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Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: It would be wrong for me to anticipate my amendments, which will follow shortly. Perhaps I may just draw the attention of the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, to them, and hope that he will speak to them with equal warmth when the time comes.

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: This group of amendments takes us back to our earlier debate about the relationship of science to the organisation. I should start by declaring an interest: for the past seven years, I have been chairman of the board of trustees of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Until 2002, it was a Government-owned institution. I hasten to add that I am not a marine scientist, so I do not need to debate...

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I apologise to the Minister for intervening at this stage and breaking up the flow of his eloquence, but he has kindly given way. The reason why I believe it crucial to have this expression in the duties in Clause 2 is that the scientific obligations on the MMO are of a different order of magnitude from the obligations that it has in relation to all the human activities that may or may not...

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I am most grateful to all noble Lords who have participated in this debate and to the Minister for his full reply. For clarification, is he saying that although he is not inclined to include my Amendment 28 in Clause 2, nevertheless we can read it as if the amendment were included?

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: It is a point of substance.

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: Has the Minister received the best evidence available from his advisers?

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I would have expected nothing less from him. It follows from what he says that I shall return to this matter on Report, because, with great respect to him, he has not met my fundamental argument, which is that in each case where the MMO exercises its judgment, its starting point must be the best available scientific evidence. I accept that there may be different views about what is the best...

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: That is a different argument from the one that the Minister deployed previously. I understood him to say that the expression "the best available scientific evidence" is insufficiently precise.

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: That is precisely its intention. Its whole intention is to say that this consideration is above all other considerations; because the fundamental question is what impact certain human activities will have on the biodiversity of a particular slice of the ocean. The starting point for the MMO must be to decide what the scientific situation and the state of biodiversity are. How endangered are...

Prisoners: Early Release — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, when my noble and learned friend Lord Mayhew posed his question to the Minister, the Minister responded by saying that the temporary scheme would be finished "when headroom allows". Will the Minister inform the House, as accurately as he can, what he means by the expression "when headroom allows"?

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: In our first day in Committee, I promoted an amendment to Clause 2 that would require the Government to oblige the MMO, as one objective, to base all its decisions on the best available scientific research. However, I recognise that there are other admirable objectives that the MMO ought to pursue. I agree, therefore, with the draftsmen of both Amendments 32 and 33. Now, which parts of those...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I am most grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. If I might seek to summarise the point that the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, was making today, it is that without science there would not be any point in the MMO. Without the science in relation to biodiversity, there would be no MMO. That is why science, in the respectful submission of the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, and in mine, has a position...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: In his response, will the Minister say something about the relationship between guidance, directions by the Secretary of State under Clause 35, and the marine policy statement? They all issue from the Secretary of State. Is there a hierarchy? If so, what is the order of that hierarchy? In circumstances where guidance might conflict with directions or the marine policy statement, how is the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: The Minister asked me, in broad terms, whether I found his reply helpful. I always find replies from the Minister helpful; and this case is no exception. However, if no amendments are tabled when we get to the clauses, perhaps a stand part debate might be appropriate to crystallise the way in which he sees this working. A bewildering amount of paper will be descending on the senior management...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I briefly intervene in this, so far, short debate to ask the Minister whether he is satisfied that, if a function is delegated, the organisation to which the function is delegated shares the objectives of the MMO. The core of the earlier debates that we have had about the objective emphasised the importance of biodiversity and the ecosystem methodology that the MMO will apply to confront the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I, too, support the amendments in this group. They pick up, in a more practical manner, on a theme that has run through the debates on the Bill. Your Lordships are, I think, broadly agreed that the MMO must take its decisions on the basis of the best available scientific evidence. The question is: how does the MMO obtain such evidence? As both the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, and my noble...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I might say that I think that the Minister has given a well judged response to the questions that the second part of Clause 2 has raised. When looking at it, perhaps the Minister will bear in mind three possible angles. The first is the broad question of national interest. We may find that an interest from abroad, for reasons which might not be wholly bona fide, may make a demand that would...

Freedom of Information Act 2000 — Statement (24 Feb 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My Lords, first, I thank the right honourable gentleman the Secretary of State for Justice for making his Statement available before this afternoon's debate. There are a number of political reasons why the right honourable gentleman should be embarrassed at having to make this Statement today. In particular, if he was going to exercise his veto, why did he wait to do so until after the appeal...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Lord Kingsland: My observations are sympathetic to those already made by my noble friend Lord Cathcart and the noble Lord, Lord Tyler. I shall focus in particular on subsections (8) and (9). Subsection (8) states: "In subsection (7)(b) and (c), 'remedial steps' means steps taken (or to be taken)— (a) in consequence of the carrying on of the activity in respect of which the notice is issued, (b) for any of...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Lord Kingsland: I very much appreciate the comprehensive way in which the noble Lord has dealt with this matter. Clause 88 goes right to the heart of the Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to sustain biodiversity and enhance the sustainability of our seas. Unless we have an effective remediation system, we will not succeed in reaching, let alone maintaining, this objective. I agree with the Minister and other...


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