Results 61–80 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 Assembly Election - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend. As I said when I repeated the Statement last week, the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is clearly set out in the Belfast agreement and the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The UK Government will absolutely meet their commitment and respect fully the constitutional position that is set out in the agreement and in that Act.

Northern Ireland Assembly Election - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord. Clearly, we will look at all ideas and suggestions for finding a way through that, and I will certainly reflect on what he said.

Northern Ireland Assembly Election - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I can only agree very much with what the noble Lord said. I hope that all the parties in Northern Ireland will heed what he said and move forward in that spirit.

Northern Ireland Assembly Election - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, I say first how grateful I am for the comments of the noble Lord and the noble Baroness. I understand the disappointment that will be felt on all sides of the House and all sides of the community in Northern Ireland at the situation that we find ourselves in. I give an absolute assurance to the House that the Secretary of State is aware of his responsibility to continue to take...

Northern Ireland Assembly Election - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: Mr Speaker, with permission I will 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: “Mr Speaker, with permission, I should like to make a Statement regarding the forthcoming elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. As the House is aware, Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister of...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: Regarding the election, I think the Statement makes it clear that there is a risk that that does not provide the solution we are looking for and that it would deepen the divisions. That is why the Secretary of State’s immediate priority is to use the period that we have in the coming hours and days—the seven-day period—to see, in active discussion with all the political parties, whether...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: The legacy bodies that were envisaged by the Stormont House agreement do potentially provide a viable, balanced and proportionate way forward, recognising, as I said, that the status quo is very unsatisfactory. I am sorry for repeating this again, but the reason why the Secretary of the State is so focused on using this period to talk to all the parties to see whether there is a way through...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: At the risk of repeating myself again, that is the focus of the activity that the Secretary of State will be involved in over the coming hours and days during this seven-day period, to see whether we can find a way through. The noble Lord is absolutely right: we need a functioning Executive to deal with all the very pressing issues that will be of huge importance to Northern Ireland. Yes,...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I note what the noble Lord says about the change in the method of selecting the First and Deputy First Ministers, and I acknowledge his long-standing position on this. However, as the Secretary of State made clear in the other place, the focus now must be on exploring whether there is any basis for resolving the current issues. There is huge support in Northern Ireland for devolution. The...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I am grateful to the noble Lord. I am sure he is absolutely right that, in this situation, we want the parties working together. The Secretary of State is very focused on doing that over the coming period. The noble Lord opposite made the suggestion that the Secretary of State might issue a formal invitation to a round table, and I am sure that initiatives of that sort will be considered by...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I absolutely agree that we must, as I said in earlier remarks, strain every sinew to find a way forward. Clearly, there is contact with the Irish Government, but we must respect the constitutional priorities. What has given rise to this situation is the RHI scheme, which is a devolved matter. The constitutional position of Northern Ireland is clearly set out in the Belfast agreement and we...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend. As I said, obviously there has been close contact with the Irish Foreign Minister—but, as he rightly points out, we need to respect the constitutional proprieties, and the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is clearly set out in the Belfast agreement. As for the timing, there is a seven-day period, after which the Secretary of State is obliged to call an...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: Certainly, the sentiments of this House will be heard loud and clear. I hope that it is clear from the Statement that I have repeated today the gravity and seriousness that the Government attach to these matters and therefore the priority that we will give to them. In the discussions that the Secretary of State will have, he will obviously explore all avenues to see what might be helpful in...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord for his contribution. One can never predict the implications of elections. The Statement simply sets out the widely held view that an election may deepen divisions and threaten the continuity of devolved institutions. Clearly, we need to work and redouble our efforts to find a resolution, as I have already said.

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: I am very grateful to the noble Lord and the noble Baroness for their remarks and, in particular, for all the thanks that the noble Lord expressed to all those who have played such an important part in the peace process over the years. I am also very grateful for the support they have given the Government in seeking a resolution to very difficult issues. This is a time to come together and...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (10 Jan 2017)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with permission, I will 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: “Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a Statement about the political situation in Northern Ireland. As the House will be aware, yesterday Martin McGuinness submitted his resignation as Deputy First...

Scottish Government: Welfare - Question (19 Dec 2016)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, we have made significant progress to transfer the welfare powers in the Scotland Act 2016. Eleven provisions are already in force, including new powers for the Scottish Parliament to create new benefits in devolved areas and top up any reserved benefits. The UK Government remain committed to a safe and secure transfer of powers, and the joint ministerial working group on welfare...

Scottish Government: Welfare - Question (19 Dec 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I certainly recall what the noble Lord says, and I have a degree of sympathy with what he is saying. It is clear that the Scottish Government are having to face up to the reality that demanding the devolution of more powers is not the same as being able to use those powers effectively. If you want to replace existing programmes, you need first to know what you are replacing them with. The...

Scottish Government: Welfare - Question (19 Dec 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I certainly think that the realities of devolving welfare powers put into context the assertion of the then First Minister of Scotland, who said that an independent Scottish state could be established within 18 months. We have seen some of the domestic policy record; two weeks ago, we learned that Scotland’s schools had recorded their worst ever performance in PISA tests since those were...

Scottish Government: Welfare - Question (19 Dec 2016)

Lord Dunlop: I am inclined to agree with my noble friend.


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