Results 1–20 of 1275 for speaker:Mr Richard Body

Petition: Travellers' Camps (Skegness) (28 Mar 2001)

Mr Richard Body: I applied for this Adjournment debate because, after I had arranged an appointment with the Minister to receive a civic deputation from Lincolnshire, I received a message that the meeting was to be cancelled, as the Minister had something more important to do, or words to that effect. I regret that no offer of an alternative date was made. I was put in some difficulty because, when I had to...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Mr Richard Body: As one who has an unforgettable memory of the outbreak in 1967, may I ask the Minister to confirm that the then Minister, Fred Peart, was advised not only that the slaughtered animals should be buried immediately, but that if the carcases were burned, there was a serious risk that the virus was so viable that it could be carried a considerable distance beyond the infected area?

Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Feb 2001)

Mr Richard Body: Will the Prime Minister help the lobby outside by telling us how many representative bodies have called on him to bring to an end community health councils?

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill: Hunting Bill (17 Jan 2001)

Mr Richard Body: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: Drag hunting does not employ people. We can do the work ourselves, and we have only a few hounds. We do not use fallen stock. We feed the hounds with a proprietary brand out of what we call "the bag", because that is cheaper and easier in the long run.

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: The hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) referred to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It has been at the forefront of the argument that drag hunting is the perfect alternative. It argues that we could carry on hunting in our red coats—if anyone still wears them—and that hunting horns could still be blown. It argues that there could be the same numbers of...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: That intervention is comparable to the completely off-beam speech made by the hon. Member for Reading, West (Mr. Salter), who talked arrant nonsense about drag hunting and refused to give way, even after he had made outrageous remarks about the pack of hounds of which I am chairman

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: The subject of hunting does not lend itself to soundbites, which is one of the problems that we face in countering the specious points that are made about hunting. I am not here to defend foxhunting. I am expressing the views of the members of the organisation of which I am chairman. They are very concerned about their future, and they believe, in good faith, that if foxhunting comes to an...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: I thought that I had made it clear: ours is an equestrian sport that requires a substantial number of jumps.

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: I am against farming being subsidised, but it would be too much to have my recreation subsidised too. For every pack of drag hounds throughout the country, there are about eight packs of foxhounds. They have many more people to help them. They are opening up the countryside by erecting hunt jumps, in a way that we cannot. If foxhound packs come to an end, it is pretty obvious that the jumps...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: That is right. I only hope that Labour Members will read the Burns report more carefully. It carried out the most careful inquiry, given the time that was available. It came down in favour of the evidence that I and the other two representatives of drag hunting gave—that it is not an alternative to foxhunting. I go further than that. We are now concerned—it is the view of both...

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: Since then, masters of the two drag hound and bloodhound organizations—there are a large number of us—have reached the conclusion that if foxhunting is abolished, it will be the end of drag hunting, too. If I catch Mr. Deputy Speaker's eye, I hope to explain why.

Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill (20 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Seaside Holidays (11 Dec 2000)

Mr Richard Body: Is the Minister aware that there is one east coast seaside town that is proving very successful—much more successful than Lowestoft and Scarborough; is attracting an increasing number of people; and is not bothering him about public funds, subsidies or anything else? That town—which I entirely recommend him to visit to see how all that can be managed—is Skegness.

Message from the Queen: Rural White Paper (28 Nov 2000)

Mr Richard Body: Does the Secretary of State accept that many of us in the countryside, especially those of us who are concerned with farming, would really like form filling, regulatory control and other bureaucracy to be reduced to the level now prevailing in France and other EU countries with which we have to compete?

Adjournment (Summer) (28 Jul 2000)

Mr Richard Body: I hope that the hon. Member for West Ham (Mr. Banks) will forgive me if I do not follow him—although on the subject of the speakership, if only he would suppress some of his prejudices and give us more of his wit, I would be one of those dragging him forcibly from the Back Benches into the Chair. I revert to a subject on which two hon. Members have already spoken—the national health...

Adjournment (Summer) (28 Jul 2000)

Mr Richard Body: rose—

European Affairs (15 Jun 2000)

Mr Richard Body: The hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) is always most courteous. He has always notified me in advance and he is always welcome.

European Affairs (15 Jun 2000)

Mr Richard Body: I always try to be nice to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell), because every time he makes forays into my constituency people agree with him. I must say to his hon. Friends that members of the Labour party seem to regard him as a hero, and echo his sentiments. I do not think that the hon. Gentleman need despair about his party. I think that he is expressing the authentic voice...

European Affairs (15 Jun 2000)

Mr Richard Body: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

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