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Education: Climate Change Science - Question (16 May 2019)

Lord Rooker: In which case, will the Minister locate some tip-top teachers in schools who are providing the science on climate change to our young citizens, and invite them to come to this place for a day to teach the climate change deniers in this House what the young people are being taught? They were conspicuous by their absence in the recent debate; clearly they do not have the confidence to put their...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Motion to Take Note (2 May 2019)

Lord Rooker: My Lords, I am grateful for the privilege of kicking off the debate this morning, and I am grateful to everyone who has contributed. I want to say one thing: it was no accident that at no time in my speech did I refer to any specific political party. I am not interested in Labour or Tory targets; this issue has to transcend the parties so that we do not get a gap, as we have had over the last...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Motion to Take Note (2 May 2019)

Lord Rooker: My Lords, I say at the outset how I pleased I am to notice that the noble Lord, Lord Deben, and the noble Baroness, Lady Brown of Cambridge, are on the speakers’ list. Global warming is the ultimate world crisis with specific national dimensions. A warning 30 years ago spoke of the “insidious danger” of, “the prospect of irretrievable damage to the atmosphere, the oceans, to the earth...

Brexit: Food Prices and Availability (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: I would like to give the Minister an opportunity. It would be quite acceptable to me and, I am sure, the rest of the House if he withdrew that answer and gave a more considered one. One way or another, that answer makes it quite clear that unregulated food products that do not meet our regulations—once the doors open others will try it—will come into this country. That is something that...

Brexit: Food Prices and Availability (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: My Lords, this has been an incredibly interesting debate. I had better declare an interest first in being a member of the EU sub-committee. The only relevant interest that I have to declare is that I recently chaired an egg summit for the country’s largest retailer. This is only a guest appearance: my noble friend Lady Jones of Whitchurch cannot be present this afternoon and I said that I...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: My Lords, I did not hear much compromise in that last speech. The only reason we are here discussing this Bill is lack of trust and compromise throughout the whole process. We have just heard the embodiment of it, which was different from many of the other speeches over the last three and a half hours—they have been, as someone said, much pleasanter than what we might call the afternoon...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: Dirty Russian money flooding into London, which allegedly funded part of the campaign on digital media, is a serious issue. We in this country have not taken it as seriously as the Americans have started to take it. One only has to look at the material that comes out of the Khodorkovsky Center and what happens in parts of London. We have taken legal powers, but we have not taken enough action...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: Yes. The NFU has been the quiet dog on this issue for three years. It never had a position on Brexit. It did not campaign—it was split. Many took one view and many took another. I know NFU members, ex-presidents, who worked their socks off travelling the country, trying to organise for remain. But the organisation was split—it never put its corporate voice into the debate.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: Yes, I absolutely agree, and I applaud the role that the new president has taken.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: I am grateful to the noble Lord. My very last point—it is my very last point, because it follows from what I said earlier—is about the warning from police chiefs this morning about the language being used. We have heard it here today: “betrayal” and “stealing”. The police have warned us not to use that kind of language because, in this sensitive area, it is almost inciting people...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: My Lords, I have been present for every speech today. I was sorely tempted to intervene on the odd one or two, but I kept reminding myself that I have to be diplomatic and brief during Second Reading and not upset anybody. I was always under pressure, thinking that, somewhere in this building—or on the estate—lots of meetings would be going on, trying to sort out or ease our clear...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: Yes, he did. I have kept away from the debate on Northern Ireland. I had one year there as a direct rule Minister dealing with very much domestic issues. I know the sensitivities of the language used when you are there, what you talk about and how you discuss things with the five political parties. It is pretty serious, but the present situation in Northern Ireland is unacceptable to the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Eggs: Imports (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Rooker: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Gardiner of Kimble to Lord Cunningham of Felling on 19 March (HL Deb, col 1365), how that response is consistent with (1) their recent announcement on farming tariffs, and (2) the operation of Council Regulation (EC) No 5/2001 of 19 December 2000 amending Regulation (EEC) No 1907/90 on certain marketing standards for eggs.

Holiday Accommodation - Question (19 Mar 2019)

Lord Rooker: I say to the Minister that there is no legislation to be reviewed because there is no legislation—in England it is voluntary. Wales passed legislation; so did Northern Ireland. When I launched the scheme, as chair of the Food Standards Agency, in December 2010, the plan was to get every local authority to join voluntarily. By about three years ago they all had. It does not cost anything to...


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