Results 81–99 of 99 for speaker:Lord Roborough

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I think we all share the noble Lord’s concern over e-bikes, but the law is clear that electrically assisted pedal cycles are legal up to 15.5 miles per hour. Beyond that speed, they become motorcycles and are governed as such. It is up to the police to enforce these laws.

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: I think it is well known that rural roads are the most dangerous in the UK highway network. On 6 April 2023, the Government announced an additional £48 million investment in safer roads, on top of £100 million that had already been provided. There are now 83 roads funded, and it is expected that the safer roads fund will save 2,210 lives over the next 20 years.

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: The short answer is yes. The Department for Transport conducts many calls for evidence and consultations with interested parties and would always welcome input that improves road safety. I thank my noble friend for highlighting the defence road safety strategy and the opportunities to learn from it.

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: The noble and gallant Lord makes an excellent point. The power to impose 20 miles per hour speed limits rests with the local traffic authority and I emphasise that the Government support 20 miles per hour limits in the right places. However, the Government do not support 20 miles per hour limits being set indiscriminately on all roads, without due regard to the safety case and local support.

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: I thank my noble friend for the question. I believe that in certain circumstances, it is an offence, and as such, it is up to the police to enforce.

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: I will of course take the noble Lord’s comments back to the department, but the Government continue to invest in safety on the roads and to improve enforcement of motoring offence by, for example, closing loopholes around driving while using a mobile phone, increasing maximum custodial sentences for causing death by dangerous driving, and creating a new offence of causing serious injury by...

Road Safety Strategy - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Roborough: I am afraid I have not seen that research. The Government continue to improve to Highway Code, for example improving road safety for people walking, cycling and riding horses. Changes aim to initiate a positive shift in road-user behaviour by making road users aware of their responsibility to use roads safely and to reduce the danger they may pose to others.

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (12 Sep 2023)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of my noble friend Lord Robathan’s Amendment 5. I declare an interest, as stated in the register, as a partner in a sporting estate in Scotland. I note my noble friend the Minister’s earlier words. However, I echo other noble friends in the Chamber: this is a critical amendment that would return the Bill closer to the original Conservative Party...

Land Use Commission - Question (22 May 2023)

Lord Roborough: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report of the Land Use in England Committee’s recommendation to establish a Land Use Commission to help landowners and managers make the most appropriate decisions for their land.

Land Use Commission - Question (22 May 2023)

Lord Roborough: I thank my noble friend for his Answer and refer to my interest as a landowner, as set out in the register. The Royal Society recently highlighted that government policies could require up to one-third of England’s land to be repurposed by 2050. England is a densely populated nation with multiple overlapping stakeholders on every acre of our country. That makes change in land use complex,...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Reductions) (England) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (28 Mar 2023)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I declare my interest as a farmer and landowner. Despite my position as a loser of financial support under the Government’s current policies, I am against these amendments. Small farmers in this country, particularly upland farmers, are dependent on predictable government support to plan their businesses and to enable investment to achieve positive environmental outcomes. Many of...

Cleaner Energy Technologies - Question (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Roborough: To ask His Majesty’s Government what form of carbon reduction costing or pricing they use to assess the relative merits of different cleaner energy technologies in reducing the United Kingdom’s carbon emissions.

Cleaner Energy Technologies - Question (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, in begging leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper, I declare my interests as set out in the register.

Cleaner Energy Technologies - Question (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Roborough: I thank my noble friend the Minister for his Answer. In light of third-party research suggesting that atmospheric carbon units would need to be at an unaffordable price of several hundred pounds per tonne, even many years into the future, for electrolytic hydrogen to make economic sense, can he reassure the House that the Government are confident in the economic case for its support and that...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2023)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I declare an interest as a dairy farmer and as an investor in a number of agriculture-related businesses around the world. I also declare negligible scientific credentials, unlike many noble Lords who have spoken. However, I believe that it is essential that farmed animals are included in the Bill without undue delay, and I am very much against any amendment which delays or removes...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (25 Jan 2023)

Lord Roborough: As a non-scientist, I am not sure that I have a good answer to that. I would rely on the vets.

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Second Reading (21 Nov 2022)

Lord Roborough: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for this Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, which has driven me to speak for the first time. I will begin by expressing my thanks, first to noble Lords from all parts of the House who have gone out of their way to introduce themselves with great warmth and encouragement, and, secondly, to the doorkeepers, clerks and staff, who...


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