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

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A303 (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current timetables for the development of the A303 from Stonehenge to Taunton, including making it a dual carriageway.

Ebola — Question (4 Feb 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, do the Government have any plans for a post-Ebola crisis in Africa? Owing to transport and communications breakdown and to movement restrictions, farmers have not been able to sell last year’s harvest and they therefore do not have the cash to buy the inputs for the following year’s harvest. Therefore, it is at the next harvest—that is, this year—when the real nutritional...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (3 Feb 2015)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I have added my name to Amendment 17. I declare an interest as a farmer in Somerset with rights of way on my land. Like the Minister, I am a great enjoyer of our rights of way across the country. I will not repeat all I said in Committee about this being a deregulatory amendment, but it does have the potential dramatically to reduce the administrative work of the local highway...

EU: Counting the Cost of Food Waste (EUC Report) — Question for Short Debate (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer. I must admit to being on the committee, and I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, for her good work in this area, both in the run-up to our report and subsequent to it. I want to examine this subject from the point of view of one of the world’s biggest problems: how are we going to feed the 9.5 billion people who will inhabit the planet by...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a farmer and a landowner. I must also congratulate the noble Earl on introducing this debate to the House. Why is the rural economy important for the UK? Well, it is worth £348 billion. As was said by the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, there are various figures, but that is the highest I have seen. It is a huge amount. The countryside also hosts...

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (25 Jun 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, is there a possibility that the Government might reconsider their methodology of culling? Instead of having people running around firing guns at night, they might consider using gas, which is heavier than air in badger setts during the day. That seems to be much safer and much more efficient.

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Second Reading (18 Jun 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare my interests as a farmer and landowner. This is an interesting Bill and it must have been an interesting conversation deciding what to call it, considering the wide variations in its parts. However, the kernel of the Bill is that the continuous modernisation of our national infrastructure is important to our economy and social well-being. It is an unfortunate fact of...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I apologise that I did not manage to get in before the Labour Front Bench. Before the excellent exposition by the noble Earl, Lord Cathcart, I had no detailed knowledge of the technical benefits brought about by this amendment. However, I do know about the vital importance of the role of IDBs in the land drainage sector, both as a former chairman of the CLA water committee, who was...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I understand what the noble Lord is saying but the problem is that the tenant does not have an insurable interest. He cannot insure the property. No insurance company would accept his insurance of a property in which he is only a tenant.

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, this is a very mild amendment to which I certainly would have added my name if I had become aware of it in time. There is no doubt that the exclusion of the leasehold and rental sector is the worst lacuna of the current Flood Re scheme. I understand the original political thought process-that professional landlords should not be helped to overcome their flood insurance problems by...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the amendment. I do not have quite as many questions as the noble Earl, Lord Lytton, but I have a similar sense of the injustice and unfairness that are implicit within the Flood Re scheme. I am not quite sure what the opposite of taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut is, but perhaps it is taking a bucket to stop a flood or maybe it is using the current Flood Re scheme to...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I strongly support this amendment. Indeed, I strongly support the fracking industry. We need to pursue all possible energy options at a time of high-energy costs and uncertain energy sources. The crisis in Ukraine is perhaps a sharp reminder of Europe's unwise overreliance on Russian gas. Furthermore, when visiting Brussels to investigate EU energy policy it was made clear to us on...

Water Bill — Report (1st Day) (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, in supporting my noble friend Lord Oxburgh I realise that we are swimming against an overwhelming political current here. However, it is sometimes the duty of Cross-Benchers to point out the political follies of some of the main parties in this House. It is clear to me from having spoken to many Members of this House—including some very important Members, many of whom are here...

Water Bill — Report (1st Day) (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest for the purposes of Report, in that I am a farmer with abstraction licences on my farm. I support Amendments 59 and 60, which ensure that de-averaging on the basis of geographic location is outlawed in the Bill. The delivery of water in a civilised, developed country should be a universal right. That is not to say that it comes free for anyone, but that all the...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I believe this to be a very important amendment, and I am very glad to follow the noble Lord, Lord Phillips. As some noble Lords will know, I spend some of my time visiting African developing countries with a view to promoting agriculture, and smallholder agriculture in particular, as a tool for development. While I am there, often on parliamentary visits, I meet parliamentarians in...

Water Bill — Committee (1st Day) (4 Feb 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, it seems strange to be talking about possible water shortages and abstraction reform in one of the wettest Januarys since records began. I remind noble Lords that January is named after the Roman double-headed god, Janus. If one head is pointing to the climate change extreme of floods, the other is undoubtedly pointing to drought. I am not certain that either this group of...

Water Bill — Committee (1st Day) (4 Feb 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, as this is the first time I have intervened in Committee, I declare an interest as a farmer with abstraction licences. Even though I come from Somerset, my farmland is not yet flooded. However, if the current rains continue, it is unlikely that I will be able to say that on Report. I want to back up the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, who said that she could not understand why we...

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I declare an interest as a farmer in possession of two abstraction licences. Also, not to be totally outdone by the Minister, I must own to having several fields that frequently lie under water, particularly this month. On the whole, I think that this is a good Bill which is much needed to ensure that our watercourses, our water supplies, our water environment and our water...

Energy Bill — Third Reading (19 Nov 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, hotfoot from Ethiopia, I rise to support this amendment. Unlike the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, I believe that this is a fallback amendment which cannot in any way harm either the general thrust or the detail of the Government’s policy, as spelled out in the Bill. As I said on Report, and the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, has made amply clear this afternoon, the Secretary of State...

Energy Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Nov 2013)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support all the amendments in this group, as well as the amendments to which I have put my name. Last week we had our debate on the need to open up all sectors of the electricity industry to more competition. We on our side of the amendment were surprised at the reluctance of the Government to acquiesce enthusiastically to what we were proposing. We were even more surprised when...


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