Results 1–20 of 1000 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 Randerson

UK Net Zero Emissions Target - Statement (12 Jun 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, this is obviously a very welcome Statement, and all the more so because it is such a surprise. It has been a real conversion on the road to Damascus by this Government, which as a general rule have not featured environmental issues and climate near the top of their priorities. In fact, the Government have been keen to abandon a number of policies introduced during the coalition...

Children’s Health: Vehicle Emissions - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Randerson: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect children from harmful vehicle emissions.

Children’s Health: Vehicle Emissions - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, I am very pleased indeed to have the opportunity to help raise the profile of this issue which is, in my view, a major child healthcare crisis. It is particularly dangerous because emissions are an unseen danger. I am grateful to all noble Lords participating in this debate. I want to stress that new facts are still emerging as scientists and the medical profession become more aware...

Bus Services - Question (4 Jun 2019)

Baroness Randerson: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more people to use bus services.

Bus Services - Question (4 Jun 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, local authority funding cuts mean that they can no longer afford to subsidise many services, so we need to encourage more people to use the buses to make them commercially viable. Does the Minister agree that since young people now have to stay in school, education or training until the age of 18, it is grossly unfair to expect them to pay full fare as they have to in many areas...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, I am delighted to see several old friends—I use that word deliberately—from across the parties who were there on that first day in May 1999 at the start of the Welsh Assembly. The fact that a significant number of us have been in the devolved institutions and are now here—and in one or two cases the reverse—strengthens both sets of institutions. It certainly means that our...

Connecting Europe Facility (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Take Note (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, to take up the point just made by my noble friend, this SI is intended to plug any gaps that would occur if we leave the EU without a deal. In that situation, it is highly likely that the EU might cease to fund projects that it has already committed to. Crucially, this 2020 date is now remarkably soon, although it might have sounded okay when the Government first dreamed it up at...

Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: I listened with great interest and thank the Minister for her response. I will review Hansard tomorrow and I promise to write to provide her with more information. I hope she will write to me to provide more information as a result, because this is such a valuable sector. It is so important to the survival of many of our rural communities and social links for many who are most at risk within...

Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: Will the Minister extend that very welcome assurance and say that the Government will promptly contact the offices of the traffic commissioners to ensure they understand that that is the Government’s intention, and that they are not applying different rules?

Transport Act 1985 (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Regret (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, these regulations are designed to amend the Transport Act 1985 to bring it into line with EU regulations on community transport. They are the culmination of two years of consultation by the Department for Transport and a lot of toing and froing between the community transport industry, the commercial bus operators and the Government. The reason for my regret Motion is, I hope, clear...

International Road Passenger Transport (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: Before the Minister sits down, I wish to clarify the situation. The papers from the Printed Paper Office made clear that no impact assessment has been prepared. I express my concern about that and should be grateful if she would explain why that is the case.

International Road Passenger Transport (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, I will start by underlining the gratitude we must feel to the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which has yet again done an excellent job in recommending that this SI be upgraded to an affirmative instrument and in referring these regulations to us. Although they seek to ensure that current access rights for EU bus and coach operators in Northern Ireland remain as they are...

HS2 - Question (20 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, demanding the cancellation of HS2 has become the new virility test for would-be Tory leadership candidates, and I fear that it might be the next economically damaging decision made by the Government solely to please Conservative Party members. I believe that HS2 is needed, but obviously costs need to be brought under control. The easiest way to do that is to make Old Oak Common the...

Heathrow Airport - Question (15 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, the percentage of people travelling to Heathrow by public transport has fallen in the last year or so, with more people using taxi services. However, the Government’s plans for Heathrow require an ambitious increase in the use of public transport—one of the red lines that the Minister referred to. That is necessary if the planned reduction in carbon emissions is to be achieved....

Rail Safety (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (13 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, I start by expressing my regret that we are discussing Northern Ireland legislation at all. I would have hoped that the Assembly would be up and running again by now. I am not apportioning blame within this Chamber but simply making it clear that I believe it is a great disadvantage to Northern Ireland that the Assembly is not sitting. These three SIs are being made by an unusual...

Electric Vehicles: Charging Points - Question (7 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to introduce to encourage local authorities to install more charging points for electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicles: Charging Points - Question (7 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, despite that, the growth in the electric vehicle market is not as rapid as it needs to be. This is a chicken-and-egg situation. Sales of electric vehicles will not increase dramatically until users are confident that they can find a charging point. Will the Government provide stronger leadership and support to local authorities, some of which have not yet installed a single charging...

Brexit: No-deal Ferry Contracts - Private Notice Question (1 May 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, every time I think that the Secretary of State has extracted the last vestige of farce from these ferry contracts, he seems to plumb new depths. I want to take up the point about P&O. Can the Minister explain to us whether the Government are facing court action from P&O and what stage any action is at in that case? The Government claim to have paid £800,000 for the legal advice on...

UK Innovation Corridor - Question for Short Debate (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Randerson: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Haselhurst, for bringing this debate to the House today. It is an important issue. The innovation corridor is an interesting concept and certainly does not lack ambition. Its stated aim, to compete with Silicon Valley, labels it as high in ambition. But it is important not to underestimate the complexity of the situation. This is already a...

Railways: Midland Main Line - Question (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Randerson: Millions of pounds have already been spent on raising the bridges on the 22 miles that will lie in the middle of the two electrified sections of this line. Is it not time to learn lessons from the Great Western electrification, and accept that electrification can now be done for half the cost of that original project and that, as they currently stand, bi-mode trains are heavier and more...


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