Results 21–40 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Iraq: Deployment of UK Forces (18 Oct 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I know that the Minister will agree that the Black Watch has had two exceptional tours in Iraq and deserves our greatest praise. If the new task has to be undertaken, will it affect the overall duration that the regiment has to be in Iraq? There is some considerable concern about how long it has been there already.

Scottish Regiments (7 Jul 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to reduce the number of Scottish regiments.

Scottish Regiments (7 Jul 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, in thanking the Minister for his reply, is he aware of the fury that would be aroused if the UK regiments were disbanded? Is he also aware that for our overstretched soldiers serving abroad and doing wonderfully well it would be a disgraceful reward to be disbanded when they come home? Finally, is he aware that most Scottish regiments, particularly the Highlanders, will be up to...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (6 Jul 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend. I think that the Government have got into a bit of a muddle over timing and we would like, with this amendment, to help them get out of their shambles. As the Minister knows, we had very little sympathy in Committee and even at Second Reading for the fact that the Government had ended up by having four different methods of voting and representation...

Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2004 (6 Jul 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I certainly agree with the recommendation that these matters should have been sorted out in Edinburgh. Will the Minister explain how much of the legislation comes under the Sewel convention, or memorandum of understanding with devolved administrations, and how much under Act of Parliament? It is unfortunate that the Scottish Office gave the Minister a brief to put three orders...

Protected Landscapes (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, is there not some inconsistency in government policy? The new CAP is heavily weighted in favour of improving the environment and the landscape, yet the Minister's colleagues in energy and planning are doing their level best to ruin the landscape of the United Kingdom by building thousands of 300-foot-high wind towers with transmission lines and access roads. The Government cannot...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (21 Jun 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: The noble Earl, Lord Mar and Kellie, is asking for too great an insurance policy. No one has every considered, so far as I am aware, reducing the Western Isles constituency by adding on part of the mainland or islands in the Inner Hebrides. I always thought it was a bit of a miracle—and a Liberal miracle at that—that Orkney and Shetland got two individual constituencies. After all, the...

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (21 Jun 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My noble friend Lady Carnegy of Lour sat down more quickly than I expected and I had hoped to leap to my feet after her. However, there are some points that we need to discuss. I agree with the noble Earl, Lord Mar and Kellie, that this matter should have been returned to Scotland for a decision, because that is what has happened. The Scottish Parliament has decided that it wants 129 Members...

Wind Power (15 Jun 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords—

Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill (25 May 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord MacKenzie, who has done so much in the western highlands and knows Scotland so well. After we decided to have a Scottish Parliament, I was totally in favour of it and was keen that it should be made to work. I have always believed in devolution, which we started in the 1980s and continued thereafter. Therefore, I have to be...

Olympic Games 2012: London Bid (19 May 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, we have had an excellent debate and I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, for his good-humoured reply to a good-humoured debate. We have learnt a great deal from it. Speakers from all sides of the House were informed and, with one exception, all wished the bid full steam ahead for 2012. What did come out of the debate—I think it originated from the noble Lord, Lord St...

Olympic Games 2012: London Bid (19 May 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: Hear, hear!

Olympic Games 2012: London Bid (19 May 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: rose to call attention to the Government's policy on sport and the progress of the London 2012 Olympic Bid; and to move for Papers. My Lords, at the outset of this debate I declare an interest as a member of many sports clubs and as past president of three governing bodies. The timing of this debate is most appropriate. We are all extremely pleased that London is on the shortlist for 2012. Of...

Biofuels (22 Apr 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, after all the Questions and debates initiated by my noble friend Lord Palmer, it seems incredible that the Government have made so little progress in the past 12 months towards getting a solution? Yet, when it comes to wind farms, which will really despoil the countryside, the Government seem to give almost willy-nilly approval to anything at 400 feet...

Energy Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support the amendment tabled by my noble friend Lord Jopling and the kind words of the noble Lord, Lord Ezra. If, like me, one lives within sight of Chapelcross, one knows that such a closure after virtually 50 years' operation has a catastrophic impact on the local community. I know that that will equally be so in west Cumbria and at Sellafield, where I have often visited. I...

Energy Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I should like to add a word or two in support of my noble friends Lord Peyton and Lord Gray, who, between them, have put a very powerful case for continuing nuclear development. I have lived within two miles of Chapelcross Magnox Power Station all its life. One can see the huge disappointment among its 400 highly skilled workforce that it is to be decommissioned. Everything is...

Energy Bill [HL] (23 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Greenway, and my noble friend Lord Dixon-Smith in tabling the amendments. We must assume that if the Government are not prepared to accept them, they believe that the present legislation is adequate. But manifestly it is not. I want to call the Minister's attention to the wind farms on the Solway Firth, which cross the median line between Scotland and...

"Flying Scotsman" (22 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I appreciate the Minister's response. However, will he bear in mind the relevance to Scotland, where there is a particular enthusiasm for the engine, especially for pulling tourist trains? Perhaps he will drop a hint to the Scottish Executive that it might put some money into this.

Energy Bill [HL] (18 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, following on from my noble friend Lord Dixon-Smith—he highlights how complicated this matter is—I want to put a couple of points to the Minister. First, does any issue in this clause or in the Bill require legislation in Scotland? The Scottish Executive seems to have been notoriously sluggish in carrying out legislation that affects Scotland when it also affects England and...

Energy Bill [HL] (18 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I wish to add briefly to what the noble Lord, Lord Maclennan, said. I live very near the plant at Chapel Cross, about two miles away, and I have been there throughout the life of the plant. What may happen there is exactly what may happen at Dounreay. There is very good reason that we should look to securing the site for possible future reactors. There is a tritium plant at Chapel...


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