Countryside and Rights of Way Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 1st November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Hardy of Wath Lord Hardy of Wath Labour 3:45 pm, 1st November 2000

My Lords, without entering into an argument about the merits of a particular amendment, perhaps I may express sympathy with the approach. It is essential that we encourage farmers to grow rather than buy in feed. The BSE tragedy provides evidence of that desirability. If they are to be encouraged to grow feed, I believe that consideration must be given to this approach. It would, of course, be helpful to ground-nesting birds as well. I hope that my noble friend will be able to give careful thought to this matter.