Canlyniadau 21–40 o 3759 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not sure that is right. I will seek advice.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: It may be important, and therefore it is all the more important that the noble Baroness’s question is answered fully and accurately. I have made it clear in answer to the noble Lord, Lord Beith, that as only public authorities are subject to Clause 1, Clause 4 is strictly limited to the actions of public authorities and therefore not individuals associated with public authorities.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: As I was trying to explain, the important point is that it depends on the motivation for the decision. The Bill would prohibit only investment and procurement decisions that would appear to a reasonable observer to be influenced by moral or political disapproval of foreign state conduct, and have a territorial element. It would not prevent public authorities making any other kind of...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: To confirm, I think that is what I said a couple of minutes ago. The sole reason must be that it is financially risky—that it is business risk guidance, not boycotts. My own feeling is that that is a helpful clarification. I am sure that noble Lords will look in Hansard at what I have already said. If I might now finish, I would very much like to—

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I can reassure the noble and learned Lord that lawyers have been involved in drafting the Bill, as he can probably imagine. I tried to set out quite clearly at the beginning why we felt that the wording we got was right; that included financial impact. I have subsequently clarified the point about motivation and financial risk. In the excitement, I have lost my place. I was asked about the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their thoughtful contributions today and for their engagement. I particularly thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Drake, Lady Janke and Lady Blackstone, and the noble Lords, Lord Shipley, Lord Willetts and Lord Hannay, who met me and officials to discuss the amendments a couple of weeks ago. During that meeting, noble Lords expressed their concerns regarding...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I will cover that later in my response. There is a point about territoriality, which we will come on to address. Additionally, the drafting of the guidance referenced in the speech from the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, does not change our view of the scope of this exception. I agree with my noble friend Lady Noakes’ assessment that the amendment could cause some confusion. If we were to...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I can confirm that LGPSs will be allowed to divest from, say, the settlements or Israel if the sole reason is that the investment is financially risky. It is if it is caught by the flavour of the Bill that we run into a problem—

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 27 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Perhaps I could just finish on the other points. It makes perfect sense to ensure that, when having regard to ESG requirements, these are applied consistently by LGPS administering authorities and do not single out particular countries or territories—because it is the latter that will breach the ban, as I think we all now understand. The Bill allows for a number of exceptions, including...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Great (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The GREAT brand has proved to be highly effective. On average for every £1 spent GREAT returns £15 to the UK economy. In the last year we estimate that GREAT has helped to generate over £900 million of foreign direct investment, £548 million of additional expenditure from international students, £210 million of additional expenditure from international tourism and over £90 million of...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Civil Service (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: "The Government has a plan to deliver a brighter future for Britain, with long-term economic security and opportunity: where hard work is always rewarded; where ambition and aspiration are celebrated; where young people get the skills they need to succeed in life; where families are supported, where those who have worked hard all their lives have the dignity they deserve in retirement; and,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Cabinet Office: UK COVID-19 Inquiry response costs for Quarter 4 23/24 (14 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government acted to save lives and livelihoods, prevent the NHS being overwhelmed, and deliver a world-leading vaccine rollout which protected the nation. In establishing the UK COVID-19 Inquiry, the Government recognised the unprecedented and wholly exceptional circumstances of the pandemic, and the importance of examining as rigorously as possible the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants: Redundancy (10 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Prime Minister’s announcement of longer-term reductions in Civil Service numbers is a reiteration of the policy announced by the Chancellor in October 2023. The longer-term reductions will build on the shorter-term headcount cap put in place through to March 2025. The detail of how the return to pre-pandemic numbers will be delivered will form a key part of the next comprehensive...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Ministers: Conflict of Interests ( 9 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: As set out in the Ministerial Code, there is an established regime in place for the declaration and management of interests held by ministers. This ensures that steps are taken to avoid or mitigate any potential or perceived conflicts of interest. Under the terms of the Ministerial Code Ministers must ensure that no conflict arises or could reasonably be perceived to arise, between their...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions and am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Chapman, who has sat patiently throughout today for her contribution. I do not think that sufficient weight has been given to the pressure on universities to engage in boycotts and divestment campaigns at this time. I am disturbed, as I am sure we all are, by the violence we have seen in...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Collins, for his comments. I feel a bit left out as the only person who has not been to Palestine or Israel. I was due to go on 7 October. As we have discussed, this amendment would remove Section 37 from the Bill so that Ministers could by secondary legislation allow public authorities to carry out their own boycott campaigns against Israel, the Occupied...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, our position on the Middle East peace process, which I am not sure entirely answers the noble Lord’s question, is that we support a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel, living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital of both states, and a just, fair, agreed and realistic...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am clear that the Occupied Territories are separate. I think that that three-quarters answers the noble Lord’s question but let me reflect further. I certainly would not want to mislead him on such an important point.


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