The Earl of Devon

Crossbench Peer

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  • Rural Economy (Rural Economy Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note 8 Oct 2019

    My Lords, I give my thanks and appreciation to the noble Lord, Lord Foster, and to the Rural Economy Select Committee for its mammoth report. The committee’s work raises so many important issues. It has been a busy weekend to consume, let alone digest, its 235 pages. I declare at the outset my interests as set down in the register. I manage an old, family-run SME that is impacted by almost...
  • Brexit: Preparations - Statement 8 Oct 2019

    My Lords, the Minister stated that the no-deal mitigation plans for meat exporters are in place. Does this include the mass slaughter of livestock for which there is no longer an EU market, given the huge hike in tariffs? The chairman of the Heart of the South West LEP has said that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on agriculture in the south-west will be considerably worse than foot and mouth....
  • European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading 5 Sep 2019

    My Lords, I have never spoken on Brexit before and I hope to provide at least a fresh voice and maybe a few fresh thoughts. This debate sounds rather like almost every Brexit debate of the past three years and is a slightly despondent dance upon the head of a pin to some rather miserable mood music. I will speak for my contemporaries: parents with young children, young workers just...

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Entered the House of Lords on 12 July 2018

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