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Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The wording of Clause 83 comes straight out of the Food and Environment Protection 1985, which is a very small Act with fewer than 30 sections, unlike this Bill which has 300 or so clauses. I have been involved in the London insurance market for more than 25 years. I should like to think that the loss of cargo, together with the cost of clean-up and other related liabilities, was covered by...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I tabled my opposition to Clauses 88 and 103 standing part of the Bill in order to ask some probing questions about the concept of remediation notices. I know that the Minister has already moved government Amendments 48 to 51 to Clause 88, but the clause is rather light on the detail of what remediation steps might be required of a licence holder and the Explanatory Notes do not go much...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for his reply and especially for restating the Government's position on the IPC. One of our arguments in moving the amendments on the IPC was that the Planning Act ought to be amended. The Minister said that we could not possibly amend that Act because it had just been passed, but on page 243 of the Bill I see more than a page of amendments to it. So, obviously, it is...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I am not sure that we disposed of it. I think that we will have to come back to it. In any event, I do not want to continue that debate now. We thought that our amendments were technical, too. Be that as it may, on this clause, I thank the Minister for saying that DECC will be advised by the MMO, which is a useful step forward, and that it will respect the conservation zones, which is also...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I am grateful to the Minister for agreeing to come back to us on it. Clause 74, as amended, agreed. Clause 75: Special procedure for applications relating to harbour works Debate on whether Clause 75 should stand part of the Bill.

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We talked at length about the relationship between the IPC and the MMO when debating Amendment 59 and subsequent amendments. It seems that the Government's position is that the MMO will only advise the IPC, but nothing in the Bill says what will happen if the IPC ignores this advice. I do not propose to go over the arguments yet again but the consensus of the Committee was that the MMO's...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I tabled my clause stand part to raise many of the issues that the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, has already raised in speaking to his rather more precise amendments. Although we would support sensible simplification of the licence regime and the resultant reduction in bureaucracy, cost and delay, we need to ensure that nothing slips through the net. I am sorry that the noble Baroness, Lady Young,...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (23 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Lord, Lord Greenway, has tabled interesting amendments, which we support. It is important that it is made absolutely clear that it is an offence if international agreements are not complied with, and that this should mean referral to the courts. Will the Minister tell us whether this is the case? We have already spoken in our debate on Amendment 73 about the importance of guidance...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (23 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I would like some clarification on who says no. I understand the Minister's argument but what I do not understand—it may be me being naive—is, if the Department of Energy and Climate Change is doing oil and gas installations at sea, the IPC is doing the over-100 megawatt installations and the MMO is granting other licences, who is saying, "Hang on a minute. There's too much activity in...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (23 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I do not buy that at all. It was not resolved in the Planning Bill. During proceedings on the Planning Bill the Minister said that the MMO would be able to say no to an application of the IPC. When we came to discuss it in this Bill, the Minister slightly changed his attitude on how the MMO would be able to say no to a planning application of the IPC. I agree with the noble Baroness: I do not...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (23 Feb 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We have already spent some time dwelling on the relationship between the MMO and the IPC. It is clear that the issue of the relationship between land and sea, development and conservation, planning and protection, and who should be in charge of each of these sectors, is one of the major themes of the Bill. I declare my full support for all that has been said by the noble Baronesses, Lady...

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

Earl Cathcart: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, for moving the amendment. Those of us who were at the helpful devolution briefing and who have looked at the maps will understand that the more we delve into the issue of devolution and different authorities, the more complex the question becomes. A quick look at the map shows that for the UK part of the Irish Sea at least four separate plans could be...

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

Earl Cathcart: I join the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, in expressing concern that the terms "reasonably practicable" and "reasonable period" are neither strong nor clear enough. Could the Minister tell us how he would define these terms? Does he have a suitable timeframe in mind? If so, does he not agree that it would be better to put it in the Bill? Moreover, I suggest that if he cannot tell us how he...

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

Earl Cathcart: Clause 46(8)(b) seems to state that the construction of marine plans must not be delayed or interrupted even though the MPS is no longer relevant for a particular country withdrawing from the MPS, or for all countries if the Secretary of State withdraws from the MPS. I wish to make two points. First, Clause 49(5) states: "A marine plan must be in conformity with any MPS" I know that the next...

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

Earl Cathcart: That was a very good debate. I thank the Minister for agreeing to reconsider Amendment 85K on the relevant period for the consultation draft. If I heard him rightly, he said that the final text would be laid before the appropriate legislature for scrutiny, as per our second amendment. However, the Minister's response to our third amendment, Amendment 86A, was rather predictable. It was what...

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

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for correcting me. I will need to read exactly what has been said in this useful and wide-ranging debate before proceeding further. Perhaps we will need to come back to the point. At this stage, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 85K withdrawn. Amendments 86 and 86A not moved. Amendment 86B Moved by Baroness Hamwee 86B: Schedule 5, page 229, line 20, after...

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

Earl Cathcart: When taking the Planning Bill—it is now an Act—through this House in the previous Session, one of the most important debates we had was on the parliamentary scrutiny of national policy statements. The amendments in this group give the Committee the opportunity to revisit some of those arguments in relation to marine policy statements. The amendments are designed to probe the period in...

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?...

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...


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