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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Perhaps I might continue on the points raised in the debate and come back to that point. It is a very reasonable question but I am not going to answer it without advice. However, there are no criminal sanctions in this Bill, which there often are in the Bills we consider in this House. There may be a small number of cases where charities are delivering public functions; they would therefore...

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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am glad that we have focused on an individual example because, in my experience, this always helps us to clarify our own thinking. I think that, if the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, will allow me, I will take the orchestra example away, along with the example given by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, work out the right approach and get back to noble Lords, perhaps in discussions outside the...

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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The noble Baroness is right that we need to use the term “public function” with care and to be entirely clear what it means, but the receipt of public funding is another legitimate issue that we need to understand—and understand the scale as well.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Before the noble Lord sits down, I will repeat the point that the Bill applies only to investment and procurement decisions, as everyone understands. We are trying to find a way forward on a manifesto commitment to ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts or disinvestment or sanction campaigns against foreign countries. Obviously, we need to discuss a little...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: That is a good point and a good question. The noble Baroness also gave a good example. I suggest that I take away the distinction regarding the public function and have a look at it, and that I come back on the long example she raised, which she said had been given to her by Universities UK, on 7 May when we are due to debate the university amendment in Committee.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I agree with the noble Baroness; that is an entirely fair point. We agree that the Bill is complex when it comes to understanding. I want to make sure that, when I answer questions on things such as public functions, I am giving good information that is thought through and thoughtful. I have tried to explain today why we are using the Human Rights Act. That has advantages, which is why the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The answer I must give in the short term is that it depends a lot on the courts. I will look at housing associations; I know they have come up in other Bills that we have discussed, including how they are treated in government finance. The point about using the Human Rights Act definition is that you get a 25-year history of interpretation.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The honest answer is that I do not know about the lottery, but I will find out for the noble Baroness and write to her. On universities, of course she is right: very substantial sums of money, rightly, are involved in the education of our children. What I was explaining was that, at the margin of this activity—involving procurement and investment—the sum is relatively small compared with...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I understand the question. Of course, we now have government sanctions against Russia, so the question is wider. The suggestion made by the noble Lord, Lord Stevens, is a good one, which would perhaps help us to move forward. I have already said that I will look carefully at the questions raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman. The example of the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, is of a slightly...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It depends, and it also depends on case law under the Human Rights Act, which I have undertaken to look at and come back to noble Lords.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I am grateful for the thoughtful contributions from across the Committee. On the first day of Committee, which also touched on the scope of this Bill, we heard from the noble Lords, Lord Collins and Lord Wallace, the noble Baroness, Lady Fox, and my noble friends Lady Noakes and Lord Johnson. We discussed the Bill’s application to hybrid public authorities. Today, we have heard in...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank the noble Lord for raising that point again. It has been raised before and I am aware of it. We are talking about quite marginal sums here, so it will not be definitive, but I am sure we will come back to that point. Perhaps I should explain that we have used the HRA definition because it has three important advantages. First, it is one that has been on the UK statute book for over 25...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Occupations (12 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. Lord Elliott of Mickle Fell House of Lords London SW1A 0PW 04 April 2024 Dear Lord Elliott of Mickle Fell, As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Higher Education: Investment and Procurement (12 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government is aware that the BDS Movement has taken credit for divestments from Israeli companies carried out by universities following pressure from student campaigns. For example, the BDS Movement took credit for divestments from Israeli military suppliers by the University of Manchester in 2020 and procurement decisions by King’s College London and Southampton University. The...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Sanctions: Local Government and Public Bodies (12 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Government is concerned by instances of local authorities and other public bodies pursuing boycotts and divestment activity. These campaigns can undermine community cohesion and are often inconsistent with UK Government foreign policy. Complete details of representations are not held centrally, but we are not aware of representations about specific boycotts from such sources.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electric Vehicles: China (11 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The UK takes the security and resilience of critical infrastructure seriously. Each Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sector has a Lead Government Department responsible for working with owners and operators to identify and mitigate risks to their sites. They are also supported by the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Protective Security Authority who provide expert advice...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Hikvision: CCTV ( 9 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It is a long-standing policy that the Government does not comment on security arrangements including the details of security systems. However, the UK takes national security extremely seriously and has taken robust action to secure and protect its national security infrastructure. Following Royal Assent of the Procurement Act on 26 October 2023 the Government committed to publishing a...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Vaccination: UK Internal Trade ( 8 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Windsor Framework secured an unprecedented settlement for human medicines, ensuring that licensing of all medicines will happen on a UK-wide basis by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) from 1 January 2025. The same medicines, in the same packs and with the same labels, will be available across the United Kingdom. This also applies to vaccines, including...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Crafts and Industrial Products: Northern Ireland ( 5 Apr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It is welcome that the restoration of the devolved institutions allows for the exercise of the democratic scrutiny mechanisms that have been put in place. Following the applicability motion on 19 March, the duties under Schedule 6B of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 apply. The Government will determine and set out its approach to Parliament in the usual way, respecting the statutory framework...


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