Results 61–80 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Atlantic Salmon (9 Apr 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Forsyth on obtaining this debate. It is a privilege to follow such distinguished fishermen as the noble Lords, Lord Mason and Lord Thomas, and the noble Baroness, Lady Golding. I seem to have been involved in salmon and salmon legislation for much of my parliamentary life—some of which has been extremely frustrating. If we take as...

Fallen Stock (8 Apr 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the Minister realise that he has every livestock farmer in the United Kingdom up in arms over the Government's failure to come to a solution with the National Farmers Union of each country? Does he further agree that Scottish Ministers have given an extension from 1st May until the issue is resolved? Why cannot that be done in England?

Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle (4 Apr 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, my colleagues have put the case so well that little need be added. I wish to raise a problem that was not discussed in great detail, bearing in mind my support for most of the recommendations in full—even if most are very obvious practices that we have been carrying out for generations, as my noble friend Lord Plumb said. My concern relates to paragraph 18 on ear-tagging. I do not...

Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging positive partnerships (4 Apr 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, how right the noble Earl is that much of what is important is a matter of attitude rather than legislation. I declare an involvement rather than an interest as the Minister who guided the 1981 Act through Parliament. I subsequently spent nine years as a member of the Nature Conservancy Council, and was then the Minister in charge of SNH. I feel that I shall have "SSSI" on my...

Countryside Agency Report (3 Apr 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I declare an interest. Does the Minister agree that the paragraph on farming on page 18 is so depressing that he might have written it himself? Does he further agree that unless we look after farming we will not have the beautiful countryside, the landscape or the habitat that the whole nation wants? At the moment, the Government are going in quite the wrong direction, particularly...

Animal Carcasses: Disposal (19 Mar 2003)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, at the end of October, the Minister said that he would urgently examine the issue in the hope of finding a solution. Is he aware that, come 1st May, in practical terms, there will not be the facilities to uplift fallen stock and that farmers will not be allowed to bury the stock on their farms? What answer should he give farmers?

Olympic Games 2012 (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I welcome this debate and thank my noble friend Lord Moynihan for achieving it. I hope that it will stimulate the Government into giving maximum support to the British Olympic Association—and to Craig Reedie, Simon Clegg, Sport England and Sport UK, and indeed to the nation's aspirations. I declare an interest, as many of us have, as a member of the BOA. I have attended many...

Iraq (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I agree entirely with the noble Lord's preparation. He is correct. We have learned, I hope, that if we are to call out reservists, we should do so without asking for volunteers. That would put them in a very difficult position with their families and employers. It should also be borne in mind that all members of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force are volunteers in the first instance and...

Scottish Parliament (18 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, will the Minister be clear on dates? Why is there such urgency? Nothing can happen until May 2007. Why are the Government not waiting until the Boundary Commission reports, either in 2003 or 2004, on the Westminster constituencies and then see whether some will be coterminous? The Government are racing ahead of the all-important Boundary Commission. Will the Minister assure us that,...

Transport Investment Plan (17 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, may I press the Minister harder on the West Coast Main Line on which many of us commute every week? When shall we see the investment to complete the upgrading of the track and when can we expect some new rolling stock between London and Scotland? Secondly, will he bear in mind that the main artery by road from London to Scotland is the M6? Only six miles of that route, between...

Transport Investment Plan (17 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, yes.

School Playing Fields (11 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the noble Lord accept that there are conflicting figures? The ones that I have from the National Playing Fields Association, which does so much for sports grounds in this country, show that, of the last 201 applications, 195 were granted and only six were refused. Further, the number of applications last year was up by 35 per cent to 551. It does not seem to me that the...

Disaster Planning (2 Dec 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, if there were to be a disaster in Scotland or Wales, who will be ultimately responsible—the United Kingdom Government or the devolved Executive? Will the co-ordination be any better than it was during the foot and mouth epidemic?

Lords Amendment (7 Nov 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, we are all grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Livsey of Talgarth, for raising this issue of the 20-day rule through amendments. He has put fairly the problems that farmers are having in moving stock, particularly over the autumn period when there are so many sales. On the other hand, the Minister has a good point that a fixed eight-week period does seem to be rather brief and...

Animal Health Bill (4 Nov 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I share the concern of my colleagues on all sides of the House about this point. Can the Minister explain in some detail the scientific advice that he has been given on the 20-day rule and why it is still in force? I have noticed a number of academics at various conferences—in particular the Moredun Research Institute—saying that there is no justification for keeping the 20 days...

Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2002 (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am glad to follow my colleagues on this side of the House in complimenting the Government on introducing this consolidation Bill and improving the regulations before the parliamentary elections next May. We should bear in mind that the Boundary Commission dealing with the Scottish Westminster seats is busily engaged in Scotland at present. It is hearing evidence at inquiries...

Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2002 (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it says £100,000.

Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2002 (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thought £10,000 would have been more appropriate. I wonder why it is £100,000.

Fallen Stock (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to collect fallen stock from farms when the new European Union regulations prevent burial on farms after April 2003.

Fallen Stock (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer and declare an interest. Do the Government have any idea of the urgency of resolving this problem quickly? Will there be a national fallen stock collection service in being by April of next year? Will the Government pay for it, as is done in Germany and France under public health regulations?


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