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Essex: Major Incident - Statement (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...agencies, and that characterises this Government’s approach to security—putting first the interests of the people of this country and solving crimes. We have put together a deal around Brexit that seeks to protect and even strengthen that spirit, and that is why we are pushing to get it signed. On the controls at Purfleet, it is a sad fact that the investment of time and money in...

Psychiatrists - Question (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: I am grateful for my noble friend’s question. He is correct that Brexit is a challenge, but I draw his attention to the interim people plan, which is focused on the issue of psychiatry recruitment. It addresses pension tax concerns—a key hurdle for those later in their careers—and increasing university clinical placements, and it bolsters the workforce through greater international...

Customs Legislation and Amendments: Impact Analysis - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...to improve the situation and, thirdly, the behaviour of importers may introduce new efficiencies. With those in mind, I am hopeful that the headline figures may prove higher than those if a no-deal Brexit were ever to occur.

Customs Legislation and Amendments: Impact Analysis - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: The noble Lord makes very thoughtful points, but I remind him that the estimates in this report are a responsible, thoughtful and transparent effort to calculate the kind of costs that a no-deal Brexit might bring about. They cannot anticipate how the EU might respond, how tariffs might be negotiated or how a trade deal with the EU might affect those costs. With so many imponderables, it...

Customs Legislation and Amendments: Impact Analysis - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...is as follows: “Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I am delighted to respond to the right honourable gentleman’s Question. The Government are devoting huge energies, as the Minister will know, to Brexit preparations. As the Prime Minister has stated, the Government’s preference is to leave with a deal, but, if necessary, without a deal, since it is so vital that we get Brexit done and...

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I thank noble Lords very much for a really intense debate on a key Brexit measure that has been brought to the House. A lot of expertise has been brought to it, and it is my intention to try to reassure the House that this important statutory instrument has been carefully thought through, that it is very much a product of consultation with the haulage industry and that it works as...

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...indeed—minimal, even. I pay tribute to officials at HMRC and the Treasury for getting through a huge amount of work to get the legislative frameworks in place to prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. On the eve of prorogation, when certain clocks on SIs that were laid before the House are ticking down, it made sense to use the urgent procedure to make sure that the request of industry...

Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...deadline, we will do everything in our power to reach an agreement with the EU. However, as a responsible Government, we have a duty to plan for all scenarios and to prepare comprehensively for Brexit. I note that the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has included this instrument in its report of 3 October 2019 as an instrument of interest. I will set out the context of the...

Capital Requirements (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...him that that is not the case. The SI does not in itself delay the change until 31 December 2020. Rather, the Bank of England, like all financial regulators, has a general legal power to phase in Brexit-related changes by law. In this case, the Bank has proposed to delay the MREL requirement until 31 December 2020. The Treasury is very sympathetic to this proposal because it gives the...

Brexit: Medicines and Medical Devices - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: The noble Baroness makes a very fair point that touches on the challenge of medical supplies that we live with whatever the circumstances, whether Brexit exists or not. Medical shortages happen and are part of the life of the NHS. If anything, this preparation for a no-deal Brexit has shone a light on our arrangements for medical supplies, and they have never been in better shape. One of the...

Brexit: Medicines and Medical Devices - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...Special measures have been put in place to ensure the adequate supply of medicines to ensure that existing medical trials can continue whatever the circumstances, including in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit: Medicines and Medical Devices - Question (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...reassure her that medical devices have exactly the same scrutiny and focus as medicines, and that they will be very much part of the process of ensuring sufficient supplies in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Financial Services (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 3) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (1 Oct 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...industry, which urges this House, Parliament and the Government to pursue these measures with great energy and in great detail, to ensure that there is full protection against a possible no-deal Brexit. At times, it feels like a waste of energy and a distraction, but that does not detract from the value of the work that has been put in. I have not been sitting here for the 50 SIs and I do...

Human Medicines and Medical Devices (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...the House for the contribution it made to the scrutiny of these important SIs when they came before us earlier this year and also the officials who have turned an incredibly difficult challenge of Brexit into something that is clearly workable and has passed the scrutiny of a large number of organisations. Safety and security are massive priorities for the Government; I very much want to...

Brexit: Advertising of Duty-Free Shopping - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, the recent announcement provides clarity for consumers on the application of duty-free in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It allows businesses and port and airport operators time to prepare. This is a temporary policy only that complies with international laws by broadly treating all individuals in a similar way while aiming to ensure that individuals can continue to cross the border...

Brexit: Advertising of Duty-Free Shopping - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: ..., so it falls outside our rules”. This Government are fully committed to our health policy on tobacco and to bringing down tobacco smoking and consumption in this country. However, a no-deal Brexit creates ambiguity both for shop owners in airports and ports and for consumers, so this was a perfectly reasonable move to bring clarity to a confusing area of policy.

Brexit: Advertising of Duty-Free Shopping - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: That is a benefit of a no-deal Brexit that I do not think had yet occurred to the Treasury, but I personally will be sure to pass that suggestion on and I am sure that it will seize on it as a magnificent opportunity—so I thank my noble friend.

Brexit: Advertising of Duty-Free Shopping - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...’s health. We have many measures that echo efforts by Governments in the past and have long-term plans in all those areas. However, there is a large number of ambiguous aspects of a no-deal Brexit in the eyes of both business owners and consumers that we must clear up. Not all of these ambiguities are going to be bad news: some of them might actually be welcomed by consumers and...

Brexit: Advertising of Duty-Free Shopping - Question (30 Sep 2019)

Lord Bethell: My noble friend puts it very well: yes indeed, this Government are committed to seeking a deal. That is very much the priority we are focused on at the moment. No-deal Brexit is a contingency for which it is worth planning and on which travel businesses and consumers are naturally very focused. That is why the Treasury has gone to these lengths to try to explain how existing arrangements for...

Further Developments in Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (11 Mar 2019)

Lord Bethell: ...friend Lord Sherbourne rightly reminded us that trust is in a perilous state in the country. The figures that I talk about are a good cause for hope. The bottom line is that there is a chance that Brexit, despite all the current rancour, might have lanced the boil. There is hope that the public are beginning to see that the politicians are listening to them, and that, at a time when many...


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