Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Common Fisheries Policy and Animals (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: If the noble Lord had joined us in the Moses Room, he would have understood that these regulations are to ensure that our statute book is up to date on leaving. The noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, was in the Moses Room. This instrument was to ensure that a number of changes coming from the EU are incorporated. Our purpose is to ensure that we have the most up-to-date statute book,...

Common Fisheries Policy and Animals (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Speaking on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, obviously I hope there will be the return of a Conservative Government, but the noble Lord is absolutely right that all sorts of different scenarios are possible. Our task with this statutory instrument was to have reassurance on our statute book and certainty that, whenever we left, the statute book was complete with everything that the...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, we are working at home and in the overseas territories to address biodiversity loss. Partnerships between government, farmers and conservationists have seen particular successes, often through habitat restoration, supported by agri-environment schemes. For example, we have supported local recoveries of the marsh fritillary and cirl bunting and the reintroduction of the short-haired...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: No, it most certainly is not, which is why we are bringing forward the environmental land management scheme as part of the post-CAP arrangements. It is why we have published the Green Finance Strategy and why more than 370,000 acres in England have been set aside for new wildlife-rich habitats. I could go on, particularly on the international stage. All of this is because we need to enhance...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: I have been very lucky to work with Natural England—it does a great job, and I recently saw Tony Juniper. The United Kingdom’s contribution to international climate finance will double to £11.6 billion from 2021-25, a proportion of which will be for nature-based solutions. Yes, we have to work in this country, but turning around what the noble Baroness and the State of Nature talk about...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I shall be very pleased indeed if there is a return of a Conservative Government because we will put the environment four-square in the centre in this country, in our overseas territories and globally. That is one of the prime responsibilities of government. We have an emergency. I have talked about the noble Lord shaking his noble head before. He asked what a Tory Government will...

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, the point about gene editing is that it is very important that we use the best science to ensure that we feed the world and restore nature. The whole point about the scientific endeavour is to make sure that we do both. We must be aiming for both. We cannot find ourselves enhancing the environment and then not producing enough food. We need to work on that as a joint endeavour.

National Biodiversity Network Report - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, the balance is as I have sought to describe it. Yes, we need to improve and work on soil fertility and soil health. Mixed farming is very important. However, scientific advances in integrated pest management are the way forward. We have to move to a more nature-friendly form of farming. That is important and farmers recognise that. This country can do it well.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and secondary legislation will bring existing EU environmental law into domestic law so that it continues to operate after exit. We will enhance standards through the world-leading Environment Bill and the office for environmental protection, the OEP. Our intention is for the OEP to be operational from 1 January 2021. Before that, we will...

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, as I said, the interim arrangements would not apply under the description of events that I have, which is that we bring forward a deal, that deal is agreed and there is a withdrawal Act. As my noble friend said, that legislation is very important, and I am sure that during its passage it will be made absolutely clear that we intend to champion the environment. We want the highest...

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, perhaps the easiest thing is to read out the Prime Minister’s text, in reply to a question precisely on non-regression: “The crucial thing that will reassure her is that in the event of the EU bringing forward new legislation, we in this Government will bring forward an amendable motion so that the House may choose to match those standards”.—[Official Report, Commons,...

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, my noble friend has hit on something absolutely crucial. We need to ensure that we lead. That is indeed why this country was the first in the world to introduce legally binding greenhouse gas emission targets. We were the first country to set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions. All this is the direction of travel in which we wish to go. We should...

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Well, this member of the Government is delighted to say that the United Kingdom is a world leader on animal welfare and environmental standards. We will not water down our standards as part of trade negotiations; I have said that before. We are committed to making sure that any future trade agreements work for consumers, farmers and businesses across the United Kingdom.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Yes, during the period up to 31 December, under the relevant clause—I cannot remember which—of the withdrawal Bill, there would be EU oversight of all the arrangements. The point, as I mentioned, is that the OEP is due to come in on 1 January 2021. It would then take over the oversight.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, I hope I used the word “ambition”. This country has been world-leading and we have an ambition to continue to be world-leading. Yes, we want to enhance the environment and do better than the rest of the EU.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: We have the ability to challenge through the Commission’s oversight. The point is that the OEP is designed precisely to replace that Commission oversight. There is a lot of ambition about the OEP. We will obviously consider it during the Environment Bill. It will be a very powerful independent body, which will hold public authorities to account. I think that is what we all want.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, as I said, we are very clear that we will not compromise any of the standards I have described, whether on animal welfare, the environment or food safety. We have a reputation for those things in this country and we want to build on it.

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: Why are noble Lords so negative about this great country?

Brexit: Environmental Regulation - Question (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, the truth is that the Bill was not scrapped; with the passage of time and where we are—having a general election—we will have to start again with the Environment Bill, too. The noble Lord is pushing the language a bit. On the Trade Bill, I think I said that we will reflect on what your Lordships said on those matters. What happened in this House was very important. I have put it...

Plastics Recycling - Question (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: My Lords, the Government are committed to increasing recycling rates. The Environment Bill introduces legislation that will allow us to ensure that local authorities collect a core set of recyclable materials, including plastics, from households from 2023. We will also introduce measures to encourage producers to use plastic packaging that can be recycled. Together with the plastic packaging...


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