Results 61–80 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this is the first time that I have spoken on this Bill on Report, so I should declare that I live in a band H property on my farm in Norfolk, I have a bore hole and I have spent about 30 years working and underwriting in the insurance industry. I am happy with these government amendments, but will the Minister clarify government Amendment 90L to Clause 70? I am afraid that I did not...

Water Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I will speak to Amendment 160A. I will be interested to hear the Minister’s response to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, but I shall speak to the amendment as it is written. The Flood Re scheme should be eligible for all houses built and occupied before its introduction. We live in a blame society. Even now, the media are trying to pin the blame for the current...

Water Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friends Lord Moynihan and Lady Parminter on tabling Amendment 155, as it has given us a good chance to debate flood insurance for businesses, whether in Flood Re or in another mutual set up specifically. We are all under pressure to include small businesses under the Flood Re scheme. That is quite understandable. If I had a business in a flood risk area, I...

Water Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am very nervous about these amendments, probing as they are. Flood Re has one aim: to provide flood insurance for those people who cannot buy it at the moment. The first year or two will be very difficult until it has built up its reserves, provided that there are not too many claims in those early years. However, I am very nervous about the suggestion that Flood Re ought to spend...

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (6 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: I thank my noble friend for correcting my wrong conclusion that the power lies with Ofwat. I should probably change my question to ask what the Secretary of State is going to do to change his attitude in this regard.

Water Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (6 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, when preparing to speak to this amendment, I was going to support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, but having listened to the debate so far, I find myself supporting both amendments. I support in particular the part of the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Oxburgh, which states that, “the Secretary of State shall be authorised to allow metering … in areas...

Prisons: Deaths of Young People — Question (6 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, will legal aid be available following a death in custody if there is an inquiry?

Water Bill — Committee (1st Day) (4 Feb 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I declare that I farm in Norfolk, I live in a band H property, I have a bore hole for domestic use and I have spent about 30 years working and underwriting in the London insurance market. I want to talk about two aspects. One is bringing all abstraction licences in line with today’s rules, conditions and requirements, and the other is abstraction charges. At Second Reading I said...

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on bringing forward this Bill. We all take water for granted but we should not because it is our most precious resource. Until now, 95% of the water we get goes straight into the sea. I think that everyone welcomes making it a primary duty of Ofwat to secure the long-term resilience of water supply and sewerage systems. But should there not be a...

Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should like to start with the assumption that the Government’s primary objective for energy must be to ensure that it is available and affordable. Self-sufficiency, sustainability, energy security and green energy are equally admirable aims but they are in my opinion secondary to the primary objective. It is no good achieving any of these secondary objectives if energy is not...

Energy: Biofuels — Question (27 Mar 2013)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, will increasing the use of biofuels increase or decrease the price at the pumps?

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Third Reading (20 Mar 2013)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I farm in Norfolk. The noble Lord, Lord Whitty, argues his case well, as he always does. He calls for yet another impact assessment of the effect of the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board on the agricultural economy and on the wages and conditions of those who work in the sector. I am afraid that I do not agree with his arguments, as I do not see the point of yet another...

Civil Aviation Bill — Report (7 Nov 2012)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am by and large happy with the government amendments in this group and will talk particularly to Amendments 1 and 7. The wording is not precisely what we asked for, but my noble friend Lord Attlee has clearly listened to the arguments expressed in Committee, on all sides, and has gone a long way to addressing these concerns. I will say something on Amendments 2 and 8 in the name...

Civil Aviation Bill: Second Reading (13 Jun 2012)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am very glad to lend my support to almost all aspects of this important Bill. However, I have one reservation, which concerns an area that has been touched on already by noble Lords: the Bill does not contain any form of environmental duty for the CAA. The Bill seems to have started life as a result of a 2006 recommendation from the Transport Committee in the other place, which...

Water: National Grid — Question (28 Mar 2012)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, we pipe and store gas and oil around the country, so why not water? The Roman aqueducts did it 2,000 years ago. The Minister previously cited the difficulty in getting water uphill. Quite so, and no doubt the £30 billion or so cost of establishing a grid is also an issue. Why cannot we use wind turbines to push the water uphill? Is not the provision of water a far greater and...

EU: Sow Stalls Ban — Question (19 Jan 2012)

Earl Cathcart: I hope the Government's response to the pig directive is more robust than their response to the egg directive. As an egg producer, I am appalled that the Government's answer to the import of eggs produced in illegal battery cages is not to send the lorry back to the country of origin, not to fine the importer or impound their vehicle, not to destroy the illegal eggs, but to send the eggs for...

Agriculture: Egg Industry — Question for Short Debate (14 Nov 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on the timing of this debate. With EU civil servants failing to reach agreement on 28 October, this issue is to be discussed today and tomorrow at the meeting of the EU Ministers. Like my noble friend, my son has a free-range egg contract through Noble Foods, which takes place on my farm. With Brussels failing to reach agreement, UK egg producers fear...

Energy: Fuel Poverty — Question (13 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in carrying out their "full-scale review of fuel poverty and its implementation", with special regard to energy companies adopting a rising block tariff system of charging.

Energy: Fuel Poverty — Question (13 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging reply. It is good that Professor Hills will carry out that work. The problem is that energy companies recover their fixed costs from the first few hundred units they charge each customer, and the more energy used the lower the charge per unit. This seems topsy-turvy to me and does nothing to encourage us to use less energy. It is no...

Localism Bill — Committee (7th Day) (Continued) (12 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I agree with the sentiments of what everyone has been said so far. We must revitalise town centres. We have all learnt from the mistakes of out-of-town shopping, with its free car parking. In Fakenham, in Norfolk, when a new shopping centre opened about 15 or 20 years ago, within six months, 26 town-centre shops shut. That was very sad, and it is very difficult to get them back...


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