Results 41–60 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Energy Bill [HL] (18 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support the amendment because it will keep nuclear power before the Government and the public as an important alternative to other renewables. I hope that Ministers have on their desk a Scottish newspaper because they will begin to see a mounting tide of objection to the many new wind farms now developing in Scotland. More importantly, the public have begun to realise that the...

Railway Franchises (11 Mar 2004)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, on the West Coast Main Line, which is under the Virgin franchise, will the Minister tell us in what year the track will be upgraded so that trains can be run at full speed from London to Glasgow?

Energy Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, much in the Bill is good, but it has had such a cool reception from the House generally because it leaves out the important issues of policy relative to the mid-term supply of electricity to this country. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is a worthy project, and I look forward to seeing it work at my own nuclear power station—so to speak—at Chapelcross in the years ahead....

Defence White Paper (11 Dec 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I have been looking through the excellent document published today, Operations In Iraq, and reading what a wonderful job the services did in that country. On page 78, every unit of the Royal Naval Reserve is mentioned, which is highly commendable. However, when one turns to the Royal Air Force on pages 82 and 83, all the regular units and squadrons are mentioned, but of the Royal...

Scottish Parliament: Voting System (10 Dec 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, if the independent Boundary Commission reports this year or in 2004, will the Minister give me an absolute guarantee that the Government will vote through the report and have the new constituencies in place for 2005?

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (2 Dec 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is not often that we get a chance to talk about Scotland in this Chamber, which will be my main point, but I should first like to say how strongly I support my noble friend Lord Strathclyde in his remarks and the amendment that he has tabled to the gracious Speech. Trust is an important word in British politics and it is sad that the Government have broken their promise and trust...

Yoghurt (13 Nov 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans by the European Union to ban the use of the descriptive term "yoghurt" as used in the United Kingdom.

Yoghurt (13 Nov 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his Answer. However, how come all the information in press reports suggests that yoghurt must now be labelled as "fermented milk pudding", which would be a disaster for the British dairy industry? I hope that the Government can squash that rumour forthwith. Does the Minister agree that the farming industry is going through very difficult times? It still...

Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 2003 (7 Nov 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I wish to follow the contributions made by the two noble Lords on this side of the House and the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington. We are all well aware that fishing is a very hard-pressed industry. The total allowable catch has been set far too high, the gear has improved and vessels are now much larger. One appreciates that for far too long a great deal of over-fishing has been...

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (3 Nov 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support my colleagues and noble Lords on all sides of the House who have spoken in support of the amendment moved by my noble friend Lord Moynihan. He said, as I did in my previous intervention, that the Government's manifesto said that it would not affect shooting. However, that is exactly what is happening. We all know that it is a slippery slope into much more severe...

Anti-social Behaviour Bill (3 Nov 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support the amendment even though I much prefer the next group of amendments which would place us in a more satisfactory position in regard to 14 to 17 year-olds. However, these amendments would be better than nothing and provide a good start. They would show that the Government are willing to fulfil their manifesto commitment to not in any way affect shooting. I shall reserve my...

Playing Fields: Planning Applications (30 Oct 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, if all is such sweetness and light as the Minister suggests, why are the National Playing Fields Association and the Central Council for Physical Recreation so critical of what the Government are doing? They seem to be blind to how many playing fields are being lost throughout England and Wales. What consultations has the Minister had with those two bodies, given that he set up a...

Crystal Palace Refurbishment (23 Oct 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the Minister recall that the Government set up a swimming advisory group in January 2001 to help teachers to provide instruction in swimming for pupils? Subsequent to that, very little seems to have happened. It would be a major disaster if the pool— which is the largest and most efficient in the south of England—is not available and disappears. Can the Minister give a firm...

Hunting Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: I support this important amendment. Let me preface my remarks by saying that I was glad when, towards the end of the debates before dinner, the Minister started calling this a government Bill, which he should have done from the start. It is terribly important to realise that when a government have a majority of more than 200 in another place, whether or not there is a free vote does not...

State Visits to the United Kingdom (21 Oct 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, many people in this country will be disappointed by the Minister's response. We have a special relationship with the United States and we saw with pleasure our Prime Minister addressing Congress a few weeks ago. It seems a great tragedy that we are not giving President Bush a chance to speak to Parliament and it seems to be only because the Labour Party is afraid of its Members not...

Agricultural Land: Development Policy (20 Oct 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, have the Government given any recent advice to the inspectors and planning authorities about the development of wind farms? Those awful monstrosities seem to be springing up all over the United Kingdom countryside. In the long-term consideration of the landscape of this country, we should be much more careful in what we do.

Congo (12 Jun 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, can the Minister say more about the Royal Air Force commitment in this important operation? I think he mentioned a figure of 30 aircraft. Can he say how many personnel will be required to service the aircraft? Who will be responsible for their safety on the ground in the Congo?

Countryside (11 Jun 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, for initiating the debate and for putting the case so brilliantly for the countryside. I, too, declare an interest as a farmer and a member of numerous organisations connected with the countryside. It is a coincidence that this debate occurs while on the Continent the mid-term review of the CAP is being discussed. I am filled with concern...

School Playing Fields (4 Jun 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many school playing fields have been sold in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 respectively; and what percentage of applications that represents in each year.

School Playing Fields (4 Jun 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her reply, although it is somewhat complicated by the dates overlapping. Is she aware that the figures that I received from the National Playing Fields Association this week for all playing fields showed that, over the four years, 3,809 applications had been made and the majority were approved. Why does not the playing fields monitoring group set up...


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