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Agriculture: Sheep — Question (9 Jun 2009)

Lord Plumb: My Lords—

Agriculture: Sheep — Question (9 Jun 2009)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer and as president of the National Sheep Association. The Minister said that contact had been made with the industry and that many negotiations had taken place, so he will know full well the frustration, concern and anger of many sheep farmers throughout the country. This scheme is nonsensical. It is totally impractical and cannot work. As we have...

Wine (15 Jan 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I support the report of our very able committee chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Sewel, so I can be brief. As he said, since the report was published, we know that the Council has considered its position and made a decision. We can be reasonably satisfied that many of our recommendations were incorporated in the final political agreement and compromise proposal, which I gather was...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Milk (24 Jan 2008)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to encourage the availability of subsidised school milk to children between five and 11 in all local education authorities; and, if so, how they propose to ensure that all such children, wherever they live, receive subsidised milk.

Animal Welfare: Infectious Diseases (10 Mar 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lady Byford on raising this issue. It is a matter of importance and concern to everyone who is interested in the livestock industry. In declaring my interest as a lifelong livestock farmer, I recognise the cost to the industry caused by the appalling error at Pirbright in relation to the foot and mouth outbreak. We now have to deal with...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Maclennan, who finished with some wise words that many of us have heard many times over a period of years. I note that we are half way through the list of speakers. The speeches might get a little shorter as the evening wears on, but this has been an intriguing debate in which we hear from those on all sides of the House the rights and...

Environment: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (3 Apr 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bragg. It occurs to me that perhaps this is a subject that he might include for a good discussion in one of his morning broadcasts. I am sure that there would be tremendous interest. Before I declare my interests, I make an apology. I have a long-standing commitment to speak in Warwickshire this evening. Perhaps I may be forgiven for...

Agriculture: Bluetongue (26 Jun 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I am glad that the Minister recognises that there is a particular problem with the movement of stock now that the agricultural show season is on us. Naturally, the restriction of movement causes a lot of confusion. The organisers of the Royal Show told me only yesterday—of course, the changes took place as of yesterday—that they were told early in June that they would be in a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Pesticides (2 Jul 2008)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to secure support for revisions to the proposed European Union regulation on placing plant protection products on the market, in light of advice from the Pesticides Safety Directorate on the effect of the regulation, if implemented, on conventional commercial agriculture in the United Kingdom.

Agriculture: Combine Harvesters (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, given that farmers have no vested interest in damaging the soil and given that there has been no fine since 2005, as the Minister said, does he not agree that this is one of the most stupid laws that ever came out of Brussels? As he said, the regulation is for a good reason, but how many staff are used to implement this scheme, what is its cost and why does the derogation for 2008...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Defra Helpline (22 Jun 2005)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What training people receive who are employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to answer questions which farmers raise on their helpline.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Defra Helpline (22 Jun 2005)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the helpline provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to answer questions raised by farmers.

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I do not see the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, in his place, so I assume that I follow the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers.

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers. We all sit up and listen when he speaks, and indeed he speaks with a feeling that many people may have in the country—particularly with regard to the form-filling business. It gets to a stage when it becomes nothing short of ridiculous. It is a privilege, as other noble Lords have said, to...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I join my noble friend Lord Selborne and others who have said how much they welcome the contribution made in this debate by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter. It was indeed a contribution which came from the heart and an understanding of the problems we face. We are very fortunate in your Lordship's House to have such contributions from the bishops. I remember a while...

Commons Bill [HL] (18 Jan 2006)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we have had a good and full explanation of this matter. Once we talk about rights, however—remembering what the Minister said earlier about my noble friend Lord Inglewood's contribution—we are taking the long view and therefore have to get this right. There are three quite important reasons why I am concerned. First, the Bill, as named in this proposal, could discriminate...

Commons Bill [HL] (18 Jan 2006)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister. The reassurance is most acceptable.

Squirrels (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Peel in everything that he has said and I congratulate him on taking the initiative on this subject. I hope that, in calling for action, we really do get action on what is, in the countryside, an important and difficult problem. Recently, I was encouraged to note in a Midland newspaper—we have a lot of grey squirrels in the Midlands—a report saying...

EU Sugar Regime (EUC Report) (23 Mar 2006)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, it is a great privilege to be part of what I believe to be a very cohesive team in Sub-Committee D under the very able chairmanship of my noble friend Lord Renton of Mount Harry. We were well served, as he said in his opening remarks, by our Clerk, a secretary and our specialist adviser to the inquiry on the sugar regime, Professor Sir John Marsh, who is regarded as one of the most...

Rural Payments Agency (30 Mar 2006)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, first, I regret that I was not here on Monday to hear the repeat of the Statement made by the Secretary of State in the other House. We have had a few days to reflect on that Statement and to express our concern about the further delay that we now anticipate. I am very pleased to be able to support my noble friend Lord King for introducing this debate about the RPA and the single...


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