Results 1–20 of 26 for speaker:Baroness Rock

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sustainable Farming Incentive (26 Apr 2021)

Baroness Rock: To ask Her Majesty's Government why questions about land occupation were not asked of farmers submitting an expression of interest to take part in the pilot Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme; and whether they will now consider asking those farmers to provide information about their land occupation status.

Agriculture Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 69 (17 Sep 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my interest as a director of Wrackleford Farms Ltd, a tenant farming enterprise. I shall speak to Amendments 81, 82, 83, 85 and 86, which stand in my name. I am grateful for the support of the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, for these amendments. I shall also speak to Amendments 69 and 89 in the name of the noble Earl, Lord Devon, Amendment 84 in...

Agriculture Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 36 (15 Sep 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my interest as a director of Wrackleford Farms Ltd, a tenant farming enterprise. I shall speak to Amendment 42. The amendment, supported by the NFU, would ensure that farmers entitled to payments receive those payments within guaranteed timescales to help ensure certainty of cash flow. I thank my noble friend Lord Caithness for his support. I said in Committee that any...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (21 Jul 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, again I declare my interests as a director of a tenant farming enterprise. I support Amendment 237 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh. I was pleased to add my name to Amendments 238 and 243 to 246. I welcome the clear intention to ensure that tenants are not excluded from financial assistance schemes. Amendment 238 seeks only to ensure that all potential circumstances...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 130 (21 Jul 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my interest as a director of a tenant farming enterprise as set out in the register. I shall speak to my Amendments 150 to 153. Although there is an understandable desire to demonstrate that we are moving away from the old regime of the CAP, we must do so in a way that is effective rather than just quick. The delay in our exit from the EU and the implications of Covid-19...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 105 (16 Jul 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I speak to Amendment 128 in my name, and declare my interests as set out in the register. Time is running out to have all necessary legislation and implementation decisions and processes in place in the timescale set. There are still many aspects of transition and the success of future farming support policy that remain unclear, and the concern is that there will be a gap between...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 13 (to Amendment 12) (9 Jul 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my farming interests as set out in the register. I too add my support to Amendment 12 in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Curry of Kirkharle. I will speak to my Amendment 62, which would give the Secretary of State additional powers to enable the support of diversification activities on farms where the purpose of that activity is to support or maintain the agricultural,...

Agriculture Bill - Second Reading (10 Jun 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my farming interests as set out in the register. This Bill is the most critical piece of legislation for domestic agriculture for more than 50 years. I commend the Government on the significant improvements made in comparison with the Bill introduced to Parliament prior to the last general election. However, there are still some issues around food security, the importance...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Coronavirus (13 May 2020)

Baroness Rock: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to grant schemes to support dairy and tenant farmers.

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, it is, as ever, a great privilege to contribute to this important International Women’s Day debate, and I add my profound thanks to my noble friend Lady Berridge. It is also a great honour to follow the maiden speech of my noble friend Lord Ranger and to hear about his extraordinary journey and, in particular, his remarkable, resilient and resourceful mother. He is indeed lucky...

Algorithms: Public Sector Decision-making - Question for Short Debate (12 Feb 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, on securing this important debate. It is a topic that I know is close to his heart. I had the privilege of serving on the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence which he so elegantly and eloquently chaired. Algorithmic decision-making has enormous potential benefits in the public sector and it is therefore good that we are...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, this Queen’s Speech is our first and best chance to set out what kind of country we are going to be outside the European Union. It is our chance to remind investors, businesses, workers and trade partners that what is true now of Britain—open, innovative, creative and productive—will continue to be true. It is our chance to capitalise on what opportunities may come from our...

Farming - Question (8 Jan 2020)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I declare my interest as set out in the register. In its paper Moving Away from Direct Payments, Defra states: “There is evidence that Direct Payments inflate farm rents, meaning some of the payment supports the income of the landowner, not the tenant farm.” Does the Minister expect that the removal of the BPS will have the direct impact of lowering rents for tenant farmers?

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

Baroness Rock: My Lords, it has been a privilege to serve on the Select Committee on the Rural Economy and to contribute to the report we are debating. I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Foster of Bath, for his enthusiastic and engaging chairmanship and to my fellow committee members for thoughtful discussions. I also thank our clerk, Simon Keal, and the special advisers for their invaluable support....

Employment - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I too congratulate my noble friend Lord Leigh on securing this debate and on leading us off today with such trenchant commentary. I echo much of his analysis when it comes to highlighting the Government's track record on supporting private sector job creation. While this month’s ONS statistics are cause for celebration—indeed, for optimism in this uncertain time—the narrative...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, it is an honour to contribute to this important debate and I too thank my noble friend the Minister. I am very privileged to be a founding ambassador of Women Supporting Women for the Prince’s Trust. We are committed to supporting and inspiring young women to build their own futures through skills, education and employment, and female employment is, as we have heard, at a record...

Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I too pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, as an outstanding Chairman of our Select Committee, and I thank all noble Lords on the committee for their warm collaboration and insights on this important report. We could not have completed the report without the hard work of the committee staff, advisers and clerks, for which many thanks. It is a great pleasure to speak in...

NHS: Healthcare Data - Motion to Take Note (6 Sep 2018)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, it is a great honour to follow the excellent maiden speech of my noble friend Lord Bethell. I know that all noble Lords will join me in extending him a very warm welcome. As we have heard, he brings a rich family heritage as well as the experience of a veteran campaigner outside of Parliament. I am sure that we will benefit from that dedication, energy and commitment in this...

Small Business Commissioner - Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn, on securing this important and extremely timely debate. On this side of the House we are often referred to as “the party of business”. From some this is a compliment while from others it is less so. Certainly, when we are portrayed as the party of only big business, it is the latter. But I say that we support businesses of all...

Digital Understanding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Baroness Rock: My Lords, I also commend my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox for securing this debate but, beyond that, for continuing to champion the digital and tech agenda as she does with such alacrity and passion. We have heard many fascinating speeches and insights this afternoon, so I will keep my comments brief and to two areas. The first is digital’s contribution to our economy and our global...


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