Results 141–160 of 253 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Written Answers — House of Lords: Horn of Africa (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will put in place to ensure that the money spent through the United Nations World Food Programme in the Horn of Africa goes to where it is most needed.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Horn of Africa (20 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the head of the United Nations World Food Programme about emergency food distribution in the Horn of Africa.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Africa (6 Sep 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments in East Africa about the marginalisation of pastoralist communities and their vulnerability to food insecurity.

Localism Bill: Report (5th Day) (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise to speak to my Amendment 203ZA and to ask one or two questions about the Government's new amendments and proposals. However, before doing so, I should like to thank the Government for listening to the debate and to the concerns of this House in Committee, and for listing to the numerous comments they have received from outside bodies. In particular, I thank the noble Baroness...

Defra: Research and Development — Question (20 Oct 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, given the desperate need for better agricultural extension in the UK, does the Minister agree that this is as much about learning the lessons of environmental best practice-I refer particularly to soil degradation in this context-as it is about agricultural invention? If we wish the growth in the nation's agricultural productivity to continue, we must better align environmental...

Localism Bill: Third Reading (31 Oct 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I strongly support this amendment, and in doing so I must declare an interest as a farmer. We are plagued by litter from cars down in Somerset where I come from. It does not tend to be what I would call black-bag-type litter, although that is sometimes worse because the bags are thrown out of cars and explode and the litter goes all over the field in a real mess and is very...

International Development: Sanitation and Water — Question for Short Debate (19 Mar 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, my intervention is slightly tangential to the main thrust of the right reverend Prelate's Question, but I thank him very much for giving me the opportunity to make it. I want to talk about water as the source of food and possible conflict in the developing world. I realise that lack of access to proper sanitation and safe water kills about 1.5 million children every year, but I want...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment. Restorative justice is an important tool to have in your kitbag when trying to prevent or mend the effects of crime. It is not a soft option; rather, it is an economic option with extremely good, tried-and-tested results. In Somerset, where I come from, we had a scheme that ran for five years, from 2005 to 2010. The plan was that the scheme would expand and...

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (17 May 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I want to talk about African agriculture. When I say "Africa", please read "sub-Saharan Africa" for the sake of brevity. Africa contains 13% of the world's population but 25% of its undernourished people. It contains 23 out of 30 of the world's least developed countries. Of its population, 80% depends on agriculture and 70% of these farmers are women. If one can focus on turning...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN Watercourses Convention (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date the United Kingdom will accede to the United Nations Watercourses Convention, in the light of the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister at the Rio conference in June that the United Kingdom intends to do so.

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I first declare my interest as a farmer. I put my name to the amendment because it is important that we remain as flexible and light on our feet as possible in changing circumstances in this area. The effectiveness of the groceries code adjudicator is dependent on the effectiveness of the code. Both are equally important. It is surprising that while the adjudicator and his role are...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am not so certain about this amendment-in fact, I think that I oppose it. If your Lordships have ever been involved in the appointment of a public post you will know that the criteria are very strict and there are many hurdles to be jumped, with independent assessors sticking strictly to the criteria and two or three interviews. I therefore think that this extra hurdle is an...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I too am not convinced by any of these amendments, and I support the noble Lord, Lord Razzall, in that. The amendment undermines the point of the Bill and the adjudicator; there is currently an imbalance between the power of the various parties involved in the food supply chain which the Bill tries to redress. Thus, to tie the hands of the adjudicator in this way is not particularly...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I put my name to Amendment 15 because I am very much in favour of the immediate application of financial penalties where, after due process, a clear breach of the code has emerged. I do not believe that merely naming and shaming will have any effect at all. Supermarkets know that, in the short term, their customers shop with them largely because they are local. Why would the...

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [HL] Report: Report (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am all in favour of sunset clauses for quangos and for posts that are created. I believe it is right that such posts and bodies should be reviewed from time to time to see whether they are fulfilling their purpose or their effectiveness. However, it is also right that they should be reviewed under a proper procedure and consultation with all the relevant parties including...

Isles of Scilly: Helicopter Services — Question (24 Oct 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, are the Government aware that the cost of transport to the Isles of Scilly is four times more expensive than that from the mainland to the Scottish islands over an equivalent distance? As a result, businesses and the tourist industry in the Scilly Isles are suffering badly and are in rapid decline when compared with those industries in the Scottish islands. The total absence of a...

Millennium Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to be speaking in this debate. The focus of the development agenda post-2015 should be on the empowerment of people in the developing world. There was always an element within the MDGs of top-down western Governments and NGOs saying what they believed was needed by the people in developing countries. Inevitably, it remains a problem in a debate such as this. Of...

EUC Report: EU Freshwater Policy — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2012)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, there is no doubt that water is a valuable commodity. Sadly, we cannot yet control the amount that falls from the sky. Speaking as a farmer in the south-west of England in 2012, I can only say, "I wish!". But, even after so much rain, we still do not value our water enough in this country. I believe that we have now reached the stage where the UK needs to introduce compulsory...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I am totally supportive of this clause, but I am vague about how it will work as it is without any form of back-up information. It may be my ignorance of the planning system because I come to it from, as it were, the other side of the desk as an applicant rather than a local authority or planning officer. I am particularly concerned about small developments in rural areas, and here...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Jan 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, perhaps I could ask a question about this amendment. It seems to me that one of the underlying concepts behind Clause 6 is that some affordable housing is better than none. In my opinion, that concept applies in spades, as it were, in rural areas and villages. In the current economic circumstances I worry about the ability to build rural affordable housing on exception sites. Of...


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