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Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Lennie: I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 7 withdrawn. Amendment 8 not moved.

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I have two amendments in this group, Amendments 1 and 6. I was thinking that the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, would be here, but maybe the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, will cover for him in his absence—he may arrive while I am speaking, who knows? I begin by thanking the Minister both for being available between Committee and Report and for facilitating a meeting with Mr Phil Goff, the...

Cleaner Energy Technologies - Question (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, in 2021 the Government set out in guidance a revised approach to valuing greenhouse gas emissions due to the more ambitious goal in the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise and the UK’s legal requirement to achieve net zero by 2050. Can the Minister say what steps the Government have taken since this adjustment to ensure that the revised approach is meeting its...

Domestic Heat Pumps: Budget Underspend - Question (28 Feb 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, in addition to the underspend highlighted in the Question by the noble Baroness, Lady Sheehan, about £2.1 billion remains unspent of the £6.6 billion promised in the Conservative manifesto to be used on energy efficiency and decarbonisation of heat. The think tank E3G puts this down to a lack of effective policies on domestic insulation and decarbonisation. Can the Minister say if...

Heat and Buildings Strategy: Gas Boilers - Question (28 Feb 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the Committee stage of the Energy Bill started in September 2022, and we still have not reached Report. Is this delay down to the Government adopting the Labour Party’s suggestions in Committee, which would make targets of the future homes standard and ban the installation of gas boilers in new homes? I guess from the Minister’s response so far that this is not the case. Can he...

Prepayment Energy Meters - Question ( 8 Feb 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, on Sunday, as the Minister said, the BEIS Secretary gave energy bosses until yesterday to report back on what remedial measures would be taken where prepayment meters were installed in the homes of vulnerable customers. He also said in his Statement on Monday that any compensation scheme is a matter for the regulator, Ofgem, which raises the question: what exactly are the Government...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 10 and Amendments 20 to 35 in this group, which are consequential to it. As the UK Government have prerogative powers to negotiate international agreements, Parliament has limited scope to make substantial changes to such an agreement, not least as it has already been formally signed, and opportunities to block ratification are therefore limited. As a...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: In all the meetings and information provided in various forms throughout the process—and I accept that there was a lot—was any opportunity given for anyone to say no to any of it?

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, that was a long one. We have been here for half an hour listening to the response on what is essentially a fairly simple set of amendments about impact assessments and reviews. I start with the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, who brought up the behaviour of his right honourable friend George Eustice. I am quite grateful to George Eustice, because he wrote my speech for me when he was...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, and the noble Lord, Lord Howell, for their contributions. On the question that the noble Lord, Lord Howell, asked and the Minister tried to answer, the withdrawal of consent is probably a consequence of the lack of consultation—not necessarily the quality of the agreement but the lack of involvement in its development. This...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: This is a bit like a jack in the box; I apologise. There are a number of amendments in this group in my name, which I will briefly run through. There is also an amendment from the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, and four, I think, from the noble Lord, Lord Purvis. They will explain theirs as we get into it. Amendment 3 requires a review by the TAC before regulations implemented in the...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, the problem is that the Bill does not say that. That is the point being made by the noble Lord, Lord Kerr. I thank noble Lords who have spoken: the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, on his two amendments and the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, for a lot of helpful clarification. Given any future misuse of power through statutory instruments, our super-affirmative proposal later will no doubt be...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, this amendment would require a consultation before regulations implementing the procurement chapters could be made. It would require that consultation to involve the relevant Scottish Ministers, Welsh Ministers, the department of the Northern Ireland Executive, who are not currently sitting, and regional representatives in England, as the appropriate authority considers...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, Amendment 1 would prevent regulations being made in relation to cases falling outside the scope of the procurement chapters of the free trade agreements. The noble Lord, Lord Purvis, will speak to Amendments 6 and 19 in this group. Amendment 1 would remove subsections (2) and (3) from Clause 1. Clause 1 provides a power for appropriate authorities to make regulations for two...

Electric Vehicle Battery Production - Commons Urgent Question (23 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, 12 months ago, £100 million was made available by the Government to Britishvolt to help unlock the necessary private finance and the company’s future. Ministers were falling over themselves boasting about how they were supporting 3,000 highly skilled direct jobs and a further 5,000 jobs in the supply chain in the north-east of England. But the money never materialised, and we all...

Industrial Action - Statement (11 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I begin with a statement of the blindingly obvious—that this is an issue of the Government’s own making. Yesterday the Minister kindly wrote to me to update me on the Government’s proposals to legislate for minimum service levels, or “minimum safety levels”, as the Statement said a couple of times. I wonder what it is. Is it “service level” or “safety level”, and...

Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill - Second Reading ( 9 Jan 2023)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interests in Australia. They are not about having relations who vote Labour in New Zealand, having the accent or being born with the accent, having been the high commissioner in Australia or having relatives in Australia. I was simply born there and, aged nine months, I was removed by my parents, brought to the UK, and have stayed here ever since. So there is...

Prime Minister: Trade Unions - Question (19 Dec 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, on Tuesday the UK quarter 3 growth figures will be published. They are expected to show that the economy has contracted by 0.2%, as well as real falls in household disposable income as wage increases fail to match inflation. These pressures on working people will have a severe impact, with families already cutting back on food and heat. What discussions have the Government had with...

Biomass Strategy - Question (14 Dec 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, when the Energy Prices Act was introduced, the Government said that dispatchable low-carbon technologies such as biomass were being considered as part of a policy designed to reduce the impact of higher gas prices on the energy market, but that higher input costs were the main drawback. Is there a timeline for this consideration and has any progress been made since this was said in...

Employment Policies - Question ( 6 Dec 2022)

Lord Lennie: My Lords, in September, the TUC reported the UK Government to the ILO, saying that they had taken steps to infringe the right to strike. As the noble Lord, Lord Woodley, said, that was done, first, by passing a law to use agency workers to break legitimate strike action and, secondly, by proposing a minimum service level of transport. What consideration have the Government given to the...


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