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Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (25 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: The hon. Member is giving a powerful speech. On environmental regulation, does he agree that this could be a very good test of the credibility of the Office for Environmental Protection? If the Government really are assured that there is no environmental risk, they should have no worries at all about referring the Bill to it. The OEP is already deeply worried about the workload in the...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (25 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: The Minister said earlier that the Bill was proportionate, but that is exactly what it is not, particularly given the sunset clause that means that DEFRA will have to go through revising and amending more than one piece of law a day between now and the end of next year. It is not proportionate; it is indiscriminate. It is also ideologically driven. Does he agree that DEFRA staff have better...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Energy Customers: Winter 2022-23 (25 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: When Chancellor, our new Prime Minister spent precious months dragging his heels on energy efficiency, and now our fourth Chancellor this year scrambles with a Treasury-led review of the issue. We do not need more reviews to conclude that a paltry £1 billion extension to the energy company obligation falls far short of what is needed. Will the Secretary of State accept that to keep the...

Ban on Fracking for Shale Gas Bill (19 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: The hon. Lady was speaking earlier about the protests in her constituency. I am perhaps the only hon. Member of this House to have been arrested, tried and acquitted for protesting about fracking. Does she share my concerns about the Public Order Bill, which was passed yesterday? Peaceful protest, which is entirely legitimate, against things like fracking might well be closed down by that...

Ban on Fracking for Shale Gas Bill (19 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Ban on Fracking for Shale Gas Bill (19 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. In terms of trust, he will know that the Government have set up a new consultation to determine what public consent is. Does he agree that it is a monstrous waste of time and money to try to determine something that does not exist? There is no local consent for this; plenty of Government Members do not actually want it. If the...

Public Order Bill: New Schedule 1 - Injunctions in Secretary of State proceedings: powers to remand (18 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Will the Home Secretary give way?

Public Order Bill: New Clause 7 - Power of Secretary of State to bring proceedings (18 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Frankly, there is so much wrong with the Bill that it is difficult to know where to start. It basically needs a line striking through the vast majority of it, and I am therefore pleased to support the amendments tabled by the hon. Members for Glasgow North East (Anne McLaughlin) and for Broxbourne (Sir Charles Walker) seeking to do exactly that. Peaceful protest is a fundamental right...

Public Order Bill: New Clause 7 - Power of Secretary of State to bring proceedings (18 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: I thank the right hon. Member for her powerful contribution with which I entirely agree. I was just explaining about the combined effect of new clauses 7 and 8. New clause 7, crucially, allows the Government to propose that the Secretary of State be allowed themselves to apply for an injunction despite not being affected or being a party in the normal sense. Added to that is the effect of new...

Public Order Bill: New Clause 7 - Power of Secretary of State to bring proceedings (18 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Do I agree? Yes, I do. The right hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. As someone who took part in some recreations of that trespass on Kinder Scout earlier this year, I could not agree with him more about the importance of people taking that action. It is also important to note that while existing and expansive civil injunctions are being used with growing and alarming frequency to...

Energy Prices Bill (17 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Economic Update (17 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: In the bonfire of Government policy that has just taken place, the Chancellor was not very specific about what would happen to the Prime Minister’s investment zones policy. Personally, I was hoping that it would be incinerated as well, not least because it is designed to undermine environmental regulation, to avoid fair taxation and to bypass local democracy. In the past, he has said that...

Replacement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer (17 Oct 2022)

Caroline Lucas: We have just seen the back of one Tory Prime Minister for trampling over standards in public life, only for him to be replaced by another who in just 40 days has herself failed to meet at least three of the Nolan principles. I would love to ask the Prime Minister herself about this, but given that she is not here, I shall ask that Leader of the House: is it leadership to sack your Chancellor...

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : The Growth Plan (23 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: This Budget amounts to an environment wrecker’s charter and it is a statement of missed opportunities. For example, a report just this week shows that a major programme of insulating homes in Britain and installing heat pumps could benefit the economy by £7 billion a year, create 140,000 jobs by 2030, get our fuel bills down and get climate emissions down too. Tucked away on page 14 of the...

Business of the House (22 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: Evidence of the physical and mental health benefits of greater access to the countryside is overwhelming, yet we have a legal right to roam on only 8% of English land and 3% of rivers. Could we have a debate in Government time on the need to expand the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to cover rivers, woods and green belt, and will the Government support my private Member’s Bill—the...

Shale Gas Extraction (22 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: I must say that I am fascinated that the Secretary of State thinks that he knows more about the geology of the UK than the geologist who founded Cuadrilla, who said quite clearly that the UK is unsuited to widespread fracking. My question comes back to the issue of consent. The Prime Minister said that fracking will go ahead only in places where there is support from the local community. That...

Energy Prices: Support for Business (22 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: The Secretary of State’s announcements may have finally put a temporary brake on further terrifying price hikes, but they leave huge questions unanswered, including: what is the Government’s exit strategy? We need a proper solution to get us out of this crisis, by reducing our dependence on gas and upgrading buildings for the long term. Just yesterday, more than 100 top businesses wrote...

Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen ( 9 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: It is a privilege to speak on behalf of the Green party of England and Wales and pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Above all else, she was a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. I know I speak for the people of Brighton, Pavilion when I offer my sincerest condolences, in particular to her immediate family and to her loved ones. They have lost someone very dear to them on a deeply...

UK Energy Costs ( 8 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: I echo the best wishes to Her Majesty. The new Prime Minister takes up her role at a moment when the country is facing a series of multiple crises of staggering proportions, including a likely recession and, let us not forget, the accelerating climate emergency, which, in the words of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, means that there is “a brief and rapidly closing window to...

Financial Services and Markets Bill ( 7 Sep 2022)

Caroline Lucas: I completely accept the hon. Lady’s point about our being a competitive financial centre, but does she agree that there is a real opportunity to be a competitive green financial centre? As that opportunity is time-limited—other countries are moving faster than we are—does she agree that a secondary objective in respect of climate and nature will be essential to ensure that we regulate...

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