Results 1–20 of 29 for speaker:Baroness Willis of Summertown

Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures - Question (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: To ask His Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in exploring how best the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures framework can be incorporated into UK policy and legislation in line with their commitment in the 2023 Green Finance Strategy.

Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures - Question (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and refer to my declaration of interests in the register.

Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures - Question (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: I thank the Minister for his response, but I worry that we are just not moving fast enough. For example, last week the Green Finance Institute published a report that found that UK firms are now highly exposed to nature risk and that nature degradation could slow down our GDP, with an estimated 12% loss in the near term. Putting that into context, that is a greater drop than we saw during the...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill - Second Reading (26 Mar 2024)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, many have already commented on the apparent disconnect between the OPL Bill and the UK’s net-zero ambitions. Although I support and share these concerns, I would like to focus on a different aspect of the Bill, alluded to by the noble Baroness, Lady Young: the impact of increased offshore licensing on our marine protected areas. I start with the good news. In the past few years,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day) (Continued): Amendment 247 (13 Sep 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, this will be a very short speech. We have obviously heard substantive arguments, both for and against the nutrient neutrality laws this evening. The Government’s Amendment 247A is at this point acceptable. I therefore beg leave to withdraw my Amendment 247. I do so because there are far more substantial votes to be had this evening on this Bill. Amendment 247 withdrawn.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day) (Continued): Amendment 247 (13 Sep 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, at an earlier stage of the Bill, I made the case, with others, for amending Clause 158, which concerns the statutory requirement for water companies to upgrade sewage plants to meet new nutrient standards in the areas worst affected by pollution. We welcomed this, but although it was seen as a good step forwards for improving water quality, frustratingly, it specified only that such...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day): Amendment 233 (13 Sep 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I rise briefly to give my full support to the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Young. I want to add one piece of information to the points made by the noble Baroness. This is now urgent. We need much better and tighter legislation in place to protect our ancient woodlands. Since the Environment Act 2021 was passed, 200 local planning use decisions have given the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day): Amendment 230A (13 Sep 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I will speak very briefly, just to say a huge thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Randall, and the noble Baroness, Lady Whitchurch, for the three of us working together, and most of all to the noble Lord, Lord Benyon, for taking note and working this through. We have come to the point where we will have a good outcome for nature, but also a good outcome for the local economies and the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 139 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: I thank the Minister for his comments; I know that time is tight so I will keep my comments brief. I think that in the House in general we are all trying to get to the same endpoint: 30 by 30, restoring nature. All those things are there; they are not exclusive, and I absolutely take the point that we have to bring people with us. People managing the land are often the ones who are able to...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 139 (18 Jul 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I am moving this amendment in the place of the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge, who unfortunately cannot be in the House today. I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Jones of Whitchurch and Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, who is not in her place, for their support. This amendment would implement the recommendations of the Glover review, which the Government agreed to four...

Environment (Local Nature Recovery Strategies) (Procedure) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Regret (10 Jul 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: I thank the Minister for his response. We have had a good debate. I am mindful of time, so I will keep it short. I just say to the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, that I do not disagree; I think these need to be locally delivered. If you do not have local buy-in, it will not happen. All I am asking is that we also have scientific data underpinning those local delivery plans so that, at the end of the...

Environment (Local Nature Recovery Strategies) (Procedure) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Regret (10 Jul 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, formally, this is a Motion to Regret on the instrument, but really it is a Motion to Regret the lost opportunity to halt the decline of biodiversity in the UK. We are now one of the most species-depauperate countries in the world. The UK not only comes at the bottom of the list of G7 countries in terms of the amount of biodiversity retained—it is also third from the bottom of the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (13th Day): Amendment 390 (18 May 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords and Baronesses who have participated in the debate, particularly the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, and the noble Lord, Stunell, for their excellent additional points. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, for her support of my amendment. I urge the Minister to consider this matter further. I give him one reason why: if we have so much...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (13th Day): Amendment 390 (18 May 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, Amendment 390 in my name, supported by the noble Baronesses, Lady Parminter and Lady Jones of Whitchurch, seeks to address a missed environmental opportunity in Clause 153, which takes very welcome steps to address nutrient pollution. The Government should be congratulated on this, as this nutrient pollution, which comes from houses and from farming, is devastating our freshwater...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (13th Day): Amendment 387 (18 May 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, before speaking to the amendment, which I strongly support, I remind the Committee of my role as a director of Natural Capital Research Ltd. I see the amendments as really important to meet not only our environment targets but the COP 16 targets, to which the Government signed up last December to achieve at least 30% of our landscape as “protected for biodiversity” by 2030. How...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (12th day) (Continued): Amendment 300 ( 3 May 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I too fully support Amendment 300 proposed by the noble Baroness, Lady Young. A number of the points that I wanted to make have already been made, so I shall be brief. One key thing we keep losing sight of in the discussion about ancient woodland is the many additional services that ancient woodland provides to our landscapes and to nature. The first one, which we did hear about, is...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (12th day) (Continued): Amendment 295 ( 3 May 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, I speak in total support of Amendment 295, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Old Scone, and Amendment 312E in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock. I want to add a few brief points to theirs, focusing specifically on why these amendments giving protection to the green belt are so important for our nature in England and the UK and for meeting the targets...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 184ZA (27 Mar 2023)

Baroness Willis of Summertown: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of Natural Capital Research Ltd. I speak in total support of the amendment in the name of my noble friend Lady Parminter. I have a few brief points to add. As a country, we agreed last year at COP 15 to a number of international agreements and legislation to enhance and protect nature for the benefits that it provides. It is...


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