Results 81–100 of 254 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support all the amendments in this group, as well as the amendments to which I have put my name. Last week we had our debate on the need to open up all sectors of the electricity industry to more competition. We on our side of the amendment were surprised at the reluctance of the Government to acquiesce enthusiastically to what we were proposing. We were even more surprised when...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment. I, too, served on Sub-Committee D and this was a major part of the message in our report No Country is an Energy Island—a very apt name. The joy of a pan-European grid—or even an intercontinental grid, because the geothermal springs of Iceland could bring electricity down to the industrial heartlands of the UK—and interconnection would be to allow...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I hesitate to speak to the amendment because I am not against it and I sympathise with the intentions of the noble Lords who are proposing it, particularly if it affected the price of construction timber and made housing more expensive, which would not be good. However, I advocate a bit of caution. I have recently come across a company which is trying to build four medium-sized...

Energy Bill: Report (1st Day) (28 Oct 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, as this is my first intervention on Report, I must declare an interest as a farmer with a renewable scheme on my land. Most of what needs to be said in favour of these amendments concerning competition has already been said and as a co-signatory I very much to support them. However, I want to underline the fundamental point involved. It has become obvious to anyone reading...

Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a farmer and landowner with family and trustee interests in small renewable energy schemes. Electricity is now as vital a part of modern human life as air, water or food. It is only a mild exaggeration to say that we cannot survive without it. So much depends on it: from the pumped water we drink and the growing and processing of the food we eat,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food: Security and Nutrition (17 Jun 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the IDA17 negotiations, they will encourage the World Bank to raise the issue of nutrition in discussions with governments, for example in the Country Partnership Strategies, so that enhanced food security and nutrition are integrated alongside traditional economic indicators such as growth of gross domestic product.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (15 May 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am aware that these debates are often used by Members of this House to get some deadly serious issues off their chests, and I am no exception. However, I am also aware that an endless string of deadly serious chest-clearing issues is pretty deadly. In my intervention, which is addressed to our Department for International Development, I would like to start with a poem—in fact...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Third Reading (26 Mar 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I also support the principle behind the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, which was ably moved by the noble Lord, Lord Cavendish. Again, as in Committee on this Bill, I come from an economic perspective. As I said then, the whole economy of our national park areas comes from the beauty of their landscapes, which we must try to preserve at all costs. Their...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Report (3rd Day) (6 Mar 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a farmer. We have all received much evidence, both for and against, on this amendment. It seemed right to consider all the evidence and facts afresh, including my own knowledge of the industry, and to re-examine the case for and against abolition. I think everyone acknowledges that agriculture is very different from 60 to 65 years ago when the current...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: Surely that is the whole point of this clause-to make sure that this problem is addressed by the planning system so that it does not become the statutory show-stopper that it currently is. The noble Lord talked about looking at this from two separate points of view. We are looking at it from that point of view; that is the whole point of the clause.

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, the previous two speakers seem to have included the stand part debate in this group of amendments, so if the Committee will permit it, I will do the same. I speak on the stand part Motion from the point of view of a planning applicant. First, I am a firm believer in the importance of open spaces for the health and happiness of our nation and our communities. Our love of and need for...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I come to this clause and this group of amendments entirely from an economic perspective. I am very much in favour of greater economic growth for our countryside because, frankly, all too often our rural deprivation is ignored, and I am as keen as anyone that entrepreneurs and businesses should be given all the help they need to thrive throughout rural England. It goes without...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The noble Lord hoped he would make it clearer to me, but I had understood all that. The point is that, if the house is sold at a lower price than the new agreed price, is the local authority going to give either cash or some form of payment back to the developer, because it has agreed the sale at a price that is still too high? Local authorities under these circumstances are getting involved...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, perhaps I could ask a question about this amendment. It seems to me that one of the underlying concepts behind Clause 6 is that some affordable housing is better than none. In my opinion, that concept applies in spades, as it were, in rural areas and villages. In the current economic circumstances I worry about the ability to build rural affordable housing on exception sites. Of...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I will speak to two of these amendments. First, I cannot support Amendment 55EA. It has a mild whiff of retrospective taxation which I do not approve of. More importantly, it fails to understand the motivation of an entrepreneur, and his or her assessment of risk. If a particular project is marginal, then the developer does their own assessment of the upside and downside risk. They...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: It would. Local authorities are not the right bodies to involve in entrepreneurial activity. I share the noble Lord's opinion. I move on to Amendment 55F. At the risk of being boringly obvious, this surely underlines the whole purpose of the clause and it is amazing that it has been omitted. We are urgently trying to promote infrastructure development and to prevent any further delays at a...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am totally supportive of this clause, but I am vague about how it will work as it is without any form of back-up information. It may be my ignorance of the planning system because I come to it from, as it were, the other side of the desk as an applicant rather than a local authority or planning officer. I am particularly concerned about small developments in rural areas, and here...

EUC Report: EU Freshwater Policy — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, there is no doubt that water is a valuable commodity. Sadly, we cannot yet control the amount that falls from the sky. Speaking as a farmer in the south-west of England in 2012, I can only say, "I wish!". But, even after so much rain, we still do not value our water enough in this country. I believe that we have now reached the stage where the UK needs to introduce compulsory...

Millennium Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to be speaking in this debate. The focus of the development agenda post-2015 should be on the empowerment of people in the developing world. There was always an element within the MDGs of top-down western Governments and NGOs saying what they believed was needed by the people in developing countries. Inevitably, it remains a problem in a debate such as this. Of...

Isles of Scilly: Helicopter Services — Question (24 Oct 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, are the Government aware that the cost of transport to the Isles of Scilly is four times more expensive than that from the mainland to the Scottish islands over an equivalent distance? As a result, businesses and the tourist industry in the Scilly Isles are suffering badly and are in rapid decline when compared with those industries in the Scottish islands. The total absence of a...


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