Results 161–180 of 254 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Agriculture and Food: Research Funding — Question for Short Debate (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner, and as a trustee of the Lawes Agricultural Trust. The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, John Beddington, has summed up the challenge for world agriculture by saying that by 2030, the world has to produce 50 per cent more food than it did in 2000, using less water, less energy, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and not...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: moved Amendment No. 21: Clause 209, page 121, line 39, leave out "(1) or"

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I took the amendment proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Shutt, which we have just voted on, as being the front-line position and perhaps even as being in no man's land between the opposing forces, as it were. I still believe that Amendment No. 21 and the subsequent Amendment No. 25 are a reasonable last-ditch defensive position for registered charities, bearing in mind that we in this...

Planning Bill (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I shall speak to my three amendments in this group. I have no wish to repeat the arguments that I set out in previous stages of the Bill. It has been proven again and again that charities deliver public benefit, including benefit that comes within the definition of community infrastructure, at far better value that any public administration can, usually because of the voluntary...

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am sorry to interrupt the proceedings, but I had the impression that the noble Baroness said that she would not pursue her amendment because she was going to clarify the points raised and make amendments to it for Third Reading. I am sorry if I have got it wrong, but that is why I did not consider moving my amendment. Perhaps she could clarify the position.

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise to speak to my amendments in this group. First, I must thank the Minister for her efforts to overcome our concerns on this issue. I recognise that our desire to exempt charities from the potentially devastating consequences of this levy has caused her and her team some difficulty. We do not really understand that difficulty, and our resolve to get this matter right has not...

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment proposed by my noble friend Lord Best. If you ask local government officials or councillors in my part of the world—the south-west of England—what is the biggest problem besetting their communities and that the Government have yet to deal with, the answer will resoundingly come back that it is the lack of affordable housing, either to let or to buy. When...

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, but with a distinct lack of the legal expertise displayed by the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart. We are talking about regulations being put together to govern the application of a locally set, raised and applied levy. That levy is not a general tax, because it goes from a landowner or developer to pay both public and private agencies for...

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise to support the amendment. Commons are a vital part of our natural heritage. In the old days, every community used to have one but sadly they are now greatly diminished both in quantity and quality. They still serve a useful role, however, for common rights, notably grazing, and for access and leisure. Even the smallest patch of surviving common can act as a formal or informal...

Planning Bill (10 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, will the Minister clarify something for me, so that I understand it perfectly? Is the noble Lord saying that any PPG, PPS or White Paper that is now going to become a national policy statement will have to undergo fresh consultation in the light of the change that is going to happen?

Planning Bill (10 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, following discussions last week and in Committee, I formed the impression that the Government had not really understood the extent to which these national policy statements are a departure from where we are now. The statements will rule the decisions of the IPC and give those decisions the authority needed to expedite these essential, but nevertheless locally unpopular,...

Planning Bill (6 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, put my name to Amendments Nos. 34 and 35 because I believe that Clause 9 is at the heart of the Bill. As the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, said only a moment ago, the role of national policy statements is key. If we get this clause right, the Bill will work and the IPC will have the authority to act resolutely and speedily. If we get it wrong, then delays through judicial inquiries...

Planning Bill (6 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Liverpool in his amendments on climate change. First, however, I must apologise to the House because this morning, when I spoke for the first time on Report, I failed to declare my interests in the register, notably as a landowner and farmer and, with particular relevance to the Bill, as chairman of the Charities' Properties...

Planning Bill (6 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I thank the Minister for listening to what I said in Committee and for reacting to it. I am grateful that the IPC will not only have to take into consideration responses to the applicant, but that account has to be taken of these responses by the applicant. Those new words are exactly what I wanted. I am very happy to support the government amendments.

Planning Bill (6 Nov 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am grateful to be able to follow the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, because I, too, want the Bill to be the right way round. I believe that most of us in this House really want the Bill to work. We desperately want to speed up our ability to respond to climate change and to invest in modern infrastructure. Of course it would be wonderful if we could wave a wand and have a high-speed...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I thank the noble Baroness, and noble Lords who have supported my three amendments. I am encouraged by support on all sides to push on with our aims. I still fail to understand the Government's reticence, and why they seem to need their permissive regime. As the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, said, such are charity law and the powers of the Charity Commission that there is no more fear that a full...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: Bad neighbour projects.

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: moved Amendment No. 436BC: Clause 200, page 123, line 32, at beginning insert "Except as provided in section (Charities relief),"

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: There are three amendments in this group, in the name of myself and others, that provide for a comprehensive exemption in the Bill for registered charities. I speak on behalf of the Charity Tax Group, the Churches' Legislation Advisory Service and the Charities' Property Association, of the latter of which I am currently chairman. I also speak in response to numerous letters that I have...

Planning Bill (23 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: There are some quite serious issues in this group of amendments. I refer to government Amendment No. 438C, which refers to what the charging authority must have regard to, and to government Amendment No. 438J, which allows it to charge a nil rate. I refer also to Amendment No. 438H, tabled by the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, considering the economic impacts of the levy. Earlier, the noble...


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