Results 61–80 of 4000 for in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Caroline Lucas

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Caroline Lucas: This immoral, deeply cruel and divisive Bill breaks international law, rides roughshod over human rights and shames us all. I would argue that it shames especially the Ministers who are deliberately and dangerously stirring up hatred with their vile and dehumanising language. I am pleased to associate myself with the reasoned amendment in the name of the hon. Member for Streatham (Bell...

Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

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Illegal Migration Bill (13 Mar 2023)

Caroline Lucas: Does the right hon. Lady share my deep concern about the placeholder clause 49, which seeks to legislate to ignore ECHR interim orders lodged against this Government’s inhumane, morally abhorrent plans, to get around the fact that what the Government are doing is not compatible with our convention obligations? Does she agree that that will undermine our global standing and make it harder to...

Illegal Migration Bill (7 Mar 2023)

Caroline Lucas: Does the Home Secretary recognise that it is positively Orwellian, as well as morally repugnant, to seek to ban people from seeking asylum unless they use safe and legal routes, as those routes barely exist and, where they do exist, they do not function? One of the very few legal routes is the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme pathway 3, which is a total shambles. As of January this year,...

Energy Security and Net Zero: Solar Power (28 Feb 2023)

Caroline Lucas: What assessment he has made of the potential contribution of solar power to UK energy security and the 2050 net zero target.

Energy Security and Net Zero: Solar Power (28 Feb 2023)

Caroline Lucas: I welcome the Minister’s enthusiasm for solar and the progress that has been made so far. According to Solar Energy UK, the rate at which solar panels are being put on to domestic roofs is still only half of what is needed to meet the Government’s own targets. I know that he wants to do much better, so is it not time to pick up the pace and give us a real rooftop revolution by making...

Water Company Performance (21 Feb 2023)

Caroline Lucas: Over the course of 2020 and 2021, raw sewage was dumped in Britain’s rivers and seas more than 770,000 times. That is almost 6 million hours of pollution discharge. But, as we have heard, the pay of water company executives increased by a fifth, on average. Will the Minister force water companies to invest those profits into urgently upgrading the outdated sewage infrastructure—not ask...

Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 (1 Feb 2023)

Caroline Lucas: At yesterday’s launch of the plan, the Secretary of State claimed that “we are embedding nature in the heart of every decision that government will take”. That is a very worthy aim, but how on earth does it square with the action we see from her Department? Just last week, the Department gave the green light to an authorisation of the pesticide neonicotinoid, which we know kills bees. I...

Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Feb 2023)

Caroline Lucas: It is nearly 10 years since the tragic death of nine-year-old Ella Roberta, the first person ever to have air pollution listed on their death certificate. Yesterday, the environmental improvement plan pledged to improve air quality, but the Government’s target of 2040 is a whole generation away. I do not think that that is fast enough, and neither does Ella’s mum, Rosamund...

Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children (24 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: (Urgent Question): To ask the Home Secretary if she will make a statement on what steps she is taking to find missing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and to keep them safe.

Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children (24 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: This is horrific. Vulnerable children are being dumped by the Home Office, scores of them are going missing, and I can tell the Minister that there is nothing “specialist” about these hotels. We are not asking him to detain children; we are asking the Home Office to apply some basic safeguarding so that we can keep them safe. Does he know how many have been kidnapped, trafficked, put...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: New Clause 1 - “Assimilated law” (18 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: Is it not also the case that, as far as we are aware, the perception of environmental legislation held by the right hon. Member for North East Somerset tends to be very much a narrow thing about habitats, water and so forth? It does not include things like product standards, chemical regulation or efficiency standards, for example, all of which might not necessarily be dealt with by DEFRA but...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: New Clause 1 - “Assimilated law” (18 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: The hon. Member is being generous and making a powerful case. Does he share my concern that, for all the rhetoric and green wash coming from the Government when they say that this is about keeping high standards, that is completely undermined by a clear clause in the Bill that states that, while Members can replace laws with alternative provisions, those cannot “increase the regulatory...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: New Clause 1 - “Assimilated law” (18 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: I am grateful to the Minister for finally giving way. She is suggesting that those of us who oppose the Bill are opposing it for some kind of ideological reason. I draw her attention to the words of the chair of the Office for Environmental Protection, who herself said: “Worryingly, the Bill does not offer any safety net, there is no requirement to maintain existing levels of environmental...

Procurement Bill [Lords] (9 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: I was trying to time my intervention for just as the right hon. Lady was finishing her remarks. Before she finishes, does she agree that one of the reasons why procurement is so brilliant is that it has a vital role to play in greening our economy? Again, the Bill does not go far enough on that. In particular, it does not include scope 3 emissions in supply chains, and the Government will not...

Procurement Bill [Lords] (9 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: The Minister is being generous in giving way. Can he indicate whether the Government will accept the amendments made in the other place requiring contracting authorities to maximise environmental benefits when awarding contracts, and particularly to ensure compliance with the Climate Change Act 2008 and the Environment Acts? Does he accept that that should not be optional, as the climate...

Non-domestic Energy Support (9 Jan 2023)

Caroline Lucas: I appreciate that balances must be struck, but I think that small businesses, including many in my constituency, will have listened to this announcement with deepening anxiety. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses suggests that one in four small businesses are expected to close, downsize or radically change their business models when the Government reduce energy support....

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