Results 1–20 of 467 for speaker:Baroness Young of Old Scone

Fossil Fuels: Business - Question (19 Nov 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as a pensioner of the Environment Agency pension fund, which co-chairs the transition pathway initiative. The TPI report shows that no oil and gas company can yet claim to be aligned with the Paris agreement. Does the Minister agree that accelerating the phase out of petrol and diesel cars in the UK will do little to impact the global oil and gas market in...

Planning: Accessible Homes - Question (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: The Minister indicated that more homes were needed, as well as more accessible homes. We know that the viability test often puts the lid on accessibility being built into the equation by developers when they say that they cannot afford to provide these standards. Can the Minister assure the House that, in this consultation, the Government will not allow developers to hold them to ransom, as...

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 - Motion to Regret (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I am honoured to follow the excellent maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Sikka. He has had an acknowledged academic career, during which he has relentlessly shone a clear spotlight on the self-interested behaviour of various corporations that are acting against the public interest. He has shown how they have often been unchecked by the accountants and the banks—truly, as he...

Trade and Agriculture Commission and Trade Remedies Authority - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, the Trade Remedies Authority is basically about locking the stable door after the horse has bolted and dumping has occurred. Given the Minister’s statement, it has a generous budget compared with that of the Trade and Agriculture Commission, which is about maintenance of standards and preventing dumping before it happens. Is that a sign of how unimportant the Government believe...

Burning of Peat Moorlands - Question (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: I draw attention to my interests in the register. The Government hoped for a voluntary surrender of burning consents but no one volunteered and burning has increased. The heather and moorland burning regulations are 13 years out of date and do not meet the Government’s commitments to net zero, to biodiversity or to air and water quality. I understand that a draft of proposed new legislation...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 98 (to Amendment 97) (22 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I support Amendment 101 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Curry of Kirkharle. It ensures that the Trade and Agriculture Commission that the Department for International Trade has established will not be toothless, transitory and a bit of a fig leaf. Your Lordships can hear that I am being rather less complimentary about the establishment of the commission than many other noble...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 89ZA (22 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendments 89ZA, 93 and 103, and I simply ask the Government to honour their election manifesto commitment that “In all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.” Amendment 93 would ensure, on a statutory basis, that import standards cannot be lowered to below equivalent...

Agriculture Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 58 (17 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare my interests as a member of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and a former chief executive of Diabetes UK. I very much welcome the requirement for a national food strategy being given a statutory basis, as outlined in this amendment. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, and the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, for having cooked it up—if that is not the wrong word...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 43 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: As the noble Baroness who has just spoken said, we all have huge admiration for the noble Lord, Lord Cameron of Dillington—but, alas, I cannot support his amendment either. The whole point of the Bill is to move farming subsidies away from simply supporting farmers to exist as farmers, and the amendment seems to try to reverse that. I believe we should be giving support and advice to...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 36 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I hope that the Minister will resist Amendment 36, which would delay the start of the agricultural transition. Climate change and the biodiversity challenge are urgent, and we need to provide the financial support and the advice and guidance as soon as possible to equip farmers and land managers to tackle these challenges. On Amendment 38, in his name, the noble Duke, the Duke of...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 29 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I add my support for the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lord Grantchester on the provision of advice, training and guidance for those in receipt of financial assistance. The noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh of Pickering, made a good point about there being a kind of free application need as well. As a nation, we are asking farmers and land managers to make big changes in the...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 28 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I will be very short. I was working from an old version of the Marshalled List when I signed up to speak on this group and I discover that the amendment I wished to speak to has been regrouped somewhere else, so I am not going to say anything. I am sure the House will be deeply grateful.

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 15 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I start by begging the forgiveness of the noble Earl, Lord Devon. I feel a slight rat in that, having had his support of my immediately previous Amendment 14, I am going to speak against his Amendment 15, as well as Amendment 26 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh of Pickering. Farm businesses and farmers will be the primary recipients of payments for public goods, but...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 14 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: I thank those noble Lords who contributed to this debate. The majority recognised that there was a real hole to be plugged and that something needed to be done. I thank the Minister for her remarks, but before I talk about them in a little detail, I want to address the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh. This is not just about soils, and paragraph (j) alone does not provide the...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 14 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 14, in my name and those of the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, the noble Lord, Lord Randall, and the noble Earl, Lord Devon. I am very grateful for their support. Currently, all farmers in receipt of common agricultural policy payments have to deliver, under the cross-compliance regime, a range of standards described as “good agricultural and...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 6 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I repeat what I said in Committee about this part of the Bill. It is a bit like a Christmas tree that everybody wants to hang their favourite bauble on. Indeed, many of these baubles are very admirable, but we risk getting to the point where the list of the purposes for which the Government can give support becomes so long and detailed that the Bill threatens to collapse under its...

Covid-19: Local Restrictions - Question (3 Sep 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: Could I press the Minister on the specific Question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton? The council leader of Trafford has blasted the chaotic way in which the Government have handled local lockdowns, where application and lifting of restrictions has yo-yoed sometimes daily and sometimes hourly, with inadequate consultation with local leaders. It is impossible for councils and local...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, in reality, it is only within the last seven days that local directors of public health, after many times of asking, were finally given access to address-level data, which is so needed for local contact tracing. This is very important to stem household transmission within vulnerable communities, particularly among those living in overcrowded housing. As yet, local public health...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 275 (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I have rather drawn the short straw in being the first speaker to disagree with the rather stellar line-up promoting Amendment 275. I have huge trepidation in doing that because all noble Lords who have spoken so far are people whose views I hugely respect and who have the best possible motives. I have listened very carefully to what they have said and remain pretty concerned about...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 270 (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I support the spirit of these amendments, all of which seek to enshrine the Government’s manifesto commitment in the Bill. Recent polling shows that over 75% of the public think that it would be unacceptable to import food from the USA produced to lower standards. There would be pressure on our farmers to compete by lowering standards in this country. I am sure that the Minister...


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