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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4): Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats (1 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: It had occurred to me that I might suggest to my noble kinsman that he might wish to move a similar amendment. I look forward to doing that after this evening's debate, if Her Majesty's Government are not kind enough to accept my amendment. I hope I do not bore the House by going on about history too much, but not far from here, outside the House of Lords, is a statue of Richard the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4): Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats (1 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. Reading his piece in the Financial Times, which made a similar point, I did not understand why he was not on the Conservative Benches. His views and outlook seem similar to those of what I might call a high Tory. I am delighted that there are others in the House who might be so described. I do not want to make a long speech. I just want to make...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4): Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats (1 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I was going to make the cheap comment that the Deputy Prime Minister is, of course, a borough Member, so he probably has an objection to the counties, because the borough Members used to get only half the wages of the county Members. Perhaps there is a long-standing objection to the higher pay we used to get.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill (Programme) (No. 4): Clause 11 — number and distribution of seats (1 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I have the greatest sympathy with my hon. Friend's view, although, as I said in an earlier intervention, in 1362-I think-one Member represented seats from both Devon and Cornwall simultaneously, so there is at least some historical precedent for Devon and Cornwall having an association. It is important, however, to respect communities as far as possible, so I call upon Her Majesty's...

Support and Protection for Elderly People and Adults at Risk of Abuse: European Union Economic Governance (10 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: But does Mr Van Rompuy's report not suggest that there should be a binding minimum set of requirements for national fiscal frameworks that would apply to all member states?

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bill is particularly concerning because it is so broadly written, and that therefore we will not know what regulations could be introduced? It will become justiciable before the courts, and the House will lose power over the detail of regulation to the courts. That continues a trend that we have seen over recent years, to the disadvantage of the democratic...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Further to that point, it would be illegal and would be struck down by the courts if we were to discriminate against European meat, so the provision would be purely to the disadvantage of our Commonwealth friends: New Zealand lamb and Australian beef would be affected and we would not be able to do anything about French lamb. That would be the worst of all possible worlds.

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: My hon. Friend is enormously generous in giving way. Is it not true to say that the glories of England are created by God and the farmer, and not the bureaucrat?

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Has my hon. Friend, with the help of my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope), not pointed out the total flaw in the Bill? If we amend clause 1(4) so that it refers not to the United Kingdom, but to England and Wales, we would have to object to imports of meat into England and Wales from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Surely that would be bonkers.

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I have listened with enormous interest to my hon. Friend. Does she agree that it would be unsuitable to do this on a national level? If ever there was something that had to be dealt with at a United Nations level, it would be this type of issue, and we simply cannot do it from this Parliament.

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

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Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I know that one of most important aspects of agriculture policy is to ensure food security, and I wonder whether my hon. Friend is in fact saying that this Bill would fundamentally undermine food security in this country because so much of our land would be going to soya production, rather than to providing the food that we actually need.

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The point about food waste needs to be looked into very thoroughly. I seem to remember that the last outbreak of foot and mouth was caused by diseased waste. Before putting food waste into the food chain, it has to be treated enormously carefully. The Bill may not be doing that in the right way.

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: When I was a child, I had a mug that detailed the wonderful and famous lines: "Let the wealthy and great Roll in splendour and state. I envy them not, I declare it, For I eat my own lamb, My own chickens and ham; I shear my own fleece and I wear it. I have lawns; I have bowers. I have fruits; I have flowers, The lark is my morning alarmer. So jolly boys now, Here's God speed the plough. Long...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I would not, of course, wish to repeat the poem, but I think it reminds us of the importance of supporting farmers. As I said in an intervention on my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (Mr Nuttall), who made a quite brilliant speech, our countryside was made by God and the farmer; it was not made by bureaucrats in Westminster or in Whitehall. It would be sad...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Sustainable methods of dealing with food waste conjures up all sorts of nasty thoughts. In the 19th century, there were people who went round collecting what was politely described as night soil. It was then taken to farms and used as a fertiliser. Night soil was replaced by guano, which is the same thing, really, but from seagulls. It made a great deal of money for one particular family, who...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I was talking about subsidies and how we cannot do what the Bill says because the French will not let us. They will take to the streets if we try to attack subsidies across the European spectrum. People in this country-Ministers and even Prime Ministers, with all the authority that Prime Ministers have-have not been able to wean the French off their subsidies. We may share a Navy with them,...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I appreciate that sedentary comment of outrage from my hon. Friend. That is one of the issues, if the Bill is real. It applies also to increasingly onerous tests on food labelling. We already have bonkers food labelling regulations from the European Union. For example, if one buys a Parma ham and chops it up in Westminster, one cannot then sell it as Parma ham. The EU is so protective about...

Sustainable Livestock Bill (12 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I thank my hon. Friend for another invaluable contribution to the debate. I have indeed seen the NFU's briefing and the expensive process that would come about if some of this was done. We cannot afford that extra £100 to £200 per hectare to subsidise farming. We need to come down on all forms of public expenditure, and Bills that propose more expenditure are rotten Bills-if they are indeed...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Will you clarify the forms of the House when hon. Members refer to other hon. Members who are not present? My understanding from perusing "Erskine May" is that hon. Members should notify another hon. Member if they make a personal attack, but not if it is the cut and thrust of political debate. I understood that what my hon. Friend the Member for...


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