Results 1–20 of 195 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

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?

Animal Welfare: Puppy Farms - Question (7 Jun 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, puppy dealers can make millions of pounds a year and yet face only six months in jail if they cause the death of hundreds of dogs through puppy trading. Is it not time that the Government acted, as happens in Northern Ireland, and increased the maximum sentence for animal welfare offences to five years?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am obliged to welcome much that is in the Queen’s Speech, but it is with sincere regret that I note that for the second year running, the word “environment” does not feature in it at all. There are no measures to protect or enhance our natural environment and no measures to deliver the Conservative manifesto commitment to protect our public forests and woodlands...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, this amendment and the previous debates concern ensuring that the homes that we want deliver sustainable drainage, with the benefit of protecting home owners from floods and wider amenity benefits to communities and to biodiversity. I am disappointed that the Government and the Commons did not feel able to accept amendments that this House voted for to end the automatic right to...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for those remarks. They are indicative of the thoughtful and careful way in which she has handled negotiations on this difficult Bill. I am grateful for the time she has given to me and to other Members of this Chamber, particularly on this issue. I know it means so much to her and to other Members around this House. It will directly affect home owners who...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I am deeply disappointed that the Government do not feel able to accept this amendment. While I heard what the Minister said, it is still not clear exactly how the Government will meet their binding climate change commitments if they will not accept the amendment. They talk about doing so in a cost-effective manner, but the trajectory of the roadmap is unclear if we do not propose a...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for those remarks. I am obviously disappointed that, at this late stage, after, as she knows, so many compromises have been brought forward from this side on this issue, the Government do not feel able to accept something that will deliver what they want to achieve—more homes—because it will bring about more neighbourhood planning. I thank the noble Lord, Lord...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, we return again the to the issue of building the homes that we need, ensuring at the same time that we contribute fully to meeting our greenhouse gas emission targets and lowering fuel bills. I am very disappointed to see that the Government and the other place did not feel able to accept the amendment that we proposed. In lieu, the Government are proposing a review. I remind noble...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (10 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I very much welcome the comments made last night by the Minister in the other place, who said that he intends, “to work with colleagues to ensure that neighbourhood plans enjoy the primacy that we intend them to have in planning law”.—[ Official Report, Commons, 9/5/16; col. 462.] I wholeheartedly endorse and welcome that commitment. However, I have prepared what I...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the purpose of the amendment is to ensure that the new homes that we want are built with sustainable drainage, protecting home owners against flooding and delivering wider environmental benefits to the community—and, indeed, for biodiversity. At Report, the Government’s response was that we should wait to see how the presumption in planning works, given that it has been...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, and the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for joining me in support of the amendment. I have not heard anything from the Minister to counter the weight of evidence in this Chamber and beyond, which says that the present situation with regard to delivering sustainable urban drainage is not working. When the Government...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, the new homes we wish to be built must, at the same time, meet our greenhouse gas targets and contribute to lowering fuel bills. It is right that we help to ensure that those homes are financially viable for the people who are going to build them. As the Government have accepted, the on-cost for building homes to this standard is 3,000 for a three-bedroom semi. That figure, as...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank noble Lords who have participated in this debate and echo the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, who summed it up incredibly well by saying that the Government’s arguments were not compelling. We have debated this at length in the Chamber, and I am not going to go through the arguments again today, but I just want to raise two points. First, the Federation of Master...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, we all believe that neighbourhood plans deliver more homes. However, it is not just a belief; it is also the evidence that the Government accept. We heard them accept it in both Committee and on Report. Therefore, we wish to do all we can to encourage more neighbourhood plans to be produced in order to deliver the housing that we all know we need. Our central contention is that we...

Housing and Planning Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons (4 May 2016)

Baroness Parminter: My Lords, I stand by my assertion that the Government’s amendment offers nothing beyond that which good local planning authorities are already doing. It does not address the issue; even if they are doing it, councillors can then go on to make a decision that overturns the policy of a neighbourhood plan or forum and that the call-in cannot be used by that local group, because there...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (5th Day) (25 Apr 2016)

Baroness Parminter: I thank the Minister for her remarks and colleagues around the House for their support. The Minister made the point that some of the evidence we used predates the introduction of the presumption in planning. Some of it does; some of it does not. It would have been a lot easier for this House to hear the arguments more clearly if the Government had done any serious monitoring in the last year...


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