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Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 28 (4 Mar 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I looked at this very carefully as it is a fairly concise amendment. I picked up on the three words—and indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, has kindly enlarged and reflected upon them—“any public authority”. That, to me, is huge, as there are so many different aspects of public authority. It goes on to say “having any function relating to fish and aquaculture activities...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 5 (2 Mar 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response, and the two other noble Lords for supporting—in principle, I think—the ideas behind this amendment. Obviously, we look forward to looking at theirs in greater detail as well. The one thing that slightly concerns me, as the Minister rightly said, is that there is no one size that fits all. I understand that but, on the other hand, if we have...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 5 (2 Mar 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I have the great pleasure of speaking to the amendments standing in my name and that of my noble and learned friend Lord Mackay of Clashfern. Unfortunately, he is delayed. He had hoped to arrive in time, but I have the pleasure of moving the amendment anyway. Together, the two amendments call for collaborative working on the Bill. While in our earlier discussions we asked whether...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (2 Mar 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I take the amendment very seriously. I will point the Minister in the direction of Clause 1(6)(c) refers to, “bycatch that is fish is landed”, and then goes on to say, “but only where this is appropriate”. I would be glad of some clarification of that. It continues that it, “does not create an incentive to catch fish that are below minimum conservation reference size”,...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (2 Mar 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I apologise that I did not speak earlier in the debate, but I will read Hansard very carefully tomorrow. From what I gather, my noble friend has indicated that, for some stocks, we do not have data available, and some of the data we do have is 12 years old. I agree with the view of the noble Lord, Lord Grocott: I am excited by the Bill because it gives us an opportunity to move...

Tree Pests and Diseases - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, for introducing this debate. Woodlands, forest areas, parks, gardens and private dwellings bring benefits to those who visit and enjoy them but, as the noble and learned Lord said, they are under constant threat from pests and diseases. I have three points to make: on individual responsibility, on woodland...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 Feb 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hannay. Perhaps I should be more upbeat than he was, but he has wide experience and knowledge which I certainly recognise. This is an important, positive Bill; it has many challenges and, as the noble Lord said, it is a complex picture, so there are no easy solutions. But I welcome the Bill and the changes made to the original...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (29 Jan 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend for introducing the Second Reading of this small but important Bill, which, as has been said, enables the Government to continue paying the basic payment scheme allowances to farmers for 2020 alone. Like others, I declare my farming interests as given in the register: we have a family farm in Suffolk that receives payments under this scheme. I...

Fisheries: EU Landing Obligation (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I thank and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, his committee and members and staff who researched and produced these two reports. I was not a member of that committee but have, over many years, raised the challenges of discarding fish. I recognise that the industry has made progress, slow though that is, in reducing the unwanted catch and that this is a complex issue that...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I welcome the measures announced in the gracious Speech and look forward to debating some of the issues as the parliamentary Session proceeds. I shall concentrate on trade, climate change, food production and the environment. First, however, the withdrawal agreement Bill was given a resounding Second Reading in another place. I hope that the debates of scrutiny and revision in this...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 Oct 2019)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, it is a huge privilege and joy to follow my noble friend—if I may call her that, as we have worked together, as she has said, for many years in Leicester Cathedral. Her journey through the Church of England has been remarkable. She originally came from the Wirral and, as she has told us today, her grandparents have a long association with Bristol. She began her ministry in 1990 as...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Broadband (7 Aug 2019)

Baroness Byford: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by  Baroness Sugg on 18 July 2018 (HL9238), what steps they are taking to ensure that towns, villages and hamlets affected by the HS2 railway line can access the optical fibre network being installed along the HS2 line of route.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power (1 Aug 2019)

Baroness Byford: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are undertaking research to enable (1) vehicles to carry integral solar panels for charging their batteries, and (2) flat glass windows and doors on high rise buildings to capture solar energy.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Abstraction (1 Aug 2019)

Baroness Byford: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a timetable has been set for the implementation of the water abstraction plan, published on 15 December 2017; and what progress has been made on that plan to date.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water: Pipelines (1 Aug 2019)

Baroness Byford: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many water leaks have been recorded by each water company in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Compost (1 Aug 2019)

Baroness Byford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to replace biodegradable plastic with compostable plastic.

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Byford: My Lords: “Healthy, supportive relationships are not just a ‘nice to have’ for every woman in the criminal justice system. They are utterly indispensable”. Those are the opening words from my noble friend Lord Farmer’s report. With over half of women in custody having dependent children, estimated at 17,000 children per year, and three in five women offenders having dependent...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 12 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, my name is added to Amendment 12. In the Joint Committee, we said that it was easier to see what restoration was about, but the renewal part exercised quite a bit of our time. In other words: what sort of Parliament did we want and what sort of involvement with democracy did we want? We have talked about the outreach programme and the educational facilities, and I shall not...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, I want to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, because I have added my name to his second amendment. In the Joint Committee, we had long discussions about the whole question of access, particularly, as the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, has said, about access within the building once one gets in. I want to support the noble Lord in his desire to get something written on to the Bill...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 4 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Byford: I have to take the noble Lord to task on engagement in schools north of the south—if you see what I mean. Not enough of us take part in the Lord Speaker’s outreach programme, but many do, and I assure the noble Lord that the majority of schools I go to are not private but state schools, and they engage through citizenship. They are often either GCSE-level or sixth-form level—I have been...


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