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Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I declare that I have been a local councillor for 10 years and a member of a number of conservation and sporting bodies, including the Game Conservancy Trust, the BASC and the Salmon and Trout Association. While we sympathise with the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, regarding the number of people on the board of the MMO, it raises the question of just how many people should...

Committee (1st Day)(Continued) (12 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We, of course, agree with the amendments tabled by my noble friend Lord Kingsland, which follow on from Amendment 9. That amendment was slightly shot down by the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, who said that it was not nearly strong enough and that the MMO must have proper scientific advice available to it to deal with all the technicalities. The noble Lord, Lord Greenway, said on Amendment 9 that...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: This is the last group of amendments to Clause 2. Amendment 52 introduces a timeframe for the guidance which the Secretary of State is required to issue to the MMO under Clause 2(3). Rather than leaving the timescale open, it requires that guidance should be issued within one year of the MMO being established and the guidance should then be reviewed at unspecified intervals. The Bill is...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: When I moved this, I thought that it would be a quick and easy debate—but obviously it never is. I was reassured by the Minister saying that it was not necessary to legislate, because there will be guidance from the day the MMO is created. However, we then move on to the skeleton MMO, which is being formed beforehand. Presumably there will be some sort of skeleton guidance produced for...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for that, which is where we will have to leave this. I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, was satisfied with the answer he got to his part of the amendment. For my part, I was. I should also like to thank the Minister for his helpful response to my noble friend Lord Kingsland when he referred to the thread running through the various organisations. I beg leave to...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: In moving Amendment 59 and speaking to Amendment 61, we seek to clarify the relationship between the Infrastructure Planning Committee—the IPC—and the MMO. As the Bill stands, this relationship is, at best, woolly. I am afraid that "woolly" is what I have written here again. We have heard "flabby" and "fuzzy"; certainly this relationship is unclear. There is no mention of this...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for that full reply. I am not sure that it is the reply that the Committee wanted. I congratulate him on obtaining consensus in the Committee because most Members felt that there must be some sort of mechanism when the cumulative effects of the human activity are so great that it is damaging to the ecosystem. Most people felt that somehow the MMO was the ideal vehicle to...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We support this amendment, which was very ably put by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller. We support the great effects of flexibility and cannot understand why the Government rejected joint committees of two or more local authorities. Perhaps the Minister can explain the reasons behind this blanket rejection. Surely if the circumstances are applicable, it must be correct to allow functions to be...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I am almost lost for words, not—I hasten to add—having listened to the noble Lord's amendment, but because my speaking note is extremely brief. It is one line which says, "This all seems fairly sensible and uncontroversial. Stand up and support", so here I am. Before I support the amendment, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Greenway, on chairing the Joint Committee and producing that...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (28 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: With this group of amendments we are moving into Part 3, Marine Planning. All the following groups of amendments, including this one, are necessary because, as the Bill stands, there is a huge lack of clarity. We broadly support the probing nature of the amendments put by the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, but, in particular, the requirement for a strategic environment assessment, SEA, that should...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (28 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness raises a number of important points. I am sure there is no intention on the Government's part to produce inconsistent policies, but with so many departments involved and different marine policy statements and national policy statements being produced, it would be extremely surprising if Ministers did not occasionally feel that their desired outcomes did not mesh as well as...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (28 Jan 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for tabling the amendments. The most important is the first in the group. Amendment 85B would insert a duty on the Secretary of State and the policy authorities to produce the marine policy statement, rather than leaving it open as an option—although I am sure that that is not the Government's intention. There is a strong possibility that disagreements...

Housing — Question (5 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I rent out property. There are now more than one million families struggling with their mortgages, more than one and a quarter million families trapped in negative equity and one and three quarter million on the homeless waiting list. The Government say they are doing all they can on repossessions, but the reality is that repossessions have doubled, led, incidentally, by the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: This group of amendments follows on naturally from the discussions we had in our last day in Committee. I thank the noble Baroness for giving us the opportunity to probe this area. She is quite right that it is to be hoped that no authority would withdraw from an MPS, but that it would instead continue to operate in co-ordination with the Secretary of State and the other authorities. The...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I admire the Minister's resolve and confidence that the Government will obtain complete consensus when it comes to the MPS. I am not sure that he answered my question about the role of the MMO. Should I be adding that to my list of six?

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I tabled the amendments to probe a little further the differences between the procedures set out in the Planning Act 2008 and this Bill. In particular, Amendments 85CA and 85DBA concern a sustainability appraisal when the marine policy statement is produced or reviewed. When I read Clause 44, on the review of the MPS, it surprised me that it consisted of only one sentence. That prompted me to...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: That was an interesting debate, on which I have a number of points to make. First, if I were cheeky enough to ask Members of the Committee to write down what they think is the objective of the marine policy statement, having read the relevant clause, we would get a number of different answers, as the Bill is far from clear. Secondly, the Minister did not address the review of the MPS, which...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for setting that out quite clearly. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 85CA withdrawn. Clause 43 agreed. Clause 44: Review of statement Amendment 85D Moved by Baroness Hamwee 85D: Clause 44, page 22, leave out lines 26 and 27 and insert— "(1) For so long as an MPS is in effect, the policy authority must keep under review each of the matters referred to in...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: Again, I agree with the general thrust of these amendments and I hope that the Minister will carefully consider the noble Baroness's concerns. Every five years is certainly not too often for the MPS to be reviewed. In five years, if everything has gone as the Government think it will, the MMO will be up and running, the marine plans should be rolled out, and the marine conservation zones will...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (10 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, has raised some interesting points and I look forward to hearing the Minister's response. While we are on the matter of the statement of public participation, I should like to seek clarification in a number of areas. First, am I correct in assuming that there is just one SPP for the whole of the UK and not separate ones for each of the devolved powers?...


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