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appearances of Lord Rennard in Parliament.

This page contains appearances of Lord Rennard in Parliament. You can view full agenda of the House of Lords and see the full event guide at the Parliament live tv website.

It has questions that he has presented to the Lords and responses to questions posed. The videos are arranged in chronological order.

Lord Rennard speaks on the importance of environmental protection and the impact plastic straws have. Lord Rennard highlights the importance of having more environmentally friendly items in our packaging ,with items such as plastic straws. Rennard makes the suggestion of promoting alternatives to plastic straws such as reusable metal ones.

“Can more be done to promote recyclable and more environmentally non-plastic straws ? The damage caused by sugary drinks maybe mitigated by the use of a straw. So, we do need people to be able to use non-plastic ones.”

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the wearing of face coverings on public transport is now mandatory. Lord Rennard addresses some of the problems that are facing the general public are facing while travelling on public transport.

What can be done to persuade the travelling public to keep masks on throughout their journey? Can there be more to help people with disabilities who should not have to remove their masks in order to explain their need to occupy a seat? Lord Rennard suggests special face coverings to assist with this problem.

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There is a growing concern about the public not heeding to government advice on the Coronavirus restrictions. Is the government loosing it’s credibility on advice that has been given?

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The debate is raised on how to reduce the number of new Peers in the House of Lords. Lord Rennard raises the point that the problem is heightened due to the by-elections of hereditary Peers.

By-elections and elections to local authorities have been postponed for a year. The House would be in a better position to comment on this matter after this time.

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There has been a U-turn on providing providing additional funding for a Covid summer food fund. There will be a free school meal voucher system which will enable children who are eligible for free school meals to claim vouchers for the six-week summer holiday period.

Lord Rennard has suggests that the big supermarkets that are involved could contribute to the cost of the voucher scheme or that they could provide additional benefits to those using the vouchers?

The response:

The cost to the taxpayer is the face value of the vouchers. The administration costs of the summer food fund are borne in the arrangement between Edenred, the supplier, and the supermarkets themselves.

(Baroness Berridge.)

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