Results 1–20 of 210 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Parminter

Air Pollution - Question (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, can the Minister tell us exactly which towns and cities are being affected by the reasoned opinion of the European Commission?

Imports: Vegetables - Question (8 Feb 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, half the vegetables we eat in this country are imported, including native crops such as cauliflowers and onions. Is it not time that the Government’s forthcoming Green Paper on food and farming tackled this decline in home-grown veg?

Brexit: Environmental Standards - Question (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords—

Brexit: Environmental Standards - Question (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the Minister referred to an upcoming consultation on the 25-year environment plan. Some matters that are not open for consultation are matters of principle. One of the principles in Europe has been that environmental protection has been maintained by the precautionary principle. Will the Minister guarantee that this Government will uphold the precautionary principle?

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I welcome the aspirations in the Bill to build more homes and the potential of neighbourhood planning to help in a discrete but important way. I certainly concur with the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Finn, that this was one of the proud moments of the coalition Government. It was one area where both parties saw the value of giving local people a...

Animal Welfare: Penalties - Question (16 Jan 2017)

Baroness Parminter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the penalties for animal welfare offences.

Animal Welfare: Penalties - Question (16 Jan 2017)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for that reply. The maximum sentence available for extreme and premeditated cruelty is six months. We lag behind the rest of mainland Europe and Northern Ireland, whose maximum sentence is five years. Given that the EFRA Select Committee has now recommended a rise to five years, is it not time that the sentence matched the crime?

Equine Welfare Standards - Question for Short Debate (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, given what has been said by previous speakers, I should declare that I am not a horse rider but I have always thought that horses are magnificent beasts, deserving of the utmost respect. Most of us here, whether we are riders or non-riders, would agree that the majority, as the noble Baroness, Lady Chisholm, rightly said in her opening remarks, are well cared for by people who...

Brexit: Support for Farming - Question (11 Jan 2017)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, it is welcome news that the two plans, on farming and the environment, will dovetail. But can the Minister confirm that the environment action plan will have clear targets and will not just be a list of wishes, so that we can ensure that farmers are paid for delivering the public goods which the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, mentioned, rather than continuing the current system...

Food Waste - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the results of the third phase of the voluntary Courtauld Commitment with business are due imminently. Are the Government considering asking WRAP to publish company names, or to legislate, if reductions in food waste are not secured?

Agricultural Sector (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, like others, I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Scott of Needham Market, and her committee on this report. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, I was rotated off the committee, but I have benefited from her chairmanship in the past. I thank her for that as I do for the report. There is always a bit of a delay in debating our committee reports. In the case of this one, some rather...

Agricultural Sector (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I am very grateful for that response. I absolutely echo the noble Baroness’s understanding of the historical position and where the CAP came from. Equally, I agree that there are some elements in the current debate about the future of the common agricultural policy in the post-Brexit context who think that the money should go just to the environment. My position is that we have to have...

Flooding: Defences - Question (8 Nov 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, storing water on flood-lands and tree planting are cost-effective means of alleviating flood risk. Given our exit from the common agricultural policy, do the Government agree that in future our farmers should be paid for providing public goods, including managing land to alleviate communities’ risks of flooding?

Brexit: Environmental and Climate Change Policy - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank all Members who have participated in this debate. Again, they have shown the breadth of expertise in this House but also, as my noble friend Lord Teverson said, the breadth of environmental issues that Defra will have to cover as a result of Brexit. I thank the Minister for the answers that he has been able to give to us today; there are clearly many unanswered questions....

Brexit: Environmental and Climate Change Policy - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the European Union has produced the world’s most comprehensive body of environmental policy and legislation. It has protected our wildlife and biodiversity and has improved the quality of our water and other natural resources. It has also been pivotal in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and prompting the growth in renewable energy in our fight against climate change. As the...

Single Farm Payment Scheme - Question (20 Jul 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, farmers need reliable broadband to apply for these farm payments and run their businesses. Given the criticism this week from the Select Committee of BT Openreach’s quality of service, what are the Government going to do to ensure that we get decent broadband in rural areas?

Recycling: Wales - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, it is not just the Welsh we are lagging behind. The Scottish have recently published a circular economy strategy, which sets a target for a reduction in food waste of a third by 2025. Do the Government have plans to develop a strategy to allow England to capitalise on the economic and environmental benefits of moving towards a more circular economy?

Agriculture and Horticulture - Motion to Take Note (7 Jul 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I add the thanks of those on these Benches to the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley, for initiating this debate today. Post the referendum result, it is critical that the role of UK agriculture is championed. This debate has allowed Members on all sides today to do just that. As we have heard, our farmers provide over 60% of the food that we eat and it is vital that we have farmers keeping...

Litter - Question (6 Jul 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the Minister has said that education is a top priority and of course he is right. But given the success of the charge on single-use carrier bags in reducing litter and changing behaviour, is it not time for the Government to ensure that they look at further economic incentives as part of their strategy, such as charges on the single use of coffee cups?

Landfill: Textile Waste - Question (4 Jul 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, lower prices and reduced demand are lessening incentives to collect used textiles. Will the Minister say what plans the Government have to introduce extended producer responsibility, as they have done in France, to stimulate demand for sustainable markets?


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