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Baroness Redfern

Conservative - Life peer

1 APPG membership (as of 14 Jul 2021)
Taiwan
2 Former APPG memberships
Serbia, Young People's Health
Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee
13th Jun 2019 - 21st Jan 2020
Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee
29th Jun 2017 - 28th Mar 2018
Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee
25th May 2016 - 5th Apr 2017


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 6th September 2021
15:30
Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Post-Brexit common frameworks
6 Sep 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Angus Robertson MSP - Minister at Scottish Parliament
Mick Antoniw MS - Minister at Welsh Parliament (Senedd Cymru)
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 13th September 2021
15:30
Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Post-Brexit common frameworks
13 Sep 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
George Eustice - Minister at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 18th October 2021
15:30
Division Votes
Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 189 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 104 Noes - 241
Speeches
Thursday 22nd July 2021
Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulations 2021

My Lords, I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak in support of the draft Calorie Labelling (Out of …

Written Answers
Thursday 27th May 2021
Driving Licences: France
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to sign a reciprocal agreement on driving licences with the government of …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Redfern has voted in 174 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(10 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(8 debate interactions)
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(8 debate interactions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Baroness Redfern, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Baroness Redfern has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Redfern has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Baroness Redfern has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Redfern has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


17 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether companies who take out new Government-backed loans will be banned from paying dividends and cash bonuses; and if so, when.

Under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) to ensure that loans backed by taxpayers’ money are being used in the right way to support businesses and jobs through this difficult time, loans come with restrictions on dividend payments:

  • For facilities of up to £50m, dividend payments can continue but may not be increased for as long as any facility under CLBILS remains outstanding.
  • For facilities of more than £50 million businesses must agree to restrictions on dividend payments, senior pay and share buy-backs during the period of the loan. These restrictions were introduced on 26 May, when the maximum loan size under CLBILS was extended to £200 million.

For facilities of more than £50 million, until the facility has been repaid in full, borrowers and members of their group cannot:

  • Make dividends or other shareholder payments that were not declared before the borrower entered the facility other than in very restricted situations.
  • Pay any cash bonuses to senior management, or award any pay rises to senior management except where such pay rise was (i) agreed in writing before the facility was taken out, or (ii) is in keeping with similar payments made in the preceding 12 months, and (iii) does not have a material negative impact on the borrower’s ability to repay the facility. The restriction does not need to apply to pay awards or cash bonuses to be paid to new members of senior management joining the group after the date of the facility but must apply to any subsequent cash bonuses or pay rises awarded to such persons after they have joined the group.

Under the Future Fund, loans advanced under a Convertible Loan Agreement (CLA) cannot be used to pay dividends, pay bonuses or discretionary payments that are non-contracted or not in the ordinary course of business for 12 months, or pay advisory, placement or similar corporate finance type fees in relation to that CLA.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties faced by businesses that apply and receive the Bounce Back Loan Scheme if those businesses do not stay with their existing lenders.

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) has been introduced to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. Businesses are not required to bank with a lender in order to apply for a Bounce Back Loan with them.

There are now 18 accredited lenders of the scheme and the British Business Bank is working at pace to accredit more lenders to further extend the Scheme’s reach and provide more choice for businesses. A full list of accredited lenders can be found on the British Business Bank website.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how quickly banks will be able to make a decision on applications to the Bounce Back Loan scheme

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) was launched on 4 May to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion were approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme. As of 24 May, this has increased to 608,069 loans issued to businesses, worth £18.49 billion.

In order to apply for the scheme, businesses complete a short, simple, online application form, meaning that applications can be submitted and processed rapidly, and loans can be accessed within a matter of days. The Government is providing lenders with a 100% guarantee on each loan to give them the confidence they need to support the smallest businesses in the country.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £3 billion national skills fund announced in the 2019 Conservative manifesto is available to small businesses for apprenticeships.

Over the course of this Parliament, the government will provide an extra £2.5 billion (£3 billion including indicative Barnett consequentials) for a new National Skills Fund. The Fund is part of a dramatic rebooting of our skills system and will help workers to have the skills they need to flourish and fulfil their potential.

To decide how best to develop the National Skills Fund, the government is planning to consult widely on the National Skills Fund, to ensure the fund provides the best return on investment.

