Results 101–120 of 175 for speaker:Lord Monro of Langholm

Livestock Industry (17 Apr 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Plumb, for introducing the debate and for putting the case for farming so starkly. According to Farming and Food—the Curry report—farming is on a path that is not sustainable; the CAP is unacceptable; farming is still in crisis; farm incomes are on the floor; and output is falling. That is a pretty dreadful state for any industry. The Government give...

Renewables Obligation Order 2002 (28 Mar 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I should like to support my noble friend's point about planning. I am glad that the Minister included in his speech a paragraph about planning, because it is crucial that we get the balance right. At present, the balance is incorrect because it is weighted far too heavily on the side of renewables. In October 1996, I initiated a debate in another place calling attention to the...

Animal Health Bill (26 Mar 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I warmly support the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Moran, in his excellent speech. In a moment, I should like to expand a little on what my noble friend Lord Peel said about Scotland. I find it hard to understand why the Government are proceeding with the Bill. They announced it with a great fanfare of trumpets and urgency way back in the autumn, when the Bill received its...

Hunting with Dogs (21 Mar 2002)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the Minister said that there will be no restriction on shooting, but day after day restrictions are being imposed by stealth. It is becoming harder than ever to acquire a shotgun certificate, in particular for young applicants. Ultimately shooting will be dramatically affected by such practices. Can the Minister give me an assurance that he will speak to the government business...

National Stadium (19 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, will the noble Baroness accept that this is quite the most disappointing Statement that I have ever heard in all my parliamentary life? Is she aware that the whole country was geared up to hear an announcement today about what was going to happen? But here we are, two years later, with £50 million down the drain and with no decision having been taken. It may be another two years...

Foot and Mouth Disease (19 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: What lessons they have learnt from the International Convention on Prevention and Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease held in Brussels on 12th and 13th December.

Foot and Mouth Disease (19 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that full reply. In declaring an interest as a farmer and in view of conflicting media reports, can he confirm, first, that the Government will not take the route of vaccination unless a complete veterinary test becomes available? Secondly, what steps are the Government taking to enforce import controls on food?

Athletics (18 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, we are all deeply indebted to my noble friend Lord Glentoran for initiating this debate today and for telling us the facts so clearly. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Coe on a brilliant maiden speech. This House is often derided for being out of date, and so on. But I doubt whether many legislatures in the world can produce in one debate two speeches from Olympic gold medallists...

Spanish Fishing Fleet: EU Policy (17 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the Minister agree that every November and December Ministers and scientists hold protracted discussions on the total allowable catch? The result of this year's talks seems to be the most serious ever in relation to the cuts required around United Kingdom waters. Does the Minister believe that the decommissioning money available for the United Kingdom fleet is adequate, bearing...

School Playing Fields: Sales (12 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many school playing fields were sold off for development between 1st April 2000 and 31st March 2001; and what the percentage change was from 1999 to 2000.

School Playing Fields: Sales (12 Dec 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her Answer. Why are there no accurate figures? The Government set up the Playing Fields Monitoring Group in April 2000 to report the figures accurately each month. Is she aware that pages 4 and 6 of the Labour Party's manifesto for 1997—the sports manifesto—gave a clear indication that playing fields would not be sold? However, figures I have show that...

Sport and Physical Activity (26 Nov 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, does the noble Baroness agree that, in world terms, her department has had a fairly disastrous two years with Picketts Lock, Wembley, Sheffield, the reduction in lottery funding, the Select Committee report and, of course, severe criticism about the handling of many major sports issues in this country? Can she tell me when her department will get a grip on sport and try to help the...

Heathrow Terminal 5 (20 Nov 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, following on from the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, does the Minister realise that hardly a thing that he has said today gives any comfort at all to the general travelling public? It is hell getting to Heathrow with suitcases and perhaps with children; and doing it by public transport is virtually impossible, particularly for more elderly folk. Nothing that the...

Foot and Mouth Disease (19 Nov 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I declare an interest as one who lost his stock. As the Minister will be aware, foot and mouth is no respecter of national boundaries. The new Animal Health Bill applies to England and Wales only. Why is there no equivalent Scottish Bill? Or do the Scots think that the England and Wales Bill is unnecessary?

WTO: Ministerial Conference (15 Nov 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, the noble Baroness mentioned reforming the CAP on a number of occasions. I declare an interest. How does she reconcile the billions of dollars of increased farming subsidies in the United States this autumn with the Government's obvious intention to reduce subsidies in this country, to the damage of the rural economy?

Livestock: Movement Restrictions (10 Jul 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, is the Minister aware that I have been to two conferences in the south of Scotland attended by all the farmers who lost stock in that area? Does the noble Lord accept that not one of them was in favour of the 20-day standstill and considered it to be quite impracticable and that they felt that there were many more important issues to be resolved by the Government, particularly...

Scotland: Parliamentary Constituencies (28 Jun 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have requested the Boundary Commission to ensure that new parliamentary constituencies in Scotland are ready before the next general election.

Scotland: Parliamentary Constituencies (28 Jun 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. The 1986 Act was passed 13 years before the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. Matters have moved on and are rather more urgent. Is the Minister aware that, on 6th October 1998, the Minister in charge of the Scotland Bill made it clear (at col. 359) that, under the terms of the 1986 Act, the earliest that the Boundary Commission could...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (26 Jun 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I am delighted to see the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, in his place. There is much that the Government have to answer for at the end of the debate. I am pleased also to see the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, in her place. The noble Baroness has done much to fly the flag of agriculture in the past year or so in this House. I want to concentrate on the future. But, first, the Government...

Motorola, Bathgate (25 Apr 2001)

Lord Monro of Langholm: My Lords, I voice my grave concern about the situation in Bathgate and express my sympathy with the employees and their families, especially because the workforce is so highly skilled. I was glad to hear--perhaps the Minister will confirm this--that Motorola will pay substantially above the minimum redundancy rate to those who will lose their jobs. I am a little disappointed about the fact...


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