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Energy: Hydrogen - Question (17 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, when around 80% of UK households have gas heating systems and these systems account for about 30% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, will the Government’s hydrogen strategy include a commitment to introduce hydrogen-ready boilers for 2025? This would not only support our net-zero targets but sustain and create thousands of jobs, since we are of course home to companies such as Worcester...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (10 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, sadly, Professor Spiegelhalter has seriously questioned the Prime Minister’s rather splendid Moonshot mass testing proposal. I understand his concerns. Nevertheless, can the Minister assure the House that he will press for a significant investment in saliva home-testing kits, to enable families with a parent in the former shielded group and with children at school to live a...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (9 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, Amendment 29 seeks to ensure that asylum seekers from the EEA and Switzerland will be granted permission to take a job from six months of their application for asylum if a decision at first instance has not yet been taken at that point. It is fairly obvious that I support the three-month amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, which is a little more radical than this one,...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 9 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Rosser. As a member of the Delegated Powers Committee I strongly support all the points made in our report and, along with other noble Lords, I very much look forward to hearing from our chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra. I am aware that part 6A of the Immigration Rules sets out the points-based system which applies to migrants from the rest of...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (7 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I speak in support of Amendment 47, to which I added my name, but I also strongly support other amendments in the group, particularly that of my noble friend Lord Patel, who spoke powerfully in favour of making sure that we do not create barriers preventing health and social care staff coming to this country. I do not want to duplicate what others have said, so I will speak briefly...

Covid-19: Local Restrictions - Question (3 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, finally the Government are investing in preparations for widespread home testing, producing results within minutes. What priorities does the Government’s scientific advice recommend for that mass testing? Do they include avoiding local lockdowns, enabling the former shielded parents of schoolchildren to test their children daily on return from school to protect the parent, and...

Schools and Colleges: Qualification Results and Full Opening - Statement (2 Sep 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I, too, welcome children’s return to school. But I rise to express my considerable concern about parents with severe underlying conditions, who received letters from the department earlier this year warning them not to leave their homes because they were at such risk from Covid-19. These parents are now risking their lives to send their children back to school. The Minister...

Covid-19: Response - Statement (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I pay tribute to the Minister for the way he answers all our endless questions. I want to raise two issues of huge importance. I understand that the system of track and trace, in the absence of an app, will not be sufficient to prevent a second national wave of Covid-19. Can the Minister tell the House when we will introduce the Google/Apple app? Secondly, have the Government...

Business and Planning Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (13 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I need to explain at the outset that, although I am down to talk about this group of amendments, I should be addressing a later group. I hope your Lordships will forgive me; it is probably my fault—I am not sure—but I certainly should be speaking later on. I welcome the pavement licence provisions and have no problem with most of the clauses—apart from Clause 11, on which I...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 29 (9 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I will speak very briefly in support of Amendment 40, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and Amendment 41, tabled by the noble Earl, Lord Dundee, to which I added my name—it is unfortunate that he is speaking after me. The noble Lord, Lord Teverson, has already said that trees offer a safe, nature-friendly and relatively cheap way to soak up the carbon that we urgently need...

Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report - Question (9 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, when working in Moscow as an adviser within a Russian government ministry for three years, I developed a tremendous regard for the Russian people. However, subsequently I was given clear evidence of Russian interference in our democratic processes by a private investigator and referred that information to the Electoral Commission. I do not actually expect the Government to publish...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (8 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I welcome these regulations, except of course that they focus exclusively on public transport. Rigorous international comparisons show very clearly that those countries that have been very successful in fighting Covid-19 are those that have introduced three low-cost interventions, including the compulsory wearing of face masks, not only on public transport. Along with many others,...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I will speak to my Amendment 79; I thank the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, for his support. This is a probing amendment. It aims to ensure that development of the land around our large towns and cities will feature in the Government’s strategy. By “large towns and cities” I am referring to urban areas with a population of at least 200,000, but of course priority is bound to be...

Medicinal Cannabis - Question (6 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to improve access to cannabis for medicinal purposes for (1) patients, and (2) research, in the United Kingdom.

Medicinal Cannabis - Question (6 Jul 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, from 1 November 2018 consultants have been able to prescribe medical cannabis as an unlicensed medicine, as the Minister implies, yet NHS doctors remain unwilling to prescribe, partly because medical cannabis remains on the list of controlled drugs. Hundreds of thousands of patients with severe and chronic conditions who find that cannabis is the only medicine that controls their...

Marriage and Religious Weddings - Question (30 Jun 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, it is seven years next month since the same-sex marriage Act was passed, enabling Governments to bring about legal recognition for humanist marriages by ministerial order. Since then, successive Ministers have been very supportive but have had a series of reviews rather than taking action. Meanwhile, 6,000 couples who have had humanist weddings have also been required to have a...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (29 Jun 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, I support the Bill because it provides an opportunity for some residents to obtain telecommunications infrastructure for their properties, even when their landlord cannot be contacted to give permission for such installations. The problem is I do not think that many tenants would be included. I added my name to Amendments 2 and 3 tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, because...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, my remarks are no criticism at all of the Minister, but I am deeply concerned about the regulations. They completely fail to include crucial mitigating measures, as the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra, has just said, which are necessary for each step of the reopening of the economy if we are to avoid a second wave of the virus. In his detailed analysis of countries’ responses to...

Emissions: Housing - Question (22 Jun 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, in response to the Minister’s reply to the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and his encouraging reference to hydrogen, does he agree that the UK Government urgently need a UK-wide hydrogen strategy which includes sustainable domestic heating, transport and energy-intensive industry? Germany is about to confirm such a strategy, and many other countries are doing the same. Will the...

Covid-19: Scientific Advice - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Baroness Meacher: My Lords, Professor Jeff Sachs, in his powerful analysis of countries’ responses to Covid-19, concludes that the Asia-Pacific region has been successful in controlling Covid using low-cost solutions: facemasks, physical distancing and test and trace. Germany used test and trace immediately after one case was identified—not eight—and use of facemasks shot up in April. Germany has been...


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