Results 1–20 of 2081 for speaker:Mr Peter Mills

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Will the lion. Gentleman give way?

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: The hon. 'Gentleman must ask himself whether the views that he is advancing would be acceptable in Europe. One can say what one likes, but one has to obtain agreement from 12 Ministers of Agriculture.

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I have a smile on my face because of the last sentence of the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Mr. John). After all, we have heard much rhetoric and hot air from the Opposition over the years. I am grateful for this opportunity to speak in what, sadly for me, may be my last debate on agriculture. I have had the privilege of speaking in every agriculture debate over the last 23 years, and, my...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Strange though it may seem, I do not disagree with the hon. Gentleman. Agriculture is a business of uncertainty, but that is the problem of being in the farming community. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has to deal with that difficulty all the time. I am not saying that all is right in agriculture. In my constituency, 14 or 15 per cent. of the population...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Just a moment. I am in full flight and enjoying it. Decisions involve not just Ministers in Brussels, but the Treasury. Those who have been Ministers know that it is difficult to convince the Treasury, whether it is Socialist or Conservative, to give the support that one wants. I have lost my train of thought, so I give way to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy).

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I probably cannot always read as well as I should like, but I can hear and understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying. It is no good having Opposition policies that cannot be put into practice in Europe. I agree with the hon. Gentleman about the Liberals. They are even more dishonest and disastrous for the farming community. Any farmer who votes for the alliance in the election wants his...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I have certainly never tried to whitewash or brainwash the farmers. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his compliments. I have made it clear that there are serious and difficult problems in agriculture. People are being hurt and incomes have dropped, but there is a balance of good and bad. British agriculture is not helped by gloom and doom. Farmers need...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: No. Much as I like and admire and wish to help my hon. Friend the Member for Devon, North (Mr. Speller), I cannot assist him on his last point. I agree that the European green pound is the key to many of our problems, not only in beef, but in cereals and other commodities. I wish the Minister well as he battles for that in Brussels. I hope he will not forget that aid needs to be increased for...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: We all want to know.

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: How?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Lough Neagh (9 Apr 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Will my hon. Friend take account of the fact that in days gone by I have not only fished in the lough but eaten the excellent eels that come from it? Will he bear in mind that it is important to protect the eels and the eel industry over there, because when smoked the eels are probably the finest in the world?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Hill Farmers (Incomes) (19 Mar 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Does my right hon. Friend realise that hill farm incomes will continue to drop in the future unless something is done about the green pound? The tremendous importation of meat from Germany and Ireland has meant that the return to the farmers from British beef is at its lowest ebb for a long time. Something must be done about the green pound.

Business of the House (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: Has my right hon. Friend seen early day motion 703 about the conduct of the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron)? [That this House calls upon the honourable Member for Bother Valley to withdraw his allegations in the House on 26th February that there was any impropriety in the decision relating to public access over Maltby Commons and accept that his allegations were wholly unfounded.]...

Milk and Dairy Charges (2 Mar 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I go along with the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown) on charges, but I was amazed to hear him talk about the burdens on farmers. He has a nerve to show such concern when Liberal policies are so anti-farming and agriculture in many ways. I think particularly of the land tax that Liberals would introduce and the two-tier system of support which even the president of the NFU says is utterly...

Milk and Dairy Charges (2 Mar 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I do not agree with my hon. Friend. As a former Agriculture Minister, I have every faith in the Ministry. I believe that if the Minister gives instructions that the methods are to be costed carefully and, after six months, if it is proved that the work can be done more cheaply, it will be so carried out. I am sorry to have to say that I cannot accept the level of the charges and I shall...

Opposition Day: Agricultural Land (25 Feb 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I wish to thank my hon. Friend the Member for South Hams (Mr. Steen) for raising this important subject in the House. We should consider three points. In making plans for diversification or new policies for agiculture or land use, we have to remember that farming is a business. It is not there just for other people's pleasure. We have to consider the bank manager, the returns on investment...

Opposition Day: Agricultural Land (25 Feb 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: rose—

Alternative Land Use (9 Feb 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I welcome and congratulate my right hon. Friend on this initiative. Obviously, this is the start and we must build on it, as a tremendous amount must be done in rural areas. Does my right hon. Friend agree that all those who live in rural areas must help and encourage rural industries to flourish? Does he further agree that it is important to remember that we cannot live on fresh air and a...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Training Board Bill (23 Jan 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: May I remind my hon. Friend and the House that, besides the Agricultural Training Board, the young farmers clubs run excellent courses in proficiency and so on, for which the members pay themselves. That could be encouraged and certainly in my role as chairman of the Conservative Back Bench agriculture committee I would suggest to the young farmers clubs that they move out and organise...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Training Board Bill (23 Jan 1987)

Mr Peter Mills: I am grateful for this opportunity to support my hon. Friend the Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Neale). This is a good Bill and will be of great benefit to the south-west and many other areas. I congratulate my hon. Friend on bringing it forward. It also gives me much pleasure to support my hon. Friend, after the support that he gave me on the Okehampton bypass issue, particularly when I...


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