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Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill – committee stage (day 3) – Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Legislation

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: The "State of the Estate in 2022-23" (19 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I have today laid before Parliament, pursuant to Section 86 of the Climate Change Act 2008, the “State of the Estate in 2022-23”. This report describes the progress made on improving the efficiency and sustainability of the central government estate and, where relevant, records the progress that Government has made since the previous year. The report is published on an annual basis, and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Economic Security (18 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Today, I am setting out a series of new steps to boost the UK’s economic defences and enhance the capabilities of the Government to respond to economic security threats. The openness of the UK economy is a reflection of our values, the driver of our prosperity and that which distinguishes us as democracies. As the Integrated Review Refresh set out last year, we are experiencing rising...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: If I may, I will come back to that at the end of the speech, because I want first to try to explain what we are doing with the devolved Administrations. The noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, said that the WTO already places non-discrimination requirements on public authorities. Although this is the case, these obligations do not cover all countries and territories and apply only to procurement...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not quite sure what will happen about Xinjiang; that is a foreign affairs question. Obviously, although it is not referred to in the Bill, we have made it clear that we will use the Bill, where appropriate, to exempt areas. We have already said we will use the powers in relation to Russia and Belarus. I am going to talk to the Welsh Government, and I am sure this is a question that will...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 16 (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, the amendments put forward by the noble Baronesses, Lady Bryan of Partick and Lady Chapman of Darlington, and the noble Lord, Lord Hain, seek to remove Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the territorial application of this Bill. I am sorry that the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, are not here tonight, as they usually are in these...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: That example would not be procurement or investment, so it would be outside the scope of the Bill. However, the noble Baroness has raised the point. Sporting bodies can be within scope, as I explained, in procurement and investment decisions. The reason for this is that these bodies play a significant role in public life and it would send a very unhelpful signal if we were to single out...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It seems to me that the issue here is boycotting a sporting event, and that is not a procurement or investment decision—but I have already undertaken to look carefully at these individual examples, because we all want to understand exactly what we are talking about and to come to the right outcome. Amendment 24 would carve out community interest companies. While it is not inconceivable...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I have already said that I am trying to answer the many questions noble Lords have asked. There have been a great many interventions on me and I have been very patient. I have also made some undertakings to try to clarify some of these points, including childcare, which would cover the schools that my noble friend Lord Deben mentioned. Perhaps I could turn to Amendment 54, which requires...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: We are going to be discussing the Occupied Territories in a group two or three later in this Bill and I do not have an answer to the noble Lord on this point today, except to reiterate that this Bill has been collectively agreed. I was particularly talking about the arrangements for regulations which, in turn, had been collectively agreed. I explained the system that when you have a new...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am grateful for that point, but I am not sure I entirely understand it, so perhaps I can offer to meet the noble Lord or to write to him and make sure that he gets an answer in good time.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I think that is a little unfair. The noble Baroness knows that I am always ready to take interventions and have continued to do so. I am doing my best to do the job that this Chamber does so well. We have used the Human Rights Act definitions and this Chamber has decided that that causes problems. I am sure those are soluble.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, as I set out in my response to the previous group, the Government chose to apply the ban to public authorities as defined by Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. It is a great advantage that your Lordships, perhaps in contrast to the other place, scrutinise Bills in this way. I cannot accept that it is a sloppy Bill—it is a good Bill—but I think that concerns have been...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Perhaps I might continue on the points raised in the debate and come back to that point. It is a very reasonable question but I am not going to answer it without advice. However, there are no criminal sanctions in this Bill, which there often are in the Bills we consider in this House. There may be a small number of cases where charities are delivering public functions; they would therefore...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am glad that we have focused on an individual example because, in my experience, this always helps us to clarify our own thinking. I think that, if the noble Lord, Lord Boateng, will allow me, I will take the orchestra example away, along with the example given by the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, work out the right approach and get back to noble Lords, perhaps in discussions outside the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 14A (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The noble Baroness is right that we need to use the term “public function” with care and to be entirely clear what it means, but the receipt of public funding is another legitimate issue that we need to understand—and understand the scale as well.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Before the noble Lord sits down, I will repeat the point that the Bill applies only to investment and procurement decisions, as everyone understands. We are trying to find a way forward on a manifesto commitment to ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts or disinvestment or sanction campaigns against foreign countries. Obviously, we need to discuss a little...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 (17 Ebr 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: That is a good point and a good question. The noble Baroness also gave a good example. I suggest that I take away the distinction regarding the public function and have a look at it, and that I come back on the long example she raised, which she said had been given to her by Universities UK, on 7 May when we are due to debate the university amendment in Committee.


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