Results 61–80 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

Aid Reviews - Statement (2 Dec 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, Andrew Mitchell changed DfID for the better with the original multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. DfID follows the money. It is very good value for money. My concerns are less about the outcome of the current aid reviews and more about the use of the ODA by departments other than DfID across government. Will there be a review of the use of ODA by other departments?

Sex and Relationships Education - Question (24 Nov 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords—

Sex and Relationships Education - Question (24 Nov 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, everyone in this House would wish us to tackle FGM, but for the past five years it has been impossible to get it into the curriculum. We are negligent in our duty if we do not enable young girls, who have no idea what is about to happen to them, to know what is going to happen, who to signpost and who to go to for help. Our front-line workers need the support of the Government to...

Stalking and Domestic Violence - Question (24 Nov 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, as the Minister said, during the coalition years laws were introduced so that a woman could stay in a house with an emergency order over the weekend, extendable up to one month. How many of those have been issued?

Air Quality - Statement (3 Nov 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, but I am sorry to say that I find it totally unacceptable for a Minister say that the Government have mandated five clean air zones when 50,000 people a year are dying. I seek an assurance about all the people who are dying who are not in those five mandated cities. How urgent does he regard this? The Statement says it is a top priority. Can...

Green Investment Bank - Question (1 Nov 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I was very pleased to hear the Minister say that a number of bidders are interested, because my understanding was that there is only one serious bidder. Am I right? If so and there is only one, would it not be better to wait for a better purchase price?

Solar Panels: Business Rate Exemption - Question (27 Oct 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reverse their decision to end the business rate exemption for small solar panels from April 2017.

Solar Panels: Business Rate Exemption - Question (27 Oct 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: I thank the Minister, but I have to say that if one parish council in Wokingham can find that its business rates are going from £7,000 to £14,000, this will be the death of non-domestic solar roof panels. I urge the Government to look at the impact on schools and parish councils, which will be devastating. Will she also address the unfair and unjust anomaly whereby schools with charitable...

Brexit: Environmental and Climate Change Policy - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend Lady Parminter for securing this most important and timely debate. We have had excellent contributions from Members on all sides who have clearly understood the potentially negative impact that leaving the EU could have on our environmental, energy and climate change policies as well as the few opportunities. There will indeed be huge...

Climate Change: Fracking - Question (6 Sep 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, gas is a fossil fuel wherever it comes from. Given that the Government are going to miss our legally binding targets on reductions in carbon emissions, would it not be better altogether if the Government simply banned fracking and got on with delivering reductions in emissions rather than increases?

Carbon Budget Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (19 Jul 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, first, I take this opportunity to welcome the noble Baroness to her new role. It is a big portfolio to learn in a couple of days. I am pleased and relieved that Her Majesty’s Government have accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change for the 57% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 for the fifth carbon budget, relative to 1990 levels. Since I arrived in your...

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (6 Jul 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, I speak for the Liberal Democrats on energy and climate change and it is to that portfolio I wish to speak this evening. We had been doing so well during the coalition years, but, from a position where Britain was already a world leader in offshore wind and could have become a world leader in other areas, we are now already falling away from the global race. In the six months since...

Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move the United Kingdom towards an energy infrastructure that is based on renewable energy.

Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (28 Jun 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, this is a most timely debate and I thank all noble Lords who will contribute this evening. With the United Kingdom cast into a maelstrom of uncertainty and turmoil, this is a moment when we look to Her Majesty’s Government to stand by their commitments on climate change. Therefore, I hope and trust that, in responding to this debate, the Minister will take the opportunity to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, first, I pay tribute to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle for her maiden speech. What a pleasure to be in this Chamber to listen to her. I could not agree more that when all else fails you in life, it is education that can transform your life chances. Right now, countries are meeting in Bonn for two weeks of talks aimed at turning the historic Paris pact into a...

Nuclear Reactors - Question (23 May 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, the creation of a series of small nuclear reactors across Britain would give rise to a multiplicity of potential new terrorist targets. What plans do the Government have to limit this threat, including scaling up the civil nuclear police force?

Health: Hepatitis C - Question (28 Apr 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funding for the new interferon-free Hepatitis C treatment will come from the National Health Service or HM Treasury.

Health: Hepatitis C - Question (28 Apr 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: I thank the Minister for his Answer. I declare an interest in as much as my nephew was a haemophiliac, who died having been infected with hepatitis C. Today, I seek an assurance from the Minister that none of the £125 million—an inadequate sum—that has been promised to survivors, or families of those who were likewise infected, is used to pay for the new interferon treatment, which is a...

Energy Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (12 Apr 2016)

Baroness Featherstone: My Lords, it is our view on these Benches that carbon capture and storage and transportation should have been woven into the principal objective of the OGA. I hear what the Minister says, but it leaves me some concerns. Although the Government have made many arguments and given many assurances about the importance of carbon capture and storage, we on these Benches are not completely...


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