The insights gained will help to build an understanding of how to target the fund and what types of training it should cover, to ensure it best supports people to learn new skills and prepare for future changes to the economy.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise the minimum age for puppies being imported to the UK to six months in order to deter the trade in underage puppies; and whether they will ban payments in cash for puppies imported to the UK.

The end of the transition period has opened up new opportunities for managing our own pet travel and commercial importation rules. We are actively listening to the concerns of stakeholders and the Government is considering options to strengthen our efforts to tackle puppy smuggling and prevent the low-welfare importation and movement of these animals, including looking at the minimum age of dogs entering Great Britain (GB).

These options will take into consideration the results from our latest disease risk assessments for GB, recommendations of stakeholders such as the British Veterinary Association and Dogs Trust, and recent Parliamentary work from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent heavily pregnant bitches from being transported to the UK illegally for the purpose of selling puppies to UK customers; and whether they will ban payments in cash for puppies bought in the UK.

The end of the transition period has opened up new opportunities for managing our own pet travel and commercial importation rules. We are actively listening to the concerns of stakeholders and the Government is considering options to strengthen our efforts to tackle puppy smuggling and prevent the low-welfare importation and movement of these animals, including looking at the movement of heavily pregnant dogs (bitches) entering Great Britain (GB).

These options will take into consideration the results from our latest disease risk assessments for GB, recommendations of stakeholders such as the British Veterinary Association and Dogs Trust, and recent Parliamentary work from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set a target for the creation of new native woodland; and what steps they are taking (1) to avoid reliance on imported trees, and (2) to manage and increase native woodland while ensuring that such woodland remains in good ecological condition.

We are committed to increasing woodland establishment across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025. To achieve this, we announced a £640m Nature for Climate Fund which will encourage woodland creation of all kinds to achieve this.

To decrease reliance on imported saplings we are boosting domestic tree nursery capacity, including through a joint £2m investment alongside the Scottish and Welsh governments. We will also set out further plans to support domestic nurseries in due course.

To improve biodiversity and resilience, we will increase woodland management. This ensures diversity of trees' ages and species, maximising resilience to climate change, pests and diseases.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure long-term sustainability of the British dairy sector; and whether service contracts have been checked to ensure that all public services source milk from UK dairy farmers.

The Government is working closely with our agriculture sectors to manage the impact of COVID-19 and is determined that our dairy sector will emerge from the current COVID-19 crisis with a sustainable future. While the vast majority of Britain’s dairy farmers continue to supply their contracts at the usual price, between 5 and 10 per cent of total milk production goes to the service trade, and these farmers have been impacted by the significantly reduced demand following the closure of the food service sector.

To support the sector we have temporarily eased of some elements of competition law to make it easier for the dairy industry to come together to maximise production, processing and storage efficiency and ensure as much product as possible can be processed into high quality dairy products. This approach will allow the market for milk to adjust to the change in demand for milk while allowing production to be restored when shops, restaurants and pubs are able to open again. Exempted activities have been developed in conjunction with the dairy industry.

Moreover, in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing this sector on 7 May we announced a new fund to support those dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand due to the loss of the food service sector. Eligible dairy farmers in England who have lost more than 25% of their income over April and May due to coronavirus disruptions will be eligible for funding of up to £10,000 each, to cover 70% of their lost income during this qualifying period. This will enable these producers to continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board together with Dairy UK have launched a new £1 million campaign running over 12 weeks to drive an increase in the consumption of milk. Defra and the devolved administrations are jointly contributing towards the financing of this campaign.

The dairy industry can also access various Government backed loan schemes. The COVID-19 Business Interruption Loans scheme is available to farmers, milk buyers and milk processors. In addition, the new Bounce Back Loan scheme, which will apply to businesses including those operating in agriculture, will ensure that the smallest businesses can access up to £50,000 loans.

In the longer term the Government is keen to see greater levels of collaboration between producers and we will continue to support farmers who want to harness the benefits of working together. Our Agriculture Bill includes powers to introduce a new domestic system for recognising producer organisations, which will be better tailored to the requirements of UK producers.

The Bill also includes powers to introduce and enforce statutory codes of practice to address unfair trading practices which can occur between milk producers and purchasers. We will carry out a full consultation on dairy contracts to take account of the range of stakeholder views and anticipate launching the consultation later this year.

British food and drink are renowned around the world for its quality and integrity and we want consumers, including public service organisations, to be able to benefit from our nutritious dairy and other agricultural products. Respecting our World Trade Organization commitments on public procurement, central Government and its executive agencies in England are mandated to source produce that meets UK minimum production standards, as outlined in the "Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering”.

