MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates Brexit and the Union

Source: British House Of Lords News

16 January 2019
Members of the Lords, including a constitutional advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland and an advisory council member of national debate forum These Islands, will debate the possible effects of Brexit on the stability of the Union of the parts of the United Kingdom, in the House of Lords on Thursday 17 January.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Lisvane (Crossbench), former chief executive of the House of Commons.
Members expected to take part include:
Lord Empey (Ulster Unionist Party), former Lord Mayor of Belfast and member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for exiting the EU and constitutional affairs
Lord Hay of Ballyore (Democratic Unionist Party), president of the Northern Ireland Assembly branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Lord McInnes of Kilwinning (Conservative), constitutional advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve (Crossbench), member of the advisory council for national debate forum These Islands
Lord Thomas of Gresford (Liberal Democrat), former Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Welsh Affairs
Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru), former leader of the opposition in the National Assembly for Wales
Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Cabinet Office, will respond on behalf of the government.
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Former Defence Secretary gives evidence on nuclear issues

Source: British Parliament News

11 January 2019
The International Relations Committee takes evidence on nuclear risk, the challenges facing the current non-proliferation regime, the UK Position on the on the Ban Treaty, and the UK approach to the 2020 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Witnesses
Wednesday 16 January in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
At 11.50am
The Rt Hon Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Secretary of State for Defence (2006-2008), Vice-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Issues to be discussed include:
The current level of nuclear risk
The effects of the development of new technologies on the global nuclear diplomacy
The challenges facing the non-proliferation regime from Iran and North Korea
The role of Russia in destabilisation of the non-proliferation regime
The UK’s approach to the Ban Treaty
The UK’s position ahead of the 2020 NPT Review Conference

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MIL-OSI UK: Minister for Middle East to give evidence on Yemen

Source: British Parliament News

11 January 2019
The House of Lords International Relations Committee will hold a special evidence session on recent Yemen peace talks and the UK’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Witnesses
Wednesday 16 January in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster
At 10.40am
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development
Possible questions
How is the UK supporting the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and discussion on the outstanding humanitarian issues?
What are your expectations for the next round of negotiations, and what will be the major issues for discussion?
What is your assessment of the current humanitarian situation in Yemen, and what is the UK doing to meet Yemen’s humanitarian needs?
The former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, told the Committee in January 2017 the when considering international humanitarian law, the UK was “still narrowly on the right side” of the threshold when considering the provision of arms to Saudi Arabia. Does this remain the Government’s view?

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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates developments in Western Balkans

Source: British House Of Lords News

09 January 2019
Members of the Lords, including a former member of the UN Secretary-General High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change and a former senior special adviser to the Foreign Secretary, will debate developments in the Western Balkans and the threat posed by instability and insecurity in that region, in the House of Lords on Thursday 10 January.

This is a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
This debate will take place in the Moses Room, a room outside the Lords chamber used to host extra work. Any member can attend and participate, as with debates in the Lords chamber.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Helic (Conservative), former senior special adviser to the Foreign Secretary
Members expected to take part include:
Baroness Anelay of St Johns (Conservative), former minister of state for the Commonwealth and the UN in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Lord Browne of Ladyton (Labour), director VERTIC, support organisation for effective verification of international agreements
Lord Hannay of Chiswick (Crossbench), former member of the UN Secretary-General High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change
Earl of Sandwich (Crossbench), adviser to humanitarian aid organisation CARE International
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), minister of state in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will respond on behalf of the government.
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates reconciliation in British foreign policy

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including a member of the Lords International Relations Committee and the Labour spokesperson for international development, will debate the role of reconciliation in British foreign, defence and international development policy, in the House of Lords on Friday 14 December.

This is a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (Bishops).
Members expected to take part include:
Earl Howe (Conservative), minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, will respond on behalf of the government.
Further information
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