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Pandemics and Environmental Degradation - Question (24 Feb 2021)

Viscount Ridley: My noble friend will be aware that China has been reforesting rather than deforesting in the last decade and that the animals in the Wuhan wildlife market tested negative. At the moment, the only known connection between wild viruses that are closely related to SARS-CoV-2 and Wuhan is the collection of nine bat viruses taken by scientists from a mineshaft in Mojiang county to Wuhan—a...

Heritage Organisations: Coal Supplies - Question (21 Jan 2021)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I declare my interest as someone from whose land in Northumberland coal was being extracted until last year, including for heritage railways. The Minister will know that the Government refused permission for a further surface mine at Highthorn in Northumberland, disagreeing in the process with the county council, the planning inspector and the courts. I had no interest in that...

Biodiversity: Impact of Neonicotinoids - Question (14 Jan 2021)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I refer to my farming interests in the register. Given that the derogation for sugar beet was broadly supported by members of the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides at its meeting in November, will my noble friend confirm that this is in sharp contrast to the emergency derogation granted by Defra earlier in 2020 to spray copper hydroxide as a blight fungicide on organic potato crops,...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages): Amendment to the Motion (30 Dec 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I hope you can hear me this time. It was my fault last time, and I apologise. I was going to say what an honour it was to follow the courageous noble Baroness, Lady Hoey. I warmly welcome the noble Lord, Lord Austin of Dudley, and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cavendish of Furness, on his valedictory speech. The ratio of good sense to words spoken is probably higher in him than...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (1 Dec 2020)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, this is not an argument between tackling the virus and ignoring it, as my noble friend the Minister put it in his opening remarks. It is about whether, if one wants to change people’s behaviour, one chooses persuasion or compulsion. In this country, the theme behind our long migration from royal dictatorship to parliamentary democracy is that we think it possible to persuade...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Organic Farming: Antimicrobials (30 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many emergency derogations to use non-organic antimicrobial products were authorised to certified organic producers of (1) beef cattle, (2) dairy cattle, (3) sheep, (4) goats, and (5) pigs, in England in each of the past three calendar years.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Potatoes: Fungicides (30 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated area of certified organic potatoes treated in England during 2020 with copper hydroxide under the emergency derogation granted by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Organic Farming: Cereals (30 Nov 2020)

Viscount Ridley: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated proportion of the total certified organic area of the (1) wheat, (2) barley, (3) oats, (4) rye, and (5) triticale, crops produced from non-organic seed in England in each of the past three harvest years.

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.


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