Results 1–20 of 1216 for speaker:Mr Edward Bishop

CARRIAGE BY AIR AND ROAD BILL [Lords]: Short Title and Commencement (3 Apr 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I am grateful for the observations of the right hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Page). The Government have noted the observations of the Joint Committee on this scheme, and I am sure that hon. Members would wish to join me in thanking the Committee for its careful and vigilant examination of the scheme. We agree with the observations of the Joint Committee that an unusual use of the powers...

Orders of the Day — Field Vegetables (Destruction) (29 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I would hate to get involved in a family quarrel, but I assure the hon. Members for Holland with Boston (Mr. Body) and for Maidstone (Mr. Wells) that while they seem to be disagreeing about cauliflowers, my right hon. Friend is trying to sort things out in Brussels. I was interested in the suggestion that we are Ministers responsible for agriculture as well as food. That is an important...

Orders of the Day — Field Vegetables (Destruction) (29 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: That is a factor that has to be taken into account. In the event of produce not having a market in places where transport is involved, it is some form of compensation. In fixing these "safety net" withdrawal prices, the Council takes account of the need to contribute to the support of farmers' incomes, the need to stabilise market prices without leading to structural surpluses, and the need...

Orders of the Day — Field Vegetables (Destruction) (29 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I take note of my hon. Friend's suggestion. One can put these fairly modest support arrangements into perspective by seeing them as a form of insurance to cushion both the producers and consumers against the effects of substantial fluctuations in supply. Hon. Members accept that even before our entry into the Community there was a surplus for many years. It has been the producers' task to...

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. (23 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I remind the hon. Lady of what my right hon. Friend the Minister said a short time ago. We have been pressing in the European Community for more than just unilateral action. I think she will agree that that is more effective than taking unilateral action and will ensure better enforcement.

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: The provisional results from the December 1978 census showed that there were 3,384,000 cows in the United Kingdom milking herd.

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I thought there was no doubt and that my right hon. Friend and I had made the position clear. If the proposals of the Commission for CAP prices were adopted, they could have a substantial effect on production in the United Kingdom. The proposed levels of co-responsibility levy would seriously depress our producers' margins. The proposed exemptions from the levy would discriminate heavily...

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I agree with my hon. Friend. If the Community is to overcome some of its basic problems we must deal with the price structure and surpluses. We must also ensure that the more efficient countries have a chance to produce more and that the less efficient produce less. The co-responsibility levy works in the opposite direction.

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: At least that is a step in the right direction. There is growing confidence in the dairy industry, because the herd size has increased in recent years and the production of milk is at a record level. If there had been more take-up of school milk in Tory-controlled areas consumption of milk would have been even higher. We have a good record and there are good prospects.

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: In the Scrutiny Committee I was commenting on the report of the Commission. The price negotiations are under way, and that is another aspect. We have made clear where we stand on this matter.

Private Business: Potato Marketing Board (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: My right hon. Friend has no specific plans for a meeting at present, but officials of my Department are frequently in touch with the chairman and officials of the Potato Marketing Board.

Private Business: Potato Marketing Board (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's concern about the urgency of knowing where we stand in the future, but I think he will accept that it is a little too early to talk about what form of support will operate for the 1979 crop. We have been working to get some ideas from the Community about the future of the potato regime. That is one factor. We also need to know the ruling of the European Court...

Private Business: Potato Marketing Board (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I take note of my hon. Friend's concern, and I shall bear in mind his views about the marketing side.

Private Business: Potato Marketing Board (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I take note of the hon. Gentleman's comments about the transport of potatoes. As for the organisation of the Scottish seed producers, the interests concerned have been examining the possibility of forming a body to improve the marketing of Scottish seed potatoes. I understand that there has been no decision from the industry about the form that such an organisation should take. Of course, we...

Fishing Industry (Hull) (21 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: The advocacy of my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, West (Mr. Johnson) on behalf of his constituents and Hull's fishing industry is well known and appreciated locally and nationally. It is nearly midnight, and I am pleased that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland is present, indicating his concern and interest on behalf of the Scottish industry. It is...

Fishing Industry (Hull) (21 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I note what my hon. Friend says, but he will be aware that research into processing is also taking place at the Torry research station in Aberdeen, which is run by my Ministry. But I am also aware of the research done by other companies, including those to which my hon. Friend referred. My hon. Friend's concern for the industry has, of course, brought him into various other activities. I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: White Fish Authority (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: My right hon. Friend has no immediate plans to do so, but there is close and continuing contact between the Authority and my Department at all levels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: White Fish Authority (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I do recall the visit and the representations the hon. Member has made since on this matter. He will be aware of the significant number of conservation orders put before the House in the last few months and earlier. He will also be aware of the order laid on 6 December last—the White Fish Authority (Researeh and Development Grants) Order—which raises the amount of money available from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: White Fish Authority (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: We are taking action continually to conserve certain species of fish. Apart from that, it is important to get the agreement of the Community on these matters. This is receiving our urgent attention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: White Fish Authority (8 Feb 1979)

Mr Edward Bishop: I am sure that the Authority will bear in mind the points made by my hon. Friend. The most important thing is to know the future shape of the industry by getting an early resolution of the common fisheries policy.


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