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Covid 19: Winter Plan - Statement (24 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Does my noble friend agree that all three vaccines are fine examples of the benefits of genetic modification? If she is happy to have them injected into her body, as I am, why do we still not allow the planting of genetically modified potatoes in our fields?

Covid-19: Transparency and Accuracy of Statistics - Private Notice Question (9 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister just said that the data changes quickly. Does he accept that all three datasets published towards the end of last week on reliable information on the number of positive cases, which is to say those of the Office for National Statistics, the government dashboard and King's College London’s COVID symptom study, all point to the second wave having already...

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (4 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I had wanted to spend my three minutes spelling out the potential alternative to lockdown, namely focused protection, because the Government have not taken it seriously enough. A staggering 45% of the UK’s Covid deaths have come among the 0.6% of people who live in care homes. That is where our efforts should be focused. However, like others, I was so disturbed by what I have...

Covid-19: Financial Support for High Street Retailers - Question (27 Oct 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, given the remarkable achievements of the high street retail sector in adapting to very difficult circumstances this year, can my noble friend say what steps the Government and the retail sector are taking to ensure that shops are safe for customers to visit in the run-up to Christmas?

Covid-19 Update - Statement (14 Oct 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Does my noble friend accept that conceding that a vaccine is a long way off changes the calculation? Mathematically, treating old and young by the same rules ensures that they have an equal probability of catching the disease, other things being equal, whereas a policy of voluntary focused protection would ensure that the elderly and vulnerable are less likely to catch it. Given that young...

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

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, this is my first contribution on this Bill since Second Reading, but I will be brief and I declare my farming interests. The amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Cameron of Dillington, is one that the Government and the House should embrace with enthusiasm. Noble Lords will recognise that I have been raising precisely this issue of gene...

Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report - Private Notice Question (22 Jul 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking when he was Secretary-General of NATO, that “Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with … environmental organizations working against shale gas … to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas”? Will he agree to look into how much the debate...

Agriculture Bill - Second Reading (10 Jun 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I declare an interest as the owner of a working farm in Northumberland. I support the Bill. I see it as an opportunity to make farming more sustainable environmentally, ecologically and climatically as well as commercially and technologically. So I welcome the emphasis in the Bill on productivity. I seek assurance from the Minister that as far as possible the environmental land...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes (11 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the World Health Organization's decision to welcome the government of India's decision to ban e-cigarettes; and what plans they have to implement a similar ban in the UK.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (11 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage they pay of the costs of the World Health Organization's secretariat for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Environmental Programme: COP 26 - Question (9 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, while I congratulate my noble friend on the environmental land management scheme, the nature recovery networks and the policy of net gain that he mentioned, could he ensure that environmental policies do not end up harming the environment? Examples of this include the burning of wood to produce electricity, which is causing forest destruction, and the siting of wind farms where...

Agriculture: Genome-edited Crops - Question (4 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate genome-edited crops after December 2020.

Agriculture: Genome-edited Crops - Question (4 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and in doing so declare my farming interests.

Agriculture: Genome-edited Crops - Question (4 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, there is not even a theoretical possibility that a genome-edited plant is less safe than a conventionally bred variety with the same trait. Environmental and nutritional benefits are accruing to consumers and producers all around the world from this technology, reducing dependence on chemicals —a race to the top, not the bottom. Given also the strength of British laboratories in...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Statement (3 Mar 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Can my noble friend advise us on the accuracy of the screening tests? Do we know whether there is a degree of false negatives, where people test clear but in fact have the virus? Are there any false positives, where tests show that people have the virus when they do not? For example, they might have a different kind of coronavirus—one of the common cold ones.

Housing Insulation - Question (25 Feb 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, will my noble friend agree to look into why it is that, if you switch a house from oil-fired to gas-fired central heating, its energy performance certificate gets worse, not better? It is a perverse system in the regulations. I declare my interest as a landlord.

East Africa: Locusts - Question (4 Feb 2020)

Viscount Ridley: Will my noble friend agree to look into reports that one of the reasons for the re-emergence of massive locust plagues in this part of the world is that, under the banner of agroecology, agencies and non-governmental organisations have increasingly advised farmers not to use pesticides when that is a sensible use of technology?

Gene Editing - Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, it is an honour to follow such a clear and persuasive speech by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, with whom I fully agree. Like others, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, on securing this debate. Its title does not include the word “human”, so I will focus my remarks on genome editing in agriculture and the environment. I had a hunch that greater...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity Interconnectors (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual standing charge on the consumer has been permitted by Ofgem to the owners of the Western Link interconnector between Hunterston and Deeside; and for how many years that charge has been permitted.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity Interconnectors (27 Jan 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require Ofgem to publish the calculations behind the approved rate of return allowed to the owners of the Western Link interconnector.


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