All 19 results for speaker:Lord Fyfe of Fairfield

Small and Medium-sized Businesses (16 Mar 2006)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Harrison on initiating this afternoon's debate. In his introduction the noble Lord demonstrated his very wide knowledge of business, not only in this country, but in Europe. I would like to focus, briefly, on retailing. I should declare something of an interest: I was chairman of the Co-operative Group (the CWS) and chief executive of the Midlands...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: Investigation into Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (17 May 2004)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is an appropriate use of police resources for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to conduct an investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; and whether this will divert resources from the prevention of terrorism in the United Kingdom.

Food Labelling ( 5 May 2004)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, first, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Morris of Manchester on initiating this debate on this vital subject. Before it escapes my mind, my noble friend Lord Graham referred to diabetic marmalade and diabetic foods in general. I have the misfortune to suffer from that disease, and that specific diabetic food is not recommended, because it can have a devastating impact on some...

Hunting Bill (16 Sep 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I disagree with almost everything said by the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, apart from one thing. He said that almost everyone had more or less adopted entrenched positions and was extremely unlikely to change their minds as a consequence of this debate or perhaps following debates in this House. However, he struck a chord with me when he made some partly disparaging remark about the...

Hunting Bill (16 Sep 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: No, my Lords, I certainly am not, as the co-operative movement banned fox hunting 20 years ago and took great care at the time to provide alternative sources of employment for people whose livelihood might have been in danger.

Hunting Bill (16 Sep 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I doubt that. For a start, the headquarters of the Co-operative Wholesale Society are based not in London but in Manchester.

Hunting Bill (16 Sep 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, there may well have been opposition; I am not at all surprised at that; but I should think that the compassionate way in which the matter was dealt with by people in Manchester and other areas disposed of that feeling pretty quickly. A ban on fox hunting has been a manifesto commitment. It has been supported overwhelmingly in the other House—the democratic Chamber. In a few years'...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crown Prosecution Service: Deaths in Custody (16 Jul 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Attorney-General intends to publish a Report following his review of the role and practices of the Crown Prosecution Service in cases arising from a death in custody.

Corporate Governance (12 Mar 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Brennan on initiating this debate. Inevitably my contribution is conditioned by my own personal experience. I want to concentrate on the Higgs report. Until I retired from full-time business around two-and-a-half years ago, I was chairman of the Co-operative Group, the CWS, chief executive of the Midlands Co-operative Society, a director and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Midlands Co-operative Society: Planning Decision (23 Jan 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the light of comments made by Lord Justice Schiemann, in refusing an application by the Midlands Co-operative Society for permission to appeal against a decision of the High Court not to quash a decision of the Deputy Prime Minister to allow the construction of a superstore directly...

Food Labelling ( 8 Jan 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, perhaps I may make a confession. My consumption of cucumber is probably limited to the domestic variety. However, I should be very happy to accept the noble and learned Lord's invitation.

Food Labelling ( 8 Jan 2003)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Morris of Manchester for raising the matter of misleading food labelling. I am particularly pleased as I was a director of the Co-operative Group, the CWS, for 20 years, and its chairman for 11 years and was involved in many instances in the initiatives that led to more responsible food labelling. I also have a personal interest. Throughout my...

Industrial and Provident Societies Bill (29 May 2002)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, my noble friends Lord Graham of Edmonton and Lord Morris of Manchester have already referred in detail—in necessary detail—to the need for mutual organisations to have a similar legal framework in relation to Co-operative societies as that enjoyed by building societies. There is therefore no need for me to labour that point. I care about the Co-operative movement. Indeed, I can...

Livestock Industry (17 Apr 2002)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for the reminder. I shall be brief. I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Plumb, for initiating a debate on such an important subject. At this point, I declare an interest. Until recently I was chairman of the Co-operative Group, the CWS, which owns Farmcare. It is the largest active farmer in Britain, operating more than 90,000 acres. Farmcare has...

Hunting with Dogs: Ban (19 Mar 2002)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I shall be brief. It seems to me that this subject has been exhausted and I have no wish to detain noble Lords any longer than is necessary. I do not claim to be an expert on hunting but I do claim to have some knowledge of the subject. The fox has few, if any, redeeming qualities. It is a ruthless and destructive predator, a pest and a squalid nuisance and it must be controlled....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Access Land (21 Jan 2002)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to begin consultation on proposals for regulations on the dedication of access land under Section 16 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Financial Services (21 Nov 2001)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Levene, for initiating the debate. It provides us with a marvellous opportunity to discuss a feature of economic life which is of crucial importance. Perhaps I may also add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, on his maiden speech. It was erudite, entertaining and humorous. I begin by declaring an interest. I served until...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Quality Protects Management Action Plans ( 3 May 2001)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the outcome of the evaluation of the Quality Protects Management Action Plans submitted to the Department of Health by local authorities.

Single European Currency (18 Oct 2000)

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield: My Lords, this is my first contribution to the affairs of this House. Let me say at the outset that I am grateful for the welcome that I have received and for the unfailing courtesy and consideration of all Members, officials and staff. I have been in commerce all of my working life. So it is something of a culture shock to observe the elaborate courtesies that often take place in this...


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