Results 1–20 of 833 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Neil Parish

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: I thank the Minister for her words, for her contribution to managing our woodlands better in future and for the tree planting into the future. Now that we are bringing forward a tree champion, perhaps we have the opportunity to look again at our woodland grant system, to see if we can bring it and pull it together. I thank all hon. Members for their contributions today. My wife and I take the...

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: We will test him later.

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: You weren’t there then!

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: I beg to move, That this House has considered the fifth report of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Forestry in England: Seeing the wood for the trees, Session 2016-17, HC 619, and the Government response, HC455. It is always pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. It is good to see my friend from the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs here....

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: Penistone and Stocksbridge, that is right. It is also good to see my hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Chris Davies), who sat on the Select Committee in the last Session and had a lot to do with this report, and who also chairs the all-party parliamentary group on forestry, and other hon. Members. It is also good to see the Minister is still in her...

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: Yes, my hon. Friend makes a very good point. It will also be about linking the woodland and the craft to a given area. We could do the same with types of wood and the crafts that come from them as we do with food, farming and types of cheeses. It is an interesting point. Linking it to planning is not necessarily the responsibility of the Minister today, but is something that I am sure the...

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: If I can get the Whips to allow us to get as far as Vauxhall bridge before calling us back for a vote, I will definitely try to get up to my hon. Friend’s constituency. She is absolutely right. Naturally, we are looking for ash trees that will have a resistance to the dieback. Where I farm in Somerset we had elm trees completely destroyed by Dutch elm disease in the ’70s and...

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Neil Parish: I very much agree with my hon. Friend about local knowledge, because sometimes a local tree, or the strain of a tree in a given area, is the one that we need to plant. That is so important. I always say that it is good to have 25 letters after your name, but sometimes those who have real local knowledge, know exactly what they are doing over the years and have had experience also need to be...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: rose—

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: Does my hon. Friend agree that this is very important for the generation of women affected? Although some of them saw the letters, others did not, and some did not receive them, so they have not been able to make plans for their retirement. The next generation of women will know exactly what is coming. We have made some alterations, but the Government need to be much more generous than they...

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. The five-year sentencing for animal cruelty is excellent. We need to procure food that is of a very high standard and British. We also need to ensure that, as we do our Brexit deals in future, we do not allow in food with much lower welfare standards, so that our farmers who have high-quality and high-welfare standards also have a real...

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: I could not disagree with my hon. Friend more on this particular point. If there is a pool of the disease bovine TB within badgers, and someone tests their herds of cattle, ensures they are clean and then puts them out in fields where there are badgers carrying bovine TB, the badgers will then re-infect the cattle. We have to deal with both. I am sorry, but on this occasion I could not...

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: She is in favour of culling.

Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: Ours is selective.

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) for initiating it. I know of her great experience in the fishing industry. As she, above all others, will know from her personal loss from fishing, safety at sea is paramount. I pay tribute to her. We look forward to our very able fisheries Minister, my hon. Friend the...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: I accept that there have been improvements to the common fisheries policy, but there were many improvements to be made. We are getting on now to having discards banned from the common fisheries policy, which we as a nation can work on much better. We can also use a fishing management system similar to the Norwegians, where we can shut down an overfished area very quickly; they can do it...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: As Chairman of the Committee, I would be delighted to look at that. We look at all the evidence and look at exactly what can be done. There is a real place for recreational fishing, just as there is also very much a place for professional fishing. I would be very happy to look into that matter.

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: I actually believe that, as we come out of the common fisheries policy, there will be enough fish for everybody. If we manage the fish stocks much better, we will have every opportunity. We need to make much more of the fish that we catch, not only in the area of recreational fishing but in areas such as fish processing. I believe that we will have greater access to fish and be able to land...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Neil Parish: I very much welcome higher welfare standards, cameras in slaughterhouses, and tougher sentencing, but as we enhance our welfare, we will also add cost to production. We want to ensure that our consumers eat high-quality product with high welfare standards, and that we do not import inferior quality meat with lower welfare standards.

Fly-Tipping in Rural Areas (21 Nov 2017)

Neil Parish: It is really good that we are having this debate. It is not only about catching the perpetrators, either through the local authority or the Environment Agency; it is also about making sure that they are prosecuted and that the fines are very heavy. Otherwise, it is worth their while tipping the waste and saving the money, rather than taking it to a waste disposal site; if they are caught and...


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