Canlyniadau 1–20 o 64 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Ricketts

Defence Spending - Statement (25 Ebr 2024)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, there is an intriguing sentence in the Statement: that we are now producing “a new plan that for the first time brings together the civil and military planning for how we would respond to the most severe risks that our country faces I would have thought that the 1998 defence review by the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, and the post-2010 strategic defence and security review tried to...

Foreign Affairs - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Maw 2024)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I welcome the debate and the great energy and purpose that the Foreign Secretary has brought to his role, ably supported of course by the noble Lord, Lord Ahmad, and the talents of the Foreign Office staff. They have increased the impact and influence of British foreign policy. Five months after the awful Hamas attack, we must not lose our sense of horror at the incessant images...

Ukraine - Statement (29 Chw 2024)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I welcome the Statement and the leadership role the Government have played in supporting Ukraine from the very beginning. I also welcomed this week the fact that the final obstacles to Sweden joining NATO have been cleared, which is another powerful strengthening of the alliance as a result of Putin’s invasion. The House of Lords European Affairs Committee, which I have the...

AUKUS Security Partnership - Question (13 Chw 2024)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, speaking as another member of the club of those on Mr Putin’s blacklist, I welcome the AUKUS agreement but ask whether the Minister will accept that the handling of the French was pretty catastrophic? Does he accept that France is a major Indo-Pacific power and that now, when those bruises have perhaps healed somewhat, there is time to work with the French as well in the...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Humanitarian Situation - Statement ( 9 Tach 2023)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I commend the Minister for the huge effort he is putting into efforts to reduce the tension, as have other Ministers. I also support the Government on humanitarian pauses, which I believe is the best and only practical first step. The Minister will be aware that Mr Netanyahu has spoken about Israel retaining overall security responsibility for Gaza when the fighting stops. Does he...

Asylum Applications Backlog - Question ( 6 Med 2023)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, does the Minister accept that up to a third of the funds intended for overseas development assistance are being spent on the accommodation of asylum seekers, who are unable to work? Does he agree that reducing the backlog of asylum seekers would free up money to spend on overseas development, which is such an important part of Britain’s overseas reputation?

Situation in Russia and Ukraine Recovery Conference - Statements (26 Meh 2023)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I too congratulate the Government on the success of the reconstruction conference last week. The timing of that conference looks even more prescient this week than it did last week. The spectacle we saw last weekend must surely have shown the whole world that Putin is a weak, indecisive leader at the head of a corrupt and chaotic country. I completely agree with the Government that...

Carrier Strike Group - Question ( 6 Chw 2023)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, the UK and France are the two European nations with more than carrier strike capability, along with Indo-Pacific nations. We have a UK-France summit coming up on 10 March. Is there any intention to announce co-ordinated deployments of our carrier strike capabilities towards the Far East?

Execution of Alireza Akbari - Statement (18 Ion 2023)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, on the issue of what practically can be done, is there no way of having further sanctions on Iran to constrain its capacity to build these kamikaze drones, which have been supplied to Russia and which Russia has been using to kill thousands of civilians? Might the British Government take the initiative in that area and bring the international community together to constrain this...

National Security Bill - Second Reading ( 6 Rha 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I rise from what has clearly become the securocrats Bench. I am able to speak pretty briefly, because I agree very much with what my two colleagues have said. Some very powerful speeches have been made already about the need to update our national security legislation in a changing world, and I am personally very encouraged by the breadth of agreement across the House on that. I...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (11 Hyd 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, in making foreign policy, it is a good idea to think about who you might have as an ally before taking the initiative. The only world leader I can think of who might raise a cheer if this Bill became law is Vladimir Putin, because it would sow division and discord among key members of the alliance supporting Ukraine. I note the Minister’s careful emphasis on technical discussions...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (18 Mai 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, wars simplify and clarify. They oblige every country involved to make choices about what its essential interests are and how to protect them. Speaking of clarity, it must be increasingly clear, even to President Putin, that he has made a massive strategic error in launching the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. The myth of Russian military prowess has exploded....

Beyond Brexit: Policing, Law Enforcement and Security (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (11 Maw 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I thank all the participants in our debate this morning, which has been substantive and wide-ranging. The details are certainly technical, but the subject is vital for the security of citizens in this country and in the EU. I start by thanking the Minister. We are all aware of the huge load that she is carrying with three major pieces of legislation on her plate and a series of late...

Beyond Brexit: Policing, Law Enforcement and Security (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (11 Maw 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, we are debating today one aspect of the security of the United Kingdom: the state of law enforcement and judicial co-operation with the EU. But we are doing so against the backdrop of Russia mounting the most serious aggression that we have seen in Europe since the Second World War. Every day, we see new horrors on our television screens. I regret personally that we have had so...

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (25 Chw 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, it is a real pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Sedwill and be the first to congratulate him on his powerful and eloquent maiden speech—a really important contribution to this very serious debate today. The whole House has seen in one shot the expertise and wisdom that he brings to our debates. He has been a colleague and friend for many years. I think I can say that he is...

School Trips: Passport and Visa Requirements - Question ( 2 Chw 2022)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, is the issue here not really about maintaining the deep web of human relationships between our country and our near neighbours into the period when we are no longer in the EU? I have had many conversations with French people who have said that coming here was their first contact with abroad, it made a deep and lasting impression and it led to a lifetime’s friendship with the UK....

AUKUS - Statement (16 Med 2021)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s Statement. This is clearly a major strategic development and it will take time to digest all the implications of it. In the first place, it builds on a 50-year defence partnership with Australia on nuclear-powered submarines, with the United States. That is welcome. However, there are implications for our other allies, most particularly the French. The...

Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note (18 Aws 2021)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I join the noble Lord, Lord Jay, in paying tribute to the work of Sir Laurie Bristow and the British embassy team in Kabul during these dangerous days. I also fully agree with other noble Lords who have spoken about the need for Britain to be a major player in the looming humanitarian crisis and for a resettlement scheme which enables large numbers to come quickly to this country,...

G7 and NATO Summits - Statement (17 Meh 2021)

Lord Ricketts: My Lords, I congratulate the organisers of the G7 summit on their practical arrangements and welcome the outcome of the NATO summit. The major democracies really have found their collective voice again, even if the opportunity for the UK to send a signal in Cornwall that we were working in unison with our friends on the big global issues was spoiled by the Prime Minister engaging in a very...


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