Baroness Byford

Former Conservative Peer

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Recent appearances

  • Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 28 4 Mar 2020

    My Lords, I looked at this very carefully as it is a fairly concise amendment. I picked up on the three words—and indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, has kindly enlarged and reflected upon them—“any public authority”. That, to me, is huge, as there are so many different aspects of public authority. It goes on to say “having any function relating to fish and aquaculture activities...
  • Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 5 2 Mar 2020

    My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response, and the two other noble Lords for supporting—in principle, I think—the ideas behind this amendment. Obviously, we look forward to looking at theirs in greater detail as well. The one thing that slightly concerns me, as the Minister rightly said, is that there is no one size that fits all. I understand that but, on the other hand, if we have...
  • Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 5 2 Mar 2020

    My Lords, I have the great pleasure of speaking to the amendments standing in my name and that of my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern. Unfortunately, he is delayed. He had hoped to arrive in time, but I have the pleasure of moving the amendment anyway. Together, the two amendments call for collaborative working on the Bill. While in our earlier discussions we asked whether...

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Former Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1996

Left the House of Lords on 5 May 2020

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU Environment Sub-Committee (23 Apr 2020 to 5 May 2020)
  • Member, EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee (2 Jul 2019 to 23 Apr 2020)
  • Member, Draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill Committee (29 Nov 2018 to 31 Mar 2019)
  • Member, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 13 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Information Committee (Lords) (23 Jun 2015 to 31 Aug 2016)
  • Member, EU Sub Committee D - Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy (5 Feb 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, EU Sub Committee D - Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy (17 May 2012 to 10 Oct 2012)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee D - Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (22 Jun 2010 to 16 May 2012)
  • Member, Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee) (13 May 2008 to 22 Jul 2008)
  • Shadow Minister (Food & Rural Affairs), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (16 Dec 2005 to 6 Jul 2007)
  • Spokespersons In the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (20 May 2005 to 16 Dec 2005)
  • Spokespersons In the Lords, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment & Transport (9 May 2005 to 20 May 2005)
  • Spokespersons In the Lords, Environment and Transport (22 Feb 2005 to 9 May 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Environment and Transport (6 Jul 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Environment & Transport (10 May 2004 to 6 Jul 2004)

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