Results 101–120 of 253 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Local Transport Bill [HL] (20 Nov 2007)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, as was heralded by the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, I come to this Bill from the perspective of rural dwellers and providers of rural transport. Residents of rural villages travel nearly twice as far by car as their urban counterparts and although one-third of adults in rural areas do not have personal access to a car, rural people take one-third as many bus journeys as those in...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (30 Nov 2004)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I must apologise for putting your Lordships through the ordeal of yet another maiden speech with all its flowery tributes and so on, which in my case, as you will see, will be totally unwarranted. All I can say by way of recompense is that I suspect the ordeal is probably slightly worse from this side of the text. I know that it is also customary, but I would very genuinely...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Anaerobic Digestion (2 Nov 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve or facilitate connections to the gas and electricity grids to ensure the viability of anaerobic digestion plants and encourage their growth.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Anaerobic Digestion (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce targets for the number of anaerobic digestion plants to be built in the United Kingdom utilising agricultural and waste products.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Anaerobic Digestion (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the promotion and building of more anaerobic digestion plants would affect the need for increased national gas storage capacity.

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (19 Nov 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, we are covering a wide-ranging agenda today and I want to speak about African agriculture. I sat on the APPG for food, agriculture and development, and chaired some of the sessions. We received evidence from a most eminent and international group of witnesses. I have spoken before in this House about world food security and I believe that the world as a whole will be able to feed...

Agriculture: Royal Society Report — Debate (10 Dec 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I too, must declare an interest as a farmer, and a trustee of the Lawes Agricultural Trust at Rothamsted. I focus my remarks on the crucial agricultural research that that goes on in this country but which is for the benefit of farmers in the developing world, notably Africa. The UN believes that by 2030, one in every three births will be in Africa, and that by 2050, every other...

Flood and Water Management Bill: Second Reading (24 Feb 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner and a member of the CLA and NFU. These are quite modest interests compared with those of the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, but we on these Benches try our best. The Bill is relatively uncontroversial and is much needed to create certainty in an area in which the problems can get only worse in the decades to come. Furthermore, I believe that...

Written Answers — House of Lords: G8 (15 Mar 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funds they have or will commit to research over the next three years as part of the G8 $20 billion commitment for global food security which states "investment in and access to education, research, science and technologies should be substantially strengthened at national, regional and international level".

Rural Communities — Debate (15 Jul 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a farmer and countryman. It is very easy to stand up and moan about the way in which the countryside is treated by government. There is, after all, a lot to moan about. First, there is the shortage of affordable homes. Families are being torn apart by the unaffordability of housing. Secondly, public services are more expensive to deliver and,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Water Supply: UN Convention (28 Jul 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, which was co-sponsored by the United Kingdom in 1997; and, if so, when.

Tourism: UK Economy — Question (9 Nov 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, does the Minister agree that if tourism has a beneficial effect on the national economy, the £14 billion to £15 billion a year brought into the rural economy by tourism has proportionately an even more beneficial effect on rural communities and therefore deserves the special attention of the Government?

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (1 Dec 2010)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer and as an employer of staff in the West Country-not the county of Dorset, like the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, but next door in the county of Somerset. I had not really intended to get involved in this debate-I thought I would just let it wash on and see what came out-but I think that I should report to your Lordships from the real world of Somerset....

Forestry Commission — Debate (3 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer and woodland owner. It is clear that our woodlands are important to the people of the UK. In some areas, the timber they produce can be a vital part of the rural economy. The income forests provide from shooting is also important in some areas. Equally, as regards climate change, CO2 is locked up in timber, and if that timber goes into, say,...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (7 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, like many noble Lords, I have a great love for and affinity to our national parks. In my case, that probably stems from the fact that I was conceived at about the time of the legislation in 1949 and came into the world roughly when it received Royal Assent. However, in my capacity as chairman of the Countryside Agency, I have also had the privilege of overseeing the creation of two...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (7 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support these amendments. When I spoke at various stages of the Flood and Water Management Bill, it was mainly about the importance of the integrity of catchment management plans and of the local knowledge and understanding of water management in each and every catchment. A crucial part of that knowledge and understanding can be found in the IDBs. There are more than 130 IDBs,...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (7 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I wish to speak to the amendment on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. I first declare an interest as a past member of the JNCC. I am sure that the role it performs could be done better. In my time there, there was a view-not perhaps mine, because I was not necessarily involved-that the staff seconded to the JNCC by the various constituent bodies were not always the best that...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (9th Day) (9 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support this series of amendments. It is a pleasure to be speaking on this Bill in the early hours of the evening rather than in the early hours of the morning. All three political parties have committed themselves to putting in place a groceries code adjudicator, and this seems to be a golden opportunity to do so. It would make the Government popular with farmers, consumers and...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, the profitability of post offices, touched on by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and the need for a sustainable business plan, as set out in the last amendment, is important to me. It will come as no surprise that I come at this from the perspective of rural post offices, and it is here that I wish to probe the Government's plans. Amendment 22ZD, on a sustainable business plan, seems...

Agriculture: Farming — Question (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, on the innovation side of this Question, it is encouraging to note that the agricultural colleges seem to be attracting more students than in recent years. Can the Minister say how the Government are going to attract scientists into this area, which is very important? How are the Government going to give them the confidence to choose a career that will help us to solve one of the...


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