Results 361–366 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

Smoking: Churches and Cathedrals (16 Jul 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords—

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Regulations (18 Jun 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the issue is not just the plethora of new rules but also the fragmentation and duplication of Defra's administration. I farm in Norfolk. On my way here today, I counted at least10 Defra offices with which we in Norfolk have to deal. Heaven help you if there is a marginal difference between your calculation of a field size and Defra's. It will hold up your entire payment for months...

Agriculture: Farm Waste (14 Jun 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I rather dread the prospect of yet another army of inspectors. Last year, my farm had to pass five different inspections, which I thought was rather excessive. I suggested that only one inspector should come and look at compliance across all my farming activities. "No, no", laughed the inspector, "that would mean that us inspectors would have to go on endless courses to learn all...

Identity Cards (22 May 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, one of the arguments used by the retiring Prime Minister is that ID cards would help the police to solve the 900,000-plus unsolved crimes. If this is the case, and if the police are even half successful, what does the Prime Minister-in-waiting intend to do with these hundreds of thousands of newly convicted criminals? Send them, no doubt, to our already overcrowded prisons.

Waste Management: Fly-tipping (10 May 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the vast majority of local councils say that the annual ratcheting up of landfill tax has made and will make fly-tipping worse. Together with the cost of the waste carrier's licence, there are now proposals for a bin tax for households. Does the Minister agree that, with only 1 per cent of fly-tippers prosecuted, more will choose to avoid the escalating cost of legitimate disposal...

Housing: Affordable Rural Housing Commission (28 Mar 2007)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, given that 20 per cent of the population live in rural areas, why do they receive only 10 per cent of the funding from the Housing Corporation's affordable housing programme?


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