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Fossil Fuels: Business - Question (19 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, now in its fourth year of monitoring, the Transition Pathway Initiative reports that companies make progress rather slowly and that only 18% are aligned with even the benchmark of below 2 degrees. It has also reported that climate science dictates that the pathway matters, not just the endpoint. Can the Minister explain why, in the scatter-gun 10-point environment plan, there is no...

COP 26 - Question (18 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, under the Paris Agreement, the nationally determined contributions outlining the UK’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have focused on announcements to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030. However, can the Minister explain how the scatter-gun approach of the 10-point plan will lead to effective behavioural change without a comprehensive transport...

COP 26 - Question (18 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, under the Paris Agreement, the nationally determined contributions outlining the UK’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have focused on announcements to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030. However, can the Minister explain how the scatter-gun approach of the 10-point plan will lead to effective behavioural change without a comprehensive transport...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 9 (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I thank the Minister for his introduction to this group of amendments and for his explanations. I am also grateful for the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Teverson. This group relates mainly to the carve-out for the Faroe Islands temporary foreign vessel licences and other minor technical provisions. Amendments 9, 70, 74 and 76 are technical and replace references to the devolved Ministers...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Motion on Amendment 2 (12 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I thank the Minister for his introduction to this group of amendments and for the letter dated 3 November explaining the Commons amendments to your Lordships’ House, where the Bill started. Many of these amendments followed up on suggestions and inquiries initiated here, which the Government have had time to consider further during the Summer Recess, including in several consultations....

Agriculture Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (9 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I beg leave to withdraw the Motion. Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) withdrawn.

Agriculture Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (9 Nov 2020)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, the Agriculture Bill is before your Lordships’ House once more. We do not apologise for that, as food standards remain a clear priority for the great British public. I declare my interest and my farming background as recorded on the register. I start by thanking the Minister and the Minister in the Commons, Victoria Prentis, for the extensive discussions conducted with me and my...

Clean Growth Fund - Question (28 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: The managing partner of the Clean Growth Fund, Beverley Gower-Jones, has said that the fund will hopefully invest in two companies before the end of the year. This is from among hundreds of applications. Can the Minister explain how the aim of only two companies is reflective of the UK’s bold climate ambitions? How will the taxpayer share in any return and when might that opportunity...

Agriculture Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion D (20 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: First, my Lords, I apologise to the House that I was not present at Third Reading; I was engaged in Committee on the Trade Bill. I would also have liked to have thanked the Ministers, the noble Lord, Lord Gardiner, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bloomfield, for the patient and receptive way in which they guided the Bill through the House. I also pay special regard to Nathalie Sharman and her...

World Energy Outlook 2020 - Question (20 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, the 2020 report shows above all that renewables will be integral to the future energy mix that will power modern economies. Yet, under this Government, clean energy investment plummeted by 56% in 2017 as a result of cuts to various renewables schemes, and it has fallen each year since. Can the Minister confirm what urgent steps the Government will take to promote clean energy...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 86 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I suggest that, as with all other noble Lords’ amendments, the Government just withdraw it at this stage so that we can return to it on Report.

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

Lord Grantchester: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, for her Amendment 84 in this group, as it gives the Committee the opportunity to examine again the powers being taken by the Government and their agencies in the Bill and whether they are being drafted too widely. The noble Baroness asked some very pertinent questions about the powers being given by the Government to HM Revenue and Customs,...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 39 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Purvis of Tweed, and the noble Baroness, Lady Sheehan, for bringing forward both amendments in this group. I also thank my noble friend Lord McConnell for adding his name to Amendment 39, on sustainable development goals, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, for adding her name to Amendment 97 on agreements in relation to the least developed countries. All...

COP 26: Sponsors - Question (6 Oct 2020)

Lord Grantchester: According to overnight reports, the Government are planning for all 30 million homes in the UK to be powered by gusts of wind from offshore wind installations. The Government have always maintained that they stay technology-neutral in their encouragement of renewable energy sources. Yet the Conservative Party has advised that the sun does not always shine brightly, nor the wind blow...

Energy White Paper - Question (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: With this long-overdue White Paper, the Government have said that they will “publish decarbonisation plans for key sectors such as agriculture and industry as part of its green agenda in the run up to COP26.” Can the Minister confirm that a greater number of these plans will be published on the same day as the energy White Paper to demonstrate the Government’s joined-up approach, so...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 98 (to Amendment 97) (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: This has been another good debate on another key issue in the Bill. I thank all noble Lords who have spoken on these amendments, which cover the key variances of opinion on approaches to food standards for imported product through the mechanism of a Trade and Agriculture Commission. In Committee, I expressed anxiety about the approach of a Trade and Agriculture Commission, should this be the...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 89A (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I thank the noble Lords who have returned with these amendments from the debates in Committee on provisions in Part 5, Clauses 35 to 37, on marketing standards. Regulations around marketing, labelling, traceability, country of origin and GI schemes remain critical to providing accurate and appropriate information to the consumer. The complexities behind the list of EU Commission delegated...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 89ZA (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: I am very grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken in this debate. I am encouraged by all the support I have received, and many cogent points have been made. I know that several noble Lords, especially from the Cross Benches, have been unable to speak today, which has been very unfortunate at a very crucial stage of the Bill. Their contributions would have been very worth while. I thank...

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 89ZA (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: At the start of the House’s considerations on day three of Report, I declare my interests as stated in the register, and that I am in receipt of funds under the CAP system. I rise to move Amendment 89ZA in my name, and I thank my co-signatories to Amendment 93—the noble Baronesses, Lady Bakewell and Lady Boycott, and the noble Lord, Lord Krebs—for transferring their support to this...

Oil and Gas Industry - Question (22 Sep 2020)

Lord Grantchester: The Energy Minister in the other place has said that an oil and gas sector deal will be critically important for the sector as it seeks to recover from the current crisis. There is some confusion over this, as we still know so very little. Can the Minister confirm that any oil and gas sector deal will comply with the UK’s domestic and international climate change commitments and include...


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