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United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 10 (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I must say that I am uneasy about this group of amendments because I am not sure that they achieve what many noble Lords want. This Bill is designed to provide a UK single market—like the EU’s and, indeed, that of the USA—to ensure a properly functioning market that creates prosperity and economic security for our four great nations coming together in the United Kingdom under...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9 (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I speak to this group of amendments in the name of my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering and the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, applying a super-affirmative resolution procedure to changes to the reach of Clause 8 on indirect discrimination on services— the goods, equivalent and various other clauses having fallen. Amendment 9 requires publication of the results of...

Fire Safety Bill - Report: Amendment 5 (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy. I think that he and I agree on the value of consultation in many different arenas. My probing amendment relates to an appalling situation arising as an indirect consequence of the Grenfell tragedy. As a direct result of that fire, vast amounts of cladding, especially on high-rise blocks, will have to be removed. The...

Future of Financial Services - Statement (11 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I refer to my interests in the register. Unlike some others, I congratulate the Chancellor and my noble friend on getting ahead and providing as much certainty as possible in financial services, despite the ongoing difficulties with the EU. We need this innovative £130 billion industry, especially as we start to pay for Covid. How does my noble friend think that this package will help the...

Waste Prevention Programme - Question (10 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My noble friend may not be aware of it but I have been pressing his predecessor on reducing plastic waste since before the Attenborough revelations, and I welcome some of the changes that my noble friend has described. However, how will sustainability initiatives be ramped up to deal with other negatives from Covid? We have seen a resurgence of disposable cups, discarded masks everywhere,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tolls: Greater London (10 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Transport for London about ensuring that residents in London receive a discount on the charge for driving within the congestion charging zone.

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (5th Day) (9 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I am glad to speak after my noble and learned friend Lord Garnier, although we come at the subject from slightly different directions. I have sat through much of the proceedings on this Bill. I have quite a few reservations, which I hope may be reflected in amendments or reassurances on Report. However, on Part 5 I have a great deal of sympathy with the Government and I thought my...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (9 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I support the position taken by my noble friend the Minister in her Amendments 4C, 4D and 4E. As noble Lords will know, I am not entirely in favour of the Bill. I do not like the fact that it applies to migrants from the EU only and, with other noble Lords, I sought amendments to the new system. For example, I remain unhappy about permitting those coming to work here to take jobs...

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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I am glad to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, and agree with a great deal of what she said. The last time we debated a Covid SI, I said that I was unhappy with the direction in which policy was moving, but I agreed with the Government that, at all costs, another national lockdown had to be avoided. We have not avoided such a lockdown, and I am now even less happy. First, I...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 153 (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I rise to speak to Amendment 153 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter. This is a new clause relating to mergers that might affect the internal market. She may have a reasonable point that this is a matter of public policy about which we should be concerned. It is odd the way mergers involving an overseas player without a UK business cannot be stopped under merger law—think...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 149 (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank my noble friend for his assurance on commencement. He did not answer my specific questions, but I think that the answer in general terms was that the Government have taken the same powers as the CMA has on competition and applied them pro rata. Perhaps I can pick up something that the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, said earlier. I wonder whether we could look at this line by line to see...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 149 (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, this Committee is nearing its end, apart from Part 5. I support the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles, in her forensic efforts to probe the purpose of Clauses 38 to 40. I welcome my noble friend Lord Tyrie to today’s debate. Although I do not agree with him on fines or general powers, he makes a very good point about digital information. I am sorry he was not here for the debate on...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 149 (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I have another couple of points for clarification by my noble friend. First, does legal privilege apply to in-house counsel, provided that they are properly qualified lawyers? I would be happy for the Minister to write to me about that. Secondly, he referred in the debate about small business to Clause 32(4), and helpfully explained that the CMA will advise on regulatory proposals before laws...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 149 (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I was glad to see Amendment 149. It is always good to be clear about legal privilege to avoid needless or inappropriate fishing expeditions by regulatory staff, and it matters for in-house counsel as well as for external lawyers. It would be good to be clear on the Government’s intentions. I also support the sentiment behind Amendments 150 and 156. We need to look after small...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (3 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I think the Cabinet may come to conclude that national lockdown is not the answer. However, let us look forward. When adopting Covid measures in future, can the Government please set out, in a straightforward way, the expected cost-benefit analysis in numerical terms, including not only the number of delayed Covid deaths and hospital admissions but estimates of the economic costs...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 110 (2 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, this has been a good debate on an important group of amendments. We are not all agreed, but most of us are doubtful about the decision to allocate the office for the internal market to the CMA in the way the Bill proposes. I favour an office with ministerial leadership—there is a parallel with the EU’s single market commissioner, which has worked well in many ways. The noble...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 110 (2 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 110 in my name and that of my noble friend Lady Noakes. My noble friend the Minister has been kind enough to write to me following the debate on where the new office for the internal market should sit. However, I remain to be convinced that the Competition and Markets Authority is its appropriate home. For this reason, I have tabled an amendment attaching it...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 107 (2 Nov 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I support the noble Baroness, Lady Bowles, in probing the effect of these two government amendments. As a well-known supporter of a well-functioning IP profession, right across the United Kingdom, I have to say that I am still confused. It seems to me that, in the UK single market, the rights of these various attorneys should be fully reciprocal. Can my noble friend confirm that...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I do not disagree that the amendment should be withdrawn. The noble Lord, Lord Shipley, my noble friend Lady Eaton and the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, have drawn attention to the problem that I raised earlier about leaseholders caught by the Government’s Grenfell-related changes being unable to afford repairs or waking watches and/or unable to sell their properties. In some...

Fire Safety Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (29 Oct 2020)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, first, I thank all noble Lords who have participated in this debate, and I am especially grateful to my noble friend Lord Shinkwin for his very moving example. I also express my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and the noble Baroness, Lady Pinnock, for their support. The Minister has confirmed that discussions are ongoing on insurance, warranties and other issues, which are...


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