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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (12 Jul 2021)

Reported killings of civilian protestors in Columbia and potential breach of its government's commitments to respect human rights and democratic principles – Lord Browne of Ladyton. Oral questions; 1:00 pm

Female Offender Strategy - Question (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, on the issue of joined-up government, and as Rory Stewart understood, at the heart of the strategy is a recommendation for three cross-government implementation groups to address the complex needs of vulnerable prisoners. One was set up in June 2018 but quietly stood down in 2019. How many of the three recommended groups are in existence today? If none, is it any wonder that the...

G7 and NATO Summits - Statement (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, this has been an extraordinary week of summits. Two questions on the ambitions of the integrated review arise from the concluding statements. First, the US and the EU at their summit committed to co-ordinate policies and actions and to establish a US-EU high-level dialogue on and with Russia. With whom does the UK plan to pursue its interests vis-à-vis Russia? Will it be along with...

Libel and Defamation Cases: Cost to Public Funds - Question (14 Jun 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, as well as concern that English law is still being abused by threats and court action from powerful individuals against journalists and authors reporting on financial crime and corruption, there is credible evidence of women who have alleged abuse facing libel threats and actions from wealthy men as it has proved an effective way to shut women up. Does not the defence of legitimate...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, as MP for Kilmarnock, the home of Johnnie Walker, I lobbied for the lifting of all tariffs on Scotch whisky, so I welcome an FTA with Australia that removes that 5% tariff—but not at the price of unfettered access on beef and lamb, which NFU Scotland says will devastate family farms and is wholly unacceptable to farmers and crofters. Bearing in mind what Brexit has done to the...

Environment Bill - Second Reading (7 Jun 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I draw attention to my entry in the register, in particular my involvement with the BioRISC initiative at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. The UK has positioned itself as a world leader on environmental issues, and now it must deliver. I welcome the arrival of the Bill, however late, but, like other speakers, I recognise that significant work needs to be done if it is to...

Post Office Update - Statement (24 May 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, some of these wrongful convictions go back to 2003—a wait for some of nearly 20 years for justice. The delay can be explained in part by the Post Office cover-up and its contesting of cases for as long as possible. However, this is also an egregious, systemic failure of the criminal justice system. What is being done to stop it happening again, especially with regard to the...

Environmental Land Management Schemes - Question (24 May 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I join in the words of welcome to the Minister. Some 30% of farmland in England is let to tenant farmers. Published survey evidence reveals a lack of confidence and willingness among them to participate in the SFI pilot. Their association spokesperson said that “tenant farmers are concerned that DEFRA does not fully understand or appreciate the diversity of land management models...

Biomass Electricity Subsidies: Deforestation - Question (20 May 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the Minister has confirmed that the Government accept the principle that a scheme designed to reduce emissions needs to account fully for all emissions generated by it and must not cause environmental destruction, and therefore a loss of biodiversity. As there appears to be credible evidence to the contrary, and as he has assured your Lordships’ House that UK production of biomass...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 May 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I congratulate both of my noble friends Lord Coaker and Lord Morse on excellent maiden speeches. I am privileged to know both well and know that they will make valuable and valued contributions to the work of your Lordships’ House. I draw attention to my entry in the register of interests, particularly the reference to my relationship with St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 May 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: I am finished, my Lords.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol - Question (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, Northern Ireland was promised the best of both worlds, but trade with the rest of the United Kingdom has reduced, not increased. Loyalists and unionists sense that they have no effective voice and that Whitehall was not honest about the consequences of Brexit. Government at the highest level must take responsibility; it must allow local politics to regain the initiative, rebuild...

Post Office Court of Appeal Judgment - Statement (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the Metropolitan Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into Fujitsu workers after Mr Justice Fraser wrote to the DPP expressing grave concern about the evidence provided in earlier court hearings. Does what we already know about this appalling miscarriage of justice not justify a wider police investigation? Will the Government not call for one?

Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy - Motion to Take Note (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, I declare my interest as vice-chair of and consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In the other place, Tobias Ellwood, anticipating the visit of General Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, said: “our special relationship requires work.” Predicting warm words about the special relationship and our planned investment in “special forces, cyber and space resilience,”—[...

Planning: Net Zero Emissions Targets - Question (19 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the Government’s policy of incentivising a housebuilding boom could contradict their net-zero ambitions. Some time ago, the Committee on Climate Change recommended that the Government develop policies to minimise the whole-life carbon impact of new buildings. What progress has been made in this area? How would the Minister describe how the Government envisage the role for the...

Crown Courts: Outstanding Cases - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, in a Written Question on 17 December, my honourable friend Alex Norris asked the Secretary of State for Justice “what assessment he has made of trends in the level of defendants offending while awaiting delayed court dates.” On 15 January, the dismissive one-sentence reply was: “We do not hold any data on offences committed by offenders.” Is data about the number of...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup. Not for the first time, I found his contribution compelling and I hope the Minister did as well. During the passage of this legislation, it has become clear that the application of this six-year unextendable deadline for claims by members of our own Armed Forces— principally against the MoD—is probably...

Youth Justice System - Question (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, when there is an admission of guilt and the offender is under 18 at the date of disposal, there is a strong presumption in favour of diverting to an out-of-court disposal. This does not apply if the offender reaches their 18th birthday after the crime occurred but before their first court appearance. Does the Minister not agree that that is arbitrary, unjust and probably not in the...

Independent Review of Administrative Law Update - Statement (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the former head of the Government Legal Service, Sir Jonathan Jones, as quoted in the Law Society Gazette, that: “The review doesn’t bear out the suggestion that there has been significant judicial overreach or a surge of cases in recent years, or that large numbers of unmeritorious cases are being allowed to proceed”? If so, why does the Statement...

China: Treatment of Uighurs and Taiwanese Airspace Incursions - Question (18 Mar 2021)

Lord Browne of Ladyton: My Lords, the Minister surprised me with a catalogue of compelling evidence, revealed in yesterday’s BEIS Committee report, that many major companies with large footprints in the UK are complicit in the forced labour of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Does he agree that a Minister-led campaign of business engagement—as the noble Lord the Minister of State at the FCDO proposed on 19 January at...


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