Results 121–140 of 789 for speaker:Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 251A (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, the 15 national parks in the UK are indeed a natural treasure and one of the glories of our country, some of them have a worldwide reputation. To confine myself to the three in Wales, I know they may be a devolved matter, but the facts about them still indicate the huge significance of national parks generally. The Brecon Beacons, the Pembrokeshire coast and Snowdonia cover 20% of...

Non-fatal Strangulation and Suffocation - Question ( 8 Jul 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The noble Baroness, Lady Newlove, is to be warmly congratulated on her successful campaign to include non-fatal strangulation in the Act. Does the Minister agree that, for it to be effective, we must have the kind of information that the noble Baroness has asked for—both the number of cases and their relationship to sexual violence more widely? I understand that it is not possible to have...

Deprived Areas - Private Notice Question ( 1 Jul 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for her Answer. The main findings of the Marmot report about gross and growing inequalities in life expectancy are sobering. What makes the situation even worse is that awareness of this was heightened by research and documentation more than 20 years ago. In what way do the policies of the present Government differ from the failed policies of previous Governments over the...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Government have been concerned for some time that even though someone is symptom-free and has had both vaccine jabs, there is still some risk that they might pass it on to others. But surely the risk must be minuscule. Have the Government ascertained how minscule the risk is compared with other much more major kinds of risk, and has there been a danger of the Government overcompensating...

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (23 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, there are now very few true wildernesses left on earth. The vast majority of landscapes are the result of millennia of human interaction with the natural world. So when we think of the environment we should not just bring to mind an untouched pastureland; there is no such thing. As we know, the way fields have been laid out has varied constantly throughout the ages; the same is true...

Environment Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 6 (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I have two amendments in this group. The later one, Amendment 31, concerns the health of our trees and the first, Amendment 12, planting new trees. It requires the Government to put before Parliament an annual report on the progress made towards achieving the initial target of planting new trees. The extent and health of what is left of our forests, woodland and trees is a matter of...

Environment Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 4 (21 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I strongly support what the noble Duke, the Duke of Wellington, has said and many important points made by other Peers. I have only one point to make on top of the others: there has been no real improvement for so long now—certainly, not very much since 2016. In 2020, only 40% of waterways were classified as being in good health—meaning as close to their natural state as...

China: Muslims - Question (16 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: What the report confirms is utterly shocking in its scale and the systematic nature of the abuses perpetuated. Of course, the question is: what can we do about it and what are the Government doing about it? Will they at least contemplate economic sanctions against mid-ranking officials, such as the governors of the areas in which the internment camps are situated?

G7 Global Tax Agreement - Private Notice Question ( 8 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The initiative of President Biden, supported by the G7, is very warmly to be welcomed, but a number of potential loopholes have already been exposed—for example, that this tax would not apply to profits below 10%, when it is perfectly possible for companies to manipulate their figures so that in particular countries their profits are below 10%. Are the Government committed to closing off...

Environment Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Jun 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, as industrialisation in the 19th century increasingly damaged the environment, a few people, including Alexander von Humboldt, Emerson, Thoreau and John Ruskin, spoke out. The cry of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins speaks for all those prophetic past voices and for the billions today who suffer the effects of pollution, poor air quality, dirty water and soil deprivation: “What...

Nagorno-Karabakh - Question (27 May 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: As the Minister knows, allegations of war crimes have been made by both main parties to the dispute. What steps have Her Majesty’s Government taken to ensure that those are subject to proper international—not just local—examination, and, if proven, to prosecution?

Criminal Justice Review: Response to Rape - Statement (26 May 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Everyone is agreed that the present system is failing badly, with only 1.6% of rape allegations leading to a charge and so many victims left traumatised by the process. The Minister called this “regrettable”. To a lay person in this sphere, to put it bluntly, it comes across as quite appalling. I want to press the Minister, if I may, on the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby,...

Pesticides - Question (25 May 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: As the Minister knows, the survival of humans is totally dependent on the survival of bees, but the bee population is declining and precarious. Is it not therefore essential to ban all neonicotinoids in all circumstances? While the withdrawal of the use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam in March is to be welcomed, should it not be permanently banned?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences (25 May 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their timetable for implementing the plans set out in their A Smarter Approach to Sentencing white paper (CP 292), published on 16 September 2020; and in particular, when they plan to reduce the time periods after which some sentences become spent for the purpose of criminal records checks in order to improve offender rehabilitation.

Britain’s Railways - Statement (24 May 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Does the Minister agree that rail fares are already far too high—the highest in Europe—but that if they are to be kept at a reasonable level, it is necessary for railways to carry more passengers? This means increasing the capacity and more investment. Are the Government willing to put in the necessary investment? Of course, this would also be highly desirable from an environmental point...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Motion for an Humble Address (12 Apr 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: What we have heard today has been truly remarkable and deeply moving. I shall briefly mention two aspects of His Royal Highness’s remarkable work that have not so far been emphasised, but before I do so I want to say something of a more general nature about his role. We are honouring not just an outstanding individual, truly outstanding though he was, but someone who had a very special role...

Human Rights Update - Statement (23 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I welcome the strong Statement and the actions that are to follow from it, but will the Government act with consistency and similar firmness in relation to other countries where human rights are grossly violated? I could mention a number, but I shall mention one that gets almost no publicity: the continuing atrocities and ethnic cleansing in West Papua. For example, the retired General...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women - Statement (16 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Surely what is needed, as the Minister suggested, is a fundamental rethinking by men of their attitude to women. I feel every sympathy with those women who justifiably feel vulnerable and angry at the moment. What practical steps are the Government taking to ensure that more is done about this in schools? The law has only a limited effect; there must be a fundamental change of attitudes, and...

India: Restrictions on Freedom - Question (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of India about reports of that government restricting the freedoms of (1) non-governmental organisations, (2) academics, and (3) other groups.


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