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My Lords, I very much support Amendments 2 and 3 from the noble Lord, Lord Whitty. Proposed new subsection (3)(b) refers to, “the ability of the Board of Trustees … to carry out its functions under section 24 of the … Act”. The first of these functions is to, “carry out investigation and research into the science of plants and related subjects, and disseminate the results of the...
My Lords, the amendment is a little too restrictive on Kew, although I recall that at one time it had a plan, or at least a dream, to make available some of the properties for short-term accommodation for Kew’s partners when they needed to spend time in London and with Kew. However, to try to restrict the new power to residential property is going a bit too far.
My Lords, I have a great deal of time for what the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, just said. I also have a great deal of time for this amendment. To me, the crucial thing is the words, “compatible with the core … scientific … activities of the Royal Botanic Gardens”. As I said, the balance at Kew is the crucial issue. It is primarily a scientific institution. The people who work for...
Entered the House of Lords on 4 April 2005
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