Results 41–60 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Featherstone

Green Finance - Motion to Take Note (18 Jan 2018)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Teverson on securing this debate. I usually stand here to warn that the Government are not going far enough or fast enough—they are not—to deliver our emission reductions commitments from the Paris Agreement and the Climate Change Act. However, today’s debate is really about the economic opportunities of the low-carbon economy and the...

Climate Change: Health - Motion to Take Note (21 Dec 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Walmsley on securing this very important debate. It has been a very good debate, ranging widely across the multifarious health impacts of climate change, both globally and domestically. My noble friend and many noble Lords across the House referred to the Lancet Countdown report, which is the basis for this debate. Its conclusions were supported...

Carbon Capture and Storage - Question (20 Dec 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, obviously, everyone is agreeing that carbon capture and storage is absolutely vital to an emissions reduction programme, but the certainty that business had and its faith in the Government was shot to pieces by the removal of the manifesto pledge for the £1 billion and its replacement with £100 million. What will the Government do to restore confidence and certainty to green...

Energy: Domestic Tariffs - Question (19 Dec 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, poor housing standards are the main cause of high energy bills. Could the Minister explain the thinking behind getting rid of the zero carbon homes standard?

Renewables Obligation (Amendment) (Energy Intensive Industries) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (30 Nov 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: I just want to correct the noble Baroness. I do not think I said “the worst-off”; I referred to those who did not deserve it.

Renewables Obligation (Amendment) (Energy Intensive Industries) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (30 Nov 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Deben, made some of the points I intended to make although he is somewhat more forgiving than me. I want to put on record concerns about the exemption for the eligible energy-intensive industries from a proportion of the indirect policy costs of the renewables obligation scheme. Obviously, I can understand why it seems desirable to remove any cost to our...

Intergenerational Fairness in Government Policy - Motion to Take Note (26 Oct 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, first, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Smith on bringing this important debate to the Floor of this House. It is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate, and I too will speak on climate change in due course. I first came to this House to stand at the Bar to listen to the debate on same-sex marriage, and I believe that, unlike some parts of our population, this House is...

Fracking: Policing - Question (9 Oct 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: I suggest that the Government follow Scotland’s example and ban fracking, in which case there would be no policing costs in this regard. Does the Minister agree?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, first, I would like to say what a pleasure it was to listen to the maiden speeches of the noble Lords, Lord Mountevans and Lord Colgrain, and I congratulate them. The Government were clearly in some trouble in bringing forward anything much from their manifesto into the gracious Speech, so in their hour of need I thought I would offer some ideas that might find a majority of support...

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My view was that I prefer the supranational authority to our Government here; I was not referring to other countries. Sadly, my confidence is lacking in this Government.

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: It is an honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, who really made my role redundant as he has said everything I would wish to say. On Brexit, of which I am sure it is clear I am not a great fan, I think of the phrase, “How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time”. This is obviously the environment and climate change bit. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Teverson and the committee...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I find myself in opposition to the vast majority of your Lordships who have spoken. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, on securing this debate, which I regard as very important. I do not agree, or believe, that fracking will deliver energy security in the long term. I do not believe that fracking is sustainable or will help us meet our legally binding targets. I believe...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: As my noble friend Lord Stoneham reminds me, their environmental standards are somewhat lower than ours. I am not saying that everywhere in America is unpopulated, but it is a very different territory from most of the United Kingdom. There will be people—such as people in Ryedale, for example—who object strongly to what is projected for their local environment. They will use the planning...

Shale Gas - Question for Short Debate (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: Other resources are coming on stream, such as green gas, hydrogen and so on. I object to creating a whole new industry, which will be a stop-gap, rather than encouraging our homegrown industries to develop the new technologies that we need to produce renewable heat. I do not see developing the shale industry as the answer to our question. I am not that keen on importing gas, but for the time...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, and I could not agree more with him on that last point. I do not take kindly to threats. There may be many reasons for which this House in its current form should be abolished or reformed, but expressing our views honestly is not one of them. Those in the other place who seek to threaten and bully us should be ashamed of...

Energy: Storage - Question (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address regulatory, economic and market barriers to energy storage.

Energy: Storage - Question (1 Feb 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: I thank the Minister for that Answer. Can he assure me that in the Government’s response to that call for evidence we will see the introduction of a regulatory definition for energy storage that will, among other benefits, eliminate the double charging that is currently imposed on such facilities?

Electricity Supply: International Interconnectors - Question (26 Jan 2017)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, 11.6 gigawatts of capacity from interconnectors has been paused because of Brexit. A key factor in ending that pause—as the Minister said, it will give us our security—will be whether the UK remains in the European internal energy market. What priority does this have with Her Majesty’s Government?

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (2 Dec 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Collins, and I could not agree more with everything he said about LGBT. Something I will never understand is the awfulness of a young person having to choose between their religious faith and their sexuality; I find that incomprehensible. I am very grateful to have this debate and congratulate the most reverent Primate on bringing it...

Aid Reviews - Statement (2 Dec 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords—


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