Results 1–20 of 31 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Colgrain

Urgent and Emergency Care - Statement (6 Sep 2022)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I apologise for leaping rather prematurely to my feet before my noble friend the Minister just now. It is often the case that you read things in the newspaper and either you doubt the veracity of the information or you feel it is apocryphal, and you have to wait until such time as something occurs to you personally before you understand how vital it is. Last week I visited my 97...

Urgent and Emergency Care - Statement (6 Sep 2022)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords—

Restoration and Renewal - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (13 Jul 2022)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I am sure that I speak for all of your Lordships when I say that I am very fond of this building. My affection has grown as a result of having been a member of your Lordships’ Finance Committee for over four years. This gave me the opportunity to clamber all over its structure, up both Victoria and Elizabeth Towers, and on top of and underneath Westminster Hall, inspecting stained...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, my background being related to employment matters, I will first comment on the economy in that context and then touch on two environment points. I am sure that I am not alone in admitting that I did not fully master the issues attached to passporting in financial services at the time of Brexit. I was concerned that the City of London would see an exodus of talent in favour of the...

Farming Industry: Support - Question for Short Debate (11 Jan 2022)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, Kent is the garden of England. Its fruit and vegetable growers are market leaders and are now being joined by English wine growers in being held in increasingly high esteem. All these producers are being crippled by the restrictions of the seasonal workers scheme. It is missing the point to say that English workers can fill the void. They cannot, as has been ably demonstrated by the...

Charities and Civil Society: Ministerial Responsibility - Question (23 Nov 2021)

Lord Colgrain: I declare my interests as set out in the register, with particular reference to the Harris (Belmont) Trust and Rochester Cathedral. Does my noble friend agree that within whichever department charities sit, the role of their volunteers is paramount? What measures can the Government take to facilitate their rapid return after the pandemic to both charities and those other organisations where...

Farming Rules for Water - Question (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Colgrain: Have the Government considered using a risk-based approach to the autumn application of organic material? This would allow continued application of such organic material in the autumn on arable land where the risk to water is considered low, rather than the current blanket ban. It would also assist to reduce the requirement for artificial fertilisers and the environmental costs associated...

Trees: Ips typographus - Question (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Colgrain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the arrival of the tree beetle Ips typographus in spruce trees in the southeast of England on the timber industry in the United Kingdom; and what steps they are taking to prevent further damage.

Trees: Ips typographus - Question (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register. I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for his reply and to the officials from Defra and the Forestry Commission, who are being so effective in endeavouring to contain the current infestations to prevent a further catastrophe that could prove comparable to Dutch elm disease and ash Chalara. Given that this beetle is airborne and has...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 257E (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I draw attention to my interests in the register. I have pleasure in supporting my noble friend Lord Kinnoull on his Amendment 260A. The Government are setting ambitious tree-planting targets in their various plans, which is to be lauded, but those targets in England are not only not being met but, frankly, are being missed by a mile. Partly, this is to do with the delay in...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 176 (7 Jul 2021)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register. I rise to support my noble friend Lord Carrington and to add my name to his Amendment 178. I also echo his words of thanks to the Minister for the time that he and members of his department gave us during our virtual meeting to discuss this amendment and for his subsequent letter. While my noble friend focused his concerns on abstraction...

Environmental Land Management Schemes - Question (24 May 2021)

Lord Colgrain: I welcome the Minister to his new role. Will he confirm that the results of the ELMS trials will be available to all and, in particular, that it will be possible to compare like-for-like soil types and typographies? Will he also confirm the possibility of carbon credits being applied more broadly across existing woodland and coppice, as opposed to the present eligibility for new woodland...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 May 2021)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I add my warmest congratulations to the noble Lords, Lord Coaker and Lord Morse, on their excellent maiden speeches and I welcome them to the House. I declare my interests as set out in the register. I will speak principally about the passage in the gracious Speech that refers to the Environment Bill. The Government deserve much credit for their ambitious tree-planting targets and...

Heat Pumps - Question (22 Mar 2021)

Lord Colgrain: Is the Minister aware that, within the current calculations of energy performance certificates, air-source heat pumps are given a poor rating on the basis that electricity is seen as an expensive way to heat a property. With current requirements to have at least an EPC E rating for any domestic residence, rising to a suggested D rating by 2025, could the Minister confirm that EPC regulations...

New Businesses: Capital Gains Tax - Question (20 Jan 2021)

Lord Colgrain: My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register. Does the Minister agree that, in order to foster the level of entrepreneurial investment we need after both Brexit and the pandemic, consideration should be given to increasing business asset disposal relief? Secondly, does she agree that the Government should look again at the calculation of CGT on private equity investments, where the...

Environmental Land Management Schemes - Question (14 Dec 2020)

Lord Colgrain: Can the Minister please confirm that all the information gathered from the ELMS pilot tests and trials will in due course become available to the public? Can he also indicate when sufficient information will become available about eligibility for tree planting under the schemes, given that we are already half way through this planting season?

Covid-19: Cultural and Creative Industries - Question (26 Oct 2020)

Lord Colgrain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what fiscal steps they are taking to support cultural and creative industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19: Cultural and Creative Industries - Question (26 Oct 2020)

Lord Colgrain: I thank the Minister for her reply. I congratulate the Government on the creation and deployment of the Cultural Recovery Fund, its broad geographical distribution and its application across all types and sizes of artistic enterprise. I know that the Government continue to consider a variety of forms of fiscal exemption, such as the theatre tax relief and government-backed insurance schemes....

Tree Planting - Question (3 Sep 2020)

Lord Colgrain: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the rate of tree planting.

Tree Planting - Question (3 Sep 2020)

Lord Colgrain: I thank the Minister for his encouraging reply. There is considerable enthusiasm across the country for this tree-planting initiative, but also some concern that the targets set are overambitious. Can he confirm that his department will do everything it can to reduce red tape and form-filling, within current schemes and the new ELMS, to encourage individual, corporate and local authority...


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