Results 21–40 of 3774 for speaker:Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office and Prime Minister: Staff (16 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office for both management and staffing purposes and is not a standalone department. The total of c15,000 includes the UK Statistics Authority which is a non-ministerial department and is a government department in its own right, accountable to parliament through its sponsoring ministers and therefore should not be included in the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: UK Trade with EU (15 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government has undertaken extensive engagement with EU Member States to reduce any risk of disruption to trade as a result of the new requirements. This included Ministerial engagement in the joint UK / EU Domestic Advisory Group session at the start of January 2024, enabling EU trade associations to engage directly on their outstanding queries ahead of the Border Target Operating Model...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Import Controls (15 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) has been designed with traders and consumers at the forefront. Our global risk-based approach harnesses data and technology to help reduce administrative burden for businesses. Further, most fruit and vegetables are currently treated as low risk and will not require any additional paperwork or checks. A limited number of meat and dairy products have...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government: Recruitment (15 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Preventing fraudulent job postings is of importance to the government and Civil Service roles are mainly listed on our secure Civil Service Jobs website. They may also appear elsewhere on third party job websites. At present, there is no policy which stipulates that Civil Service roles should only be advertised on websites which are members of an industry-led anti-fraud certification scheme...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Overseas Trade: Small Businesses (15 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government published the final Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) on 29 August 2023. It outlines new policies and processes that importers, the border industry and wider stakeholders including EU exporters will need to go through in order to import goods. We are implementing the BTOM in stages throughout 2024 to help industry get accustomed to the changes. We have worked extensively...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Supply Chains: Slavery (15 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Modern slavery has no place in public supply chains. We have taken action in the Procurement Act to strengthen the rules around excluding suppliers linked to modern slavery. The current rules require the supplier to have been convicted or there to have been a breach of international treaties banning forced labour, or evidence of grave professional misconduct. We recognise that modern slavery...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I note the point that the noble Baroness has made. We did reply to the Constitution Committee, but I will reflect further on this point. My noble friend Lady Noakes said that there had been some confusion due to the use of the term “person”, which I have already referred to. To respond to the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Hendy, in the context of this clause, the legal term...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: As the noble Lord knows, the Bill aims to improve the situation with social cohesion. I note what he said, but we have seen examples of councils, such as Islington, passing motions in opposition to the Bill alongside foreign policy statements about Israel and other countries. While this might not be a breach of the ban, it demonstrates a strong interest in public authorities engaging in BDS...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: With respect to the noble Baroness, I have answered the large majority of the questions, but I said that I would take away the underlying question that she is enunciating.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, Amendment 33 to remove Clause 4(1)(b), moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, and the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Collins, to remove Clause 4, undermine the aims of the Bill. Before I address the amendments, I reiterate that the Government are committed to protecting freedom of speech, which is why the Bill’s provisions apply only to public authorities and...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I think that it is necessary to make these points within the framework of the Bill. I will move on and explain Clause 4, which, in its entirety, is an instrumental part of the Bill. It prohibits public bodies from publishing statements indicating that they intend to engage in activity prohibited by the Bill. That includes statements indicating that the public body would have acted differently...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I will come on to decision-makers. I reiterate that it is important that the Bill does not breach Article 10 of the ECHR on the right to freedom of speech, and I have already reiterated the Government’s support for free speech. The reason the Bill is compatible with the ECHR is that public authorities do not enjoy human rights, as the purpose of the convention is to protect individuals from...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The principle is that the person seeking to influence would not be caught by the Bill. The provision is to deal with a situation in which a public authority boycotts because of pressure from someone else, rather than its own disapproval of a foreign state.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I will take the noble Lord’s example away. I have given him a clear statement and he makes a reasonable point. I think there is an answer to it, but I will not just make it up; I want to give him a clear answer on that. Perhaps I can move on and deal with one or two other concerns.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am afraid that I am not familiar with that case, but I take the right reverend Prelate’s point. The way I have described this shows that in fact this is limited in intent; free speech is possible in a personal capacity. I will come on to say a little more about that and about decision-makers, because I know that we need to clear up those points and I am conscious of time. The noble...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not sure that is right. I will seek advice.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It may be important, and therefore it is all the more important that the noble Baroness’s question is answered fully and accurately. I have made it clear in answer to the noble Lord, Lord Beith, that as only public authorities are subject to Clause 1, Clause 4 is strictly limited to the actions of public authorities and therefore not individuals associated with public authorities.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: As I was trying to explain, the important point is that it depends on the motivation for the decision. The Bill would prohibit only investment and procurement decisions that would appear to a reasonable observer to be influenced by moral or political disapproval of foreign state conduct, and have a territorial element. It would not prevent public authorities making any other kind of...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: To confirm, I think that is what I said a couple of minutes ago. The sole reason must be that it is financially risky—that it is business risk guidance, not boycotts. My own feeling is that that is a helpful clarification. I am sure that noble Lords will look in Hansard at what I have already said. If I might now finish, I would very much like to—

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 May 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I can reassure the noble and learned Lord that lawyers have been involved in drafting the Bill, as he can probably imagine. I tried to set out quite clearly at the beginning why we felt that the wording we got was right; that included financial impact. I have subsequently clarified the point about motivation and financial risk. In the excitement, I have lost my place. I was asked about the...


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