Linked Data API

Show Search Form

Search Results

1453812
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-03-23more like thismore than 2022-03-23
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Yemen: Peace Negotiations more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made, as penholders for Yemen in the UN Security Council, in improving accountability in Yemen and the prospects for peace. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL7256 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-04-06more like thismore than 2022-04-06
answer text <p>The UK continues to use its role as penholder to support UN-led efforts towards peace in Yemen. Most recently, on 28 February the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2624, which reiterated calls for a nationwide ceasefire and for all parties to participate constructively in UN-led consultations. Resolution 2624 listed the Houthi movement under the UN arms embargo for the first time and renewed the mandate of the UN Panel of Experts. In January the former Minister for the Middle East hosted the UN Special Envoy for Yemen in London and also convened discussions amongst the UN, US, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE to coordinate efforts to drive forward political dialogue in Yemen.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-04-06T16:02:27.65Zmore like thismore than 2022-04-06T16:02:27.65Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1436316
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-02-28more like thismore than 2022-02-28
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Workplace Pensions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) pension products are available for automatic enrolment pensions; what assessment they have made of the impact of financial services regulations on the number of ESG pension products available for automatic enrolment pensions; and what steps they are taking to increase the number of ESG pension products available for automatic enrolment purposes. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL6479 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-03-11more like thismore than 2022-03-11
answer text <p>The department has introduced ESG-related legislation, including regulations aligned with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), requiring trustees to consider, assess and report on the financial risks of climate change within their portfolios.</p><p> </p><p>These measures go beyond merely reporting a climate policy and how it is implemented. They require trustees to put in place climate-related governance and risk management, to assess the impact of climate change on their investment strategy, to conduct scenario analysis, to set targets.</p><p> </p><p>This means that automatic enrolment schemes will be encouraged to consider climate-related risks and opportunities, and this is likely to influence their choice of products in their portfolio. The Government thinks that ESG factors and their impact should be taken into consideration where financially material, but the process of investing in individual products is down to the market and trustees working within their fiduciary duty.</p><p> </p><p>I recognise the risk of ‘greenwashing’, where investors can be misled on the quality of a product described as being an ESG product and this must be tackled. To aid trustees in their decisions, the department participates in an advisory group which supports the Financial Conduct Authority in developing their proposed requirements that certain investment products display a label reflecting their sustainability characteristics.</p><p> </p><p>Recent research carried out by Corporate Advisor in their ‘ESG in DC Pensions’ report found that 19 out of 21 pension providers surveyed deploy ESG tilts or screening overlays on their default funds excluding specific companies or sectors with poor ESG ratings<sup><sup>[1]</sup></sup>. The report found that three years ago, just five master trust defaults took this approach, suggesting that schemes are increasingly turning to ESG-related products. I believe the steps the department has taken to put in place the regulatory framework for consideration of ESG factors will have contributed to the uptake here.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-03-11T14:38:48.7Zmore like thismore than 2022-03-11T14:38:48.7Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1228031
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-07-27more like thismore than 2020-07-27
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Working Hours more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage and support firms in reducing working hours in an equitable manner while avoiding redundancies, on a model similar to the German Kurzarbeit scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL7324 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-08-10more like thismore than 2020-08-10
answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that people are able to return to work in a manner that is sustainable and adjustable to the reopening of the economy.</p><p> </p><p>The Government therefore introduced flexible furloughing from 1 July. Firms can now bring back employees that have been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants for the hours not worked, with no minimum furlough period.</p><p> </p><p>It is right that state support is slowly reduced and the focus shifts to getting furloughed employees back to work. As such, from August 2020, the level of the grant will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work. Employees will continue to receive 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 when furloughed.</p><p>While other countries have announced similar schemes, the UK response remains among the most comprehensive.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-08-10T14:32:13.377Zmore like thismore than 2020-08-10T14:32:13.377Z
answering member
4689
label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1170137
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Wind Power: Dorset more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the viability of the Navitus Bay wind farm site. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL284 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-22more like thismore than 2020-01-22
answer text <p>It is for developers to come forward with proposals for potential locations of generating stations including offshore windfarms.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change assessed an application for development consent for a wind farm on the Navitus Bay wind farm site in 2015. The Secretary of State issued a decision on 11 September 2015 refusing the grant of development consent for the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm.</p><p> </p><p>The decision was in line with the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, which examined a wide range of issues related to the potential benefits and impacts of the project in reaching its conclusion. The Secretary of State’s decision letter sets out her consideration of those issues.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
grouped question UIN HL285 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-22T16:57:59.74Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-22T16:57:59.74Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1170138
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Wind Power: Dorset more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the Navitus Bay wind farm site is successfully developed. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL285 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-22more like thismore than 2020-01-22
answer text <p>It is for developers to come forward with proposals for potential locations of generating stations including offshore windfarms.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change assessed an application for development consent for a wind farm on the Navitus Bay wind farm site in 2015. The Secretary of State issued a decision on 11 September 2015 refusing the grant of development consent for the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm.</p><p> </p><p>The decision was in line with the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate, which examined a wide range of issues related to the potential benefits and impacts of the project in reaching its conclusion. The Secretary of State’s decision letter sets out her consideration of those issues.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
grouped question UIN HL284 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-22T16:57:59.8Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-22T16:57:59.8Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1170139
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Wind Power more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the deployment of (1) offshore, and (2) onshore, wind energy. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL286 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-21more like thismore than 2020-01-21
