Results 1–20 of 370 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Young of Old Scone

Restaurants: Calorie Labelling - Question (9 Jul 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: Are the Government losing their grip on this issue? We were promised the Public Health England sugar reduction data in April, when it did not appear, and then “in late summer 2019”. Can the Minister tell us how late summer will be this year?

Restaurants: Calorie Labelling - Question (9 Jul 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: Are the Government losing their grip on this issue? We were promised the Public Health England sugar reduction data in April, when it did not appear, and then “in late summer 2019”. Can the Minister tell us how late summer will be this year?

Post-18 Education and Funding Review - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chancellor of Cranfield University and as chairman-designate of the Royal Veterinary College. I support calls by many Peers for improvements in further education and benefits for the 50% who do not study for a higher degree. However, I am unsupportive of many of the Augar proposals for higher education, although perhaps I ought to be more statesmanlike and...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (26 Jun 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Woodland Trust and I welcome the Government’s commitment to net zero carbon as enshrined in this instrument. I will make two very brief points. First, to reach this target, we have to move away from fossil fuels—I commend in that regard the noble Baroness’s speech immediately prior to mine—but we also have to undo some of the damage...

Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (26 Jun 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chair of the Woodland Trust and I welcome the Government’s commitment to net zero carbon as enshrined in this instrument. I will make two very brief points. First, to reach this target, we have to move away from fossil fuels—I commend in that regard the noble Baroness’s speech immediately prior to mine—but we also have to undo some of the damage...

Ash Dieback - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, the Minister may recognise that ash dieback is a serious problem but I want to press him further. A load of other diseases are waiting in the wings, some of which will make ash dieback look like a walk in the park. Can the Government tell us what they plan to do to develop an accreditation system for UK-sourced and grown trees, so that the trees we grow in this country are sourced,...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I first congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, on his maiden speech. Although I cannot support the electoral method by which he has arrived with us in the Lords, I am pleased he is here, because he is young and we are all too old. We need to hear more younger voices in this House. It is futile to argue about the conflicting statistics on whether inequality and poverty are...

Post-18 Review of Education and Funding - Statement (4 Jun 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I declare an interest as chancellor of one university and chairman-elect of another, and commend the report for one thing—I am quite critical of many of the issues raised in it—which is the bringing together of further and higher education into one system and thinking about them together. I think that is absolutely important, but the risk is that this is a zero-sum game: if...

Environment and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (12 Feb 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, these regulations will allow UK authorities to exercise legislative functions in the UK after exit day in a range of areas, including, as has already been outlined, persistent organic pollutants, importation of timber products and derogations from certain CITES provisions. The Explanatory Memorandum says that this statutory instrument does not make any substantive policy changes,...

Environment (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (12 Feb 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: I thank the Minister for giving way. I just express a slight nervousness about the provision, which I absolutely recognise is necessary, for the new body to be able to take action on complaints that arise from the day of exit, whenever that is. If we were to leave without a deal and the new body did not come into being for 18 months or two years, which is quite possible under the current...

Environment (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (12 Feb 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his exposition of the statutory instrument. I know that it has made his brain hurt, so he is in common with all of us. I will focus on some specific issues and particularly tax him on one of its more arcane elements. This SI is one of those known as a jumbo regulation, because it sweeps up so many provisions in a high-level way, but it has one oddity....

Fly-tipping - Question (31 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, as chairman of the Woodland Trust, I can confirm what the right reverend Prelate said. This is a growing problem not just in AONBs but right across our woods and open countryside. It has got worse as local authority cuts have meant that waste disposal services are less readily available, particularly for green waste, which in many authorities is now charged for. As well as giving...

Trade Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (23 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Stevenson’s Amendment 28. The main objective of reducing tariffs on environmental goods in an accelerated manner is environmental, particularly the need to address climate change and the sustainable development goals, but an EGA also makes good economic sense. Among the benefits are reduced consumer prices for environmental goods. EGA tariff...

Floods and Water (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: Perhaps I might press the Minister on the consultation arrangements. This is a point I have made previously, and I wish I had pushed it harder. We appreciate that various environmental NGOs and others were given sight of the instrument before it was laid because that gave an opportunity to get expert input into it. I wonder whether there is an opportunity to bring parliamentarians into that...

Floods and Water (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: I was intrigued by the noble Lord’s statement that the OEP would enforce regulation and compliance if the Government were not complying. Can he give us further details on the enforcement mechanism? The big worry is that we will have a regulator without the ability to enforce government compliance with environmental standards.

Floods and Water (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I too commend the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, for her points; I support all of them. I will briefly touch on the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, about the format of reports. It seems to me that the format being decided not by a collaborative process across Europe but by the Secretary of State is a double whammy. The Government are not just filling in their own...

Invasive Non-native Species (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (22 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: My Lords, I add to the welcome from the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, for the many happy hours we will spend together with Defra on statutory instruments—this being the first—over the next few weeks and perhaps longer. Many of the issues I will raise will be a common thread in several other statutory instruments as they come forward. When I was chairman of Natural England, I was always...

Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: There is one small flaw in the short term, which is that we will not have that Bill completed or the new agency established if we leave the EU at the end of March. How will the Government ensure that the duties and responsibilities which that organisation and that Bill would have delivered are not lost sight of during the period—which we do not know the length of—before they come in to being?

Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: That well illustrates the fact that the Minister and the Government should not pray in aid a body not yet agreed by Parliament or approved in terms of its powers and responsibilities, and which is not going to be in existence for some time. It is probably not very safe for the Government to assume that that body will necessarily go in the direction that they wanted to.

Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (21 Jan 2019)

Baroness Young of Old Scone: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. We have stressed throughout the debates about Brexit how important European law has been in driving UK environmental law. However, there are still whole swathes of environmental law in the UK which were actually invented by us. They are not yet safeguarded and could be undermined by trade deals.


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