Results 181–200 of 3236 for speaker:Mr Nicholas Budgen

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I hope that the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Jones) will forgive me if I do not follow his arguments. In the 10 minutes available to me, I shall not have time to argue with him as I should have liked to. Let me begin by declaring an interest. I represent an urban and suburban constituency, but I am also a small farmer. During my years in the House I have rarely attended debates such...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Well, I hope that they do so for openly political reasons. The Tory party needs to unite before the local elections—[Laughter.] I think that my party is in some difficulty—[Interruption.] The time to be unpleasant to one's party is when it is arrogant and successful. The time to come to its aid is when it is in difficulty. I hope that we may be able to unite in future in believing that...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Ah.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: When a country enjoys a long period of peace and steady, albeit irregular, growth it is bound to spend less on food and more on other consumer items. My hon. Friend merely points out the advantages of economic progress.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: My hon. Friend is attacking everybody. He must try to find some friends.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: My hon. Friend is rather unfair. Surely it is plain that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) proposed to make the CAP even more expensive. He offered considerable aid from the taxpayer to large sections of the agricultural community, many of which are doing quite well.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: That depends, does it not, on the overall relationship that we are likely to achieve with Europe if we achieve, at the next intergovernmental conference, a significant loosening in our relations with the European Union. We hope that we will be able to loosen the common agricultural policy and at the same time retain our right to trade with the countries in the European Union. The hill farmers...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is the word, "misleading" an unparliamentary word, because it does—

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I am trying to understand the general drift of the hon. Gentleman's remarks. He says that some sectors of agriculture are doing badly and require more investment. Is he offering more public support in the form of taxpayers' money to sectors of agriculture that are complaining? How is that consistent with reducing financial support for the agricultural sector?

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The hon. Gentleman damages himself by getting so over-excited. Let us take the example of a dairy farmer—this may be embarrassing to my right hon. Friend the Minister. Since the introduction of milk quotas, dairy farmers have been given a quota under the common agricultural policy that is worth about £2,000 per cow and rising. Some dairy farmers have retired and simply leased the quota....

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Surely the hon. Gentleman realises that to most people outside the House the common agricultural policy is an utter nonsense and distortion. The hon. Gentleman looks at each point at which some slight reduction in state aid has taken place. He describes such reductions as a gross scandal and as taking the bread from an impoverished section of the community. We are meant to regard farmers in...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I hope that in reviewing agricultural prices my right hon. Friend will refer to the system of quotas and area payments, which is another way of considerably benefiting the farmer. My right hon. Friend will certainly know, but the House may not know, that the milk quota is now worth something approaching £2,000 for each cow in milk, that even sheep quota is valuable, and that area payments...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The proposal relating to the overall proportion sounded very good at the time, but considerable additional expenditure on other items—particularly the regional and social fund—was then envisaged: as long as the other expenditure rose nicely, it was inevitable that agriculture expenditure would decline as a proportion of the total.

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: My right hon. Friend will agree that it was disgraceful that three of the countries in the European Union were found to have made no attempt whatever to impose the agreed milk quotas. Will he now tell us whether, after all the Chancellor of the Exchequer's generosity on behalf of the British taxpayer, those three countries have now set up a proper system for reducing milk production, as they...

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: What has happened now?

Agricultural Prices (21 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: How long will all that go on for?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Industry ( 8 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: Does my right hon. Friend agree that among the factors that influence investment in manufacturing industry are the levels of manufacturing output and of interest rates? As manufacturing output fell significantly in January, the most recent month for which figures have been recorded, is it not a great relief to my right hon. Friend that we are no longer in the exchange rate mechanism, and are...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill ( 3 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: I suppose that I should declare an interest immediately. I have fox hunted all my life—50 years. I am an occasional contributor to the principal magazine on hunting, "Horse and Hound". I represent a constituency which is urban and suburban. It has no farmland. I have no doubt that a majority of my constituents are at least vaguely disapproving of the continuance of hunting, although there...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill ( 3 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: The important point—it was properly raised by my right hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Mr. Patten)—is: what should be the attitude of the House and the nation towards a significant minority? I contend that, most of all, the House should ensure that legislation, particularly criminal legislation, enjoys the consent of the nation. The quarter of a million people who...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill ( 3 Mar 1995)

Mr Nicholas Budgen: May I finish? The only way in which the rights of minorities in our society can be protected is by the procedures of the House. We have no written constitution. We have no Bill of Rights. The supervisory role of the European Union does not yet extend to telling us how minorities in our country are to be dealt with. It is only by the proper adherence to the procedures of the House that we...


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