answer text <p>The UK is the world’s largest offshore wind market with 9.8GW installed, which is expected to rise to 14GW by 2023 and 19.5GW by 2026. On 23 July 2018, the Government announced the timetable for future Contracts for Difference auctions, which is the main mechanism for deploying new renewable technologies. The auctions have the potential to deliver up to 2GW of new offshore wind every year in the 2020s, which has given long term vision and clarity to the offshore wind sector.</p><p> </p><p>The Offshore Wind Sector Deal, published on 7 March 2019, will build on the UK’s global leadership in offshore wind bringing a strategic approach to deliver increased capacity of offshore wind, while boosting the UK economy, enhancing growth in the regions while continuing to reduce costs.</p><p> </p><p>Onshore wind has also deployed successfully to date in the UK, recently exceeding 14GW of installed operational capacity. Onshore wind continues to fall in cost and has resulted in several merchant onshore wind sites being deployed to date.</p>
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-21T15:53:48.527Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-21T15:53:48.527Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1540882
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-08more like thismore than 2022-11-08
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Wildlife: Crime more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce (1) sentencing guidelines for (a) raptor persecution, and (b) other wildlife crimes, and (2) vicarious liability for landowners and tenants in England and Wales employing those convicted of such crimes. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3268 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-23more like thismore than 2022-11-23
answer text <p>HM Government takes wildlife crime seriously. Significant sanctions are available to judges to hand down to those convicted of wildlife crimes. Raptor persecution is a national wildlife crime priority and there are strong penalties in place for offences committed against birds of prey and other wildlife. Most wildlife crimes carry up to an unlimited fine and/or a six-month custodial sentence.</p><p> </p><p>Sentencing those convicted of wildlife crimes, including raptor persecution, is a matter for judges; these decisions are rightly taken independently of HM Government. Within the maximum limits it is up to the court to decide the appropriate sentence, having considered the facts of the case.</p><p>However, HM Government does recognise that stakeholders are often disappointed with the sentences that are passed down for wildlife crimes. The UNODC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit Report, published in 2021, suggested that support should be given to the Sentencing Council for England and Wales in developing prescriptive sentencing guidelines, where appetite permits. As with all the recommendations of the report, it will be considered by the relevant agencies.</p><p>Defra does not currently have any plans to introduce vicarious liability in England. The introduction of new regulation, such as vicarious liability, requires evidence that it will be effective. In the context of wildlife crimes, vicarious liability was introduced into Scotland by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. HM Government is not aware of any compelling evidence that the introduction of the provisions in Scotland has had a significant deterrent effect on those who persecute birds of prey. We will continue to monitor the situation in Scotland to consider whether this, or a similar offence such as strict liability, is necessary and proportionate to assist in tackling wildlife crime in England.</p>
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-23T12:14:52.117Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-23T12:14:52.117Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1230953
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-09-02more like thismore than 2020-09-02
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Weedkillers: Health Hazards more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the impact of aminopyralid contamination in compost on gardeners and market gardeners, and (2) the adequacy of the Health and Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Directorate enforcement of restrictions on the use of herbicide products containing aminopyralid. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL7596 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-09-16more like thismore than 2020-09-16
answer text <p>There are measures in place to keep aminopyralid out of compost and manures. This is necessary because, as a herbicide, aminopyralid can harm broadleaved plants, leading to stunting and distortion (it is important to note that similar effects can result from nutritional deficiencies or diseases). The use of aminopyralid products is subject to strict conditions of use to ensure that plant material which may contain aminopyralid is not used in compost. These conditions have been in place for over ten years and, as a result, the number of reported incidents has declined to a very low level.</p><p> </p><p>Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors and enforcement officers consider all reported cases of suspected aminopyralid contamination of compost. Decisions on possible compliance and enforcement action are taken on a case-by-case basis. In most cases it is not possible to establish whether or not residues of aminopyralid have damaged plants nor, if so, the source of the residues. HSE maintains close contact with the authorisation holder and continues to keep under review the effectiveness of measures put in place.</p>
answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-09-16T15:35:47.627Zmore like thismore than 2020-09-16T15:35:47.627Z
answering member
4161
label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1487672
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-07-08more like thismore than 2022-07-08
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Water: Sewage more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increased releases of raw sewage into waterways on animal farming, in light of Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci being found in more than 10 per cent of supermarket pork products. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL1591 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-07-21more like thismore than 2022-07-21
answer text <p>The Government has made improving water quality a priority. The Environment Act has placed our ambition on a statutory footing, setting a duty for water companies to achieve a progressive reduction in the adverse impacts of discharges from storm overflows. Our Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan will be published in September and will set out the targets water companies will be required to meet to achieve this.</p><p> </p><p>Currently, no assessment has been undertaken on sewage discharges on animal farming more generally. Pharmaceuticals may enter the environment during the manufacture and disposal of pharmaceutical products, or as they pass through humans and animals into wastewater treatment networks or the wider environment.</p><p> </p><p>There is much to be done to improve our understanding of the impacts that pharmaceuticals have on the environment, but some are known to cause adverse impacts on aquatic life and contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.</p><p> </p><p>The Environment Agency (EA) and Defra has worked with Water UK on the Chemicals Investigation Programme to investigate the fate and travel of antimicrobial resistance through waste water treatment works, and are advocating more work via the 2024 price review.</p>
answering member printed Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-07-21T16:14:05.077Zmore like thismore than 2022-07-21T16:14:05.077Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1462706
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-12more like thismore than 2022-05-12
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Water: Pollution more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why different advice is being provided for new homes construction in the Wye, Lugg and Usk catchments between Natural Resources Wales and Natural England with regard to nutrient neutrality of foul water. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL191 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-27more like thismore than 2022-05-27
answer text <p>In Wales, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) acts as the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation. Natural England works closely with NRW on environmental issues but it remains NRW's responsibility to provide relevant advice in Wales. Whilst the present advice in England and Wales is tailored to the relevant local circumstances, as appropriate, NRW is currently in the process of updating its advice.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-27T10:42:57.163Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-27T10:42:57.163Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this