16th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the new system for regulating chemicals which requires technical information to be submitted by businesses to the Health and Safety Executive within two years of the end of the implementation period will be used to improve environmental standards.

After the transition period, we will maintain an effective regulatory system for the management and control of chemicals which safeguards human health and the environment and can respond to emerging risks. One of the chemicals regulation regimes, UK REACH, will require submission of information by industry within two years to demonstrate their understanding of the risks and safe management of a given substance.

This information is required to operate an effective regulatory regime, to understand the hazards and risks of chemicals markets and to ensure their safe use. It will inform the assessment of the risks specific substances pose to human health and the environment and therefore any additional steps that are necessary to mitigate these risks such as identifying Substances of Very High Concern.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what targets they have for the planting of trees to support reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; and what assessment they have made of their progress against any such targets.

Net Zero challenges all sectors to decarbonise and reduce emissions as fast as they can. Our woodlands and forests are an important carbon sink – currently capturing 4% of the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. To increase their potential to capture carbon, we must increase planting rates immediately.

The Government has committed to increasing planting rates across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025, in line with the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation. Our Nature for Climate fund will support increased planting in England, and we will work with the Devolved Administrations to increase planting across the UK.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to sign a reciprocal agreement on driving licences with the government of France.

The Department for Transport has successfully agreed arrangements with France for the mutual recognition of photocard licences. As such, visitors with UK photocard licences will not need to carry an additional International Driving Permit when driving in France. We have also secured interim arrangements with the French authorities which will allow UK licence holders resident in France, to continue to use their valid UK licence until 1 January 2022. We are working with the French Government to finalise a permanent licence exchange agreement as soon as possible.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have accessed the urgent dental centres; and how many centres have been operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data is not held on the number of people who have accessed urgent dental centres (UDCs). NHS England and NHS Improvement set up UDCs to meet need for urgent dental treatment while routine treatment was suspended during the peak of the pandemic and to support practice-based care during the gradual restart underway since 8 June. Over 600 UDCs remain open to support dental practices in England.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people who vape are given the same access to NHS services as people who smoke who are seeking to quit; and if not, why not.

Stop smoking services are designed to help people who wish to stop using tobacco products and offer a range of options to support. E-cigarettes are not tobacco products and therefore people using them are not eligible for stop smoking services. We would still advise everyone that not smoking/quitting entirely is the best option.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban e-smoking from all hospital grounds.

The Government has no plans to introduce legislative proposals to ban e-cigarettes on hospital grounds.

The Government believes in the proportionate regulation of e-cigarettes, recognising that they are not risk-free. Through the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, we have introduced measures to regulate e-cigarettes which reduce the risk of harm to children, protect against the risk of renormalisation of tobacco use, provide assurance on relative safety for users, and give businesses legal certainty.

Public Health England has published advice to help employers to introduce policies around the use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces.

26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a standardised UK-wide Tree Preservation Order mapping system and data set for local authorities; and if not, whether they have plans to establish one.

Tree Preservation Orders and planning are devolved to local authorities. We expect each local authority in England to record the location of amenity trees it decides to protect with Tree Preservation Orders. As decisions on individual trees are a local matter, there are no plans to introduce a national dataset.

Looking forward, Local Nature Recovery Strategies provided for in the Environment Bill will map out the priorities for sustainable nature recovery across landscapes, including new woodland and hedgerow trees. The Bill also includes measures to require local consultation before street trees are removed, and will enable local authorities to require developers to secure net gain for biodiversity, including tree-planting and green space, when planning permissions are granted.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether local authority planners have access to a UK-wide database to identify land available for tree planting and natural regeneration; and how long that land is available for.

Tree Preservation Orders and planning are devolved to local authorities. We expect each local authority in England to record the location of amenity trees it decides to protect with Tree Preservation Orders. As decisions on individual trees are a local matter, there are no plans to introduce a national dataset.

Looking forward, Local Nature Recovery Strategies provided for in the Environment Bill will map out the priorities for sustainable nature recovery across landscapes, including new woodland and hedgerow trees. The Bill also includes measures to require local consultation before street trees are removed, and will enable local authorities to require developers to secure net gain for biodiversity, including tree-planting and green space, when planning permissions are granted.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)