Results 81–100 of 254 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I too rise to talk about Amendment No. 52, and I am afraid I would like to oppose it. When we discussed this issue in Committee, I was totally agnostic on the subject. I was duly persuaded by the arguments of the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, and others who supported her. I was drifting along, waiting to be persuaded back into my state of agnosticism by the Minister's reply. However,...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support what we have heard about the seriousness of the situation. In our village, I too have given some land for affordable housing. Some of it is done under shared equity and, come April, the village will be at risk of losing that housing. As the noble Lord, Lord Hylton, said, the point endorses what I shall say about rural-proofing under my Amendment No. 102. To correct what...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: Exactly, my Lords. I gather that people in the ODPM now realise that they have made a mistake, and wonder how they will deal with it. It seems as though they need primary legislation to deal with it, which is quite serious, but there may be other ways round it. I hope that we can get some sort of statement before 1 April—perhaps it is 3 April—when the measures come into operation. It is...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I will not repeat all the arguments I made both at Second Reading and in Committee. There is no doubt that Defra cannot do the job of the CRC. It cannot criticise its own government or be independent. Neither can local authorities do it; this is a national role which cannot possibly be done by local authorities. I happen to know that the Countryside Agency is doing a lot of work...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: moved Amendment No. 102: Page 7, line 10, after "needs," insert— "( ) rural proofing across government and more widely,"

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, forgive me for returning at this stage to the issue of rural proofing but, as we have already seen tonight, it is a very important issue. I believe that the CRC is seriously weakened by not having these words in its primary purposes. I might add that the Countryside Agency attaches a great deal of importance to rural proofing and is sympathetic to what I am trying to achieve through...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords who have spoken for their support. I also thank the Minister for his acceptance of the principles behind my amendment. I hope that he and I can agree some suitable wording before Third Reading that includes the words "rural proofing", which are key. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (15 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support these amendments. I think sustainable development is a very important concept, and if it is important for Natural England to abide by the rules of sustainable development, as I think it should, and if it is important for its board to have to consider the economic and social agendas, it is equally important for the CRC to have to consider the environmental agenda. One of...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (20 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the principle that the minimum proportion of nationally appointed members on a national park authority should be 25 per cent. National parks are national, and while local democracy, connections and input are vital—I support the figure of 51 per cent representation for local members—there is no doubt that sometimes it is necessary to have an adequate balance coming from...

Housing: Shared Ownership (22 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, is the Minister aware that much of the affordable housing in rural Britain originates from farmers and landowners providing land at discounted prices for the benefit of their parish—one hopes, in perpetuity? Is she also aware that this episode has seriously undermined confidence in the system and that the supply of land was already beginning to dry up? I am grateful for her reply...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (27 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I spoke against this clause on Report, having been an agnostic in Committee. The whole point of Clause 2 is that it creates an equilibrium whereby Natural England must decide by itself where the right balance lies. Sustainable development is key here. I do not believe that Natural England will be cowed, as the noble Baroness, Lady Young, said about English Nature in its early days,...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (27 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his kind words, and for being as good as his word and including the words "rural-proofing" in the Bill. It really is very important to strengthen the CRC in this way, and the fact that it must now examine the way in which other persons and departments develop, adopt and implement policies through a rural-proofing process will be crucial for rural areas in...

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill (27 Mar 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I thoroughly approve of the Government's intentions in Clauses 66 and 67. I apologise to the House that I was not here to speak on Report. It all seemed to me absurd that the precedent of the passage of a horse and cart should be used to allow motorised traffic to tear up our green lanes. I still cannot understand why we cannot apply the principles involved now. It seems to me to be...

Post Offices (18 Oct 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords—

Debate on the Address (21 Nov 2006)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I have a long-standing interest in the quality of life in rural England. With that in mind, I want to look today at the delivery of healthcare to our countryside. The reality is that delivery of all services to rural Britain suffers from many of the same problems. The first and most important of these is a misunderstanding of the deprivation that exists there. Such deprivation and...

Housing: Affordable Rural Housing Commission (28 Mar 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, there are now no national targets for affordable rural housing. In the light of that, how can the Government ensure that the DCLG requirement for positive planning for affordable rural housing as set out in PPS 3 will be implemented, particularly bearing in mind the plethora of strategies now around? There are regional strategies, spatial strategies, housing strategies and local...

Energy: Biofuels (EUC Report) (19 Apr 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, served on the sub-committee that took evidence, and I congratulate those involved in assimilating the huge amount of evidence and writing the report for us. At first sight, biofuels seem attractive. They seem to promote two important agendas: first, as an energy source, they seem merely to reissue the CO2 absorbed during the growing of the crop and so be carbon neutral; and,...

Public Services: Rural Areas (24 May 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, shall talk about the delivery of rural services. The first thing that I shall do is stamp on the heresy, which seems to be prevalent, that rural communities have less need of public services because they are on average slightly more affluent than urban ones. An even worse mantra doing the rounds says that if people choose to live in rural areas, they should expect worse...

Sustainable Communities Bill (12 Jul 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, as I rise to speak in support of the Bill, I must first declare an interest as chairman of the Somerset Strategic Partnership, which I hope will continue to play its part in reinvigorating the communities of Somerset. It will come as no surprise to noble Lords to learn that I support this Bill from the perspective of rural settlements, although I realise that it applies equally to...

Debate on the Address (13 Nov 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I wish to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by the noble Lord, Lord Haskins, and talk about food security—not UK self-sufficiency, which is another debate altogether, but world food security. I must first declare an interest as a farmer, landowner and trustee of the Lawes Agricultural Trust. The world population is growing at the rate of 90 million people a year—that is one and a...


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