Results 121–140 of 253 for speaker:Lord Cameron of Dillington

Localism Bill: Committee (6th Day) (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise, at last, to speak in this clause stand part debate. I shall speak to whether all the clauses in Chapter 4 of Part 4 should stand part of the Bill. In some ways I am glad that I did not get to speak on Tuesday. Our debate then and some of the statements that have just been made confirm my view that I might have a solution to everyone's concerns. Before I set out my position,...

Localism Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (5 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I have had a note from the government Front Bench saying, "Do say what you wanted to say", but I believe that it is far too late at this time of night for me to say what I wanted to say. Like all good bedtime stories, as in The Arabian Nights, I will leave the next episode until we meet again.

Localism Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (5 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The Minister has set out in detail her view of Chapter 4. I have a completely opposing view of it. I have put my name to the stand part of every single clause to set out an imposing view at this early stage before we get into the detailed amendments. Is that in order, or does the Minister want to take some detailed amendments first?

Localism Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (5 Jul 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: On the whole of Chapter 4? At which stage? After the first amendment?

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I support the right reverend Prelate in his intention to oppose the clause standing part. In so doing, as this is the first occasion on which I have spoken in this Committee stage, I declare all my interests as a landowner and farmer and, in this instance, as chairman of the Charities' Property Association, whose membership includes many charities that either have property as part...

Courts: Magistrates' Courts — Question (14 Jun 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, will the Minister please inform the House about the extent of the work of the rural proofing team in the Ministry of Justice? Is this team calculating in detail the extra cost to the customer-witnesses, defendants and victims-of accessing justice in centres which are now sometimes 30 or 40 miles away and to which there is usually no public transport? In other words, how do you...

Localism Bill: Second Reading (7 Jun 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I must first declare an interest as a landowner and farmer and as chairman of the Charities' Property Association. This is a large and complicated Bill, and there are many sentiments behind it of which I approve, but today I shall restrict my remarks to the chapters on planning and communities. Here, there are opportunities but also, I believe, considerable dangers. The Bill is what...

Agriculture: Regulation — Question for Short Debate (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I also declare an interest as a farmer. In my allotted three minutes, I have two points to make. First, there is no doubt that regulation has helped UK consumers to develop greater confidence in the quality of their agricultural products and the way that we, as farmers, produce them. Taken individually, most regulations and audits have the sensible purpose of protecting the...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: I very much support the amendment. The noble Lord, Lord Judd, referred to the quality of our national parks. We all consider them to be an essential characteristic of this nation, and the benefits that they bring to our urban and rural societies are huge. To my mind, their quality depends very much on the maintenance of the very delicate balance between local and national interests, which...

Adapting to Climate Change: EU Agriculture and Forestry (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (24 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a farmer, as a Lawes trustee at Rothamsted Research Station and as the new chairman of the Government's global food security strategy board. I was not on Sub-Committee D at the time of this report, so I come at the subject only from the evidence of my own experience, and I hope that your Lordships will forgive me if I extend my horizons slightly wider...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I should have declared before speaking to the last amendment that I have an interest as a farmer and landowner. I also declare for this amendment that I am an ex-chair of the Countryside Agency and an ex-rural advocate. I am not sure that being an "ex" anything is a declarable interest but it probably helps if everybody knows where I am coming from. The Commission for Rural...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: My Lords, I rise to oppose the amendment. The noble Baroness, Lady Quin, says that her amendment has some support in the agricultural industry and that the Agricultural Wages Board's pronouncements are a good benchmark that the agricultural industry and others use. Both those statements are true; it is frightfully easy for farmers and others to give no thought to what they pay their workers...

Transport: Penzance and Isles of Scilly Ferry Service — Question (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Cameron of Dillington: The situation is even worse than the noble Lord thinks. The helicopter company that provides the link between Penzance and the Scilly Isles has just sold its Penzance airport to Sainsbury's and has yet to find another site.

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...

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...

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...

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 (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, 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...

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,...


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