Results 101–120 of 600 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 Empey

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I too thank those who participated in today’s debate. I want to go over a few points. My noble friend Lord Rogan referred to Semtex and the escalation of the campaign, and the fact that citizens from other countries have achieved compensation. I acknowledge that that was salt in the wound to many victims. I appreciated the intervention of the noble Lord, Lord Reid of Cardowan. I...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Lord Empey: The noble Lord is absolutely right. If noble Lords look inside the Chamber of the House of Commons they will see above the door the names of those Members of the House of Commons who were killed—Airey Neave, Ian Gow, the Reverend Robert Bradford and Anthony Berry in the Brighton bomb. That was a very poignant intervention. I appreciate the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Davies of Oldham,...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Oct 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, during the last Session of Parliament I introduced a similar Bill into your Lordships’ House. While the Bill was passed by your Lordships and sent to the other place, a combination of obstruction and a lack of time brought about by the snap general election earlier this year resulted in it being lost. The Bill is put forward on behalf of an all-party parliamentary support group...

European Council - Statement (23 Oct 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, is it not the case that without certainty, negotiating a settlement for Ireland without knowing the trading context is putting the cart before the horse? Do we not need these two things, which are inextricably linked, to be negotiated simultaneously, instead of this nonsense of trying to establish what the arrangements are going to be without knowing what the trade arrangements are...

Brexit: UK-Irish Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Sep 2017)

Lord Empey: If my noble friend is writing to noble Lords, will he give an assurance that he will address the issue of who speaks for Northern Ireland, and what input there is going to be as we go through the Brexit negotiations? This is a matter which I raised, as did the noble Lord, Lord Hain, and a number of other noble Lords. Who is going to feed in that response, and will the Minister undertake to...

Brexit: UK-Irish Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Sep 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bew, and his very relevant reality check on what we are currently facing. The noble Lord, Lord Jay, presented the committee’s report. I am glad it was done. It is important that people look at these things. Sadly, as was said—I think the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, made the point—in the run-up to the referendum nobody was...

Brexit: UK-Irish Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Sep 2017)

Lord Empey: It depends on whether—we come back to the term “special status”—the European Union is very flexible. I want to see a successful negotiation between the United Kingdom and the European Union, but it will always be particularly difficult on the island of Ireland. We have to keep this in perspective. The amount of goods travelling north to south is, in European terms, comparatively...

Northern Ireland Executive - Question (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Empey: Will the Minister confirm to the House that it has been made clear to the Government that, in the event of the reintroduction of direct rule, Sinn Fein will refuse to co-operate with the institutions at Stormont?

Business: Exports - Question (6 Jul 2017)

Lord Empey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, whether they are planning to provide tax incentives to businesses to encourage their staff to obtain recognised qualifications in exporting skills.

Business: Exports - Question (6 Jul 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that we have just been talking about Brexit—of course, in this House we do little else. I draw to his attention the fact that more and more emphasis needs to be placed on our ability to trade and provide services internationally; there are certain skillsets that people need in order to achieve that. The apprenticeship levy will apply only to England and...

Northern Ireland Political Situation - Statement (3 Jul 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, while much has been made of disrespect and respect, who is respecting the more than a quarter of a million people who are on hospital waiting lists, over 53,000 of whom have been waiting for over 12 months to see a consultant? Who is respecting the interests of the victims of the historical institutional inquiry that people have been waiting a lifetime for but is lying idle and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, noble Lords will not be unaware of the ongoing criticism in the press and media of the existence and the conduct of your Lordships’ House. We find ourselves in the position of being continuously subject to ridicule and indeed contempt in cases. It is interesting that two of the first four Private Members’ Bills before us this Session deal with matters pertaining to this House....

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, like for many other Members, it is a matter of deep regret for me that this piece of legislation is before the House. We thought, perhaps naively, that the days when such legislation was required were over, but that is not the case and I have very little confidence that this is necessarily the last piece of legislation that we will see in the next few months. A number of noble Lords...

Criminal Finances Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: I thank the Minister for her reply. She referred to a number of powers in the Bill. I am all for those but they do not deal with the specific issues that I am trying to get at, where a state, or a representative of a state, has assets in this city, on a massive scale, that are frozen because of the United Nations resolution, which was followed by a European Union agreement, which,...

Criminal Finances Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, Members may be familiar with this theme, to which I have returned on a number of occasions, including via a Private Member's Bill. It follows the principle that persons who have been engaged in criminal activity, persons who have been engaged in activities contrary to human rights and persons who have been involved in terrorism and who have attacked this country consistently over a...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: The Statement was most regrettable and unfortunate but not surprising. It may be useful for the House to know that at no point during the three-week period of negotiations were all parties invited to the table at the same time—not a single meeting of all the parties took place. As far as agreements are concerned, there are no agreements because nothing is agreed until everything is agreed....

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the brave contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Astor of Hever, drew to the House’s attention the case of Corporal Major Hutchings. In his contribution, the noble Lord, Lord Burnett, said that the military should not be disadvantaged and that this was part of the military covenant. I am afraid that is not working out in practice. We know—it is always correct—that where new...

European Council - Statement (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, could I ask the noble Baroness a question on the migration issues? The guiding rules are those in the Dublin agreement, but that is just not working and has not worked. In fact, a whole industry has been set up by smugglers who are making vast fortunes. While it is welcome that a number of arrests have been made, that is merely a drop in the ocean. Do the Government intend to press...

Scottish Independence Referendum - Private Notice Question (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: My Lords, is it not the case that nationalists in Northern Ireland have welcomed the decision of the Scottish Government, and are now trying to see whether they could have a pincer movement and have both referenda at the same time? Is it not clear that the Government are going to have to take a much more robust position? Will the Minister confirm that neither a Scottish referendum nor a...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Empey: I am obliged to the noble Lord. Would he not confirm that, even going back to 1998, one of the principal objectors to drawing a line or trying to treat everybody equally was the Army? It did not wish to be treated in the same way as terrorists who were being prosecuted. It wrote to the Government at the time, objecting strongly to being treated in the same way as ex-paramilitary prisoners. I...


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