UK Internal Market Bill: Second Reading

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My noble friend Lady Bennett would like me to explain that we are dividing this Bill between us and she will speak on the internal and devolution issues. She abhors the destruction by this Bill of the rights of democratic devolution that have been embraced and exercised by the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has long had a distinct education system with higher qualification standards for teachers. The Senedd too has plans for better control of single-use plastics than we have managed here in England. Continue reading “UK Internal Market Bill: Second Reading”

The legislation and regulation around COVID19 remains convoluted

We live in a time of change

My Lords, the classic comedy, “Yes Minister” has a running joke. When the Minister stands up to give a speech, he ​starts by saying, “We live in a time of change”. That could not be more true now because we are definitely living in a time of change. Continue reading “The legislation and regulation around COVID19 remains convoluted”

Cop26 Sponsors

Rosie Boycott asked what progress HMG have made towards identifying sponsors for COP 26; and what criteria are used in the appointment of any such sponsors.

On the climate credibility of those choosing climate credible sponsors…

My supplementary to Rosie’s question was: Which climate-credible people in the Government will make the decision on which companies are climate credible?

Read the whole debate on Hansard

Victory on Agriculture Bill

The Lords voted to keep food standards and protect family farms by amending the Agriculture Bill on Tuesday. The government managed to unite the National Farmers Union, consumer organisations, supermarkets and greens in lobbying for the Lords to defeat the government by 307/212. It was one of six government defeats in the Lords on what used to be considered rural, home turf for the Conservative Party. Continue reading “Victory on Agriculture Bill”