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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horticulture (25 Nov 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group report Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and landscaping to the UK, published in August, and accompanying plan Unlocking green growth: A plan from the ornamental horticulture & landscaping industry.

Procedure and Privileges - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (25 Oct 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I would like to make a short point that I hope will be helpful to the House. The noble Lord, Lord Rooker, referred to the question that many of us have asked over many years—I have been here nearly 24 years—which is: who is running this place? Some of that is answered to some degree in a report published on 27 January called House of Lords External Management Review. This...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (12 May 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I wish to focus on two aspects of our economy—the costs of green energy and our financial settlement with Scotland. I reference both those issues following many months of government departments announcing extraordinary public spending commitments that lack context and detail. Indeed, there is increasing alarm among taxpayers that many of those commitments have been made in...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Motion for an Humble Address (12 Apr 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: I join other noble Lords in paying tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Over the past few days, and today in your Lordships’ House, we have learned more about how His Royal Highness touched the lives of so many people across the nation and the world. From an extraordinarily tough beginning, he became the most wonderful role model and example for his collective...

Covid-19 - Statement (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, clinically extremely vulnerable shielding patients below the age of 70 who receive some private healthcare are not being given any priority to receive the vaccine, despite their critical condition. They are told by despondent clinicians and their NHS-registered GP surgeries that they must wait in the queue for their age category. I am sure there is no intention to discriminate...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Second Reading (20 Jan 2021)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I declare several interests: a son serving in the Fleet Air Arm; as a recent former Lords Minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces and veterans at the Department for Work and Pensions; and as a barrister, not proud of those in my profession who have profited from vexatious claims, making life pure hell for some of our courageous veterans. As a past member of the Joint...

Official Development Assistance - Statement (2 Dec 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I entirely support the 0.2% reduction in our development spend in the light of the economic emergency that we all face. It is also right to strengthen our defence and security capabilities, working hand-in-hand with our soft power. In line with this strong, integrated approach, does the Minister agree that if those in the party opposite are serious about protecting the world’s...

Child Trafficking - Question (16 Nov 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: Can my noble friend confirm whether the Home Office removes unaccompanied children, including victims of trafficking?

Economy - Statement (28 Sep 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I congratulate the Chancellor on his Statement, which injects an important degree of realism into all this. I pay tribute to my noble friend the Minister who, I know, with his considerable expertise and experience, is an invaluable person at the Treasury. The Chancellor talked about living without fear. Many of us do not fear Covid. What we fear is how on earth we are going to pay...

Spain: Travel - Private Notice Question (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, it is extraordinary and wrong that this Question has warranted the status of a PNQ. The trouble with Labour and the Liberal Democrats is that they love spending other people’s money. They complain about austerity and then want to spend yet more of taxpayers’ money on people who have chosen to take risks by travelling mostly for pleasure in the middle of a worldwide pandemic....

Covid-19: Economy - Motion to Consider (4 Jun 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, for securing this debate. A key lesson to be learned is that we cannot just focus on “the science”. Our gateway to economic recovery is immediately to reduce the 2-metre distancing rule to 1 metre. We have just given the WHO another £75 million, while ignoring its 1-metre guideline. This is economic and cultural suicide. Nothing is viable...

Covid-19: International Response - Motion to Consider (18 May 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I pay tribute to the King of Bhutan and his people for their amazing fortitude and smart response to the virus. On 6 March, I witnessed their decisive action following one suspected case: a tourist who had travelled from India. Within 24 hours, every tourist was traced and tracked, and we were contacted daily thereafter. All citizens were asked to socially distance themselves,...

Fruit and Vegetable Harvest - Question (30 Apr 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, strong evidence is emerging that shows an alarming link between death rates from Covid-19 and obesity. Given that we have the second highest levels of obesity in Europe, after Malta, and that one in five people now present with a disability in the UK, does my noble friend agree that we can turn this dreadful crisis into an opportunity for his department, and for the Government...

Covid-19 - Statement (23 Apr 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I should like to say how encouraged I am by what my noble friend the Minister has said today on the progress made in tackling this virus. In asking my question, I stress that I have been urged so to do by many businesses, large and small, across the country—the backbone of our economy. Will the Minister and his colleagues now accept that we must expect a second wave of the virus,...

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (24 Feb 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: Does the noble Baroness believe that sharia councils do not interfere with our rule of law? Do they fully respect our rule of law?

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (24 Feb 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Gloucester. I am in favour of the Bill; it is a critical stepping-stone to fundamental and urgent reform that will require courage, honesty and acceptance of what is happening in this country, particularly in our prisons. Let us not forget that we are talking about sentencing for treason; a heinous act against our...

Health: Maternity Care Provisions in East Kent - Statement (13 Feb 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, there is no question but that our maternity services across the piece are under enormous pressure. We know that in 2017, somewhere between 30% and 40% of all babies born in the UK were born to foreign nationals. Will the Minister tell me, in broad terms, do foreign nationals, when they have babies in this country, make a financial contribution?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 37 (16 Jan 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: Before the noble Lord sits down, can he tell me: do you have to pay tax in any EU country in order to obtain EU citizenship?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 37 (16 Jan 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: So the answer is that you do not necessarily have to pay tax in any EU country in order to obtain that citizenship. You could be claiming benefits in—or, in other words, not contributing to—any one of those countries.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Baroness Buscombe: On 1 February 2016, a cross-party meeting was held in Committee Room 9 in the Commons for any Peers and MPs interested in supporting a campaign to leave the EU. There was a reasonable turnout from both Houses. Part-way through the meeting, an MP rose and said, “If anyone thinks there’s any point in campaigning to leave in the north-east—and probably the north-west—of England, forget...


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