Results 21–40 of 400 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 Dunlop

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

Lord Dunlop: Under the Belfast agreement, arrangements are set out for the circumstances in which a border poll could be held. However, the Secretary of State has made it clear that the conditions for such a poll are not currently satisfied.

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

Lord Dunlop: The Secretary of State has made it clear that there is a period between now and Easter—when obviously the House of Commons will be in recess. What determines the timescale is the very clear statement that, if we can get agreement, when the House returns legislation can then be introduced, as set out in the Statement.

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

Lord Dunlop: I say to my noble friend that, as the Statement said, should the talks fail in their objectives, the Government will have to consider all options. It would be right to keep an open mind at this point on those.

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

Lord Dunlop: I agree with the noble Lord. I have the highest regard for the Civil Service, but I am sure that we would all agree that elected politicians should be taking decisions about public services and public spending. With regard to direct rule, our experience in the past has been that, when the institutions are suspended and we move into a period of direct rule, we have not come out of that period...

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

Lord Dunlop: We have been able to create this window of opportunity, but it is only a window. This cannot drag on indefinitely, for the reasons that I have said. Decisions need to be taken about the budget and the allocation of the budget. As the Statement says, there is a need to set a regional rate and that binds the time period in which we are operating.

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

Lord Dunlop: I understand what the noble Lord, Lord Empey, said. It is a matter of fact that there have been round table discussions on issues like the Programme for Government and budget setting which were chaired by the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. As regards the process going forward, that is something which my right honourable friend the Secretary of State is actively exploring with the...

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

Lord Dunlop: I do not want to speculate on what might happen afterwards. Our focus is on the talks that we want to hold in the hours and days ahead.

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

Lord Dunlop: I do not want to repeat what I have said already about the Prime Minister’s involvement and I am afraid that I am not privy to her forward diary, so I cannot answer the noble Lord’s question directly.

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

Lord Dunlop: First, I thank the noble Lord and the noble Baroness for their comments. I agree with many of the sentiments they expressed. I think that the whole House will agree that the people we should have in the forefront of our mind today are the people of Northern Ireland. In the recent Assembly elections they voted overwhelmingly for strong, stable and inclusive devolved government, and it will be...

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with permission I shall repeat a Statement made by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the other place. The Statement is as follows: “Since the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2 March, I have been engaged in intensive talks with the political parties and the Irish Government, in line with the well-established three-stranded approach....

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

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, a little over two years ago people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of our United Kingdom in a referendum. The UK Government remain of the view that there should not be a further referendum on independence. Even at this late hour we call on the Scottish Government to take it off the table. Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the...

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

Lord Dunlop: I am sure that the noble Lord received a very good Scottish education. Regarding the negotiations, Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday that she wanted the UK to get a good deal. I can think of nothing more calculated to undermine the achievement of a good deal than holding a divisive and disruptive independence referendum during the last six months of one of the most important peacetime...

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

Lord Dunlop: I know that the noble Lord’s reputation goes before him, so I thank him for that offer. I strongly agree with what he said. We must respect the result of the independence referendum that took place in 2014. As Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon said, it was a once-in-a-generation vote. Both sides signed the Edinburgh agreement, which committed to respect that result. Only two-and-a-half years...

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

Lord Dunlop: The UK Government and the Prime Minister could not be clearer: we do not think there that should be a further referendum on independence, for all the reasons that the noble Lord and others have given. Even at this late stage, the Scottish Government can and should take that referendum off the table.

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

Lord Dunlop: I very much agree with my noble friend. The Prime Minister will work tirelessly to secure the best possible deal for the whole UK and, as she has said, for every part of it. This is a time to work together to that end, not to sow division and difference.

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

Lord Dunlop: Yes, I agree with the noble Baroness. I meet many Scottish businesses and have yet to find one which thinks that it is a good idea to engender such uncertainty by calling for another independence referendum. It should be a matter of concern for all of us that the economic data for Scotland show that the Scottish economy is lagging behind the rest of the UK. Those data started coming out...

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

Lord Dunlop: The problem for us is an SNP Government, with their one-track mind, using the pretext of Brexit to pursue their obsession with taking Scotland out of the United Kingdom. We know that the UK market is worth four times more to Scottish businesses than the EU market.

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

Lord Dunlop: Some very positive investment announcements have been made regarding the Clyde. It is the centre of excellence for surface warship building and that would not happen if Scotland were ripped out of the United Kingdom.

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

Lord Dunlop: I have made the position on a Scottish referendum absolutely clear. With regard to Northern Ireland, there are clear mechanisms under the Belfast agreement for the holding of a border poll. My right honourable friend the Northern Ireland Secretary has been very clear that the conditions for such a poll do not exist.

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

Lord Dunlop: All political debates should take place with courtesy and respect; the Government would obviously want to promote and uphold that. The key question here, however, is whether there should be another Scottish independence referendum. The Government are absolutely clear that there should not be.


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