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Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: The Minister says it is her understanding that this applies. I think her understanding is inadequate on this issue because there is nothing in this Bill that makes a clear distinction between the Occupied Territories and Israel itself. Perhaps she could come back to the House, or write to us all, when she has clarified this and set out exactly where this distinction is made.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: This is not just a matter of waiting for Committee; this is a matter of clearing up something very fundamental following questions that have been raised at Second Reading.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: The Minister says it is her understanding that this applies. I think her understanding is inadequate on this issue because there is nothing in this Bill that makes a clear distinction between the Occupied Territories and Israel itself. Perhaps she could come back to the House, or write to us all, when she has clarified this and set out exactly where this distinction is made.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: This is not just a matter of waiting for Committee; this is a matter of clearing up something very fundamental following questions that have been raised at Second Reading.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, from time to time, bad Bills are introduced, and they have become more frequent over the past 10 years, but in my many years in this House I have not witnessed any worse than this one. It denies the principles of an open society in which freedom of expression is valued and in which ethical considerations are deemed to be valid in decision-making by public bodies. It is shameful in...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, from time to time, bad Bills are introduced, and they have become more frequent over the past 10 years, but in my many years in this House I have not witnessed any worse than this one. It denies the principles of an open society in which freedom of expression is valued and in which ethical considerations are deemed to be valid in decision-making by public bodies. It is shameful in...

Situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - Statement (30 Jan 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, while welcoming much of what the Minister has said, will he tell the House what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Israeli Government actually respond to the request that the UK Government and the Foreign Secretary are now making about an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow for more aid to get in, for hostages to get out and above all for the slaughter to...

Smoking - Question (25 Jan 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I refer to my interests as set out in the register. Would the Minister agree that smoking in pregnancy has enormously damaging effects, leading to much poorer birth outcomes than for mothers who do not smoke? Would he also agree that incentives to pregnant women not to smoke have been very effective? In the light of this, could he give a guarantee that the existing scheme, which...

Climate Change: Impact on Developing Nations - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, we see all too often the terrible impact of climate change on developing countries, from devastating floods in Pakistan to appalling droughts in a number of African countries. Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, has eloquently set out the impact of climate change on various groups, above all on the poorest of the poor in low-income developing countries. Surely a rich...

Climate Change: Phasing Out Fossil Fuels - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, last week at COP the Prime Minister said the UK is “delivering on the historic Glasgow deal to end deforestation”. When will the relevant regulations under the Environment Act be laid? It is now two years since it received Royal Assent, since when the EU has agreed more ambitious rules on deforestation. I hope the Minister will say that the regulations are imminent.

International Development White Paper - Statement (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I welcome a great deal about this White Paper, but there have been massive cuts to the development aid to advance women’s sexual and reproductive rights, as far as their health is concerned, since the aid budget plummeted from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income. I note that the White Paper is going extend work in this area, and the Minister has said a little about that. Can he...

Climate and Nature - Question (22 Nov 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, climate change reduces crop yields and lowers the quality of food. This affects household and global food security, so how are the Government working with global partners to shore up good systems for food resilience?

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Humanitarian Situation - Statement ( 9 Nov 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I welcome many aspects of the Statement and that at last the Government are properly acknowledging the calamitous effects of the Israeli bombardment on Palestinian civilians in Gaza. I regret that the Statement makes no reference to the terrible toll on children, not just the many deaths and the serious injuries but the trauma they are suffering which will affect their lives for...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I thank the Minister for so eloquently setting out the Government’s position. A group of eminent Jewish lawyers wrote a letter over a week ago to the Financial Times condemning the appalling atrocities committed by Hamas as a crime against humanity. I strongly agree. They also state that, under international law, Israel has a right to respond in self-defence and to seek justice...

NHS Waiting Times: Long-Term Sickness Absence - Question (19 Oct 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I declare my interests as listed in the register. Some 600,000 women are waiting for gynaecological surgery, and many of them report that they are either unable to work at all or their work is seriously disrupted by their conditions. Given the disproportionate increase in waiting-list numbers for gynaecological surgery, can the Minister tell the House what priority the Government...

Israel and Gaza - Statement (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords—

Israel and Gaza - Statement (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: I am very grateful to the noble Lord. My Lords, the cold-blooded murder of Israeli civilians and the taking of hostages was a dreadful crime against humanity. However, the Israeli reprisals in Gaza and their effects on the Palestinian community there are deeply concerning. Does the Minister accept that no crime against humanity justifies another one? Does he agree with the UN Under-Secretary...

UK-EU Relationship (European Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Sep 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, much of the thrust of the committee’s report is on the need for increasing the level and intensity of UK-EU contacts in a context in which Brexit is now behind us. The importance of our relationship with the EU as a bloc and with individual members bilaterally is recognised widely and only disputed by ultra anti-European ideologues who, regrettably, still have some hold in the...

Africa: Partnerships - Question (14 Sep 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, there was a great deal of emphasis in the Foreign Secretary’s speech in Lagos on population change. It will increase to 2 billion by 2050. Some 25% of the population of Africa will be under the age of 25. There was no comment, either in the speech or in anything that the Minister has said, about the threat that this rapid population change will pose to the economic, social and...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (5th Day): Amendment 191A ( 4 Sep 2023)

Baroness Blackstone: My Lords, I have added my name to Amendment 282H, from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, on rooftop solar. Before speaking to that, I briefly record my very strong support for both Amendments 191A and 198, which would impose a duty to make regulations to promote healthy homes and neighbourhoods, and to reduce health inequalities, which are at a horrifyingly high level. I say this with some...


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