Results 21–40 of 277 for speaker:the Earl of Dundee

Agriculture Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 228 (to Amendment 227) (23 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, on the need for better and clearer incentives to encourage many more new entrants into farming, and as indicated in my opening remarks, I believe that the Scottish Land Commission’s recent recommendations are well worth studying. These set out to provide mutually attractive incentives to both parties, landowners and new entrants, to form farming business contracts together. I am...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 228 (to Amendment 227) (23 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, like the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Old Scone, and others, I support Amendment 227, which, as a proposed new clause, advises a land use strategy for England, as the noble Baroness explained. First, it is consistent with the purposes of the Bill, for if we carry out the Bill’s dual intention of improved food security and environment conservation, we will have followed a...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 221 (23 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I fully support Amendment 226, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, and my noble friend Lord Randall of Uxbridge. It implies four actions: first, analysis and monitoring of the harmful impact of pesticides; secondly, proper research into alternative methods of pest control; thirdly, such alternatives should be not just researched but, once identified, used so...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 160 (21 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I agree with Amendment 170, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Hain, which calls for United Kingdom food security reports properly to reflect the necessary link between food provision, diet and the environment. Amendment 169, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, and others, points out that such reports ought to assess not just food supply but how much of it is...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 158 (21 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, within this grouping I support Amendment 158, in the names of the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and others, which sets out to enable new entrants to county farms, to provide education in farming these holdings and to stimulate innovation within them. I am also in favour of Amendment 246, in the names of my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering and others, which suggests that landlords...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 155 (21 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, Amendment 156, from the noble Lord, Lord Cameron of Dillington, provides flexibility as not yet sufficiently available for Defra to help farming households carry out the purposes of the Bill. In the names of the noble Earl, Lord Devon, and the noble Lord, Lord Addington, Amendment 155 is equally pertinent in anticipating delays following the introduction of the United Kingdom shared...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 130 (21 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I declare my interests as detailed in the register. Along with others, I agree with Amendment 143 in the name of my noble friend Lady McIntosh: the transition period should begin in 2022 rather than 2021. Equally, the case for being more realistic about timescales, although in a different context, is addressed by my noble friend Lady Rock’s Amendments 151, 152 and 150...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 105 (16 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, as has been intimated, many of us are particularly grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, for tabling Amendment 139. If adopted, it would greatly increase efficiency since the type of monitoring here envisaged is a comprehensive one that would apply to regulation, productivity improvements, ancillary activities and market interventions. However, to maintain consistent and improved...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 90 (16 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I support Amendment 90, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, which includes fungi as subject to conservation, and Amendment 183 from my noble friend Lucas, which also covers wild plants within an agri-food supply chain. Through Amendments 178 and 185 respectively, my noble friend Lord Lucas also points to the need for a proper analysis of agri-food supply...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 87 (16 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, as has already been urged, there is a compelling case for paying attention to the plight of small abattoirs and for the Government to offer financial support to enable their survival. They are relied upon by farmers who market the meat from their own animals locally. A small abattoir is one which slaughters fewer than 1,000 livestock units each year. However, as the noble Lord, Lord...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 35 (14 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I declare my own business interest in farming as already detailed in the register. In this group, I support Amendments 35, 36, 60, 69 and 71. All of them emphasise growing healthy and nutritious food. That also means growing and offering a rather better selection of food than we now do. Therefore, I am also in favour of Amendment 47 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 29 (9 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I support and will first comment on Amendment 97, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, and others. The new and welcome direction pointed by the Bill is furthering the joint aims of healthy food production and good environmental land management. Whole-farm agroecological systems are central to this. They should therefore be clearly described. That is what Amendment 97 would do....

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 26 (9 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: Amendment 44, which is in my name, seeks financial assistance to encourage the rearing of livestock outside as opposed to factory farming. Outdoor rearing of animals reduces the use of antibiotics. Too many of those in farming have already undermined the efficacy of antibiotics in British medicine. Equally, animal-to-human transmission of diseases is far more likely to occur when animals are...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 13 (to Amendment 12) (9 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, Amendment 101 seeks to improve the Bill’s current definition of a producer. It broadens that definition, so that instead it reads “starting, or improving the productivity of, an agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity”. This would make clearer which relevant parties stand to benefit from financial assistance.

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (7 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in welcoming and supporting the Bill, and I thank the Minister for his helpful responses to this Committee debate, which has covered a wide range of matters concerning sustainable food production and a well-cared-for environment. Proposed amendments have included: requests for better soil management; the mitigation of floods—whether or not these may have...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (7 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: Thank you. I will resume at the point where I was cut off. In itself, Clause 1 is evidence of an impressive vision. The Government are committed to preserving the natural environment, thus competent environmental land management can become a clear aim for farmers, who are properly rewarded if they achieve this. Nevertheless, so far, in other respects the Bill is less clear. What are the...

Agriculture Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (7 Jul 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, Amendment 1 is connected to Amendment 74, also in my name. Both amendments address the Secretary of State’s new financial assistance powers outlined in the first clause of the Bill. Clause 1(1) indicates ambiguity of delivery: “The Secretary of State may give financial assistance”. Picking up this aspect of uncertainty, Amendment 1 therefore implies that giving financial...

Well-being - Motion to Take Note (12 Mar 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join others in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler of Enfield, on introducing this important debate. I will comment briefly on three aspects: the developing international consensus that well-being should become a key indicator of national performance; ways in which obstacles to further progress can be overcome; and current opportunities for the Government to promote this...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join noble Lords in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Ritchie of Downpatrick, on her excellent speech, which stressed the importance of seeking unity and reconciliation. I will briefly pick up on a few points from the Queen’s Speech concerning foreign affairs. The first concerns the scope to assist grass-roots democracy both here and abroad. The Government plan to invest...

Council of Europe: House of Lords Members’ Contribution - Question for Short Debate (24 Jul 2019)

the Earl of Dundee: My Lords, I join others in thanking my noble friend Lord Balfe for introducing this debate. I will touch briefly on three points: the type of pattern which is evident when we look at the contributions of House of Lords Members to the Council of Europe; why this work has been of such high value; and the ways in which it should now be sustained and continued. After the collapse of the Iron...


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