Results 141–160 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

Exiting the European Union - Statement (5 Sep 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the Minister will not be surprised to hear me raise the core question of the relationship with the Republic of Ireland. Has he received any representations from the Irish Government to the effect that they feel that our decision to leave Europe is a breach of, or threat to, the Belfast agreement? Will he give the House an assurance that the Government remain totally committed to...

Poverty - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Bird, has in his own right done something extremely positive by creating a mechanism whereby individuals can find their way out of poverty and, hopefully, reach a point where they can be gainfully employed. Poverty, as has been said, is not easy to define, but anybody who has run a constituency advice centre in a deprived area over the years very soon learns...

Crown Dependencies - Question (12 Jul 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have specific relations with the Irish Republic through our treaties that were developed as part of the peace process in 1998, and that those relationships would need to be dealt with separately, as well as the relationships with the rest of the European Union? Are the Government aware of the significance and...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Jun 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I take this opportunity to thank the participants in this debate. First, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Brennan, for his vivid and chilling explanation of the actual effects of Semtex, and his dealing with the stance of the United States in 2008, the successor-state liability principle and of course the fact that Congress forced the settlement. The words of my colleague and noble...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Jun 2016)

Lord Empey: I thank the noble Lord for his, as usual, helpful intervention. As a former long-serving chair of the Northern Ireland Select Committee in the other place, he knows the subject well. I have it absolutely clear, and we all know the rules as regards Private Members’ Bills. We know what we are doing and we know what it is about. I would be delighted to sit down with the Minister and look at...

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Jun 2016)

Lord Empey: I am deeply grateful to the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, for that very helpful intervention. Bill read a second time and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Jun 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, this is the second consecutive year that I have drawn No. 1 in the ballot for Private Members’ Bills.

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Jun 2016)

Lord Empey: Fifty-one Members put Bills forward in this year alone, so assuming a similar number did so last year, the odds were very high indeed. So I wish to place on record my thanks to the Legislation Office of the House, and to Nicole Mason in particular, for turning our scribblings into a real Bill in such a short time. I will be trying, if I am spared, for a hat trick next year. The Bill is not...

Voter Registration - Question (12 May 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland has the highest rate of participation from young people, at 83%. It is an independent body but is now, sadly under threat. The unions are currently balloting for strike action because of a proposal to close the six offices and retreat to one in Belfast. Thus, the schools outreach programme, which has been so successful, is being threatened...

Armed Forces Bill - Third Reading (5 May 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, this Bill is on a much smaller scale than the one introduced five years ago, which dealt with the whole concept of the covenant and included very complicated and very necessary commitments. I am very pleased that even this week the Minister has pursued those issues by engaging with the House and making us aware of developments in that area. Frequently, pieces of legislation are...

Armed Forces Bill - Report (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: Before the Minister sits down, he has indicated that the Government are going to conduct a review, but there is a conflict between what the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, and the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, are saying with regard to the public confidence issue. I personally have never been confronted with that issue. As a serving officer, the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, is in the same...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: Once again, I thank the Minister for his comments and thank other noble Lords who have participated in this. As with the Minister, it is great to see the noble Lord, Lord Murphy of Torfaen, at the Dispatch Box once again. He knows his onions when it comes to this subject. The Minister is right that Standing Orders may not be the only mechanism. I do not care what the mechanism is, to be...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: I am obliged to the Minister for his response. I would point out to the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames, and others that I and my party will take any legislative opportunity that we can to put this case forward. It should be drawn to people’s attention that the current legislation was introduced during direct rule. Had there been devolution at that time, there would not have been...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, this amendment was moved in the other place. It is on the back of the fact that a series of pledges were included in the Stormont House agreement, to which people were asked to commit before they took office as Ministers and Assembly Members, relating to a series of things that I have no difficulty with, although I said at Second Reading that I had little faith in commitments...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I will take this opportunity first to remind noble Lords of our contributions at Second Reading. The co-called Stormont House agreement is a two-stage rocket. The first stage took place in 2014. Of course, even in 2015 a large part of the discussions rested on legacy issues and not on the issues contained in the Bill. So the Bill is largely devoid of the matters that were discussed...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, as usual, the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, has an uncanny habit of putting his finger on something that sparks a series of comments. I am no lawyer or expert in these matters. All I can say is that, when we came to the Belfast agreement in 1998, no agreement would have been reached had the constitution of the Irish Republic remained as it was. We had the issue of Articles 2 and 3, which...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Committee (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, I take this opportunity to support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, who touched on a number of very significant points. Noble Lords need to understand that this commission was appointed as a mechanism following the very severe events that took place last summer, which nearly brought the whole show down. A number of people have found that the appointment of this body...

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill - Second Reading (12 Apr 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, before speaking on the detail of the Bill, perhaps I may take this opportunity to thank the Minister for his engagement with Members of your Lordships’ House over the past few months while we have been working our way up to this point. It is welcome to have that engagement because it is helpful, and as the Minister has indicated, it will continue tomorrow and no doubt in the days...

Battle of the Somme: Centenary — Question for Short Debate (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Empey: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Lexden as usual has done us all a great service by drawing our attention to one of the most significant events of the First World War. Mention has been made of the 36th Ulster Division and the 16th Irish Division. It is true to say that there is virtually not a school, town or village hall that does not have a memorial, some of them very substantial in size. Let...


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