Results 1–20 of 453 for speaker:Mr Paul Marland

Electronic Devices (Madam Speaker's Statement): Meat Hygiene Service (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it is outrageous for members of the Opposition to prey on people's fears over the matter, pretending that they have a monopoly of concern for public health? It is blatant political opportunism. No one has an interest in trying to cover up the truth. Will my right hon. and learned Friend confirm again that there have been substantial...

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: If ever I heard a speech in which a Labour Member has cried for the return of the nanny state, the speech of the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) was it. It is a cry for ever more regulation and ever more cost. I only hope that he cleared that speech with the shadow Chancellor. There is absolutely no doubt that the Labour party has demonstrated in this debate that it cares nothing for...

Orders of the Day — BSE Crisis (17 Feb 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: Dream on. I am happy for the hon. Member for Glanford and Scunthorpe (Mr. Morley) to dream on and to think of better things, but he will be very disappointed. BSE is undoubtedly the biggest crisis that has ever hit the UK food industry. More people and sectors in the industry have been involved in this crisis than in any previous one, and hindsight is a very cheap commodity. We are sick to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it is not, and never has been, his intention to impose VAT on Severn bridge tolls—[Laughter.]—and that, contrary to what the new Labour candidate for Forest of Dean says, it was not the Government's idea, but that of the European Transport Commissioner, who is a former leader of the British Labour party?

BSE (21 Jan 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: As the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) said, this is an extremely disagreeable subject to have to debate, but if we do not debate it, the situation will go on for ever. The only reason for having the debate and for introducing a selective cull is to get the ban lifted. I should like a reassurance that the European Community will accept the method of selection that we use, and that...

BSE (21 Jan 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: Exactly. We do not want the Community to move the goalposts. We want it to accept our method of selection and consider lifting the ban. There is no doubt that with the passage of time attitudes towards the selective cull have changed, and not only among farmers. The farmers of Gloucestershire—obviously the ones whom I know the best—were against the selective cull to start with, but now...

BSE (21 Jan 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: My hon. Friend has pinched my next point. I understand that the price of British beef has fallen by 5 per cent.—it may be more; he can correct me if I am wrong—as a result of the import of Irish beef. On the detail of the slaughter, I join other hon. Members in urging my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister that his Department should be as flexible as possible in the execution of...

BSE (21 Jan 1997)

Mr Paul Marland: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for putting me right on that because that is a weight off my mind. If I made a mistake, I am quite happy to admit it. We want the farmers to co-operate with the scheme, some of which is voluntary. If we expect them to step forward and volunteer to participate in it, we must make the compensation scheme as fair as we possibly can. As I said earlier, we...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: I am sick and tired of listening to Opposition Front-Bench spokesmen in the House and on the radio knocking the Government and denigrating Britain and British industry. However, we have heard not a word about what the Labour party would do about the present crisis. Today's debate has been distinguished by a lack of speeches from Labour Back-Benchers. Of course, we heard from the House's...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: I like the idea of going a step at a time; that is a helpful intervention. We should seek to get the ban in Northern Ireland lifted, test our European partners, and then start concentrating on what has been happening in Scotland. The Scottish farmers are making a good case, as my hon. Friend says. On the subject of compensation for farmers, I realise that I am walking on eggshells....

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: That is why I said earlier that I recognised that I was walking on eggshells. I have not heard anyone dissent from my observation that some farmers sought to retain their animals to put them into the 30-month scheme, so that they could achieve a higher price. That is a sad reflection on them, but it is the way things work. There are so many farmers and so many cattle that the Government would...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: The last part of the hon. Gentleman's question is imaginative. I do not think that it is the role of the Government to interfere in the private sector and tell McDonald's restaurants that they must use British beef.

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: Because we are not in the business of compulsion. We have to seek to persuade McDonald's by other means that British beef is safe and that its customers can be reassured about eating British beef, probably more so than about Dutch beef because, as I said earlier, I believe that BSE exists just as badly in Europe as it does here. It has been tremendously under-reported in Europe, and that is a...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the lack of confidence in beef in Europe is due to the fact that there is no system similar to ours for tracing BSE? All too often, when a cow in France looks as if it has a BSE problem, it is diagnosed by the vet as having backache. The farmer is advised to get it to the market and into the food chain as quickly as possible, so that the whole affair can...

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

BSE Crisis (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: As we have fulfilled four of the five conditions that were laid down at the Florence summit, is it not irritating that we have received no co-operation from our European partners over some way to lift the ban?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Unemployment Statistics (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: Will my hon. Friend confirm that, in the United Kingdom, more people are in work and fewer people are out of work than in any other European country, and that that is due in no small measure to the fact that we have no social chapter and no minimum wage?

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that there is considerable concern about the Bill in my constituency? First, will he confirm for clarification that, as a result of the Bill, the 57,000 law-abiding full-bore pistol shots will be denied their sport for ever? Secondly, if .22 handguns can be kept safely in gun clubs, why is it impossible to keep full-bore pistols in the same manner?

Orders of the Day — Accelerated Slaughter Programme (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: I am glad that the orders for the accelerated cull have not been signed because I hope that we may find that we do not need to indulge in it. It is sensible to pause for longer reflection and consult again those involved in the trade. There is no doubt that the cull is regarded with serious trepidation by the agriculture industry. I spent some time in the cattle sheds at the royal show....

Orders of the Day — Accelerated Slaughter Programme (24 Jul 1996)

Mr Paul Marland: We have heard this before from the hon. Gentleman. Before he leaves the section of his speech in which he criticises what is happening in the slaughterhouses, will he tell the House what his party proposes and how Labour would sort out the problem? It is not good enough for him to echo the Irishman and say, "I would not start from here if I were trying to find a way forward." It would be...


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