Results 81–100 of 192 for speaker:Lord Plumb

Hunting Bill (12 Oct 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, as the twentieth speaker in this debate I am sure many would agree that it is a debate that perhaps should not be taking place. In her great speech the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, spoke of the serious misjudgment of power. Those are problems that we face at the moment as so many mixed messages come from Members of Parliament, who have contributed to the extreme confusion by...

Pig Welfare (22 Jul 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, although the Food Standards Agency is currently looking at legislation, does the Minister accept that it has already indicated that it will be 2010 before a report is produced? Why is it going to take that long when it is perfectly obvious that consumers want food labelling anyway? Is he aware of the voluntary scheme that has been started in Ireland? The country of origin is clearly...

Veterinary Practices (24 Jun 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I join with noble friends, all noble friends I think, in congratulating my noble friend Lady Trumpington on raising this question. It is very timely. Indeed, it is overdue. It is extremely important, for many of the reasons that have already been given. We should remind ourselves that the Government have stated, and are on record to have said, that vets have a key role to play in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Red Squirrels (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to preserve the native red squirrel from extinction; and what action they are taking to control grey squirrels.

Common Agricultural Policy (5 Apr 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow my old friend the noble Lord, Lord Carter. I thank him for initiating this debate. I thank him also for the very full statement that he has made. Like him I hope that the Minister will be able to respond to many of the points that he put forward. The noble Lord declared an interest as the president of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers....

Fallen Stock (30 Mar 2004)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed national scheme for the collection of fallen stock will be sufficiently funded to ensure its successful introduction.

Fallen Stock (30 Mar 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that reply. Is she aware that it is almost a year since the scheme was announced in your Lordships' House? At that time farmers were told that they would no longer be allowed to bury stock on their farms after 1 May. Does she agree that since then the confusion has been confirmed? Since that first announcement, three delays have occurred. In...

GM Policy (9 Mar 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that farmers and growers will, at least, be relieved that the Statement from the Secretary of State in the other place has been read here. She has shown some courage in making that Statement, given the tremendous opposition that exists against growing GM crops. I rise to support all of the questions put by my noble friend Lady Byford, some of which the...

Regulation (25 Feb 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, if I had a little more time in which to speak I would add to the stories told by my noble friend Lord Hodgson, but I welcome the opportunity to support my noble friend Lord Vinson in drawing attention to the unintended consequences of regulation. I could speak at considerable length in exploration of the myths alleged to have come from Brussels—from bananas to double-decker...

Countryside (25 Feb 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I feel privileged to support my noble friend Lord Peel. The situation has been debated many times but never more importantly than at this time. As has been stated several times, we all recognise that the countryside is a national asset for rural communities and is enjoyed by many visitors. We all have a responsibility for maintaining the quality of the landscape and it is essential...

CAP Reform (12 Feb 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, as someone who has been involved in agricultural politics for well over 50 years, I regard a 57 year-old farmer as quite a young man. However, it is the new entrants who are of concern. The colleges are already beginning to show problems, with many young people not wishing to go into agriculture. Whether these proposals will help is debatable. I generally welcome the Statement. At...

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill (22 Jan 2004)

Lord Plumb: I support the proposition of the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, for reasons that we have discussed at length in the debates so far. It is a matter of collaboration between various parties. As we said the other day, the AONBs bring together many such groups. I use the example of my own particular interest in the Cotswolds, as president of the AONB in that wonderful area. One of the challenges for...

Rural White Paper 2000 (22 Jan 2004)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, is the Minister satisfied with the current progress of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme? Many farmers appear to be taking advantage of it, and there is movement, but can Defra cope with the requests being made? What effect will it have on future incomes related to the reduction of subsidies through CAP?

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill (20 Jan 2004)

Lord Plumb: I support my noble friend's amendment for many reasons. I have not today heard anyone refer to the areas of outstanding natural beauty. Those areas and their representatives are many. I declare an interest as president of the Cotswolds AONB and there are 17 local authority members. In addition, some 40 park wardens, all voluntary, work successfully in the areas in monitoring the activities...

Tuberculosis in Cattle (30 Oct 2003)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I declare an interest as a livestock farmer with particular concern at the current spread of TB in cattle, which has been fully reported by my noble friend Lady Byford. I remind the House that I was heavily involved in the eradication campaign that started in the late 1940s. We celebrated our belief that we had eradicated the disease in the early part of the 1960s. It was then a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Debt and Balance of Payments (27 Oct 2003)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the sum total of the national debt and the United Kingdom's balance of payments in each of the past five years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Foot and Mouth Disease (8 Oct 2003)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken towards meeting the requirements in the European Union foot and mouth disease directive to create "a permanently operational expert group to maintain expertise and assist the relevant authority in qualitative disease preparation"; whether the composition will include international expertise in foot and mouth disease diagnosis,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Brownfield Development (6 Oct 2003)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their priority to encourage development on brownfield sites extends to rural locations, for example redundant farm buildings; and, if so, whether they are satisfied that the local planning and highways authorities have been given clear guidance to this effect.

Libya: Foot and Mouth Disease (15 Jul 2003)

Lord Plumb: asked Her Majesty's Government: Following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya, whether they have completed their contingency plans for dealing with the possible threat of its spread to the United Kingdom.

Libya: Foot and Mouth Disease (15 Jul 2003)

Lord Plumb: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. I am aware that the volume of products coming from Libya is minimal. However, there are plenty of people who come from Libya, and there are the countries surrounding Libya, which are equally concerned by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Is the Minister aware that there is a serious outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Libya? It spread...


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