Results 21–40 of 192 for speaker:Lord Plumb

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

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I rise for the first time after something like an hour and a half of debate. I am very concerned at the way it has gone so far. I declare an interest as a farmer. In the course of the debate, I thought about the 2,500 farmers who were in Central Hall last week. Every one of them would have difficulty understanding what we have been talking about. We have rightly been talking about...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] — Second Reading (22 May 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare my interest as a farmer and a member of several producer organisations. It is good to follow the right reverend Prelate and to know that the church is as keen to see fair play in the market as any one of us who is actually involved in it. I congratulate the Minister on her opening statement. She led us well and answered many of the questions that we have in mind, but...

Drought — Question (21 Mar 2012)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, may I confirm what the Minister has just said? I was a member of Denis Howell's committee, and I confirm that it rained the moment we met and did not stop for weeks. One hopes that if we can form a committee again, the same sort of thing will apply. I congratulate the Government on recognising the importance of water, its usage and its conservation. It is more crucial than people in...

Agriculture: Egg Industry — Question for Short Debate (14 Nov 2011)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare my interest as a farmer-not as an egg producer, but one who recognises the egg industry as one of the most efficient sectors of British agriculture. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Shrewsbury on securing this short debate on an issue that is pertinent to today's problems and that affects producers and all who are concerned and involved in the industry. As my noble...

Localism Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Jun 2011)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I welcome the comment of my noble friend Lord Jenkin that the good points made by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, should be incorporated in the Bill. However, I do not really see the point of putting them in an amendment, although they are extremely important and should be thoroughly examined. As has been said, many seek to define "localism" and we look forward to the government...

Agriculture: Global Food Security — Debate (12 May 2011)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Byford for so ably opening this debate. If I was at a farmers' meeting, I would probably stand up and say, "Hear, hear. I agree with every word", and then sit down again. However, she might like to hear a few words from an old farmer who has been associated over many years with the struggle and progress in farming and food production. The growth in the...

Agriculture: Regulation — Question for Short Debate (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we all await the result of the Task Force on Farming Regulation led by Richard Macdonald, but I congratulate my noble friend Lady Byford on securing this time for a preliminary debate. As she said, every sector of society suffers from excessive burdens of red tape, rules and regulations, not all from Brussels, but in agriculture the time spent complying with a data request is...

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we are half way now and in danger of getting a bit repetitive on some of the points being made. That is inevitable in a debate on a Bill such as this. I must declare my interest, having spent 20 years as a Member of the European Parliament. I have been involved in many changes in the European integration project. We have been well reminded today, particularly by my noble friend Lady...

Defra: Disease Outbreaks — Question (27 Jan 2011)

Lord Plumb: Does the Minister agree that contingency planning and funding are becoming more important, as exotic diseases will probably come into this country through greater globalisation and climate change? Does he accept that, in the ongoing situation, there should be more contingency planning to deal with outbreaks of TB? We are still losing something like 100 cattle a day through tuberculosis. I...

Common Agricultural Policy — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, in declaring my farming interests and involvement with agricultural policy and development over many years, I welcome every opportunity to look to the future-recognising, as I hope we do, that farming is part of a global industry as well as a major part of our national economy. Many noble Lords will remember that the UK's farm policy changed from the price guarantee and efficiency...

Common Agricultural Policy — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Plumb: Of course I value the tremendous research done both privately and publicly. Without it, we would not have seen the growth that has been delivered through science and technology. That development is not only important but has been taken on with enthusiasm by people who realise that, in the long term, the food industry is probably one of the most important industries that we have in this...

Comprehensive Spending Review: Motion to Take Note (Continued) (1 Nov 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, we have had the privilege of listening to some interesting, varied and sometimes provocative speeches today, but I have not yet heard anyone speak of British agriculture, which is the one group that can really help our country's economy. I am proud to be involved in British agriculture-I declare my interest as a farmer-so I will speak on the spending review's implications for...

Rural Communities: Prince's Countryside Fund — Debate (7 Oct 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Gardiner on securing this debate. It is very opportune to talk about rural affairs and to link them with urban affairs in the context of the work that His Royal Highness himself is involved in. I do not know whether your Lordships are aware of the tremendous work that he has been doing, particularly in the field of mutton and wool, which my...

Agriculture: Farming — Question (14 Jul 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In so doing, I declare my interest as a farmer.

Agriculture: Farming — Question (14 Jul 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply and I congratulate him and the Government on calling for a task force to consider this whole issue, which has got out of hand in the past year or two. Although the Rural Payments Agency has been making improvements, the way in which it has operated over the past couple of years or so has been a great shambles. Action is therefore needed to simplify...

Agriculture: Farming — Question (14 Jul 2010)

Lord Plumb: Does the Minister accept that every field, hedge, pond and tree has to be entered on the environmental map, to name but a few of the problems that we face, all creating high costs for little benefit? Does the Minister accept-

Agriculture: Farming — Question (14 Jul 2010)

Lord Plumb: Does the Minister accept that future procedure needs the application of a bit of common sense to reduce the regulatory burden on farming without compromising standards?

Agriculture: Farm Animal Disease — Question (6 Jul 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I doubt whether the Minister will remember that some 40 years ago I had the privilege of announcing that we had totally eradicated bovine tuberculosis. He will know that 40,000 animals are lost to it every year at the moment, at a cost of £100 million. How are we going to deal with that in the future?

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I join the other 47 speakers in offering my congratulations and good wishes to my noble friends Lady Wilcox and Lord Henley. She made a cracking opening in this debate and I do not think that any of us would envy my noble friend Lord Henley winding up this wide-ranging, but extremely important, debate. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Myners, for his contribution on the economy and...

Economy — Debate (25 Mar 2010)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, when my noble friend Lord MacGregor called for a debate on the economic state of the nation, I thought, with his background as Minister of Agriculture-I remember those days extremely well-that he would accept, and that your Lordships would be prepared to consider, the important contribution that agriculture, food production, forestry and rural development make to the economy of this...


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