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Results 1–20 of 270 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

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 31 (15 Jan 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I rise to support this cross-party amendment in its entirety, but particularly to cover the issues I raised on Monday at Second Reading and, if I may, to have the right of reply to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen, who made reference to my speech from earlier in the debate in his closing remarks. He said: “The noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, referred to animal welfare. At the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, it is, as ever, a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Hain, who rightly referred to level playing fields. I shall touch on the one issue he did not include: the level playing field for animal welfare we currently enjoy as a member of the European Union. A non-regression clause on animal welfare is absent from the Bill, and I fear that not only puts our standards at risk but...

Fracking - Question (9 Jan 2020)

Baroness Parminter: The Government may not ban fracking, but do they agree with the National Audit Office’s recent report that states that fracking has no demonstrable benefit for local people, communities or the environment?

Health: Eating Disorders - Question (7 Jan 2020)

Baroness Parminter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking following the reported rise in hospital admissions for eating disorders.

Health: Eating Disorders - Question (7 Jan 2020)

Baroness Parminter: NHS figures show that 19,000 people required hospitalisation for eating disorders in England last year. That figure is more than double what it was a decade ago. With only 649 in-patient beds in the NHS in England to treat people with eating disorders, does the Minister agree that the resources to tackle this worrying mental health crisis are too scarce?

Plastics Recycling - Question (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, given the vast amount of plastic film used in food packaging, what are the Government doing to increase the amount available for recycling?

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (29 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, my interest in this Bill was drawn by my concern to stop more avoidable deaths of sufferers of eating disorders—sufferers such as Averil Hart, who died aged 19 and whose death, and that of two other women sufferers, was investigated by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The title of the ombudsman’s 2017 report says it all: Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating...

Psychiatrists - Question (21 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the shortage of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom.

Psychiatrists - Question (21 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: Vacancy rates for psychiatric posts have doubled in the past six years. Eating disorder services are particularly affected, contributing to lengthy waiting times for treatment, which can be life threatening given the mortality rates for anorexia. Will the Government agree to double the number of medical school places over the next 10 years to deliver more psychiatrists and better care for...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, this year the UN’s report on biodiversity and ecosystems outlined that nature has been declining at the fastest rate in human history. In my lifetime, we have lost 41% of the wildlife species in this country. In the face of that ecological crisis and the climate crisis, the case for which has been made so strongly on our pavements over recent weeks by Extinction Rebellion and...

Trade in Animals and Animal Products (Legislative Functions) and Veterinary Surgeons (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (7 Oct 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I associate myself with the comprehensive remarks of my colleague on the Labour Front Bench and support the intention behind the amendment. It is absolutely clear that businesses in the farming and agribusiness community are extremely concerned about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on their businesses. Bringing these SIs forward under the affirmative procedure seems to fly...

Use of Language to Create a Safe Environment - Statement (26 Sep 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, from these Benches, I too thank the noble Earl for repeating the Statement. When I left the Chamber last night, I went to my daughter’s sixth form college for a talk on how we can support our young people through the difficult teenage years. The talk was about how there will be strong differences of opinions on challenging issues, how parents need to remain the adults in the room...

Brexit Readiness and Operation Yellowhammer - Statement (25 Sep 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating this Statement, which says that in leaving the EU there is, “the opportunity to develop new technologies which will help feed the world and enhance our environment”. The only technologies which have not been developed are those that are below the highest global food safety standards in the world—the standards of the European Union. That is...

Charities: Plastic Bag Charges - Question (9 Sep 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the Minister said that it is not compulsory for retailers to ensure that the money goes to charities. Last year, 40% of retailers did not say where the money went. Why is it not compulsory for the money to go to charities so that we can be sure that it is going to good causes?

Biodiversity Duty: Public Authorities - Question (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have to strengthen the public authorities’ biodiversity duty.

Biodiversity Duty: Public Authorities - Question (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Secretary of State for his speech last week, though I note that he said “I want to” rather than “We will” introduce a biodiversity duty. If other government departments scupper the inclusion of a stronger biodiversity duty in the environment Bill, how will the Government respond to the biodiversity crisis that we face, so powerfully outlined in recent UN reports?

Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I add the support of our Benches to the noble Baroness in seeking reassurances about the critical issue of guidance. This is an important piece of legislation, albeit one that affects a very small number of wild animals. Ensuring that we have clear guidance on the definition of “travelling circus” and who can seize these animals is critical, but it is equally critical that we...

Plastic Bag Charge - Question (17 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, £50 million was raised from the plastic bag levy last year. Given that retailers do not have to say where the money goes, and last year only 60% chose to do so, what confidence do the Government have that this money will end up going to good causes?

Litter Strategy - Question (15 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, glass is a major problem when it litters our countryside—for humans, for fire risks and for wildlife. The noble Baroness, Lady Jones, mentioned the deposit return scheme. Scotland has recently introduced a 20p deposit return scheme which includes glass. Will the Minister confirm that any scheme introduced in England would include all sizes and materials, including glass?

Soil Health - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, will the Government’s forthcoming environment Bill commit to improving soil health and have the targets and metrics to deliver this?

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