Results 81–100 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Animal Health Bill (29 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I hope that this will be my last intervention relative to Scotland. The Minister has a rather cavalier attitude to Scotland; namely, that everything will be all right on the night and that we do not need to worry what the Scottish Parliament will do and so on. However, as far as I am aware, the State Veterinary Service is still controlled by what was MAFF and is now DEFRA. That...

Animal Health Bill (29 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, throughout the passage of the Bill, I have from time to time mentioned Scotland. The Minister has said that powers are totally devolved under the Scotland Act 1998 and that we must just hope that the Scottish Parliament will legislate. That is just not happening. Agriculture is a United Kingdom issue. No one knows better than I, living in the midst of the last outbreak of foot and...

Animal Health Bill (29 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I welcome any provision to strengthen biosecurity on farms. I speak as someone whose area was in the middle of the foot and mouth outbreak. All the local farms were very conscious of the importance of biosecurity. They had gates erected across the end of the roads; no one was allowed in, and hardly anyone was allowed out; children did not go to school; and the post had to be...

European Council, Brussels (28 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, speaking as a farmer, does the noble and learned Lord appreciate that agriculture requires long-term planning which is not forthcoming from the Government? Can he be more specific? Do the Government have in mind that the present agricultural production grants will continue to 2006, plus or minus what may be decided after the Dohar discussions, and that thereafter to 2013 the grants...

Motorsport Industry (23 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is a privilege to join in this debate, initiated by my noble friend Lord Astor, because I believe that speakers on all sides of the House are expressing concern about the current standing of motorsport in this country. That is not to say that we are being particularly critical of the Government, but we are worried that motorsport itself is not justifying its past successes. I...

Animal Health Bill (22 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I support the noble Earl. There is consumer resistance to beasts which have been vaccinated or given hormones in order to fatten. The public are naturally suspicious about anything unnatural occurring to livestock. Now is the time for the Government to be clear about the exact procedures if—heaven forbid—there were another outbreak. There is added concern about the future...

Animal Health Bill (22 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate and the noble Lord, Lord Moran, hit the nail on the head by raising the issue of the presentation and tone of the Bill. During the last session of the Committee stage we began to think that the Minister was coming to realise that its wording could not be more unsympathetic to the farming industry. It is time that the clauses were softened in the interest...

Animal Health Bill (8 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: I should have thought that the Government would jump at the opportunity of an escape clause. We do not want to make people commit offences when there is a perfectly good reason why they should not be involved. The amendment sensibly suggests that there could be mitigating circumstances. The prosecuting authority would not prosecute if there were mitigating circumstances. They would say that...

Animal Health Bill (8 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: The noble Lord, Lord Carter, is being unfair in his criticism of the Opposition in regard to this extremely disappointing Bill. He does not seem to realise that we are in favour of good legislation and that we are trying to make this Bill better. It is a bad Bill. We are trying to make it better and to translate the reports, which are so significant, into legislation. That does not mean to...

Animal Health Bill (7 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: As one who was involved in the contiguous cull, I think it important to clarify the procedures when a cull is likely to take place. The amendments would help to do that. With a foot and mouth epidemic all around, one could contemplate that a contiguous cull within the three kilometre limit was a possibility, but when it comes it comes swiftly. On the Friday the veterinary officer and my vet...

Animal Health Bill (7 Oct 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: The Minister should not expect to escape quite as easily as that. However, I am glad that he has agreed to accept the amendment in principle. I declare an interest—as I have many times in foot and mouth debates—as one who was deeply involved and who lost his stock. I feel very personally about some of the issues in the Bill. It is quite right that we should have this type of detailed...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Boeing 747 Wreckage (11 Jul 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans there are for the disposal of the wreckage of Boeing 747 Pan Am 103 presently stored at Farnborough and in Lincolnshire; what is the cost of the storage at each site; and who is responsible for payment.

Foot and Mouth Disease (25 Jun 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am glad that my noble friend Lord Willoughby de Broke has given us this opportunity to raise yet again the problems of foot and mouth. Farming is still in crisis. The price of milk is going through the floor, and the price of lamb, beef and grain is at rock bottom. Generally, farmers have a great lack of confidence in the future, with a Secretary of State who is so keen to adjust...

National Stadium (20 May 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, will the Minister say more about the athletics track, which interests us in view of the £120 million from Sport England? How long will it take to install and remove the track on each occasion, at what cost, and who will pay for that?

Sport (8 May 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Pendry, who does so much as chairman of the all-party sports group at Westminster in addition to his work for the Football Foundation. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Billingham, on introducing this important debate. I shall not add to the misery of the Minister who is to reply to the debate by referring to Wembley after...

Wembley Stadium (7 May 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the Government seem to be in a muddle over athletics and we are all concerned about the £120 million provided by Sport England. As the noble Baroness said, if we are not having the Olympics, the World Championships or the European Championships, why on earth do we want a 100,000 seater stadium for athletics? Can the Minister give some details of the cost of converting the stadium...

Amateur Sports Clubs: Charitable Status (30 Apr 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that all that glitters is not gold? Does he realise that becoming a charity costs the average amateur sports club between £3,000 and £5,000? Is he aware that the Scottish Charity Commissioners do not recognise the guidance given by the Charity Commission and that, as this is not a devolved matter, he should be able to answer for what happens in...

Illegal Meat Imports (24 Apr 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that we have been complaining for 12 months about imports of meat to this country both by ship and by air. There has been singularly little result. Last month he mentioned an action plan. Can he say now how many more inspectors we shall have at airports and how many more for shipping? When will the pressure brought by those of us on this side bring some...

Scottish Parliament (Referendum) Bill [HL] (17 Apr 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the noble Baroness is most kind. However, I disagree with her on the question of whether the Liberal Democrats have the influence that I would have expected of them when they are in such a position of power. The present Labour Government in Scotland could not manage without the support of the Liberal Democrats. I should have thought that they would use their influence to reduce the...

Scottish Parliament (Referendum) Bill [HL] (17 Apr 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, we all owe the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, a huge debt of gratitude in that we can discuss Scotland today. It is odd that here we are in the United Kingdom Parliament, but week in and week out it is impossible to discuss issues relating to Scotland. That is to the detriment of the standing of Parliament. We should have some method of doing so. At least another place has Scottish...


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