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Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2015)

James Paice: Like so many of my right hon. and hon. Friends, I expect this to be my last speech as a Member of this House. I can reflect over 28 years not least on the fact that, as I began, here I am being called towards the end of a debate and speaking to a Chamber that is virtually empty. In that regard, I am finishing in a situation similar to that in which I started. I remind the House of my entry in...

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Noise (9 Mar 2015)

James Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what guidance he has provided to planning authorities on the relevance of amplitude modulation in applications for land-based wind turbines in advance of the review of evidence on wind turbine amplitude modulation his Department is appointing acoustics experts to conduct.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Noise (24 Feb 2015)

James Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he is taking to bring the ETSU-R-97 assessment methodology for calculating the noise impact of wind turbine generators in line with current World Health Organisation guidelines.

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: If all shechita slaughtered meat is eaten by Jews, is my hon. Friend saying that they are eating the hind quarters? That is forbidden. What happens to the hind quarters?

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: They are sold into the rest of the supply.

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: I suspect that if we asked hon. Members of this House, I would not be seen as someone who was particularly squeamish or had too much of a conscience, given my agricultural credentials, which have already been referred to. I have to say, however, that the killing of an animal without stunning is, in my view, repugnant. It should be stopped, in an ideal world, but I accept that there are...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: I genuinely do not know. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of that statistic. All I would say is that I have watched quite a number of sheep having their throat cut after electrical stunning not just in the UK but in New Zealand, and they usually become insensible—in other words, their head collapses—in about 15 seconds. I have never witnessed an animal come round at a point at which it...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: I am certainly not against labelling. As I said a few minutes ago, I have recommended and indeed driven forward initiatives to provide consumers with more information, and I am not averse to the idea of doing so in this context. I have grave doubts about how effective it would be, simply because I fear that it would be difficult to enforce. My final comment relates to training. I discussed...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench business — Animal Welfare (Non-stun Slaughter) (23 Feb 2015)

James Paice: I wanted to pick up on my hon. Friend’s suggestion of a four-bar label. After he listed stunned and non-stunned, which I would support, he listed halal and kosher. I draw his attention to the distinct difference between those two. All kosher meat has to be killed by the shechita method, which is non-stunned, but not all halal meat is non-stunned. As he said, for 80% of halal meat the animal...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 Jan 2015)

James Paice: I am grateful for being called to speak so early in the proceedings on the Bill. I confess that I have often been a sceptic about criminal legislation. Indeed, as the shadow Home Secretary implied, it is easy to pass new laws and forget about the need to enforce them. More importantly, we need to use what is already on the statute book. I do not know how many new offences we have created in...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 Jan 2015)

James Paice: I am not sure whether the right hon. Gentleman is trying to tempt me on to the issue of Europe. I am not one of those who thinks that Europe has no locus on this issue. It is right that we work with our European colleagues, either as individual member states or through the EU as a whole to address these issues. Whether spot checks or, as the Home Secretary said in her answer to me earlier...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Border Exit Checks (5 Jan 2015)

James Paice: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the problem of illegal immigrants does not exist only in the locale of Calais? There is ample evidence that many of them are getting into lorries as far afield as Spain, and this is particularly affecting lorries bringing fresh food into this country, as their whole load has to be condemned when the immigrants are discovered. Is she aware that our retail...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 Oct 2014)

James Paice: When my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) said that I can speak for myself, I was beginning to doubt whether I was going to get the opportunity, particularly as it is probably a couple of hours since the Minister replied to the speech that I had not then given. I should start by pointing out that I am speaking with complete independence, because whatever happens to...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 Oct 2014)

James Paice: I note what my hon. Friend says, but I would not be prepared to say that, if I had a majority in the order of 100, I would not be very concerned about what people thought about me. I am concerned anyway, but at least, for the reasons that my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough set out, I am able to stand here and say whatever I like in the knowledge that I am protected by privilege. I...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 Oct 2014)

James Paice: I am following what the hon. Gentleman is saying very carefully. He is right that nobody has managed to define wrongdoing. Does he not accept, however, that the two different amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) and I have in their own way sought not to define wrongdoing but to exclude certain issues relating to freedom of expression, which we...

Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny): Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process (27 Oct 2014)

James Paice: I entirely share my hon. Friend’s view that many of the letters we receive are identical, having been prompted by one source, and that they represent a tiny minority. Could not that be said of the e-mails and letters we have received in support of his amendments?

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Procurement (17 Oct 2014)

James Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of audit trails in local government expenditure spending; and what estimate he has made of the incidence of accidental duplicate payments to local government suppliers in each of the last five years.

Business of the House: Scotland within the UK (13 Oct 2014)

James Paice: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the holes in the current devolution settlement, as some of us pointed out at the time, is that effectively the Scottish people have representation without taxation? We must ensure that the Scottish Government have not only the power but the obligation to raise some of their taxes, thus increasing their accountability and enhancing democracy.

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

James Paice: We have heard some erudite and persuasive speeches from Members who have far more knowledge of the region than I do. There seems to be little doubt that the House will support the motion; I strongly welcome that, and I shall do the same. I do not intend to try to persuade the House of the evils of ISIL or of the need to bomb or to do anything, but I want to flag up three aspects that I hope...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: EU Council, Security and Middle East (1 Sep 2014)

James Paice: I strongly welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to article V, but I am unclear as to whether he feels that that extends to the situation in Ukraine. I hear what he says about sanctions, but he will understand that many people question their value. Is it not therefore essential that NATO should make it absolutely clear to President Putin this weekend that Ukraine must not fall under his...


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