Results 1–20 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Rural Payments Agency (27 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am sad to say it, but this must be one of the most disgraceful Statements ever heard on agriculture in either House. How does the Minister expect farmers to continue to survive when there has been a failure to make their basic payments by the end of March? Maybe not April, maybe not May. I declare an interest as a Scottish farmer. I was paid in January. If Scotland and Wales can...

Rural Payments Agency (27 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is the most disgraceful Statement.

Territorial Army: Rebalancing (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the Minister mentioned two Scottish engineering companies. Will he confirm what else is to happen in Scotland? Are all the current TA headquarters and centres to remain? Secondly—and here I declare an interest as former Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force—has the Minister any plans to change the format or numbers of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in the foreseeable...

Squirrels (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am rather surprised that the Labour Party opposite, which professes to be the party of animal rights, does not seem to have any speakers down at all in support of squirrels today. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Peel and the noble Lady, Lady Saltoun, on putting the case so strongly for the red squirrel. The noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, seems to want to have it both ways: he...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (20 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I felt that my noble friend Lord Peel gave valuable evidence to this House of some of the difficulties that arise when a national park is designated. Over the years the 1949 Act has weathered extremely well and the criteria laid down then have been adequate ever since over the 50 years that the Act has been in operation. We tend to forget that if we increase the number of national...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (20 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, as one who was involved in the 1981 Act, I cannot understand what the difference is. Surely, we covered everything in the 1981 Act, which has been very effective since it was enacted. Why do we need to make these changes?

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I apologise for missing the earlier stages of the Bill, which was a great disappointment to me. I declare an interest as the Minister who oversaw the Wildlife and Countryside Act and who was responsible for rural affairs in this country. I support the amendment because the Government seem to be obsessed with commissions, committees and agencies. The more that can be spelt out...

Army Restructuring: Scottish Regiments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of existing military commitments, they will reconsider their plans to create a combined Scottish super-regiment.

Army Restructuring: Scottish Regiments (21 Jun 2005)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply. Does he agree that when the Government made their ill judged Statement last year, all Scotland believed that the Scottish regiments would retain their tartans, cap badges and, where appropriate, their hackles? Why is it that they now all have to wear the same tartan and cap badge? This is causing great disappointment both in Scotland and among the...

Sport (16 Jun 2005)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Pendry, not only for what he has said, but also for what he does week-in week-out as chairman of the all-party sports group in Westminster. He brings most interesting people to talk to the sports committee. We benefit very much from getting together in a non-political sense to talk about sport, in which we are all so interested. I was...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 May 2005)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am glad that the noble Lord, Lord Bach, is our spokesman on agriculture in this House. I agreed with a great deal of what he said on defence until he ran into a little local difficulty with the Scottish regiments. I agreed very much with the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Norwich that the gracious Speech made no mention of farming and no mention of agriculture. Indeed, so...

Army Bands: Redundancies (5 Apr 2005)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, will the Minister give me an absolute guarantee that if the Scottish division is reduced to five battalions, each will have its own pipe band? How many military bands will there be in the Scottish division?

Army Restructuring: Scottish Regiments (16 Dec 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the future of the Scottish regiments.

Army Restructuring: Scottish Regiments (16 Dec 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, while I appreciate the noble Lord's difficulties, the Statement is long overdue. Does he realise that in the fine history of the British Infantry this is a very black day indeed? Does he realise that this matter is causing fury everywhere, and particularly in Scotland? If the rumours are right that we shall lose four battalions, and 19 others will be affected, how can the noble Lord...

Game Shooting (30 Nov 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, are not the Government doing all this through the back door? By making it harder to obtain gun licences and with chiefs of police becoming ever more restrictive, we will all be reduced to bows and arrows.

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (24 Nov 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, on her quite excellent maiden speech. It seems to me that the Government's programme will give her plenty of opportunity to talk about human rights in the coming Session. I should also like to say what a pleasure it is to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Turner, even if I disagree with her views on the Iraq war. Her husband was twice...

Scotland Act 1998 (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 2004 (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, my noble friends asked some of my questions, so I can be brief. First, were these statutory instruments subject to the Sewel convention? The problem of dealing with these statutory instruments is that, as we all know, we cannot amend them. But has enough consideration gone into their preparation, and were they thoroughly discussed in Edinburgh before they were agreed and sent to...

Sport and Physical Activity: Playing Fields (4 Nov 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, will the Minister accept that governing bodies such as the National Playing Fields Association and the CCPR believe that there are nothing like sufficient playing facilities in schools if children are to translate and transfer to sports clubs later on? Will he also agree that the safeguards that he has told us have been put in place to stop the sale of school playing fields have not...

Hunting Bill (28 Oct 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My noble friend Lord Mancroft put the case clearly of there being anomalies in the Bill. In the beginning of the speech made by my noble friend Lord Peel, he said that the provisions were another addition to the anti-shooting policy of this Government. When the Minister responds, will he put on record exactly the Government's policy on shooting? Anyone can see when reading the Bill that, if...

Hunting Bill (26 Oct 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: It would be appropriate if a Scot gave some support to the Welsh in the debate. They certainly deserve it; they have put their case very strongly. As one who has been around Westminster far too long, I think that the Government's manipulation of the procedure in the House of Commons and here is a disgrace. Under the guise of having a free vote, they think that they can get away with anything,...


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