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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...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this is the first time I have spoken today, but I will try to be brief. I do not think that I can support this Bill, for the following reasons. We are told that this business is an emergency, but of course it is not. We have had nearly three years to prepare for it and the Government have assured us that they are ready to leave without an agreement if necessary. Indeed, more than...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Second Reading (4 Apr 2019)

Earl Cathcart: The result was still in favour of leaving with no deal. We are told that emergency legislation is necessary, but the reality is that the Prime Minister has already said that she will seek an extension beyond 12 April—so where is the emergency? The convention is that emergency legislation passed in one day has the consent of both Houses before being brought forward: in other words, it is...

Tobacco Harm Reduction - Question (2 Apr 2019)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, five years ago I smoked 50 cigarettes a day. Then I took up vaping and have not had a puff of tobacco since. Should the Government not do more to encourage smokers to switch to vaping?

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have not spoken in a Brexit debate until now because I did not think there was any point. What I might have said would have been said dozens of times before, and I do not suppose that whatever I say here today will have the slightest effect on the outcome. However, on this occasion, I wish to ask my noble friend the Minister a question. Before I start, I should say that I voted to...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Earl Cathcart: I think I have just explained exactly that point. Just because the first deal is unacceptable, does not mean that the next deal will be. Negotiations will continue. I was saying that I can understand the political reasons why No. 10 would want to keep Article XXIV under wraps, because talking about its possibility in public would reduce MPs’—and, indeed, noble Lords’—fears about no...

Agricultural Subsidies - Question (3 Dec 2018)

Earl Cathcart: Would my noble friend agree such environmental work has been undertaken by many farmers over many years? Some of the work is paid and some is not—like myself. Would he agree that food production must remain the prime objective for farmers, although not at any cost, obviously?

Brexit: Food Security - Question (20 Nov 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as a farmer I find the idea of food shortages if there is no deal both scaremongering and proven nonsense. Does my noble friend agree that domestic production plays a crucial role in our food security and that the high standards and quality of our produce is recognised both abroad and at home? Surely we should encourage people to buy British.

Vaping - Question (13 Nov 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, vaping has been a phenomenal success in helping millions of people like myself to stop smoking or to cut down. What plans does the Minister’s department has after Brexit to remove the restrictions imposed by the EU’s tobacco products directive?

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are about remembering all those—both men and women—who fought and died during the wars. It is often a very private remembrance for us to remember those in our own families who fought in the wars, some of whom died. The noble Baroness, Lady Scott of Needham Market, talked about research into our family histories. I have recently completed our...

Immigration: “Right to Rent” Scheme - Question (6 Jun 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, when the Bill went through this House, a number of us warned that the Government were turning landlords into unpaid and unqualified immigration officers as they now had to check on the immigration status of tenants or face penalties. As a landlord, I quite understand why landlords want to play it safe and rent only to people with bona fide UK passports, thus discriminating against...

Electronic Communications (Universal Service) (Broadband) Order 2018 - Motion to Regret (5 Jun 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend Lord Ashton of Hyde will know what I am going to say before I say it so I will not disappoint him—or the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson. I live in Norfolk and as in many other areas of the country, as everybody has said so far, we receive appalling broadband speeds. It is so bad that when Defra sends me a long farming document, I cannot download it, so I...

National Planning Policy Framework - Statement (6 Mar 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I remind noble Lords of my interests given in the register, especially as a landlord. Given that timber-framed homes can be built quicker than, and at half the cost of, traditional ones, and being carbon neutral they are better for the environment, what are the Government doing to encourage developers to build these homes, which are cheaper, more affordable and better for the...

Environment: 25-year Plan - Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2018)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, before I start I should declare that I have a farm, forestry and let houses. I think most people welcome this plan, in that it is wide-ranging in the number of areas covered, but it is short on detail. The plan is an ambition and it sets the direction of travel. It is to be welcomed for that but some NGOs are disappointed by the lack of consultation before the plan was published, so...

Smoking: Vaping - Question (19 Dec 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as my noble friend Lord Ridley said, vaping has been hugely successful in getting 2.8 million Brits—myself included—off smoking tobacco. Snus, however, has been even more successful in reducing tobacco use in Sweden: 5% of Swedes still smoke tobacco, compared with 16% of Britons and 24% across the EU states. Given the success and safety of snus, why can we not use it in this country?

Brexit: Non-chemical Farming Methods - Question (6 Nov 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as a farmer, can I ask the Minister whether he agrees that 25% to 75% of crops, depending on the crop, might be lost if no pesticides were used? Presumably, the alternative is to go for 100% GM crops.

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