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Agriculture and Food: Research Funding — Question for Short Debate (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner, and as a trustee of the Lawes Agricultural Trust. The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, John Beddington, has summed up the challenge for world agriculture by saying that by 2030, the world has to produce 50 per cent more food than it did in 2000, using less water, less energy, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and not...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (10th Day) (30 Mar 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: As this is my first intervention on this Bill, I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner, and as a former chairman of the Countryside Agency, which I am sure most Members of the Committee will know has responsibilities under the CROW Act and for the management of existing long-distance trails, including the south-west coast path. When I was chairman, we also created trails. As such, I...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The question of dogs is very important for the practical success of this part of the Bill. Leaving aside the vexed question of privacy, on the whole, responsible public access to land does not interfere with the normal practical use of that land. There are exceptions to that, the most obvious being where animals other than humans are involved; for example, where there is livestock such as...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I rise to speak to Amendment A357B. I have already declared my interest for the Committee stage of this Bill but if I was asked to choose a theme that I felt I most represented in this House it would probably be a vibrant rural economy. It is for that reason that I am generally in favour of access to the countryside, which brings billions of pounds every year into the rural economy. This was...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I rise to support these amendments, particularly Amendment A357A. I consider an appeals system to be the key to successful implementation of the Bill. As I made clear in my previous interventions, I very much favour greater access to our countryside. It has enormous benefits for the mental and physical health of our nation. With one or two exceptions, which I touched on when discussing dogs,...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The noble Lord, Lord Greaves, will not be surprised to hear me express doubts about the amendment. Of course Natural England will be involved in any proposed development that is likely to affect the coastal route, but I refer to the comments that I made a moment ago about the natural enthusiasm of those involved, which will inevitably steer Natural England to go for the option contained in...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I support Amendment A362N, which concerns signs. Many of us, including from the government Front Bench, have spoken on Part 9 and the importance of involving locals in the implementation of coastal access. The involvement—and support, where possible—of local authorities, parishes, landowners and farmers will be crucial to the effective operation of the whole initiative. If a local...

Common Fisheries Policy Report: Question for Short Debate (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, served on Sub-Committee D during this investigation. I do not know whether any of your Lordships have seen the film "The End of the Line", based on the book by Charles Clover, but, whatever one might think of each and every claim made therein, there is no denying the underlying message that we have too many fishing boats in the world, which with ever improving technology are...

Unemployment — Question (20 Oct 2009)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, do the Government intend to give more support to rural youngsters to enable them to get to work? In other words, do they intend to put more money behind the Wheels to Work schemes, which currently woefully lack most central government support?

Wine (15 Jan 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, the current EU wine regime typifies all that is bad about a subsidised and politically controlled industry. It costs approximately £1 billion a year and yet fails to address the problems that beset the industry and actually hampers, by its petty rules and restrictions, the ability of those involved successfully to trade their way into a sustainable future. The sad thing is that out...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Roads: A303 and A358 (19 Feb 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the postponement of an agreed scheme for the development of the A303 past Stonehenge, whether they maintain the commitment given in November 2004 by the then Secretary of State for Transport to support the main outcome of the south-west area multimodal study and develop a second strategic route to and from the south-west of England; and Further...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Transport: Somerset (19 Feb 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of proposals by the regional spatial strategy panel inspectors to build 63,000 new homes in Somerset by 2026, what plans they have to invest in the county's transport infrastructure between Taunton and Yeovil.

Post Offices (24 Apr 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Byford, for introducing this debate, because post offices are an essential part of many rural communities. They are a trusted source of a whole range of services, such as cash and banking for those who are financially excluded or those who still depend on a post office for their child benefit or pension payments. They also produce a significant...

Common Agricultural Policy (EUC Report) (5 Jun 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I serve on Sub-Committee D on Environment and Agriculture. I declare an interest as a farmer and landowner. I must also declare that for more than 20 years I have been lobbying to get the CAP reformed so that it addresses the problems of rural areas and represents all their population and not just the farmers. Even in the predominantly rural regions of the EU, agriculture's share of...

Planning Bill (15 Jul 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I should first declare an interest as a farmer, landowner, businessman, and chair of the Charities' Property Association. Secondly, I am supportive of the main purposes of the Bill. It does, however, still have some weaknesses. The desire to speed up major infrastructure projects can only be beneficial. Everyone will have their own favourite example of poor past performances, but...

Planning Bill (6 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: Before participating in the Committee I should declare an interest as a farmer, landowner, member of the CLA, NFU, RICS, RSPB and CPRE, and chairman of the Charities' Property Association. I think that covers it. The debate so far has largely centred upon who takes the ultimate decision, but there are many issues in the clauses. Taking the proposition of the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, that...

Planning Bill (6 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I shall use this group of amendments to probe the Minister more generally as to the type of person to be appointed an IPC commissioner. I know that the next group of amendments is about a specific commissioner with design credibility and that, in her response to the previous debate, the Minister said that commissioners would be neither agents nor representatives of interests. I was glad to...

Planning Bill (6 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I add my support for this group of amendments. Design is very important in relation to a road, a harbour or a big infrastructure project, and often the relationship between the buildings in a larger project can make all the difference to the acceptability of largely bad-neighbour projects. The worse the bad-neighbour project is, the greater the need for good design.

Planning Bill (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: moved Amendment No. 33: Clause 5, page 3, line 4, leave out "Secretary of State" and insert "Sustainable Development Commission"

Planning Bill (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: In speaking to Amendments Nos. 33 and 59 in this group, and as this is my first intervention on the subject of the national policy statements, I shall start by reiterating what I said at Second Reading. This section on the national policy statements is, in my view, the most important part of the Bill; it is what will make the Bill work in speeding up nationally important infrastructure...


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