Results 41–60 of 254 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

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 (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 (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 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, 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 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 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 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 (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 (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...

Wheels to Work Schemes (22 Feb 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to roll out the Wheels to Work scheme throughout rural England by involving the Jobcentre Plus network.

Wheels to Work Schemes (22 Feb 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I am disappointed but not surprised by it. Delighted as I am, of course, to have a conversation with the Minister, I am slightly surprised that a representative from the Department for Works and Pensions is not here to answer the Question. I am sure the Minister is aware that the chances of rural youngsters finding jobs within walking distance...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Wheels to Work Schemes (21 Mar 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any incentive is given to Jobcentre Plus managers to take account of the wider net savings to the taxpayer from sponsoring Wheels to Work schemes; and Whether a grant of £31,000 per annum to the Wheels to Work scheme on the Isle of Wight to keep 51 people in work, at a cost of £11.69 per head, per week, represents value for money; and Whether the...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I would like to approach the Bill from the rural perspective and I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner. In the past, litter and fly-tipping have all too often been seen as urban problems. I am keenly aware from my past experience that the regeneration of deprived urban neighbourhoods often has to start with a general clean-up, in order to create that sense of pride in the...

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill (6 Apr 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I am still not very relaxed about Clause 20. I have a series of questions—most of which probably reflect my ignorance of the way in which these things work—about which I hope the Minister will be able to reassure me. First, what is the legal difference between littering and fly-tipping? In other words, what clarity do I have, as a farmer whose land has been despoiled by a visitor to the...


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