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

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 (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...

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...

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...

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.

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...


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