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United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 5 (26 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, it seems that most of the noble Lords who have taken part in this debate have looked at the Bill through one end of a telescope, which focuses on the powers of the devolved Administrations and the threats or perceived threats to them. There is another end of the telescope you could use to look at the Bill, which shows that businesses in all parts of the UK need the certainty of...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (26 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I offer a few comments on these amendments. It seems to me that Amendment 1 has the effect of confining the concept of the internal market to consumers and the environment. That completely misses the point. If we go back to the Government’s White Paper in July, we see they were clear that the policy objectives were economic opportunities across the UK, increasing competitiveness...

EU Exit: Negotiations and the Joint Committee - Statement (21 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, following last week’s EU Council meeting, Angela Merkel said: “We also acknowledge that the UK would like to have a certain amount of independence”. I emphasise “a certain amount”. Does the Minister agree that until the EU fully understands and respects the fact that we will have 100% independence, the EU alone will be responsible for the lack of a free trade deal, along...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (19 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I support the Bill because it is an essential element of our preparations to be an independent nation again. Before we joined the EU we did not need special internal market arrangements for trade in goods and services within the UK, but devolution has changed that. We need the Bill to ensure that the different parts of the UK can continue to trade with each other as at present...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 84 (15 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, first, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this short debate. I am grateful to my noble friend for confirming positively that the regulation-making power in Clause 7(4) cannot be used to compel the provision of information and that HMRC would not be able to impose penalties—that is exactly the assurance I was seeking. However, I have to say that I am not entirely sure...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 84 (15 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, in moving Amendment 84 I will also speak to Amendments 87 and 88 in this group. These are all probing amendments. We have now arrived at the trade information clauses. They are much less exciting than some of the other clauses we have debated earlier. At first sight they seem pretty straightforward. We want the Government to have a successful trade policy in our new existence as an...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 81 (15 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I want to comment on three amendments in this group. First, on Amendment 81, I will echo some of what my noble friend Lord Lansley has said. As I understand it, the Board of Trade is composed only of privy counsellors, and I believe they are normally Cabinet Ministers. The noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, read out its full title, and I think embedded in there is...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, in the previous debate I supported my noble friend Lord Robathan’s amendment because of the lack of scientific underpinning for the Government’s Covid restrictions. I should like to say a little more about that in the context of the hospitality sector. Many businesses have been hard hit by the lockdown but the hospitality sector has been particularly badly affected. In my...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Moylan on his maiden speech, and I particularly welcome a fellow Brexiteer to our ranks. I have my name down to speak on all three sets of regulations this afternoon. I would have preferred to take all three together, as was done in the other place, so that we could make more considered interventions, but the horrible hybrid House rules prevent...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, government Ministers, including the Prime Minister, like to characterise alternatives to their liberty and economy-destroying actions as “letting the virus rip”. Will my noble friend the Leader accept that that is a mischaracterisation of a sincerely held belief that there is a different way to arrive at a difficult balance between dealing with the virus while minimising the...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 70 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I will speak only to Amendment 70 in this group. We voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 and that has been confirmed several times. We have left the EU but are currently in a one-year implementation period, which expires at the end of this calendar year. I do not believe that any further implementation period is needed, and I particularly do not think that one is needed in the...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 68 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for his consistent support for oppressed people around the world. That is not in any doubt whatever; nor is the sincerity of the intent behind the amendment. I would, however, like to query whether it will achieve what the noble Lord thinks it might. I will speak to the revised format of the amendment and...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 64 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I certainly support all that my noble friend Lord Lansley said about the importance of trade promotion and export promotion. Clearly, this is vital to underpin our success in a post-Brexit world. I also support the intention that underlies the amendment, which is to facilitate holding the Government to account for their delivery in those areas. I find it difficult, however, to...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 58 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I wish to speak only to Amendment 82 in this group. I generally try not to speak on matters about Northern Ireland, because life is too short. I completely agree with what my noble friend Lord Lansley said on the trader support service. In particular, I am sure that, if there were a need for further support at the end of the two years, any responsible Government would ensure that...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 54 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, first, I want to associate myself with the remarks of my noble friend Lord Lansley. I agreed with absolutely everything that he said. It should be up to the Secretary of State to decide whether she needs any advice on standards or the criteria to be adopted. But, of course, this amendment is not about giving advice; it is about imposing criteria on the Government. Even if it does...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 46 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I had initially intended to take part in the debate on this amendment solely for the purpose of probing whether study, which is mentioned in the amendment, can logically be regarded as necessary for trade in goods or services. I had not expected this debate to go into our border control policies, with yet more angst over not having the same rights to travel throughout the EU as...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 42 (13 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I was quite surprised to find the noble Lord, Lord Purvis of Tweed, concentrating on the costs involved in the border between the UK and the EU. When I put my name down to speak in this group, I thought it was about assessing the costs of our trade with other countries. Let me be clear: I am always in favour of ensuring that the Government identify the costs and burdens on business...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, the regulations are one more proof point that the Department of Health and Social Care is suffering from Covid derangement syndrome. The syndrome features an obsession with just one thing: Covid-19. The department seems to have forgotten that it is not the Department of Covid, it is the Department of Health and Social Care. Since March this year, non-Covid patients have been largely...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (6 Oct 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I endorse everything that my noble friend Lord Lamont said and I shall list as many of my concerns with the regulations as I can in the two minutes that we are allowed. First, the rule of six is not based on science. Indeed, the Minister revealed its basis when he said on 14 September that the Government had relied on “marketing advice from our communications department”.—[...

Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - Motion to Take Note (28 Sep 2020)

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, we have heard two excellent maiden speeches so far, and I look forward to that of my noble friend Lady Morrissey. I particularly welcome my noble and learned friend Lord Clarke of Nottingham to your Lordships’ House. Some 20 years ago, my noble and learned friend sent me a very nice letter on my appointment to your Lordships’ House, but he said that, while an honourable...


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