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Agriculture, Fisheries and the Rural Environment - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lindsay for raising this issue and putting forward this important Motion. It is equally important that we debate the issue a little more often than we have done in the past. It is good for us to know where our food comes from, who produces it and how and where it might come from if we do not produce it here. As I move towards retirement, after 30 years...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate. I agree with everything he said. It is good that we have such interest in rural affairs and the countryside in its entirety. It is for that reason that I think we have all enjoyed the contributions made so far, certainly from colleagues who have just joined the House. It is appropriate at this hour to concentrate for a...

Agriculture: Basic Farm Payment — Question (10 Nov 2015)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare my farming interest. I am sure some people here would accept that I have been raising the question of farm prices even longer than the noble Baroness, Lady Sharples, has been raising that of the horrible knotweed disease we have been talking about. Does the Minister agree that there is a major problem not just for farmers, but for the banks and various financial...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare my support to remain in the European Union. I support the Bill, generally, and look forward to the debate in which we will have the opportunity for much discussion on detail. I have doubts about the referendum and therefore I wholly support the points made by my noble friend Lord Bowness. I first got involved in 1972, 43 years ago. At that particular time I was involved...

Dairy Industry — Question for Short Debate (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for leading us in this debate on the state of the dairy industry, which, I submit, is overdue. I declare an interest as a farmer, although sadly not a dairy farmer any longer. My son persuaded me quite a long time ago now that there were more pleasant ways of losing money than milking cows, so we decided to diversify, which we still do. We joined a sector of...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we have heard very fine speeches so far. I realise that we are only half way through, so I shall try to be brief. Hearing the valedictory speech from my noble friend Lord Eden reminds me that the time is coming for many of us to follow suit. However, we are not ready yet and are still involved, particularly in agriculture. I speak as a farmer, as a past president of the National...

Rural Payments Agency: Basic Payment Scheme — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the statement she made. Equally, we should thank Defra for trying to deal with the most complicated system that I have experienced since 1972. I declare an interest as a farmer, and one who has dealt with the various changes over the years to the common agricultural policy system. The only people who have gained this year are those who are advising...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we have a lot of food for thought that I hope will lead to action. This afternoon, I felt a bit like the father figure with a team—what a team. I thank all noble Lords for the contributions they made. It makes a difference. The Minister brilliantly summed up the whole of the proceedings. She reminded us that farming is very much a family business. This afternoon, during the whole...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, while I am sorry that my noble friend the Minister is not able to attend this debate, I am pleased to hear that it is because he is actively promoting the strengths of the UK food and farming sector today to an international audience in Glasgow during the Conservative games. He said that we have much to offer as a place for inward investment and as a trading partner. I hope...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Plumb: I stand corrected, knowing my age, although I thought that I said the Commonwealth Games. I welcome my noble friend Lady Northover, who takes the Minister’s place. This debate is to take note of the role of agriculture and the food industry in the economy of the UK. I think that it follows the debate that has just taken place well. I declare my interest as a farmer, as past president of the...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I have the pleasure of congratulating, thanking and supporting my noble friend Lord Shrewsbury. He opened a debate of great importance to all of us about investment in rural areas. Much was said earlier about the speech made by my noble friend, Lord Bamford. Many of us will never forget his maiden speech. He started, “I am an engineer”, and went on to describe how he makes...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (10 Jun 2014)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we have been extremely fortunate to hear two of the most outstanding maiden speeches ever heard in this House. Of course, they varied in their content. Noble Lords will not be surprised that I want to relate my remarks on the gracious Speech to the role of agriculture and the food, forestry, farming and fracking industries in the economy of the United Kingdom—a kingdom which I...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Waste Management (19 Nov 2013)

Lord Plumb: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why bespoke permits for anaerobic digestion plants importing more than 100 tonnes of waste per day do not stipulate a minimum distance between the plant and nearby homes; and whether the Environment Agency has any plans to introduce such a requirement.

Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy — Question (30 Jul 2013)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer. First, to satisfy 28 nations with a policy that is acceptable to all, when we see such a diverse structure of farming there, is a recipe for an uncommon market rather than a common market. Secondly, does my noble friend the Minister not agree that the emphasis at this time should be on the growth of food and the food security part of that, rather...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (14 May 2013)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I am sure that we all enjoyed listening to three such eloquent and informative maiden speeches. It was a particular pleasure for me to hear each of them declare their interest in agriculture in one form or another. British agriculture was not mentioned in the gracious Speech as such, but it is an industry that covers culture, education, energy, health and welfare, all subjects for...

Bovine Tuberculosis — Statement (23 Oct 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, as a farmer, my question is based on some history. I will be very brief. In 1944 we eradicated TB on my farm. In 1964, as a junior officer in the NFU, I had the privilege of announcing that we had totally eradicated bovine TB from this country. Since then, of course, history has shown us a different picture. The noble Lord, Lord Knight, posed a large number of questions, and I noted...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] — Third Reading (24 Jul 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I support the Minister's response. I waited for her comments before I spoke because I was not sure of the exact position now. I tell the noble Lord, Lord Knight, that the negotiations did not take place on Sunday. They took place yesterday. I declare an interest: I was there-not at the negotiations but not far away-and I had a long talk with the Minister, Jim Paice, afterwards and...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I can assure you that my noble friend Lord Howard really is a noble friend, although in this respect we disagree on the way forward. His amendment suggests that enforcement measures taken by an adjudicator, including naming and shaming, will be subject to the right to appeal to an appeals tribunal. This would surely lead to sclerosis of the adjudicator's operations and the appeal...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I have been very impressed with what I have heard. I did not expect that there would be many in this House who would press for immediate action. I can see the point very clearly-what the right reverend Prelate has just said is absolutely right-but I would like the Minister to say whether, if there was a delay in the powers being implemented, it would complicate things and make it a...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend the Minister on what she has just said. I know that her noble friend Lady Byford will be thrilled to hear the news-in fact, she had already assumed that that would be the answer that she would get. For that reason, I thank the Minister for accepting the amendment. It is extremely important and will be recognised as such as time passes. Amendment 9...


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