Results 1–20 of 1620 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Livsey of Talgarth

Agriculture: CAP Direct Payments — Question (27 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reached conclusions on the findings of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-funded Dutch Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) study of the likely impact on United Kingdom farmers if common agricultural policy direct payments were removed by 2013.

Agriculture: CAP Direct Payments — Question (27 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply, but does he not agree that the LEI report indicates that 35 per cent of farms in the UK would become financially unviable if Pillar 1 payments were withdrawn, while 83 per cent of all EU farms would remain viable? Will he seek to reverse the previous Defra policy of abolishing single farm payments, as that would save many UK livestock farms...

Agriculture: Dairy Industry — Question (26 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, when the supermarket ombudsman is in his place, will the Minister take action to make it illegal for retail milk to be sold for less than the cost of production? It is the reason why 14,000 dairy farmers have left the industry since 1997 and why we have only 11,000 left. The ombudsman should use his powers to address that problem immediately.

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (22 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I declare an interest as an associate member of the British Veterinary Association. Does my noble friend agree that blood testing is a good alternative or addition to skin testing and reveals more reactors? Will he consider a Defra policy of blood testing as well as skin testing in bovine TB hot spots, particularly where the badger population is considerable?

Agriculture: Single Farm Payments — Question (20 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, given the statistics about the waiting list for single farm payments, will the Minister acknowledge that the system in Wales uses GIS technology? Will he urge the RPA to adopt it because there are practically no problems with it?

Rural Payments Agency — Question (7 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, will my noble friend the Minister acknowledge that £90 million of taxpayers' money has been paid in fines to the EU for incompetently processed payments? Does he agree that his department should look at one option at the end of the six-month inquiry: the abolition of the RPA?

Agriculture: Farm Animal Disease — Question (6 Jul 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, does the Minister remember that the 2001-02 foot and mouth outbreak cost the nation in the order of £6 billion? I speak from memory. What will he do in his planning to ensure that the farming community does not have to go to such lengths to pay that sort of sum?

National Assembly for Wales: Referendum — Question (17 Jun 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the referendum mentioned in the Queen's Speech for the National Assembly for Wales to have primary legislative powers will be put to the people of Wales in October 2010.

National Assembly for Wales: Referendum — Question (17 Jun 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, my noble and learned friend has made that statement on behalf of the Secretary of State. I am not entirely satisfied that we cannot have an October referendum, which was our wish, but I am glad to know that it will be in the first quarter of 2011. My noble and learned friend may be familiar with Edmund Burke's famous remark that there is a point beyond which forbearance ends and...

National Assembly for Wales: Referendum — Question (17 Jun 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: This is the question. Will my noble and learned friend ensure that there is a referendum poll well before next year's Welsh Assembly elections in May?

Agriculture: British Pig Industry — Question for Short Debate (6 Apr 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: I have a simple question. There are 18 members of the task force. Only one represents consumers. Six represent producers and five represent the big four supermarkets. Would the Minister say that that is an equitable situation?

Agriculture: British Pig Industry — Question for Short Debate (6 Apr 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I have acute sinusitis and I apologise if somewhere in my speech it takes me over. It is a long time since I have been involved with the British pig industry. I am delighted that the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, has brought this to the attention of the House. I managed a farm in Perthshire on an estate with 70 sows producing 600 bacon pigs. In those days, the pig cycle, which ran for...

National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Transport) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (30 Mar 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: Before the Minister responds, perhaps I may point out to him the context in which this LCO is being made. Yesterday, the National Assembly for Wales produced its transport policy. One of its main aspects relates to climate change and sustainability. I should point out that sections in the document address, "Transport across Wales", "The north-south corridor"-including air travel-and the...

National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Local Government) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (30 Mar 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, we welcome these measures for the local councils and, particularly, the community councils in Wales. As the Minister has quite correctly stated, the order is conceived through three reports. The Aberystwith University College of Wales, as it was then, produced a report which identified the constraints that community councils believed they faced. The report concluded that existing...

Barnett Formula — Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I hope the House will bear with me, because I am the Welsh affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats and will address most of my remarks in that context. I am sure that my colleague from Scotland, the noble Earl, Lord Mar and Kellie, will address such measures as the Calman report, which is not dissimilar to the Holtham report, which has come out on funding the needs in Wales....

Barnett Formula — Motion to Take Note (11 Mar 2010)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I was informed, as were we all, that the suggested time for speeches is 10 minutes. I have done that.

Agriculture: Royal Society Report — Debate (10 Dec 2009)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, on bringing forward this debate on the Royal Society report, Reaping the Benefits. It is extraordinary how history repeats itself, especially in agriculture and food production. The Royal Society, not for the first time, comes to the rescue. In 1755, progressive farmers and landowners in Breconshire, my home county, consulted the Royal...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I apologise to the Minister for my absence at the start of the debate. I was plunged into the crisis in Cumbria in order to respond to the Government's Statement at that time. I wish to concentrate on eight words from the Queen's Speech. They are: "will continue to devolve more powers to Wales". I ask the questions: how and when? Devolution in Wales is undoubtedly a success and the...

Flooding in Cumbria — Statement (23 Nov 2009)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement on the flooding incidents in Cumbria. My heart goes out to the people who have been affected because I was brought up in a house which flooded every three or four years. I know about the mayhem that floods bring to families; it is most distressing. The Cumbrian towns of Cockermouth and Workington appear to have been particularly badly...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Commons Amendments (11 Nov 2009)

Lord Livsey of Talgarth: My Lords, I am very interested in what the Minister is saying. As regards the powers of the Secretary of State in this amendment, given that there may be a delay in reforming the common fisheries policy, in his view will the application of these powers produce any unintended consequences? For example, could they affect marine conservation zones?


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