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Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sports Competitors: Eating Disorders (28 Oct 2020)

Baroness Parminter: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the BBC Panorama programme Sport's Hidden Crisis, broadcast on 19 October, what discussions they have had with UK Sport regarding (1) minimising the risks of competitors developing eating disorders, and (2) supporting those with them.

Timber and Timber Products and FLEGT (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, although there was no debate in 2018 when these regulations were transposed into UK law, we really should not take it that this is an unimportant issue. The UK is the second-largest importer of timber in the world, so the issue affects a lot of companies. Moreover, as the Minister said, deforestation and forest degradation are responsible for a significant amount of biodiversity...

Mental Health Services: Young People - Question (24 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, calls to the eating disorder charity Beat’s helpline nearly doubled during lockdown, and at the same time fewer children and young people started treatment for eating disorders compared to the previous year. What are the Government doing to ensure sufficient funding for children and young people’s eating disorder services so that young people can access the help they need?

Agriculture Bill - Report (3rd Day) (22 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Hodgson of Abinger and Lady Fookes, for this amendment, which is a means to embed the needs and welfare of animals in agricultural policy and to partly fill the vacuum of this Government not transposing across EU animal sentience legislation or introducing their own legislation, which they had promised to do in their manifesto. The Liberal...

Agriculture Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 71 (17 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Hodgson of Abinger and Lady Fookes, for tabling these amendments and enabling these important animal welfare issues to be debated tonight. I shall speak on Amendment 71 first, prior to taking on Amendments 72 and 73. On Amendment 71, I accept the scientific evidence that the practice of killing by throat cutting, without pre-stunning, compromises...

Biodiversity - Question (16 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lord Teverson, and with his permission, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name on the Order Paper.

Biodiversity - Question (16 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: I hear what the Minister says, but last October he said that the Government were looking at legislative options to ban the burning of upland peat bogs and yet it has been reported that these plans have been shelved. Peat bogs are incredibly important ecological sites, supporting many rare and endangered species, helping to prevent flooding and store carbon. Are the Government going to ban...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 31 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am delighted to have added my name to the amendment, which is now a cross-party amendment. While I will not repeat what other noble Lords have said, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, on the state of nature, I will say that we have had another report only this week from the RSPB, which shows that over the last 10 years the Government have missed a number of key biodiversity...

Anti-obesity Strategies - Question (14 Sep 2020)

Baroness Parminter: The National Audit Office’s report last week on tackling obesity confirmed that there is limited evidence that calorie labelling in restaurants reduces total calories consumed. How will the success or otherwise of the Government’s proposed calorie labelling in restaurants be evaluated? Will it take into account the potential harm caused, given that the ability to track calories can be...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 275 (28 Jul 2020)

Baroness Parminter: It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Curry. On this occasion, however, I believe this amendment is a Trojan horse seeking to end the classification of gene editing as genetic modification and replacing the EU regulatory framework with the Americans’ proof of harm. Good regulation is about managing the risks and the benefits of a process, and while we have heard about the...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 160 (21 Jul 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am delighted to be speaking between the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott, and the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, with whom I sat on the House of Lords committee that produced the report Hungry for Change, about which the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, and other noble Lords have been so complimentary. I speak in support of my Amendment 169 in this group. I am grateful for the...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (7 Jul 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I will speak to two amendments I have tabled in this group, namely Amendments 118 and 121. These aim to ensure that we get a strong regulatory framework to enforce this new system of paying public money for public goods because, as it stands, the Bill says that the Government only “may” introduce regulations to do this. It should be not just a power but a duty to do so, given...

Agriculture Bill - Second Reading (10 Jun 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, “God made the land for the people”. I was reminded of that rallying cry from the Liberal anthem “The Land” as I considered this Bill. There have been many political struggles down the years over the ownership and management of land, of which nearly three quarters in the UK is farmed. This Bill righty seeks a new consensus on how we manage the sometimes competing demands of...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Consider (2 Jun 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, there are large sums of money involved in this statutory instrument. Those figures were not mentioned in the Explanatory Memorandum or by the Minister, so I am very grateful to the civil servants for confirming to me that in 2019, the greening fund amounted to just over half a billion pounds. That is public money to deliver greening schemes to protect the environment—protection...

Food Supply and Security - Motion to Consider (14 May 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, we know that if we are to help our bodies, we need to eat well and to eat sufficient fruit and vegetables. We must therefore as a priority pick the harvest that needs to be picked at the moment. As my noble friend Lady Sheehan said, the Government have introduced a Pick for Britain scheme, but no collated statistics have been provided yet. Can the Minister provide those today to...

Fruit and Vegetable Harvest - Question (30 Apr 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, eastern Europeans account for 70% of the returnee pickers for one of the UK’s leading producers of berries, based here in Godalming. What are the Government doing to ensure that a sufficient number of those skilled pickers are able to travel, so that they can work alongside the hoped-for increase in UK pickers once the peak harvest starts at the end of next month?

Green Economy - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2020)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for his response and all noble Lords who have contributed so ably. Like the noble Lord, Lord Grantchester, I particularly thank the noble Earl, Lord Selbourne, for contributing, given his imminent retirement from this House. He exemplifies to me everything that is best about this place: he speaks with expertise and has a true zest for life. In a previous debate, he told...

Green Economy - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, climate change is the greatest threat that humanity faces. Scientists have been warning us for years that disasters of all kinds—wildfires, floods, droughts and storms—will become increasingly common as the planet heats up. Alongside this climate emergency, we face a nature emergency. Last year’s State of Nature report found that one-quarter of UK mammals and nearly half the...

Single-use Plastics - Question (27 Feb 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, in 2018, the Government promised to review the waste prevention programme. If, as the Minister says, the Government are so serious about prioritising waste reduction, why has that not yet happened?

Eating Disorders: Provision of Care - Question for Short Debate (4 Feb 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I declare an interest: one of my daughters suffers from anorexia. We have experienced NHS eating disorder services both for children and young people and for adults in the community, and specialist in-patient care, and it is clear to me that while advances have been made, insufficient progress has been made to date in improving the care for people suffering from these...


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