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 Rotherwick Lord Rotherwick Conservative 3:45 pm, 1st November 2000

My Lords, I rise to speak briefly as a landowner and manager who no longer makes silage, hay or haylage. I agree entirely with what the noble Lord on my right and the noble Viscount, Lord Brookeborough, said. However, a point which no one has yet raised is that of safety. I speak as someone who has grown such crops in the past. They are harvested with fast-moving, sharp-cutting, knived machines. The crops can be three feet high and it is not easy to see if anything is lying in them. Surely it cannot be right to allow people to have access to crops when they are being cut by dangerous machinery.