Debates between Lord Watts and Viscount Camrose during the 2019-2024 Parliament

Research, Development and Innovation Organisational Landscape Report

Debate between Lord Watts and Viscount Camrose
Monday 20th November 2023

(8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Viscount Camrose Portrait Viscount Camrose (Con)
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Yes, indeed: these are very important principles to allow research institutions, whether publicly or privately funded, autonomy in the research they undertake. As well as the Nurse review, the Tickell review into bureaucracy in the R&D landscape addresses these things and we will also shortly be publishing our response to the latter review.

Lord Watts Portrait Lord Watts (Lab)
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My Lords, is there evidence that the successive cuts in business taxes have led to increases in investment and research in the UK?

Viscount Camrose Portrait Viscount Camrose (Con)
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If there any such evidence, I am afraid I am not familiar with it.

Animal Torture: Online Videos

Debate between Lord Watts and Viscount Camrose
Tuesday 27th June 2023

(1 year ago)

Lords Chamber
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Viscount Camrose Portrait Viscount Camrose (Con)
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I recognise the argument that increased cruelty to animals promotes further bad behaviour, including violence between humans, but I stress the point that the purpose of the Online Safety Bill is to bring into law a range of limitations on what can be published and what can be seen online by human beings. There are laws that effectively criminalise cruel behaviour to animals and the action of publishing evidence of cruelty to animals online; those laws just happen not to be the Online Safety Bill.

Lord Watts Portrait Lord Watts (Lab)
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My Lords, the Minister says that the Government are against cruelty to animals, yet we have just heard that the present legislation does not stop it. Is it not the case that we need regulation that will prosecute and convict people involved in these practices? Can he tell us how many people have been prosecuted so far this year for animal cruelty?

Viscount Camrose Portrait Viscount Camrose (Con)
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I have the numbers prosecuted for animal cruelty in my notes somewhere; I will happily write to the noble Lord.