Results 1–20 of 92 for speaker:Baroness Blake of Leeds

Called-in Planning Decision: West Cumbria - Statement (8 Dec 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I cannot say it better than Alok Sharma, the President of COP, said it in the press at the weekend: “A decision to open a new coalmine would send completely the wrong message and be an own goal. This proposed new mine will have no impact on reducing energy bills or ensuring our energy security.” I am pleased to see that the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, is in his place. I have been preparing...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, I sincerely thank my noble friend Lord Watson for securing this timely debate and all noble Lords who made such incredibly well-informed contributions today. I also thank those responsible for the many briefings that we have all received. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the LGA, and express my thanks and gratitude to all those working to protect vulnerable children and...

COP 27: Outcome - Question (6 Dec 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, as well as the net-zero priorities highlighted at COP 27, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has of course underlined the need to move away from oil and gas and on to homegrown, cheap, clean energy sources that guarantee our energy security. Why have the Government been doubling down on this in regard to fossil fuels, including the loophole to save generators’ profits, while...

Climate and Ecology Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 1 (18 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, it is extremely welcome to have the Bill return for Committee, and I appreciate the opportunity to take part and to continue to raise issues that we feel are not being met by this Government and are within our grasp to make a real difference on. Again, I commend the leadership shown in this area by the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, in bringing the Bill forward. I also commend Zero...

Climate Change: Behaviour Change - Question (3 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: The importance of behaviour change to deliver reductions in climate emissions is significant and acknowledged. To achieve the necessary change in behaviour, we know that alternatives need to be in place: for example, to achieve a modal shift in travel by increasing the use of public transport. Against the backdrop of chaos and a major loss of confidence caused by frequent cancellations and...

Net-zero Emissions: Behaviour Change - Question for Short Debate (20 Oct 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, I sincerely thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Oxford and the committee for bringing the debate to this Chamber. We have heard from several of its members today. I thank them for the work that has gone into this. I start by declaring my interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I will start by talking about the crises facing the country related to...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (9 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I thank the Lord Speaker for the opportunity to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen today. Like my noble friend Lady Taylor, I am very conscious of the powerful, heartfelt and sincere speeches that have led the debate. I am sure that we are all very grateful for that. I know that all our thoughts are with the members of the Royal Family at this time of deep sadness and loss. I join everyone...

Horizon Europe - Question (8 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, innovation thrives on collaboration, as we have heard. Delaying resolving the relationship shows that the UK is not stepping up to face the challenges of the future. We must accept our responsibility in this relationship. We have heard that organisations such as the UK Dementia Research Institute are on course to become world leaders in the field, but they need the collaboration of...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 65 (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: Briefly, I thank the Minister for that explanation. I am sure, looking back at comments made earlier this afternoon, that the team opposite cannot be happy with the number of government amendments that are coming through on the Bill at this stage—I hope that will be taken up on a serious note on this and other Bills that have come forward. The only slight question I have is that we talk...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 52 (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I thank the noble Lord for his comments and welcome, as we all do, the commitment to revisit one of the amendments from the noble Baroness, Lady Worthington. We look forward with interest to that. However, on some of the other aspects, there will be conversations between now and Report, and I am fairly confident that we will come back to discuss what is, in our view, a really important area....

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 52 (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I shall speak also to Amendments 54 and 62, tabled in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Lennie. Clauses 66 and 67 set out a series of powers to raise a levy or levies to fund the hydrogen business model. Detailed design of these will be subject to further consultation, which I hope and assume will take place thoroughly and may indeed reach similar conclusions to those put forward in...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 43 (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: Just to add to that list of uses, I am interested in the development of the hydrogen village, as outlined in the Bill, which is a really interesting example. There are also other uses in transport, for example, which are very well advanced, and we very much look forward to the outcome of those debates. I do not want to prolong the debate, but the obvious question to me is that a standard has...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 40 (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I add my welcome to my noble friend Lady Liddell and I am certain that my noble friend Lord Foulkes will be thinking of organising a party to celebrate her return to Westminster. I cannot add to the comments she made on her amendment. I completely support what she said. I feel that there is a bit of déjà vu here and that we are going over ground we covered in our first session on Monday,...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 38 (5 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: I do not have an enormous amount to add to the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Teverson. I highlight again the significance of linking strategy and policy: that is crucial. We will discuss in future debates the issues around the role of the ISOP and its independence, and, particularly in the context of this afternoon’s debate, look at long-term thinking, making sure that we get all the...

Energy Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 17 (5 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to contribute on this set of amendments. I add my admiration and support for my noble friend Lord Foulkes, who has stepped into the breach admirably in the unfortunate absence of my noble friend Lady Liddell. I very much look forward to her return. I also add my thanks to the Minister for giving us time today to discuss this very important Bill; I think...

Climate and Ecology Bill [HL] - Second Reading (15 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, I add my appreciation to the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, for the opportunity to take part in this Private Member’s Bill, which seeks to tackle an issue that, I am afraid, despite all the warm words and commitments, is being failed by government. I add my concern to that which has been expressed across the House about the silence on net zero and climate emergency issues in the...

Energy: Prices and Supply - Question (14 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, I declare an interest as vice-president of the Local Government Association. The Government’s failures in energy policy go back over a decade, including on energy efficiency. Homes are still being built that do not meet minimum standards of efficiency and will require significant retrofitting in the near future to meet legal standards. As mentioned in the recent Climate Change...

Horizon Europe - Question (7 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: As we have heard, the Minister who floated the plan B to replace Horizon Europe is no longer in place. But even before the Government fell apart, neither the Cabinet nor the Treasury had signed it off, anyway. Can the Government now confirm whether these plans are dead in the water and explain how they will take responsibility to protect the British academic sector from further damage before...

Winter Heating Initiatives - Question (7 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, the previous Chancellor—forgive me if I do not have the appropriate way of expressing that—introduced additional payments for the cost of living crisis and they were welcomed across both Houses, but I think we can all agree that they came far too late. At every step the Government have been playing catch-up, which is why an emergency package was needed. Many thousands of...

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors - Question (28 Jun 2022)

Baroness Blake of Leeds: My Lords, although we on these Benches welcome an increased rollout of small modular nuclear reactors, given that they offer savings in cost and construction time and more flexibility related to energy demand, it will likely take until 2024 for the first project to reach a final investment decision. Furthermore, Rolls-Royce does not expect to turn on its first SMR until 2029. This is a...


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