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Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (22 Nov 1999)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, perhaps I may add my congratulations to the two maiden speakers on their remarkable speeches. I was most impressed and look forward to hearing from them both again. I am holding the gracious Speech in my hand. It consists of six pages. However, as my noble friend Lady Byford said, agriculture, farming and fishing are not mentioned in those six pages. When agriculture and the...

Beef on the Bone Ban (30 Nov 1999)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am sure that when the Minister of Agriculture originally made his decision, which he said was marginal based on the three options mentioned earlier, he acted far more prudently than was necessary in view of the infinitesimal risk. This ban has been in place far longer than it should have been. From what the Minister said, am I correct in understanding that the ban will be lifted...

Offshore Oil Industry: Jobs (1 Dec 1999)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the Minister does not seem to realise the urgency of the situation. The long-term policy of oil and the ideas he has floated in the Chamber today will not help 3,000 men and women who will be out of work in the very near future. Can the noble Lord make clear who is responsible? Is it the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Office in London, the alleged Cabinet committee looking after...

European Beavers (9 Mar 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, in view of the fact that all governments over many years have encouraged afforestation, is it not illogical for the Government to finance an organisation in Scotland which yesterday announced that it would import beaver? Those animals will destroy countless trees.

Agriculture: IACS Payments (21 Mar 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Caithness for the opportunity to raise this important issue. I declare an interest as a farmer and as a former Minister of Agriculture in Scotland. I raised many of the arguments about IACS in Brussels when they were introduced. I hope that by now the Minister appreciates that this is an industry in crisis. Yet this afternoon I listened to the whole...

Rover (3 Apr 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain, made the good point that if there had been earlier liaison between civil servants and BMW the problem would have showed itself perhaps last year. The civil servants would surely have had to inform the Minister--in fact, the Minister did not know this--that there were 60,000, 70,000 or 80,000 Rovers parked around Britain which were not saleable....

Tourism and the Rural Economy (5 Apr 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Peel for giving us the opportunity to debate tourism and the rural economy. I agreed with all that he said, as I agreed with the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, particularly about the legislation before the Scottish Parliament. I do not believe that many noble Lords in this House realise how vindictive it is and the dangerous repercussions which will...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Functions (10 Apr 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the noble Baroness agree that, in view of the fact that the block grant emanates from the Westminster Parliament, we should take some interest in how it is spent and evaluated? Can the noble Baroness say why, at a time when council tax is racing way ahead of inflation and jobs are at risk in Scotland, Scotland's Labour Government, supported as ever by the Liberal Democrats, are...

Sports Clubs (19 Apr 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, like all noble Lords in the House tonight, we are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for raising the subject and giving us a chance to speak about sport. I was delighted to hear about his rugby club. I thought that perhaps the next time that England are due to play at Murrayfield he might send his team instead. We are united with regard to the importance of the amateur and...

Local Elections: Pilot Schemes (11 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have yet made any assessment of the impact of voting experiments in the recent local elections.

Local Elections: Pilot Schemes (11 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. In view of the substantial drop in the Labour vote in London and elsewhere, will the Government continue with their experiments because they appear to switch off Labour support? More seriously, in a democracy, should we not be encouraging people to visit their polling stations rather than using advance postal votes or other eccentric means which...

Defence Procurement (16 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, with regard to the Royal Air Force I believe that the noble Baroness has made the right decision in moving from the Hercules to the Boeing A400. As she said, I am sure that from an operational point of view there will be no problems for the Royal Air Force. First, in relation to heavy-lift, can she give even an approximate figure of how many additional jobs there might be at...

Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000 (16 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, for the good reasons expressed by noble Lords in their speeches, I share the general anxieties about the order. We hope that goodwill will prevail and that the order might not be required. But surely if it was required, it is inconceivable that the Government would prevent the flying of the Union flag in Northern Ireland. I should have thought that the Government could come out and...

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000 (16 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I certainly support the remarks made by my noble friend Lady Park. However, there is something that concerns both me and my noble friend Lord Tebbit about the two gentleman who are now going to look at the arms dumps. Indeed, can we go a little further in this respect? For example, are they going to inspect them every month, or every three months? Are they going to count the number...

Schools: Physical Education (17 May 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, what are the Government doing to encourage team games in schools and inter-school fixtures, all of which do so much to encourage discipline and leadership? They have a tremendous effect on school morale if one is on the winning side. Nowadays PE teachers devote far too much time to individual sports and not enough to team sports, which offer so many more advantages.

Animals in Transit: EU Welfare Rules (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, many farmers will feel that the Minister has not gone anything like far enough in her response today. They rightly feel that the farming industry in this country is penalised because farmers on the Continent can do whatever they like and no one seems to enforce any of the regulations. Can the noble Baroness say how many prosecutions—successful or otherwise—have been brought on...

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill (26 Jun 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, first I join Members on all sides of the House in congratulating my noble friend Lord Brittan on a brilliant maiden speech. Also, I say "Well done" to my noble friend Lord Peel who has put so much of this Bill into context. If I had a text for my few remarks, it would be the word "harmony" because without harmony and good-will it is difficult to achieve the objectives of the Bill....

Telecommunications Masts and the Countryside (24 Oct 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, although the Minister is saying all the right things about the countryside, the problem is that, day by day, more and more masts are being erected. Real leadership is required, as is a lead to the local authorities to stop giving permission for all those masts, which I believe can be found at the top of nearly every hill between here and the Border.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill (1 Nov 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I apologise to the House for not having been present in Committee. I would have supported the noble Earls, Lord Caithness and Lord Peel, at the time. From a purely practical farming point of view, the Government are missing an important trick. They seem to forget that grassland or meadow land, particularly on hill farms, is often a link between the nearest access road and the open...

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill (1 Nov 2000)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I accept that the Government believe in conservation, as I do. The noble Lord, Lord Hardy of Wath, will remember that I piloted the Wildlife and Countryside Bill through another place. However, the message that the general public will glean from the Bill when it is enacted is that there is freedom of access with no sanctions. That is contrary to what the Government are trying to do....


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