Results 1–20 of 230 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 Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Farm Subsidies - Question (30 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, while it is extremely important for British farmers to help restore the balance between the use of the land and introducing wildflower meadows to ensure the return of insects and birds, this must be balanced with food production. There will be a cut to direct payments, which the Minister has already referred to, that is to come in in 2021, and the payments will have been eradicated...

Plant Health (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (23 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his comprehensive introduction to this very important matter for the UK. I am grateful to him and his officials for their time in providing a very helpful briefing. Some of the language in this extensive SI is unfathomable to anyone not steeped in the science. As just one example, Regulation 4(6)(b)(ii) in Part 3 refers to, “an official statement that it...

Waste and Environmental Protection (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (23 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her extensive introduction. I am grateful to her and her officials for their time in providing a briefing. I am reassured that this SI makes no changes to the regulations covering waste and ensures that the law around waste disposal, installations and the recovery of mixed municipal waste collected from private households after Brexit will now be exactly the...

Rural Economy (Rural Economy Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I add my thanks and congratulations to my colleague and noble friend Lord Foster of Bath on his excellent report into the state of the rural economy and on his all-embracing introduction. I declare my interest as the chair of the National Community Land Trust Network and as a vice-president of the LGA. The noble Lord, Lord Cameron, eloquently illustrated the problems of rural areas....

Single-use Plastics - Question (1 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, since the ban on plastic cotton buds and the use of microbeads in cosmetics, which the Minister referred to in his earlier Answer, there appears to have been a bit of a lull in action on plastics. Despite some manufacturers making changes to their products, we are still seeing a large number of plastic straws in pubs and bars, despite what the Minister said. Is it not time that the...

Peatlands: Commercial Exploitation - Question (9 Sep 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, specifically on commercial peat extraction, as my noble friend Lord Teverson said, this is causing irreversible damage to some of the most historic and vulnerable nature conservation habitats and environments, so 2030 is too late to tackle this problem. Wonderful wetland habitats are being created from previous peat workings, such as at Westhay Heath. Why are the Government not...

Brexit: Food Standards - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, given the plethora of health identification marks that will be needed for food products of animal origin should the UK exit the EU without a deal, there is considerable concern about the impact this will have on small farmers and producers. The larger conglomerates will manage, but the smallholders will struggle. What are the Government doing to ensure the public and farmers are...

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his time and that of his officials in providing a briefing on this important statutory instrument. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the LGA. When we last debated puppy farming and the important measures and safeguards put in place, we raised the issue of regulating the import of puppies. The Government have now conducted their consultation and...

Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (19 Jun 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I am very grateful to the Minister for setting out the rationale behind this Bill and for his time, and to his officials for providing a briefing. I am also grateful for the Library briefing and the briefings I have received from other organisations and people—three in favour of a ban and five against it. This is an extremely important Bill, but it is also one over which we must...

Plastic Bag Charge - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, there are now many biodegradable carrier bags being used by small retailers who handle food, including butchers. These bags are alleged to degrade in landfill in 12 to 24 months. Surely if these bags are going to landfill, this somewhat defeats the object of the tax. Do the Government plan to extend the 10p tax to biodegradable bags, and are they aware that such bags contain...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Third Reading: Motion (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I would also like to thank the Minister and Defra officials for their time and patience in providing the very useful briefings. These were very welcome and greatly assisted the process of understanding what the Bill was about for those of us not steeped in the history of Kew. Many of your Lordships are, and it was a great comfort to know that so many Kew experts were taking part in...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 2 (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, as the Minister said, Kew does not have access to unlimited resources, and I welcome the recognition of this by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. I fully support his amendment, and am pleased that the Government have decided to accept it. Like my noble friend Lady Kramer, I am pleased we have had the opportunity for a contribution from the noble Lord, Lord True, given that this was his...

Office for Environmental Protection - Question (22 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, what mechanisms are the UK Government proposing to put in place, in partnership with the devolved Administrations, to ensure that there is continued co-operation on governance across the UK after exit, including on transboundary issues?

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 5 (21 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I am broadly supportive of the amendments tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, except that the time limit is a bit short. It is not like me to give the Government a lot of time to do something, but the period of one month set out in Amendments 5, 7 and 8 is not realistic; it should probably be closer to three months. Amendment 6 is unnecessary because six of the properties are...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 3 (21 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, transparency is really important, but I am concerned that a set of accounts should be produced just for the income from the leases on seven properties. That seems quite bureaucratic to me. I accept that the noble Baroness said that this was a probing amendment, so I will be interested in what the Minister has to say. I would have thought that these accounts could have been...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (21 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I agree that it is important to have safeguards, and, as the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, said, scientific research is one of the six major functions at Kew. However, it needs funding, and this amendment is unnecessarily restrictive. The trustees’ implementation of the MoU, when implementing the leases, must ensure that the ethos of the trust and that of the Charity Commission is...

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill - Second Reading (16 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Bethell, for his comprehensive introduction to his Private Member’s Bill, which was sponsored by David Warburton, the MP for Somerton and Frome in the other place. I understand that the Bill has government backing. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the LGA, although I am no longer an elected councillor in South Somerset,...

Animal Health, Plant Health, Seeds and Seed Potatoes (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (13 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his very full introduction to these minor amendments and, as the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, has pointed out, corrections. We previously debated these statutory instruments on 20 February and 3 April. I do not want to bore the House by running through the comments that I made then or rehashing the debate that we had. The EU requirements on 9 April...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 May 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Gardiner, for his introduction to the Bill and for his time and that of his officials in their briefing. We have many experts in the Chamber who have been involved with and supported Kew Gardens over the years—the noble Earl, Lord Selborne, the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, the noble Lords, Lord Holmes of Richmond and Lord Whitty, and many others. I...

National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure 2018 - Motion to Take Note (11 Apr 2019)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville: My Lords, this is a very important subject and I thank the Minister for his extensive introduction. Water resources and ensuring that there is a sufficient supply to meet the needs of the nation are extremely important, as every speaker has said. It is life-saving. This is a reasonable piece of legislation and has some significant steps forward, but it is not perfect. I have three concerns...


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