Amendment 20

Environment Bill - Report (2nd Day) – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 8 September 2021.

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Baroness Parminter:

Moved by Baroness Parminter

20: Clause 19, page 12, line 4, leave out paragraphs (a) and (b)Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment removes the exceptions for armed forces, defence policy, tax, spending and resources from the requirement to have due regard to the policy statement on environmental principles.

Photo of Baroness Parminter Baroness Parminter Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee, Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee

My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have supported my amendment, and the Minister for his response. His comments on the Treasury reiterated the point about flexibility. This Government have got to decide either that nature is a macroeconomic consideration that they want to take seriously, or that it is not.

Secondly, regarding his comments about the MoD, when again, he reiterated the points about flexibility, we had no answer to the question asked in Committee by the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett. The MoD is obliged to take the requirements of the Climate Change Act into consideration; it should have to do the same for this Bill. It is not right that the Government are not prepared to do this. The noble Lord, Lord Khan, summed this up well when he said that by not taking forward this amendment, the Government are sending out all the wrong signals to businesses and the public. I therefore wish to test the opinion of the House.

Ayes 184, Noes 182.

Division number 2 Environment Bill - Report (2nd Day) — Amendment 20

Aye: 184 Members of the House of Lords

No: 182 Members of the House of Lords

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Amendment 20 agreed.

Amendment 21 not moved.

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