Canlyniadau 41–60 o 3759 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Neville-Rolfe

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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Clearly, I do not think that we will be able to agree on this this evening. I replied to the excellent report by the noble Baroness, Lady Drake, and the Constitution Committee, and I will refresh my memory on that, if the noble Lord will allow. In the meantime, in response to the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, who asked about the Government’s position on Gaza—it is that Israel remains the...

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

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Indeed, in situations of occupation, international humanitarian law expressly requires the occupier—I think this is the point that the noble Lord is making—to the fullest extent of the means available to it, to ensure food and medical supplies for the population of the occupation territory. We expect Israel to fulfil its obligations, and for all parties to adhere to humanitarian law. I am...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 18 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: We are of course dealing with investment and procurement and the public bodies themselves. Perhaps I should respond to the noble Lord, Lord Collins, who mentioned the Occupied Territories, which we will be coming back to on later amendments. Although the Government recognise the risks associated with—

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 18 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I note what the noble Baroness says, but the Bill does not change UK foreign policy. That is for FCDO and the UK Government to decide. This applies only to public authorities and to investment and procurement, which I have continued to emphasise, because I think some of the discussion is needlessly wide-ranging—and, if I may, I will now make progress. The Government, as I was saying, in...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 18 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I do not think there is a difference between us and the FCDO. If I may, I will move on to the other amendments, because I am trying, as I always do, to answer the questions noble Lords have asked. There are a number of different amendments in this group, and I think we should look at them in the round. I will turn to Amendments 18, 28 and 29. I will start with Amendment 28, which is a probing...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 18 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I am not sure that I entirely understand the noble Lord’s question, but I will reflect on it. We will come relatively shortly to a group that will look at these issues more broadly. If I am able to do so, I will come back to him at that point. As I have already said, various concerns have been raised, which we will consider. I thank all noble Lords for their contributions. I say to the...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 18 ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I will address the various amendments tabled in relation to international law. If the Committee is content, I will start by addressing Amendment 31, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Hendy. It is a wide-ranging amendment, as some have said, which would allow public authorities to choose not to procure a good, service or works if their manufacture, provision or supply may have involved...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Import Controls ( 7 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The approach and plans set out within the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) remain unchanged. We will continue to support business readiness throughout the implementation of checks and take a sensible pragmatic approach to enforcement. The government’s consumer food price inflation model for the BTOM included an assessment of policy measures likely to affect the cost and/or quantity of...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Bodies: Finance ( 3 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Bill applies to public authorities as defined in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. This means that the Bill will only apply to public authorities and not to individuals in their private capacities. When an individual is acting on behalf of a public authority, they will not be held personally liable for a breach of the ban. Only public authorities can breach the ban. Cases where...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Bodies: Finance ( 3 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill applies to public authorities, as defined in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. There is no universal test to determine whether an authority is bound by section 6 of the Human Rights Act and therefore in scope of the Bill. However, indicative factors that have been identified by judges as relevant include: the authority...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Bodies: Finance ( 3 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Bill applies to a broad range of public bodies to protect community cohesion and ensure a consistent approach to foreign policy. Specifically, the Bill applies to public authorities, as defined in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Bodies should already be aware if they are bound by section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 as this legislation has been on the statute book for 25 years...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Italy: G7 ( 2 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The G7 is a critical forum for the UK to engage like-minded partners on complex global challenges and for delivering on the interests of the British people on the global stage. At the 2024 G7 Leaders Summit, The Prime Minister will be focused on strengthening our collective security, including by maintaining unwavering G7 resolve to support Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal invasion,...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Conduct ( 2 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: All Civil Service recruitment is subject to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard. The Government Baseline Personnel Security Standard check is not a formal security clearance but is a recognised standard for pre-employment screening. These checks ensure departments comply with current legislation (e.g. Right to Work in the UK) and are essential to assure the integrity of our organisation...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review ( 2 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The Cabinet Office continually assesses the factors that informed the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy 2021 and its Refresh in 2023. Through the National Security Secretariat and COBR structures, the government monitors and analyses the changing global security context, and reviews its strategic direction accordingly through the National Security Council....

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Defence and Foreign Policy ( 2 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Global Britain in a Competitive Age, The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR 2021), set the UK’s overarching national security, foreign, defence and other relevant policy. It was supported by a series of published sub-strategies, including the 2021 Defence Command Paper and the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy. The IR 2021 foreshadowed the...

House of Lords: Reform - Question ( 1 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: My Lords, I start by sharing the sadness at the sudden death of Lord Stunell. The House of Lords plays a crucial role by scrutinising, debating and holding the Government to account. However, reform, including in relation to the size and membership of this House, is not a priority in this Parliament.

House of Lords: Reform - Question ( 1 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I thank the noble Lord for his Question. On the numbers, we now have 787 Members. The Conservatives have 277 Members, 35% of the House. As the noble Lord points out, the Labour Members are fewer: 172 Members, 22%. But the appointments that have been made, which he referred to, have not changed the dial. It is still hard for the Government to get their business through the Lords, and the...

House of Lords: Reform - Question ( 1 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: I did not give the Liberal Democrat numbers, but there are 80 Liberal Democrat Members—10% of the House—which is a lot more than in the House of Commons. It is important that we continue to refresh the Benches in this House. There has been a good process of parties encouraging retirements at the right stage. Sadly, we lose people; we have just lost Lord Stunell, and we lost Lord Field...

House of Lords: Reform - Question ( 1 Mai 2024)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: The noble Lord is right that it has been an extraordinary week in that we have had such close votes. I agree with the general sentiment of what he is trying to say. What is really important about this House—people who admire this House say the same—is that we have a different, unique mix of expertise, age, where people come from and the jobs that they have done; some are part-time while...


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