1 Lord Woodley debates involving the Leader of the House

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL]

Lord Woodley Excerpts
Monday 18th December 2023

(7 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord True Portrait The Lord Privy Seal (Lord True) (Con)
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My Lords, with the leave of the House, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Lord Woodley Portrait Lord Woodley (Lab)
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My Lords, I apologise to the Lord Speaker and to our new noble Lord, Lord Douglas-Miller, for my phone going off earlier. I have never been so embarrassed in my life. I am sincerely sorry.

Do the Government regret putting back the purchase of electric vehicles and automated vehicles to 2035, now that the market has almost completely collapsed, putting at risk the investments, plants and jobs that the Government themselves are invested in?

Lord True Portrait Lord True (Con)
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My Lords, the noble Lord has asked a question about policy. With great respect, this is not the House of Commons. There are plenty of opportunities in this House to discuss policy during the progress of a Bill. Today, I am announcing—with agreement in the usual channels—that this Bill should be discussed in the whole House. That will give the noble Lord and others the opportunity to make their points at the appropriate time.