Results 101–120 of 255 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

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...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am all in favour of sunset clauses for quangos and for posts that are created. I believe it is right that such posts and bodies should be reviewed from time to time to see whether they are fulfilling their purpose or their effectiveness. However, it is also right that they should be reviewed under a proper procedure and consultation with all the relevant parties including...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I put my name to Amendment 15 because I am very much in favour of the immediate application of financial penalties where, after due process, a clear breach of the code has emerged. I do not believe that merely naming and shaming will have any effect at all. Supermarkets know that, in the short term, their customers shop with them largely because they are local. Why would the...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I too am not convinced by any of these amendments, and I support the noble Lord, Lord Razzall, in that. The amendment undermines the point of the Bill and the adjudicator; there is currently an imbalance between the power of the various parties involved in the food supply chain which the Bill tries to redress. Thus, to tie the hands of the adjudicator in this way is not particularly...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am not so certain about this amendment-in fact, I think that I oppose it. If your Lordships have ever been involved in the appointment of a public post you will know that the criteria are very strict and there are many hurdles to be jumped, with independent assessors sticking strictly to the criteria and two or three interviews. I therefore think that this extra hurdle is an...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I first declare my interest as a farmer. I put my name to the amendment because it is important that we remain as flexible and light on our feet as possible in changing circumstances in this area. The effectiveness of the groceries code adjudicator is dependent on the effectiveness of the code. Both are equally important. It is surprising that while the adjudicator and his role are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN Watercourses Convention (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date the United Kingdom will accede to the United Nations Watercourses Convention, in the light of the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at the Rio conference in June that the United Kingdom intends to do so.

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (17 May 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I want to talk about African agriculture. When I say "Africa", please read "sub-Saharan Africa" for the sake of brevity. Africa contains 13% of the world's population but 25% of its undernourished people. It contains 23 out of 30 of the world's least developed countries. Of its population, 80% depends on agriculture and 70% of these farmers are women. If one can focus on turning...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment. Restorative justice is an important tool to have in your kitbag when trying to prevent or mend the effects of crime. It is not a soft option; rather, it is an economic option with extremely good, tried-and-tested results. In Somerset, where I come from, we had a scheme that ran for five years, from 2005 to 2010. The plan was that the scheme would expand and...

International Development: Sanitation and Water — Question for Short Debate (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, my intervention is slightly tangential to the main thrust of the right reverend Prelate's Question, but I thank him very much for giving me the opportunity to make it. I want to talk about water as the source of food and possible conflict in the developing world. I realise that lack of access to proper sanitation and safe water kills about 1.5 million children every year, but I want...

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I strongly support this amendment, and in doing so I must declare an interest as a farmer. We are plagued by litter from cars down in Somerset where I come from. It does not tend to be what I would call black-bag-type litter, although that is sometimes worse because the bags are thrown out of cars and explode and the litter goes all over the field in a real mess and is very...

Defra: Research and Development — Question (20 Oct 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, given the desperate need for better agricultural extension in the UK, does the Minister agree that this is as much about learning the lessons of environmental best practice-I refer particularly to soil degradation in this context-as it is about agricultural invention? If we wish the growth in the nation's agricultural productivity to continue, we must better align environmental...

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

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise to speak to my Amendment 203ZA and to ask one or two questions about the Government's new amendments and proposals. However, before doing so, I should like to thank the Government for listening to the debate and to the concerns of this House in Committee, and for listing to the numerous comments they have received from outside bodies. In particular, I thank the noble Baroness...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Africa (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments in East Africa about the marginalisation of pastoralist communities and their vulnerability to food insecurity.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Horn of Africa (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to ensure that the money spent through the United Nations World Food Programme in the Horn of Africa goes to where it is most needed.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Horn of Africa (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the head of the United Nations World Food Programme about emergency food distribution in the Horn of Africa.

Localism Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (19 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I have tabled Amendment 153ZAKA in this group. It is probing in nature and probably does not require an immediate answer. Your Lordships are unlikely to remember that at Second Reading I expressed a concern that bad neighbour developments might possibly end up in neighbourhoods or parishes where the opposition to such a bad neighbourhood development was likely to be the least vocal....

Localism Bill: Committee (7th Day) (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I speak to my Amendment 147M. At Second Reading, I expressed my concerns about the proposed duty to co-operate as a replacement for regional strategies. As I then said, I am not particularly enamoured with the whole idea of regions. Particularly in the south-west, where I come from, the region was far too large to be of any real relevance to people on the ground and their lives. As...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendments in this group. I put my name to them but was too late to get on the Marshalled List. I support them not because they are necessarily the right amendments-as the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, said, the wording could be different-but because I believe strongly in the principles of sustainable development. In the old days it was called "stewardship". Probably the...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The nub of the issue is the change of use.


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