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Farmers: Flooding Compensation - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords—

Farmers: Flooding Compensation - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am a farmer and luckily my crops are all planted, but many farmers are not so lucky, with fields that have been underwater since October. Even fields that have not flooded are too wet now to plant. Many farmers find it very difficult to get any information on the flood recovery scheme and to know whether they are eligible. What are the Government going to do to help them?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Report (7th Day) (Continued): Amendment 247 (13 Sep 2023)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have houses for rental on my farm in Norfolk and in London. Sadly, I have been caught up in the restrictions. In March 2022, I proposed to convert two redundant barns into houses, but my council wrote to me to say that Natural England was blocking all developments because of nutrient neutrality restrictions. Further, the council said that at the present time, there were no...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Housing: Construction (22 Jun 2023)

Earl Cathcart: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Home Builders Federation Planning for Economic and Social Failure, published in March 2023, and its finding that Natural England's advice regarding nutrient neutrality and water neutrality potentially reduce new housing supply by 43,000 units.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Housing: Construction (19 Jun 2023)

Earl Cathcart: To ask His Majesty's Government why Natural England have continued to block development for new homes since March 2022 in over 70 local planning authority areas.

Post Office Executives: Bonuses - Commons Urgent Question (11 May 2023)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I live three miles from the market town of Fakenham. The post office has been virtually closed for nearly four years. Surely the executives should provide a service that Fakenham and other communities need. Any bonus should be linked to providing that service.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Forestry (30 Nov 2022)

Earl Cathcart: To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to creating a plan for both (1) new, and (2) existing, forests, and all tree species, that enables the UK forestry industry to (a) measure, and (b) value, carbon for owners, in order to (i) enhance and develop management of existing forestry, and (ii) encourage and incentivise the planting of new trees; and what assessment...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Timber: Construction (30 Nov 2022)

Earl Cathcart: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the Forestry Commission report Sustainable construction timber: sourcing and specifying local timber, published in 2016, that “timber-framed construction currently accounts for 75 per cent of new housing in Scotland, while the comparable figure for the UK as a whole is 25 per cent”; and what steps they intend...

Avian Influenza - Statement ( 3 Nov 2022)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have 16,000 birds at my farm and the problem is the compensation. It is being paid only for birds that remain alive at the time of culling. We have heard of delays in culling because of vets et cetera so there could be very few birds still alive when the vet arrives. A producer had 10,000 birds and had lost all but 200 by the time the vets arrived so there was no compensation for...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nature Conservation: Property Development ( 6 Jul 2022)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government why Natural England has imposed up to a one year moratorium on developments for over 40 councils in England.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Nature Conservation: Property Development ( 5 Jul 2022)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Natural England will provide a solution to foul water and nutrient neutrality issues which will permit developments in affected areas to proceed.

Written Answers — The Senior Deputy Speaker: Catering and Retail Services (HL): Eggs (15 Dec 2021)

Earl Cathcart: To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the House of Lords Catering and Retail Services have been sourcing egg products from (1) Belgium, or (2) any other non-UK country; and what commitment they have, if any, to only sourcing eggs from British Lion producers.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Buildings: Solar Power (17 Nov 2021)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all new (1) homes, and (2) industrial and commercial buildings, to have sufficient solar panels to meet the energy demands of that building.

Smoking Cessation: Prescription of E-cigarettes - Commons Urgent Question ( 2 Nov 2021)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I used to smoke over 50 cigarettes a day but, in 2014, I transferred to using e-cigarettes. I have not had a puff of tobacco since, and I find that my health and breathing are so much better now. This is surely a very good thing; it should be encouraged.

Environment Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 92 (13 Sep 2021)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this is the first time that I have spoken on this Bill. I know that convention says that one should not speak on Report if one has not been involved in the previous stages of a Bill, but there are mitigating circumstances. I have such appalling broadband strength in Norfolk that though I can send and receive emails, due to the lack of broadband, invariably they are not received on...

Fisheries Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 Feb 2020)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lady McIntosh. When I was about nine or 10, my father took me from our home on the River Dart in Devon to Brixham harbour to watch the fishing fleet leaving port on the tide. There were dozens and dozens—it seemed like hundreds to me—of trawlers fanning out to sea to their favourite fishing spots. It is a sight that I have never...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (29 Jan 2020)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, before I start, I should say that I farm in Norfolk and that I am in receipt of these payments. As my noble friend Lord Gardiner has already so eloquently explained, when we leave the EU on Friday, the EU rules that allow these payments will no longer apply to Britain. Due to a peculiarity of EU basic payment funding, the 2020 payments are funded out of the EU’s 2021 budget year....

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Business Premises: Solar Power (26 Jun 2019)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for requiring all new industrial and commercial buildings to include extensive solar panel coverage on their roofs.

Ash Dieback - Question (25 Jun 2019)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have a high percentage of ash on my farm, but so far only a small percentage has been affected, which I find puzzling but gratifying. Given that ash dieback has now spread to all counties, what advice is Defra giving to those with ash on their land?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power: Faversham (19 Jun 2019)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposed construction of a solar farm near Faversham by Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd, in particular the impact of that development on the (1) local environment, in particular Graveney Marshes, (2) wildlife, and (3) availability of farmland; and what consideration they have given to the representations by local residents made...


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