Results 61–80 of 253 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Renewable Energy (S&T Report) (23 Jun 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, any energy debate is bound to cover a wide range of issues, both in saving power and producing it through environmentally beneficial means. I shall focus on one rather narrow, but possibly far-reaching, aspect. I want to draw your Lordships' attention to a form of renewable energy that could play as large a part as wind power, but in a non-intermittent form, while at the same time...

Commons Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Bill, which is long overdue. It is, unfortunately, ironic, as has been said, that the real pressure for its need—over-grazing for the past 13 years—is about to disappear at the same time that the Bill is enacted. I predict that, with the introduction of the single farm payment, under-grazing will become a more serious problem. Nevertheless, the Bill is...

House-building Programme (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I too will touch on the subject of affordable rural housing. I have three points to make. First, the social consequences of doing nothing about the rural housing crisis would be serious. We are beginning to create unbalanced communities. If you are rich, you live in the countryside; if poor, you live in the towns. That does neither towns nor villages any favours at all. In my part...

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, on his maiden speech. I am sure that he will continue to make many such valuable contributions to the work of your Lordships' House. Since its inception, the CAP has had enormous influence on our countryside—some good but some bad. On the bad side, the environment springs to most people's mind, but I also believe that the...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter on his maiden speech. He and I have worked together on regional and rural issues in the south-west. I know that he will continue to contribute wisely, as he has done today, to the work of this House. First, I declare an interest as a past rural advocate and as an ex-chairman of the Countryside Agency, as well as...

Commons Bill [HL] (28 Nov 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the flexibility that the noble Lord, Lord Inglewood, is seeking to introduce. We are unlikely to get commons legislation again for several decades so it is important to install as much flexibility as possible while this legislation is going through. I personally believe that under-grazing, rather than over-grazing, will be the problem of the future. I support the amendment...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Wheels to Work Schemes (5 Dec 2005)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: asked Her Majesty's Government: Why neither of their agencies, Connexions or Jobcentre Plus, supports Wheels to Work schemes in Devon and Cornwall, given the role of those schemes in enabling the agencies to meet their targets.

Royal Mail (12 Jan 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, as has just been mentioned, one of the areas where there are the strongest concerns amongst ordinary people about the future of the Post Office is in rural Britain. In many of our villages and market towns, post offices are an essential part of the fabric of the local community. They are seen as a trusted source of advice on, and provision of, a whole range of government services....

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (24 Jan 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I confirm what the noble Lord, Lord Carter, said. I declare an interest as a former chairman of the Countryside Agency. I was paid for three days a week—in fact I did four or five, sometimes six or seven. It seemed to me logical that if I was paid for three days a week, I should receive both a salary—it was some £45,000—and a pension on that. Pensions did not apply to the ordinary...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (24 Jan 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: In speaking to my Amendment No. 119, I should like to emphasise first that I totally support the view that Natural England should be a body focusing on the management of the environment in its widest sense: an "environmental champion", to use the words of the Minister. However, in order to be successful, Natural England will have to persuade others. The body does not own much land and that...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (1 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: In speaking to my Amendment No. 132, I should first like to apologise to the House because, in my enthusiasm last week, I forgot to repeat my interests—for the purposes of this Committee, they are as a farmer, landowner, rural businessman and chair of the Somerset Strategic Partnership. Amendment No. 132 is merely a mechanism to draw attention to the need to have acceptable common standards...

Rural Economy (2 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a farmer, a landowner, a rural businessman and as chair of Somerset Strategic Partnership. Secondly, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, for introducing this debate. The rural economy is a large canvas and I shall touch first on a narrow area, and then a wider one. The narrow area concerns Wheels to Work schemes. For those that do not know, they...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: This is a large group of amendments which go to the kernel of the Bill, so I apologise in advance for the length of my intervention. I have four amendments to speak to in the group—and I shall come to those—but first I wish to deal with the stand part debate initiated by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller. In doing so, I shall speak to all the other amendments in the group that she has...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I feel that I should respond to certain questions put to me. I thank noble Lords who have taken part in the debate.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I have instructions in front of me that say that I am allowed to speak.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The noble Lord, Lord Renton, asked me what the CRC would add compared with the Countryside Agency. As the noble Earl, Lord Peel, mentioned and as was referred to in the report of the noble Lord, Lord Haskins, we dealt with the delivery of functions as well as having advisory functions, and those delivery functions will no longer be applicable. So the CRC will be much more focused. He then...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I shall speak to all the amendments in the group in the order in which they appear on the Groupings List. Amendment No. 226 proposes that the CRC chairman should be elected by its board. I believe that all members of the CRC board should be chosen for their particular skills, whether they are academic researchers, farmers or people who own rural businesses, people with experience of rural...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My reading of the clause is slightly different. I think that not stipulating what the CRC shall publish undermines the amendment. There is undoubtedly a need for publications, and statistics will change from year to year, so I am of a different opinion.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: It is very important that the JNCC should have its own employees and budget. That was stated in a recent review. Prior to that it was subbed by the Great Britain conservation bodies such as English Nature, SNH and the CCW. The JNCC is a body that must represent biodiversity and conservation interests on behalf of Britain internationally. It is important that it is an independent body and can...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (8 Feb 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I, too, think that the sustainable development clause for the JNCC needs strengthening. I do not really mind which wording the Minister takes. I once sat as a member of the JNCC, which was quite strange because I was a lay person among all the scientists. I listened to a lot of the scientific talk but did not understand a lot of it. I considered my role entirely as being to put the...


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