Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I am afraid that this is rather technical and I would not like to get it wrong. Surely it is contrary to PPG2, presumption against development within the green belt. Furthermore, the proposal concerns part of a SSSI. Is not that proposal seriously flaunting the Government's own planning provision?
Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risks of flooding from inland rivers in the United Kingdom and the role of the Environment Agency as the delegated body for managing it. My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister and other noble Lords for taking part in this debate. Last year, great swathes of this country suffered considerable flooding. I live and farm near...
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, the Minister says that inflation is at only 2.5 per cent. Why is it that fuel, mortgages and a range of other things have increased by perhaps 20 per cent or 25 per cent? It is just not consistent with saying that the rate of inflation is only 2.5 per cent.
Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact studies are carried out prior to licences being given for the release of grey squirrels into the wild?
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. In his reply to the Question on grey squirrels asked by the noble Lady, Lady Saltoun, on 23 January, he emphasised that only six squirrels have been released. However, is he aware of Joan Ruddock's letter to Mr Adam Afriyie in another place on 18 December in which, as Minister with responsibility for policy in this area, she states that Natural...
Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve the conditions of the internal rivers and their flood plains in England and Wales.
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his Answer. I am a riparian owner in north Oxfordshire, which is classed as a low flood-risk area yet saw some of the worst of the flooding in 2007. The Environment Agency shows more concern for the bats, voles and otters than it seemingly does for the management of our river systems, unlike the National Rivers Authority, which used to do such an excellent...
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, for how long was the Dome mothballed before its recent purchase and what was the total cost of mothballing it?
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, with the delay in signing the contract for these aircraft carriers, will the timescale of the project slip? Will it now be further phased backwards?
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, does the Minister agree with Sir Nicholas Stern's report that aviation is responsible for only 1.6 per cent of global emissions? Do the Government agree with Sir Ron Eddington's report that there is a strong economic case for additional capacity at UK airports while tackling the environmental case?
Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the footnote in planning policy guidance 3, which states that it is inappropriate to develop land being used for airfields, applies to planning policy statement 3.
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her less than interesting Answer, which rather dodges the whole question. If the footnote was good enough for PPG3, why is it not good enough for PPS3? Is it the Government's intention to make the greenfield areas of airfields and hospitals more vulnerable to development by housing?
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, some of us might have difficulty understanding these complicated rules and regulations—I certainly do. Does the Minister think that the workforce will understand them?
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, am I right in thinking that pollution per passenger mile for a fully loaded train is more than that for a modern airliner, such as the Airbus A380? Its makers claim that it is less polluting per passenger mile than the most modern, energy-efficient car.
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, is the noble Lord satisfied with the standards of recognition of syphilis by the standard general practitioner? If not, what is being done to encourage a higher level of awareness by GPs?
Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the finding in the report by the Songbird Survival trust that grey squirrels are one of the main predators of songbirds.
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I am surprised by the Minister's reply. The papers that I passed to him show that Professor Roy Brown has looked at more than 115 areas for up to 30 years and that, according to his research, mammal predation accounts for between one-third and three-quarters of all songbird predation losses. Therefore, having read Professor Brown's report, does the Minister agree that it is clear...
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, does the Minister expect the new definition to cover dyslexia, which affects about 11 per cent of the population? Without certain support at school and later on in the workplace—IT support, for instance—people with dyslexia can never usually reach their true potential in life.
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords—
Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare an interest as a farmer. The Question was as follows: To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the increasing amounts of food imports have on the United Kingdom economy.