are taking the issue much more seriously and putting our exports and trade further up the agenda. I wish him well in his new task. Like...

Armed Forces: Airborne Maritime Patrol - Question (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the United Kingdom’s airborne maritime patrol capability.

Armed Forces: Airborne Maritime Patrol - Question (4 Jun 2015)

Lord Empey: Steady on. Does the Minister not agree with me that one does not need a review to know that, as an island nation with a sea-borne nuclear deterrent capability, we are not even in a position to secure our own deterrent, because we do not have the capability to do so? I understand that all things have to be reviewed, but this is such a no-brainer. It is obviously of great concern if we cannot...

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