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Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: There have been different comments made about the Cabinet Manual, and I note the point that he made. We do try, in the main, to make announcements in the House. Indeed, we will be making an announcement on security later today.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: There are a lot of good quotations, both from my noble friend the Foreign Secretary and from the noble Lord, Lord O’Donnell, himself. The existing Cabinet Manual, although it needs changes, actually contains a lot of good and enduring material. We need to make sure that the new version is right: it needs to be accurate, up to date and authoritative, and work continues.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: As far as the manual is concerned, the Government, as I have said, are considering options on timing and content in the light of the debates that have been had. As far as good government is concerned, we try every day to ensure that we are delivering the right things for the people of Britain and that hard work is rewarded.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I hear what the noble Baroness says. Indeed, we have made it clear that draft material will be made available to both the Constitution Committee and PACAC in the other place before the second version of the Cabinet Manual is finalised.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I will make two points. First, I told the noble Lord that we were looking at this issue and that we might issue guidance on the subject, because the Cabinet Manual is about bringing conventions and rules together, rather than creating them. Secondly, much of the Cabinet Manual is on matters specific to the UK Government and reserved matters. However, my noble friend the Foreign Secretary—to...

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It is difficult to draw any conclusions of that kind. However, I share the noble Lord’s tribute to the noble Lord, Lord O’Donnell, in putting this together. There are many well-thumbed copies around the Civil Service.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: There is a tradition that some material in upcoming policy announcements is sometimes briefed out to engage the great British public, but the substantive announcements are nearly always made to this House while Parliament is sitting.

Cabinet Manual - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The content of the Cabinet Manual is, as I am sure the noble Lord, Lord O’Donnell, would agree, a matter for the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister of the day. The work being done is to look at everything that has been said, including in debates here and by the committees, and to decide on the content of the various chapters. As has already been said, there have been quite a number of...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Mann, for drawing the House’s attention to two important issues with his Amendments 8 and 9. Like my noble friend Lord Pickles, who it is a real pleasure to welcome to our debate, my noble friend Lord Wolfson of Tredegar and the noble Lord, Lord Collins of Highbury, I am really grateful for all the work that the noble Lord, Lord Mann, has done. My...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not sure that I said exactly that. However, there obviously is a problem in campuses and elsewhere with BDS, and that is what this Bill is about. I shall move on to Amendment 9.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 8 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank the noble Baroness for her intervention. These are difficult issues. I turn briefly to Amendment 9, which would ensure that the prohibition in Clause 1 applied to decisions relating to the procurement of food prepared in line with religious practices, such as kosher and halal foods. The ban established by the Bill applies to all procurement decisions, including the procurement of food...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: We will come back to this amendment; as the noble Baroness knows, this is an area of investigation for me, and I am trying to make sure that we have all the answers that we need and can provide the sorts of examples that she and I are used to exchanging in trying to move forward legislation in a constructive way. On student unions, I will add a point that perhaps I should have made earlier....

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I think I used the word “pressure”. Certainly, I was reading “pressure”, but perhaps I blurred the wording and said “pressurised”. I could equally have used “influenced” or some other word. I was trying to explain what we were getting at on the education side of things. I have a couple of examples of student union pressure, which I mentioned earlier. Warwick student union held...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank all noble Lords, including the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, for their interventions. I observe that, obviously, the Bill will make this boycotting activity by student unions almost pointless. But I say to the speakers that this is a group about decision-makers, and we are ranging widely into the debate about the exact involvement of universities, although that has been helpful in...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, Amendment 7, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Collins of Highbury, and Amendment 55, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, seek clarity on whether an individual is considered a decision-maker for the purposes of this Bill. It was helpful to hear the introduction from the noble Baroness and her wish for general elucidation. As she implied, it is an important part of the Bill’s...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 7 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I think that sounds right but, if I may, I will clarify if I got that wrong. To some extent, it is important in Committee that we actually understand what is happening. That is what, in the spirit of the noble Baroness’s question, I am trying to do. Even if a decision were delegated to individuals in a public authority, such as a commissioning board in a local authority, I think it is clear...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The noble Lord is right—student unions are not covered, and I think that I made that clear at Second Reading. It is private activity. Clearly, what matters is the influence on public bodies, which is what we are discussing today. To come back on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, obviously the Government recognise the risks associated with economic and financial activities in those...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their amendments and for their contributions to the debate. I look forward to scrutinising the Bill and these proposed changes in detail during the four Committee days that we have set aside—although this one has been a little truncated. I remain open to listening to noble Lords’ views from all sides, and I hope we can use these sessions to put...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: We will try to do that. I am also happy to discuss this further, because it is obviously an important point in relation to the Bill and, as we agreed at the beginning, we need to try to find a way that does not create a lot of uncertainty. The noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, commented on the perceived lack of evidence for the Bill, but boycotts have been attempted by several public...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am certainly very happy to come back to that on a later group of amendments.


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