Results 181–200 of 255 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Water Bill — Report (1st Day) (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest for the purposes of Report, in that I am a farmer with abstraction licences on my farm. I support Amendments 59 and 60, which ensure that de-averaging on the basis of geographic location is outlawed in the Bill. The delivery of water in a civilised, developed country should be a universal right. That is not to say that it comes free for anyone, but that all the...

Water Bill — Report (1st Day) (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, in supporting my noble friend Lord Oxburgh I realise that we are swimming against an overwhelming political current here. However, it is sometimes the duty of Cross-Benchers to point out the political follies of some of the main parties in this House. It is clear to me from having spoken to many Members of this House—including some very important Members, many of whom are here...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I strongly support this amendment. Indeed, I strongly support the fracking industry. We need to pursue all possible energy options at a time of high-energy costs and uncertain energy sources. The crisis in Ukraine is perhaps a sharp reminder of Europe's unwise overreliance on Russian gas. Furthermore, when visiting Brussels to investigate EU energy policy it was made clear to us on...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment. I do not have quite as many questions as the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, but I have a similar sense of the injustice and unfairness that are implicit within the Flood Re scheme. I am not quite sure what the opposite of taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut is, but perhaps it is taking a bucket to stop a flood or maybe it is using the current Flood Re scheme to...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, this is a very mild amendment to which I certainly would have added my name if I had become aware of it in time. There is no doubt that the exclusion of the leasehold and rental sector is the worst lacuna of the current Flood Re scheme. I understand the original political thought process-that professional landlords should not be helped to overcome their flood insurance problems by...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I understand what the noble Lord is saying but the problem is that the tenant does not have an insurable interest. He cannot insure the property. No insurance company would accept his insurance of a property in which he is only a tenant.

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I apologise that I did not manage to get in before the Labour Front Bench. Before the excellent exposition by the noble Earl, Lord Cathcart, I had no detailed knowledge of the technical benefits brought about by this amendment. However, I do know about the vital importance of the role of IDBs in the land drainage sector, both as a former chairman of the CLA water committee, who was...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Second Reading (18 Jun 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare my interests as a farmer and landowner. This is an interesting Bill and it must have been an interesting conversation deciding what to call it, considering the wide variations in its parts. However, the kernel of the Bill is that the continuous modernisation of our national infrastructure is important to our economy and social well-being. It is an unfortunate fact of...

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (25 Jun 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, is there a possibility that the Government might reconsider their methodology of culling? Instead of having people running around firing guns at night, they might consider using gas, which is heavier than air in badger setts during the day. That seems to be much safer and much more efficient.

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a farmer and a landowner. I must also congratulate the noble Earl on introducing this debate to the House. Why is the rural economy important for the UK? Well, it is worth £348 billion. As was said by the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, there are various figures, but that is the highest I have seen. It is a huge amount. The countryside also hosts...

EU: Counting the Cost of Food Waste (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer. I must admit to being on the committee, and I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, for her good work in this area, both in the run-up to our report and subsequent to it. I want to examine this subject from the point of view of one of the world’s biggest problems: how are we going to feed the 9.5 billion people who will inhabit the planet by...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (3 Feb 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I have added my name to Amendment 17. I declare an interest as a farmer in Somerset with rights of way on my land. Like the Minister, I am a great enjoyer of our rights of way across the country. I will not repeat all I said in Committee about this being a deregulatory amendment, but it does have the potential dramatically to reduce the administrative work of the local highway...

Ebola — Question (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, do the Government have any plans for a post-Ebola crisis in Africa? Owing to transport and communications breakdown and to movement restrictions, farmers have not been able to sell last year’s harvest and they therefore do not have the cash to buy the inputs for the following year’s harvest. Therefore, it is at the next harvest—that is, this year—when the real nutritional...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A303 (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current timetables for the development of the A303 from Stonehenge to Taunton, including making it a dual carriageway.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, a lot of the contributions to these debates we hold on the Queen’s Speech involve noble Lords getting important issues off their chests. I am afraid that my contribution today is no exception. But, unusually, I want to talk about something that was actually in the gracious Speech rather than something that I feel should have been in it. I might add that when occasionally I am...

Food Standards Agency — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, have the Government done an impact assessment on the possible burden on farmers if these FSA charges are introduced, either in the short term in relation to the extra costs being passed on to what are very marginal businesses or in the long term, when some medium-sized abattoirs which are hugely important locally, are closed as a result of these possible charges?

UN: Sustainable Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (16 Jun 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord McConnell, for giving us the opportunity to discuss these draft development goals. The objective of these new goals is, of course, to prioritise spending across all donors and recipients, with the notable difference from the MDGs in that this time around the recipient nations were actually given a say in what the priorities should be. However, to...

Energy Bill [HL] — Second Reading (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I want to talk only about Part 4 of the Bill. First, I must declare an interest as a farmer in Somerset who has invested in solar PV. However, I reassure the House that, having done my bit, I have no plans for projects, either in solar or wind, so personally have nothing to lose or gain from the Bill or from any other imminent changes to support for renewables. I am enthusiastic...

Energy Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (14 Sep 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support this group of amendments. I was not sure whether I would speak to this group or in support of the clause stand part Motion in the next group. I want to make a small but vital point and endorse the point touched on by others about the need for government consistency and clarity as soon as possible. First, I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner, and also as a...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A303 (16 Sep 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which year they currently expect the dualling of the A303 around Stonehenge to be completed.


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