Results 1–20 of 37 for hunting bill speaker:Nicholas Soames

Hunting Bill: New Clause 13 — Registered Hunting: Absolute Bans: Deer, Hares, Foxes and Terrierwork (30 Jun 2003)

Nicholas Soames: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that those of us who support hunting entered into detailed consultation, held by the Minister of State at Portcullis House, on the basis that a fair and sensible system would be produced that would do precisely what he argues against? It was on that basis that a great deal of work was done in Portcullis House, which, allegedly, played a part in framing the...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: New clause 4 - Compensation (27 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: I rise to support the new clause as we reach the conclusion of what, for all those who have put their hearts and souls into defending the interests of hunting, has been a tragic few weeks in Committee. We can all see that the Bill will move towards a denouement on the Floor of the House which may regrettably lead to the banning of foxhunting by the House of Commons. The Minister has done...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 45 - Interpretation (25 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: The answer is that wild boar are hunted in France with hounds in the conventional way, as well as being shot. In Germany, they are only shot. As I am sure the hon. Gentleman knows, there is an increasing spread of wild boar in southern England. If the iniquities of the Bill make it necessary, we may have to transfer from hunting foxes to hunting wild boar.

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: New clause 11 - Use of dogs below ground (25 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...vermin that have to be controlled, the hon. Gentleman will be doing genuinely irrevocable harm to the eco-management of the countryside. That argument is outside the central argument to do with hunting. I understand, accept and honour those whose view is totally different from mine and that of all those who love hunting. Why should people be in favour of foxhunting? It is a very emotive...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: New clause 11 - Use of dogs below ground (25 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...against their better judgment, but, having been persuaded to do so, put their wholehearted effort into putting together the evidence to try to persuade the Minister and officials of the case for hunting and the preservation of order in the countryside through field sports. None entered into the debate more enthusiastically or with a greater sense of purpose and endeavour than the National...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting (6 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...look to the Minister for an answer to this question: does he accept that stoats, minks and weasels present a serious threat to game and that dogs are essential for their control? Stoats are never hunted in the conventional sense—except on a bad day when there is nothing else to do. Basically, one does not go out to hunt a stoat. One does not have a stoat meet and there is no such thing...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting (6 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...from that activity. She may love curlews and, like me, take great pleasure in the sight of ground-nesting birds on the hills, the higher ground and the moors—but she will see far fewer if the Bill is passed. If keepers are not allowed to deal with lethal and highly effective predators in the only way that they can, her joy in watching the curlews will be short-lived, as will the sight of...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting (6 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...at some length. It matters very much not only to sporting interests but to conservation interests. The Minister said in a letter to The Times published on 23 January: ''There is nothing in this Bill that has any implications for shooting and fishing. It is wrong and mischievous to suggest otherwise.'' I am sure that he was perfectly sincere when he said that, but unless the amendment is...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt Hunting (6 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: All of us know what is happening in the Committee. It is essential that enough safeguards be built in against the iniquities and designs of what the Government have in mind for all hunting, to allow good order to continue in the countryside. The border counties mink hounds have three police officers and a council ranger who manages a site of special scientific interest. Those people...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt hunting (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: No, I cannot. When training dogs, hand-thrown dummies can be used, but that would be much the same as drag hunting. It is not the real thing at all. It certainly would not provide anything like the competitive difference or the realistic situation for which these dogs are very highly trained. The issue comes back to the submissions from not only the Kennel Club but also the National...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt hunting (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...others. Their activities will be made illegal or, at the very least, made a great deal more difficult to the point of impracticality. It is interesting to note that the NGO also contends that the Bill will make the use of dogs in the beating line on shoot days highly dangerous, because if several of them flush and chase a wild mammal, such as a fox or a hare, an offence could be committed....

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 1 - Exempt hunting (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...to stop a dog—perhaps a young dog who may be out with older dogs to learn—from running off in pursuit of an animal and other dogs perhaps rushing after it. That does happen. During a previous hunting Bill, the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mrs. Lawrence) said that she had trained her terrier to chase only rabbits and not hares. That seemed unlikely, but I am sure that several...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 1 - Hunting wild mammals with dogs (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...the enlightened days when I was Minister of State for the Armed Forces and all was well at the Ministry of Defence, I took a great deal of trouble. The matter was referred to me, since I knew about hunting, to ensure that it was correct in every way. It is an absolutely admirable licence and I hope that the Minister will deal at length with his objections to it. Officials climbed all over...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 1 - Hunting wild mammals with dogs (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that comment. The Government simply do not understand that the most terrible vendetta will be carried out against foxes where there is no hunting. Where there is no coursing, the hare population will be killed, because they will be regarded as pests. One of the most iniquitous aspects of the Bill is that it simply refuses to acknowledge the incredibly...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 1 - Hunting wild mammals with dogs (4 Feb 2003)

Nicholas Soames: I had a sparklingly good hunt after a fox in Lower Sloane street only the other night. Times have changed. He eluded me in the most unsatisfactory manner. The Minister is twisting the Bill. He has gone on tightening the screw so that a ban can be achieved and may well be achieved, while it seems to the untrained eye—very few of which exist in the House of Lords, which he will find some...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 8 - Tests for registration: utility and least suffering (16 Jan 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...the Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier). I stress very strongly that coursing, whether competitive or not, must be subject to the same properly formulated tests that are applied to other types of hunting if the legislation is to be consistent. Moreover, the principles of utility and cruelty or least suffering should be constructed in such a way that the legal approach to animal welfare is...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 8 - Tests for registration: utility and least suffering (16 Jan 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ..., in which birds are put up and shot to test the skill of the gun dogs that are sent to retrieve them. Any argument for banning coursing would apply equally—this is the dangerous element of the Bill and it worries a great many of us—to field trials. By parity of reasoning, the argument would also apply to shooting and fishing. Coursing can also be compared to competition angling, in...

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 8 (9 Jan 2003)

Nicholas Soames: May I join my colleagues in saying what a pleasure it is to sit under your chairmanship, Mrs. Roe, albeit to discuss a sad and distressing Bill? I would first like to say that nowhere in the Burns report does Lord Burns conclude that hunting is cruel. In supporting the amendment, I want to make some points about the hierarchy of cruelty that the Ministers so balefully fail to understand....

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Clause 8 (9 Jan 2003)

Nicholas Soames: ...of years. For centuries, their lives have been inextricably linked to the patchwork of our magnificent countryside, much of which, throughout the length and breadth of the land, was laid out for hunting and shooting. Those interests do a great deal to shape the beauty of the landscape, and foxes share the marvellous woods, fields and hedges with the farmers and their livestock. All who go...

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Nicholas Soames: In my 20 years as a Member of Parliament, it has been my privilege to speak in every debate on hunting. However, I do so today with a genuinely heavy heart as, despite all the Government's protestations to the contrary, it is clear that they are determined to destroy hunting and following that, both shooting and fishing—[Interruption.] Noises from the Government Back Benches show that my...


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