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Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, according to the withdrawal agreement—I think it is in Annex 4, with which the Minister will be familiar—if there are any disagreements over air pollution commitments, they are to be agreed by the joint UK-EU committee. However, if those two sides cannot agree, unlike in other areas, there is no provision for an arbitration panel. Why is that?
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: I am sorry, but we are talking about enforcement, and the Minister has not answered the question on enforcement, as opposed to the rules.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, the Government have wasted a full month by pulling the December vote and yet they are coming back with exactly the same deal. We still have seven Bills and only 600 SIs to deal with. Despite the urgency, the Prime Minister has today decided not to turn up in the House of Commons to explain what has been going on, which sounds like a Government in hiding. Can the Minister guarantee...
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase awareness of the Chief Medical Officers' low-risk drinking guidelines following the findings in the report by the Alcohol Health Alliance, How we drink, what we think: Public views on alcohol and alcohol policies in the UK, published on 4 December, that only 19 per cent of people know the guidelines.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their forthcoming Alcohol Strategy will include a commitment to require cancer warnings on alcohol labels, following the findings in the report by the Alcohol Health Alliance, How we drink, what we think: Public views on alcohol and alcohol policies in the UK, published on 4 December, that the majority of people support such a requirement.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government how their forthcoming alcohol strategy will address the increased affordability of alcohol.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, 48 messages were sent about Mrs May and were able to lead straightaway to an election, so other votes are now awaited. We need votes in the other House on the withdrawal deal and a vote on this Government for their mishandling of Brexit, the NHS waiting lists, the universal credit shambles and much else besides. Will the Minister perhaps undertake to this House to advise Mrs May...
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for his sympathetic and speedy response to the issues that I, along with the noble Lord, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, with the support of the noble Lord, Lord Best, who is in his place, and the noble Lord, Lord Deben, who is not in his place at the moment, raised in Committee about how the department was implementing these otherwise very welcome plans to...
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: Given that that analysis is based on the Chequers deal and not on the deal that has been negotiated with the EU, when will we have an economic analysis of the deal that is to be put in front of this House, and when will we get the legal advice?
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: Your party had the first one.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive!”. I am not talking about the figure on the bus but the Brexiteers’—and the Government’s—mantra that withdrawing from nearly half a century of an alliance would be “smooth and orderly”; this has even been repeated today. Indeed, so often did Ministers—the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, at the time—repeat...
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, in addition to the 550 pages, the impact assessment should also be made available before this House debates the meaningful vote? Will he also ensure that our committees have time to predigest it so that we can benefit from their advice?
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their advice in the No Deal Technical Guidance, Taking your pet abroad if there’s no Brexit Deal, published on 24 September, what progress they have made in their discussions with the EU on pet passports; and what advice they plan to provide to owners by the end of November.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 27 September (HL10205), what meetings ministers from all departments have held with consumer representatives in relation to the UK’s departure from the EU.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter from the Members of the Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster dated 29 October; and when they intend to respond to that letter and its conclusion that the Joint Ministerial Committee mechanism is not fit for purpose.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: In wishing the Chief Whip a happy 75th birthday, can we also congratulate him on not having received a resignation from the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, today, despite ministerial resignations being all the rage elsewhere? More seriously, on a day when the former Foreign Secretary calls for a mutiny despite the whole country remembering what a country united can do in the cause of peace, can...
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will negotiate for (1) the UK to remain part of the system of EU wide registration of trade marks and designs, and (2) the continued right of audience for UK Trade Mark Attorneys before the EU Intellectual Proerty Office, after the UK leaves the EU.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, the Minister said health insurance would remain valid. However, without the EHIC, people with pre-existing conditions may not be covered and then suddenly after 29 March those insurance premiums may not be valid. Maybe he could just check and clarify that, because without the EHIC a lot of other insurances do not cover existing conditions.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with each EU member state regarding the impact on UK and EU trade of a no deal Brexit scenario in relation to cross border insolvency.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: My Lords, since we know that Brexit is valued by the Government at only 50p—which is what they are going to produce on exit day—the question just raised about the WTO schedules is vital. We understand that only 14 of the deals that we have as part of the EU have so far been rolled over. The prospect of the crisis if we crash out without a deal is so serious that is it not time that the...