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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Ministers: Legal Costs (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: In line with the established practice under multiple administrations of all political colours, Ministers are provided with legal support and representation where matters relate to their conduct and responsibilities as a Minister. As set out in Chapter 6 of the Cabinet Manual, Ministers are indemnified by the Crown for any actions taken against them for things done or decisions made in the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Blood: Contamination (30 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government has committed to update Parliament through an oral statement on next steps within 25 sitting days following 20 May. It is our intention to make this statement as soon as possible. Additionally, we have tabled a Government amendment ahead of Report Stage of the Victims and Prisoners Bill to fix technical deficiencies, whilst working in the spirit of Dame Diana Johnson’s...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Immigration: Overseas Students (29 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. Please see the letter attached from the National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority. The Right Hon. the Lord Johnson of Marylebone House of Lords London SW1A 0PW 19 April 2024 Dear Lord Johnson, As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Lord-Lieutenants: Middlesex (29 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The creation of a Lieutenancy for Middlesex has been raised in previous PQs (HL9221, HL3471 and HL3783) and DLUHC has also received Ministerial Correspondence on the issue. No consideration is presently being given to wider public engagement on the issue.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Lord-Lieutenants: Middlesex (29 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: No consideration is being given to the creation of a Lieutenancy for Middlesex. Middlesex is covered by the Lieutenancies of Greater London, Surrey and Hertfordshire.

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Update on Government Security (29 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government takes the security of the UK's citizens, systems and establishments extremely seriously and we have a range of measures in place to scrutinise the integrity of our arrangements. This was demonstrated in our recent updates on steps to prevent potential security risks materialising in light of the increasing capability and connectivity of visual surveillance systems. Our...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: The "State of the Estate in 2022-23" (19 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I have today laid before Parliament, pursuant to Section 86 of the Climate Change Act 2008, the “State of the Estate in 2022-23”. This report describes the progress made on improving the efficiency and sustainability of the central government estate and, where relevant, records the progress that Government has made since the previous year. The report is published on an annual basis, and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Economic Security (18 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Today, I am setting out a series of new steps to boost the UK’s economic defences and enhance the capabilities of the Government to respond to economic security threats. The openness of the UK economy is a reflection of our values, the driver of our prosperity and that which distinguishes us as democracies. As the Integrated Review Refresh set out last year, we are experiencing rising...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: If I may, I will come back to that at the end of the speech, because I want first to try to explain what we are doing with the devolved Administrations. The noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, said that the WTO already places non-discrimination requirements on public authorities. Although this is the case, these obligations do not cover all countries and territories and apply only to procurement...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not quite sure what will happen about Xinjiang; that is a foreign affairs question. Obviously, although it is not referred to in the Bill, we have made it clear that we will use the Bill, where appropriate, to exempt areas. We have already said we will use the powers in relation to Russia and Belarus. I am going to talk to the Welsh Government, and I am sure this is a question that will...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, the amendments put forward by the noble Baronesses, Lady Bryan of Partick and Lady Chapman of Darlington, and the noble Lord, Lord Hain, seek to remove Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the territorial application of this Bill. I am sorry that the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, are not here tonight, as they usually are in these...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: That example would not be procurement or investment, so it would be outside the scope of the Bill. However, the noble Baroness has raised the point. Sporting bodies can be within scope, as I explained, in procurement and investment decisions. The reason for this is that these bodies play a significant role in public life and it would send a very unhelpful signal if we were to single out...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It seems to me that the issue here is boycotting a sporting event, and that is not a procurement or investment decision—but I have already undertaken to look carefully at these individual examples, because we all want to understand exactly what we are talking about and to come to the right outcome. Amendment 24 would carve out community interest companies. While it is not inconceivable...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I have already said that I am trying to answer the many questions noble Lords have asked. There have been a great many interventions on me and I have been very patient. I have also made some undertakings to try to clarify some of these points, including childcare, which would cover the schools that my noble friend Lord Deben mentioned. Perhaps I could turn to Amendment 54, which requires...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: We are going to be discussing the Occupied Territories in a group two or three later in this Bill and I do not have an answer to the noble Lord on this point today, except to reiterate that this Bill has been collectively agreed. I was particularly talking about the arrangements for regulations which, in turn, had been collectively agreed. I explained the system that when you have a new...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am grateful for that point, but I am not sure I entirely understand it, so perhaps I can offer to meet the noble Lord or to write to him and make sure that he gets an answer in good time.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I think that is a little unfair. The noble Baroness knows that I am always ready to take interventions and have continued to do so. I am doing my best to do the job that this Chamber does so well. We have used the Human Rights Act definitions and this Chamber has decided that that causes problems. I am sure those are soluble.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, as I set out in my response to the previous group, the Government chose to apply the ban to public authorities as defined by Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. It is a great advantage that your Lordships, perhaps in contrast to the other place, scrutinise Bills in this way. I cannot accept that it is a sloppy Bill—it is a good Bill—but I think that concerns have been...


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