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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Land Use ( 1 May 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of Grade 1 and 2 lowland peat is let on annual farm business tenancies; and what steps they are taking to ensure this land is not being farmed in a manner that is accelerating its degradation and threatening future food security.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Seeds (29 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure there are no delays by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in processing applications for new seed varieties; and when they will determine the causes of the current backlog of applications so that in future new varieties are made available to UK growers in a timely manner.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ticks (23 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: To ask His Majesty's Government, following the publication of the UK Health Security Agency report Health Effects of Climate Change (HECC) in the UK: State of the evidence 2023 in January, what steps they are taking to inform health professionals of the heightened risk to public health of (1) Lyme disease, and (2) emerging tick-borne diseases, including tick-borne encephalitis, from an...

English Horticultural Sector (Horticultural Sector Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, before sowing seeds, one must have access to them and the right land on which to grow them. Of the report’s 167 conclusions and recommendations, only two relate to the seed from which all horticultural crops are produced and there is scant mention of our grade 1 land. These are serious omissions. Ironically, the remaining conclusions depend on them. Post Brexit, the UK plant...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Deer and Squirrels: Conservation (26 Feb 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards their national deer management strategy and their updated Grey Squirrel Action Plan, as committed to in the England Trees Action Plan 2021–2024, and when is the publication date.

Sustainable Farming Incentive: Species Management and ELMS - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate. I also conscious of my noble friend Lord Robathan’s remark that “less can be more”, so I will curtail quite a lot of what I might be able to say. However, I want to pick up one point made by the right reverend Prelate. He might not be aware, but it was due entirely to the work of the noble...

Sustainable Farming Incentive: Species Management and ELMS - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, tonight is Burns Night. All around the world people will celebrate Scotland’s most famous bard and lyricist, but Burns was also a farmer whose poetry reflected his view of the natural world as a dynamic ecosystem that needed to be treated with care for the sake of us all and our fragile planet. Over the years his way of farming changed, and we ended up in 2020 lumbered with the...

Biosecurity and Infectious Diseases - Motion to Take Note (18 Jan 2024)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Trees, on securing this debate, and I welcome my noble friend the Minister to the House and the Front Bench. The human devastation wreaked by Covid-19 has demonstrated the huge potential impact of zoonotic diseases and the need to use every scientific tool at our disposal to prevent and guard against future outbreaks. The role of science and...

Bovine Tuberculosis - Question (12 Dec 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, farmers will appreciate what my noble friend the Minister said: the cull will continue, as scientific evidence shows it to be working very well. Can he also comment on the reported increase of ground-nesting birds in areas where the cull has been effected? It has increased biodiversity in those areas.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 1 (21 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, first, I ask my noble friend to send our best wishes to our noble friend Lady Scott of Bybrook. Secondly, I thank him very much for honouring the commitment made by the noble Lord, Lord Benyon, with regard to Amendments 1 and 2 on chalk streams, on behalf of my noble friend Lord Trenchard, who apologises for not being here himself. We are particularly grateful that this has...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 5 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, having listened to the debate so far, I think that this amendment is slightly closer to Amendments 14 and 33, which are in my name, so it might be for the benefit of the House if I say my remarks now rather than repeating them at a later stage—if such a thing happens. The Government have not told us why the present licensing system does not work. I think it is important for us to...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, to follow that up, it seems strange that my noble friend the Minister lamented that there was not a compromise on the Bill—that was when he started his reply to me on my first amendment. The Bill as presented before us is much wider than the manifesto commitment. Surely this would be an area in which a sensible compromise, achieving the aims of those of us who wish to improve the...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: I wonder whether my noble friend would give consideration to answering the question I put to him.

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, this is a very simple amendment. It makes Clause 1 subject to Clause 4, which relates to the advisory committee, which we will come on to discuss in some detail. I think it is a very flawed clause of the Bill, which needs amendment. The point of this amendment is simply to make certain that the advice will be understood and taken on board by the Government when it comes to the...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I am grateful for all the support around the Committee I have received on that one. In view of the brief but factual reply from my noble friend the Minister, I am happy to withdraw this amendment. Amendment 2 withdrawn.

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I would like to thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, and I thank the many noble Lords for their support for my amendment. I was particularly interested in the speeches of the noble Lord, Lord Weir of Ballyholme, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, because I do not think that either of them actually listened to what I said. They came...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: I think we all fully accept that my noble friend will not meet anybody to discuss this Bill and will not discuss it. That is very clear. I respect the position of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, who said that it is cruel to kill any animal. I do not agree with her, but I respect her position. I wonder whether she might just consider the very fine deer herds in this country, such as...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My noble friend is absolutely right, and I am sure that the source of that misinformation will not be a surprise to him or anyone else. It is a regular source of misinformation, and it was quite correctly shot down in flames by the Botswanan Government. My noble friend raised an important point, on which I will end. We should use the Bill to improve conservation by getting rid of bad trophy...

Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (12 Sep 2023)

the Earl of Caithness: My Lords, this Bill has very little effect in or on the UK, but it potentially has huge effect in every country of the world where trophy hunting takes place. As was made very clear at Second Reading, many of the reasons for this Bill are emotionally, rather than scientifically, based. The position of the proponents of the Bill is entrenched. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee, better...


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