Results 1–20 of 116 for speaker:the Earl of Devon

King’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (14 Nov 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan. I much enjoyed the three maiden speeches delivered today and I welcome and congratulate all our new Members. We all arrive here by various routes; mine involved the gratitude of the Empress Matilda in respect of a previous Brexit. The diversity of paths to these red Benches is one of the House’s greatest strengths, and I...

Artificial Intelligence: Regulation - Question (14 Nov 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, the Government have noted that AI’s large language models are trained using copyrighted data and content that is scraped from the internet. This will constitute intellectual property infringement if it is not licensed. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that technology companies seek rights holders’ informed consent?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day): Amendment 231 (13 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I had not expected to speak but this interesting debate has raised a couple of questions which maybe the Minister or the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, may address, particularly concerning Amendment 232. I note that I am a member of the Wetlands APPG, so wetlands and flood plains are very close to my heart. I am also a member of the Devon Housing Commission so the cost and...

New Homes - Question (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, for some weeks we have heard scare stories that 100,000 new homes are blocked by the rules on nutrient neutrality. I am therefore glad that the Government have debunked that myth with their recent explainer, which states that only 16,500 homes are currently impacted. By comparison, Savills estimates that 150,000 homes are land-banked in 2021, and Homes England sits on 250,000 more...

Procurement Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments: Amendment to the Motion on Amendment 1 (11 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I regret that due to professional commitments I was unable to contribute as much as I would have liked to earlier stages of the Bill. However, I added my name to two amendments on Report, both of which focused on the importance of recognising social value in the development of the national procurement policy statement. I am grateful to the noble Lords who led on those amendments...

Land Use in England Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, what a privilege to be sandwiched between the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Carlisle for his valedictory speech—two Members of your Lordships’ House who have contributed so much to rural issues. I point out my interests in the register, and thank the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, and the whole committee, for their excellent work on this...

Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, and the other Cross-Bench Peers who have supported this important debate. For my contribution this evening, I will stick in the mud to focus on our coastal fringes and particularly our intertidal habitat. As we all know from our earliest biology lessons, this is where terrestrial life began, and terrestrial life’s survival in the face of climate...

Housing Crisis: Rural and Coastal Communities - Question for Short Debate (24 Jul 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I am grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter for calling this important debate, which is obviously crucial to Devon. Given Bishop Robert’s impending retirement, I also take this opportunity to record in Hansard my immense gratitude for his tireless spiritual and practical service to our diocese and the wider county since 2014. The Bishops of Exeter and the...

Advanced Artificial Intelligence - Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, having greedily signed up to all three debates taking place today because all are on topics close to my heart, I will try to keep the contributions short. I probably should have asked AI to write my speeches today—it would have saved time and doubtless made them much better. However, this is all my own work, and it is not wholly in AI’s favour. I thank the noble Lord, Lord...

Nova Kakhovka Dam - Question (13 Jun 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, one of the perhaps unintended consequences of this tragedy is the recreation of considerable areas of wetland that previously had been drained. Will thought be given to the preservation of some of that wetland and the biodiversity that it might offer to the people of Ukraine?

Trains: Wifi Provision for Passengers - Question (25 May 2023)

the Earl of Devon: The noble Baroness links the unavailability of wifi to the unavailability of 4G and 5G in the areas in which the trains are travelling. Does she directly link the failure of the trains to provide wifi to the failure of Project Gigabit?

NHS National Health Inequalities Improvement Programme - Question (25 May 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, in response to the noble Baroness’s question on the South West Food Hub, I was on the advisory board until last week. That project has now folded, purely through lack of engagement from the Cabinet Office and the procurement services. Can the Minister speak to his colleagues at the Cabinet Office to see whether they can re-engage in these dynamic procurement activities for local...

Leasehold Enfranchisement - Question ( 2 May 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, over 20 years ago we introduced the law of commonhold, and I think I contributed to a textbook on the subject as a junior barrister. In the years since, I think only about 20 commonholds have been established. I know the Law Commission looked at this a couple of years ago, and commonhold is designed to be a better alternative to leasehold without the complications. Can the Minister...

House of Lords: Regional Representativeness - Question (22 Mar 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, for asking this important Question. Does the Minister agree that having a non-partisan champion for each county, with both residence and long-term community relations in such counties, offers considerable benefits—not least over 800 years of precedence? I note my interest as the Earl of Devon.

Rugby: 200th Anniversary - Question (15 Mar 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, noting that I am a former rugby player who suffered my own fair share of concussions, may I ask what steps the Government are taking both to protect young players from life-changing injuries and to protect local clubs from bankruptcy due to claims by former players?

Green Investment - Question ( 7 Mar 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, the Government have adopted a state-level strategy, signing memoranda of understanding with various states: Indiana, South Carolina and North Carolina. Their focus is on clean tech and green trade. What other states are the Government currently in negotiations with, what are the expected benefits, and why should we be negotiating with individual states rather than the United States...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (20 Feb 2023)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is an honour to speak to this important group of amendments focused on the rural and coastal implications of the levelling-up strategy. I particularly speak to Amendments 3 and 33, to which I have added my name, and also Amendment 53 from the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, which I support. I apologise for not being present at Second Reading, and note for the purposes of this and...

Health Promotion Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 2 Dec 2022)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I add my thanks and congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, on bringing forward this Health Promotion Bill, encapsulating as it does many of the major recommendations of the National Plan for Sport and Recreation Committee. I was privileged to be a member of that committee from January 2021 until the publication of the report almost exactly a year ago. Having revisited...

Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill - Commons Reasons: Motion A (22 Nov 2022)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I will briefly add my disappointment to that voiced by a number of other noble Lords. I note, as previously, my various interests relevant to this legislation. I also welcome the noble Lord, Lord Parkinson, back to his seat and thank him for the time he took to meet me and the noble Lord, Lord Cromwell, last week. I asked in Committee, as long ago as June, for the data on which the...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Second Reading (21 Nov 2022)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I note my interests as listed in the register, both as a farmer and as an IP and technology litigator at a law firm that represents clients active in this space. I too welcome the noble Lord, Lord Roborough, to this House and congratulate him on an excellent maiden speech; I am glad to have another Devonian in our midst, particularly one who is so close to the cream and who brings...

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