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Digital Understanding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the noble Baroness’s Motion is excellent for those who receive adequate broadband speed. For those who do not, it is meaningless. In answer to my recent Written Question on poor broadband speeds, the Minister said that in this Parliament, the universal service obligation would give “everyone” a “legal right” to request 10 megabits per second. He also said: “All homes and...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Rural Areas (21 Mar 2017)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the UK Digital Strategy published on 1 March, and their long-standing commitment to fast broadband, when all remote rural areas can expect to receive broadband speeds better than 1.5 megabits per second; and when they will implement the new Universal Service Obligation, announced on 6 December 2016, providing a legal right to request...

Male Abusive Behaviour - Question (8 Mar 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords—

Male Abusive Behaviour - Question (8 Mar 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I was very surprised to learn that as many as one in three victims of domestic violence are male. I have no doubt that male victims feel ashamed and embarrassed, and that they just will not be believed. Do male victims of abuse receive the same help, support and refuge facilities as women and if not, why not?

Rural Areas: Income - Question (7 Mar 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as it is National Apprenticeship Week, what are the Government doing to encourage apprenticeships in rural areas?

Business Rates: High Street Retailers - Question (17 Jan 2017)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, given that some businesses, especially in London and the south-east, as my noble friend said, will see rate increases of more than three or four times, how will the new transitional relief arrangements work?

Food Waste - Question (7 Dec 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, what is the annual cost to families of wasting food, and what are the environmental emission consequences of food wastage?

Universal Credit: Rent Arrears - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, during the passage of the recent welfare Act the Government were warned by several noble Lords from around the Chamber that, if they did not allow tenants to choose to have the rental part of their universal credit paid direct to their landlords, then rent arrears would increase. As the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, has just said, arrears are increasing dramatically, but at the time...

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 - Motion to Regret (4 Jul 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I find these regulations bizarre as far as vaping goes. They defy both logic and the evidence. Brussels believes that vaping could provide a gateway to smoking and that these tough new laws are necessary to protect non-smokers, particularly children, from using e-cigarettes. The evidence does not support that view. The Office for National Statistics has stated: “E-cigarettes are...

Immigration Bill — Report (2nd Day) (15 Mar 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Bates for tabling his government amendments. In my mind, it certainly makes the situation better, but maybe not perfect. I understand that the Government wish to tackle the rogue landlords who deliberately flout the law by knowingly taking in illegals as tenants. However, the Bill, as written, uses a sledgehammer to crack a nut by criminalising all...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Earl Cathcart: I think my noble friend has finally sat down. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, for supporting all the amendments. I only wish that the Minister’s response had been the same. Unfortunately, it was rather like a curate’s egg—good in parts. I thank her for agreeing to take away the idea of giving the information electronically. However, I am disappointed in her response to the other...

Housing and Planning Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the first two amendments are in the name of my noble friend Lord Flight, who, unfortunately, cannot be here today. I should declare that I am a landlord. My noble friend’s Amendment 24 provides that the relevant persons concept be removed, on the grounds that it is confusing and gives little or no protection to tenants. Where someone other than the tenant contributes to or pays in...

Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016 — Motion to Annul (24 Feb 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, in Committee on the Immigration Bill on 20 January, I said that I supported delaying the roll-out of the pilot scheme. I said: “I thought that the whole point of a pilot scheme was to ensure that what was being put forward was actually working as intended. However, as mentioned by the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants found that...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare that I am a landlord. I support Amendment 21, tabled by my noble friend Lord Flight. This is a bit of a hobbyhorse of mine, and I raised this exact solution on a Question last summer, when I said: “One of the problems is not knowing who the landlords are. Some suggest that there ought to be a national register of landlords, but the good ones might register while...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (27 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, has just said, under the old housing benefit scheme the tenant had the choice of the payment going to him or directly to the landlord. The Minister said that, under the new scheme, the, “position is for universal credit to be paid as a single monthly sum direct to the claimant; that is designed to mirror what would happen if the claimant was in...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: No, I am not aware of that. I understand that previously the Government have said that they want common sense to prevail. However, landlords, fearful of the potential consequences of getting something wrong, need further assurances. A simple amendment to the Bill can rectify this and make it clear that landlords will not commit a criminal offence where they have done everything possible to...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: I am sorry to interrupt again. I understand the issue about rogue landlords, and of course one wants to catch them and not the good landlords. Will the Minister say whether he will consider my idea of clear guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions? To that effect, I listed four things that he might consider.

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, before I speak to my Amendment 150, supported by my noble friend Lord Howard, I would like to support his two amendments. The first is Amendment 148A. As drafted, the Bill has no defence for a landlord who has done their best to check the immigration status of a tenant, or for a landlord who is caught out by an unscrupulous tenant. They are merely reliant on the Home Office not...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: I have a reservation. The Minister said that this is being done at the social housing level. However, it is relatively easy to get the message across to that sector because you just write to all the councils and tell them what it is. You cannot write to all the landlords because nobody knows who all the landlords are. There is no national register of landlords. I believe that is where the...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I support the amendment about delaying the rollout of the pilot scheme. This seems to focus on the likelihood of landlords potentially asking all those with foreign names or accents for evidence of their right to rent. I thought that the whole point of a pilot scheme was to ensure that what was being put forward was actually working as intended. However, as mentioned by the noble...


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