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Written Answers — House of Lords: National Parks (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 15 October 2012 (WA 449), in which he stated that an announcement of a public inquiry into the proposals to extend the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks was "imminent", what is the cause of the further delay since that Answer; and when the announcement can be expected.

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Parks (15 Oct 2012)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce how they plan to take forward Natural England's recommendation in September 2011 to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks; whether they will propose a public inquiry; and what are the reasons for their delay in responding.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Renewable Energy (19 Jul 2012)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the policy of the Scottish Government to obtain all of Scotland's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, what estimates they have made of the impact this will have on household and industrial bills in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: I agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Judd, has just said and I strongly support the amendment. Like my noble friend, I did not think very much of the Minister's arguments for not accepting my noble friend's amendment on Report. He argued that we could wait and see how it worked out in London when London boroughs get powers under the latest London Local Authorities Bill to issue the...

Energy: Feed-in Tariffs — Statement (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, I welcome the Statement, which I hope will be one of a series aiming to reduce the subsidies available for renewable energy, as the Government seek to limit their cost to the consumer and to the economy. The Written Statement issued today in the name of Mr Gregory Barker stated: "Over 100,000 homes now generate their own electricity". Will the Minister say whether he meant all their...

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (Continued) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, this is a simplified version of an amendment which I moved in Committee. The idea behind it is to remove the right of the Secretary of State to overturn local planning decisions where these have been taken in accordance with the local development plan. Under the amendment, the Secretary of State would be able to overturn a local planning decision on appeal only where the decision...

Localism Bill — Report (7th Day) (Continued) (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: I thank my noble friend Lord True for his support for my amendment. I agree with him that we have not seen the end of this matter. I was sorry not to have the support of noble Lords opposite. For once they have revealed themselves in their centralist colours. The Minister entered fully into the arguments on the amendment and I am grateful for that. He said that the Government want to limit...

Planning — Debate (13 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, this is a timely debate on one of the most contentious issues of the moment, and I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, for introducing it and doing so in an absolutely excellent speech. It is appropriate that this Motion should be introduced from the Benches opposite. The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 was one of the great achievements of the post-war Labour Government...

Localism Bill — Report (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, as this is my first intervention at this stage of the Bill, I declare my interest as a landowner. I object strongly to these amendments. When I sought to introduce an amendment in Committee that related to the costs incurred by local authorities contesting appeals in wind farm development cases, the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, chided me for introducing an inappropriate discussion of...

Localism Bill: Report (5th Day) (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, I have put my name to my noble friend's amendment. Litter thrown from motor cars is a scourge of the countryside. It is a regular practice for people to discard litter from moving vehicles-in particular, drink containers and food wrappings. I am sure that to try to reduce the incidence of that habit is a goal worth pursuing. It is surely one test of how well a country is governed...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Renewables (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 September (Official Report, col. GC 81) concerning the 140 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity added globally during 2008-09 from renewables, how this amount breaks down by each renewable technology.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Wind Farms (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many onshore wind-farm planning applications were decided by local planning authorities in England, Scotland and Wales; of those, how many were refused; and how many refusals were appealed against.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Wind Farms (11 Aug 2011)

Lord Reay: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many onshore windfarm planning applications were decided on appeal by the Secretary of State (directly or through a planning inspector) in England, Scotland and Wales; and, of those, how many were refused.

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: I will say one thing in reply to what the noble Lord, Lord Judd, said about planning officers. I have no intention of denigrating planning officers. They do an invaluable job and can be highly impressive. However, their job on the whole is to advise the democratically elected planning authorities. The amendment would put them in quite a different position, unlike the position that they...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, the present appeal system is unbalanced. Developers have an untrammelled right of appeal against the refusal of any planning application by a local planning authority. The appeal goes to a planning inspector-usually at a public inquiry-who hears the case as if for the first time. He can reverse the local planning authority's decision on whatever grounds he chooses. Local...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend the Minister for his concluding remarks, although I am rather surprised that he should have received this as a last-minute piece of information from his officials considering that this amendment has been down for quite a considerable amount of time. I am grateful for what he said; I would like to study the implications of it. I can understand that he...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, in moving my Amendment 170A, I should like to start by quoting what the Minister, Mr Greg Clark, said in another place at the Report stage of the Bill: "There is also a case for looking at the fact that the costs of losing appeals can sometimes hang over local authorities. Sometimes the threat of losing an appeal dissuades a local authority from turning down an application that it...

Localism Bill — Committee (10th Day) (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, I put my name down to oppose that Clause 124 stand part of the Bill. A report was issued in 2007 by BERR-as noble Lords will remember, it was a department which existed before BIS and DECC came into being-which was entitled Delivering Community Benefits from Wind Energy Development: AToolkit. It included this statement: "There is a strict principle in the planning systems in all...

Electricity Market Reform — Statement (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, this is an extremely important White Paper-

Electricity Market Reform — Statement (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Reay: My Lords, this extremely important White Paper sets out to introduce the reforms, if one can call them that, which the Government consider are necessary if they are to meet their targets for extremely high-cost, heavily subsidised renewable energy. I hope we will get the chance to debate it. I have just one question for now. The Statement mentions offshore wind on three occasions but makes no...


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