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Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Goodwill

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wakefield (Mary Creagh), on whose Environmental Audit Committee I served until March this year, when I was called back to the Front Bench, but here I am again back on the Back Benches. For many years, our core environmental policies had been jointly agreed at EU level, with proposals from the European Commission being amended and confirmed...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Indeed. We now have the freedom to do that. The hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) was worried about incinerators being built in his constituency, but it is European policy to phase out landfill and replace it with clean incinerators that operate under the standards imposed by the large combustion plants directive. Leaving the EU means that we could go back to dirty,...

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: The cull is not about eradicating the badger. Typically, the population will be reduced to about 30% of what it was before. In areas such as Scotland and North Yorkshire, where we have low levels of TB, the badger population is not a problem. However, in areas where we have large numbers of badgers and high infection levels, controlling—not eradicating—the population at sensible levels...

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on the very balanced way that she made her points. I was pleasantly surprised by the interventions from our colleagues from Wales, the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Jane Dodds), and from Northern Ireland, the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), who made similarly balanced points, as did our colleague from Cumbria,...

Defence: Defence Industry (21 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Although the order for the CVRT replacement, the Ajax tank, was placed with General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall—American and European companies—the hulls are being kitted out in Merthyr Tydfil and the turrets are being built in Bedford. How important is it that, if we place orders for the best equipment available in the free world, we should have as much UK content as possible?

Defence: Topical Questions (21 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: My hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) mentioned cadets in the community, but the cadet expansion programme is about establishing 500 new cadet units in state schools. What assessment has my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made of the value of cadet units to some of our most disadvantaged children in some of our most challenging schools?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: How would the right hon. Gentleman rate the performance of the common fisheries policy over the past few years?

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Much nonsense has been spouted about the impracticalities of dealing with consignments when they reach their destination, rather than when they cross the border. Is it not the case that Britain’s biggest port by value operates on that basis already? Goods inbound to Heathrow airport do not stop at the border or near the border; they arrive at Heathrow and are dealt with there. Indeed, if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Wages (7 Oct 2019)

Robert Goodwill: I raised this issue with the Secretary of State’s predecessor in the run-up to Christmas last year because many enlightened employers will pay their staff early in December so they can afford Christmas. She told me it was fixed. However, I was phoned last week on my 24-hour helpline by a constituent who, because her partner was paid on the 28th of the month the previous month and on the...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Robert Goodwill: rose—

Speaker’S Statement: Points of Order (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: rose—

Speaker’S Statement: Points of Order (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. May I reassure the hon. Lady that we are well aware of the difficulties the sheep industry would meet with in a no-deal Brexit situation and we have a number of contingency plans in place? So this is not something the Government are ignoring; we are absolutely on top of the job, and certainly I will be happy to meet her—and I hope that I will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: The Government recognise the need for urgent action on climate change—on both mitigation and adaptation. For example, we are investing £2.6 billion over six years on flood defences. Some sectors are already adapting to the changing climate. When I visited the Fruit Focus event in Kent, I learned that the climate is now better suited for apricot production and for vineyards. The good news...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the hon. Lady for that question. The Committee on Climate Change assessed 33 sectors, and we welcome its report. We are committed to taking robust action to improve resilience to climate change. We will formally respond to the Committee’s detailed recommendations in October, in line with the timetable set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, and that will include the way climate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: As we switch the way we support our farmers from the basic payment system to paying public money for public goods, getting action on climate change will be just one of those public goods that we can deliver outside the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: When it comes to hot air, pots and kettles spring to mind. I look forward to working with the Scottish Administration to achieve the target. This is not a party political issue. Every single part of this House wants to take action on climate change, and it is vital that we do so to deliver a cleaner and greener planet in the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change Adaptation (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas, but it is interesting to note that, unlike carbon dioxide, which takes 100 years to dissipate, methane dissipates in about 12 years. That means that if we can reduce the current rate of methane production—never mind net zero—we will actually reduce the amount of methane in the atmosphere, which will be an important way of contributing to our net...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Ministers and officials regularly discuss all aspects of food security, including accessibility. We have long-established relationships with industry and work collaboratively to ensure that the UK continues to have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food from a wide range of sources, particularly from British farmers. I plan to visit the Game Fair tomorrow, so I will make a plug for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Access to Food (25 Jul 2019)

Robert Goodwill: Clear labelling is vital, particularly when it comes to ingredients that may provoke allergic reactions. We have learned a very sad lesson from that situation, and the Government have responded.


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