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

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought that all councils were already required to make a housing needs assessment under the existing PPS3. If that is the case, I am not sure what the amendments will add other than to make councils do their job better.

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Lord, Lord Beecham, has twice raised an interesting point about county councils having care homes within a district and whether they should be involved. Could not the county council nominate that asset as an asset of community value? Then it would be registered with the district and, if something happened to it, the county council could make an offer to bid, or whatever it wanted to...

Localism Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (7 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment 136B. There has been much concern that individuals will be allowed to make nominations. The argument is that if an asset is of community value, the nominations should be made by that community group, which has local connections, and not by an individual. This amendment would provide a safeguard against vexatious individuals making nominations, or...

Localism Bill: Committee (6th Day) (7 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness raises a good point-what about them, indeed? If communities do not use them at the moment, they do not form part of this Bill. It is the very question that my noble friend Lord Reay has just raised. My second point is that the Government seem hell-bent on the trigger point being when an asset is disposed of or sold. Like the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, I do not think that the...

Localism Bill: Committee (6th Day) (7 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I was in two minds whether to speak on this but I have something here that I prepared earlier. The whole chapter has been so badly thought through that, as written, it will do more harm than good. I have two points to make. First, we must not forget that the original aim was to allow communities to save their village shops, pubs and post offices from closure. That is an admirable...

Localism Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (5 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, obviously, I support Amendment 136ZD, ably proposed and argued for by my noble friend Lord Gardiner, to which I added my name. I shall not go over that ground again. I also welcome the opening remarks of the Minister. I did not catch all of it, and will read with interest in Hansard tomorrow exactly what she said. She may well have allayed some of the fears that we have heard about...

Localism Bill: Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (5 Jul 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, just for clarity, I point out that the noble Baroness referred to a "community right to buy", whereas the Bill is actually about the right to bid. Did the noble Baroness mean "right to bid" rather than "right to buy"?

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, on Tuesday, when we discussed whether 5 per cent was the appropriate figure to call referendums, I went through all the levels of local government right down to the parish level. I was rather crestfallen when my noble friend Lord Taylor dismissed my arguments by saying, "I should emphasise that the Bill's provisions in this area do not provide for referendums relating to parish...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I cannot quite understand where we are, which is why I got up before. Earlier this week I moved Amendments 125 and 126, which provided that a councillor could not call for a referendum unless he had a petition signed by 5 per cent of the electorate. I have before me the Hansard report where the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Taylor, said: "I believe that the safeguard we have in...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I may have misunderstood, but regarding this business about local councils calling for referendums, I thought the Minister said previously that, "following a request from a member, a referendum may not be held unless the full council has resolved that it be held".-[ Official Report, 28/6/11; col. 1746.] I therefore thought that we had moved on from that argument.

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, my noble friend Lord True has ably moved those amendments where he is the lead name, and he has also talked to some of mine. I will not go over the ground of his amendments again. I would like to discuss those amendments where my name appears as the lead name. At Second Reading, I, too, questioned whether 5 per cent was not too low a threshold. I believe that 5 per cent is far too...

Localism Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (28 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as this is the first time I have spoken in Committee, I should declare that I am a landlord, a landowner, I have been a councillor in Norfolk for a number of years, and I am chairman of my parish. When I first saw these provisions, I did wonder who on earth had dreamt them up. It is all too easy and tempting to blame Brussels, but in this instance, I do not think we can. I do not...

Environment: Drought — Question (14 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, my farm, like others, has received less than three-quarters of an inch of rain since 23 February, and most of it over the last few days. The grass cut for winter feed for cattle has yielded just 40 per cent of what it would normally have done. Will the Government give a one-off permission to cut and bale the six-metre margins to try to make up some of the difference?

Localism Bill: Second Reading (7 Jun 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am a landowner and a landlord, and have been a local councillor for several years. I certainly support the thrust of the Bill, in that shifting power away from central government to communities is most welcome. I have three points to make. The first concerns how the Bill will affect small businesses. The business community has welcomed the measures in the Bill that could stimulate...

Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity — Motion to Approve (30 Mar 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, when looking at the two Motions before us this evening, I asked myself, what it is that most council tax payers want from their council? I believe that it is the provision of good or excellent services as cheaply as possible. Taxpayers want value for money; every pound spent wisely, especially in these straitened times. I should declare that I was a local councillor for a number of...

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (8th Day) (7 Mar 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I was not going to speak in this debate, but two things strike me. Here, I ought to declare my interest in that, in my past life, I was the chairman of a film production and distribution company. First, my gut feeling about the merger is that it would be much better to have one body speaking to the British film industry and combining all the functions of the two existing...

Energy Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (2 Mar 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I apologise to the House because in my enthusiasm to speak to Amendment 6, I forgot to declare my interest which is as a landlord in the private rental sector. I do not think my interest influenced what I said on that amendment. I shall not repeat the arguments that I made at Second Reading or in Committee, but it is generally accepted that three things make up fuel poverty:...

Energy Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (2 Mar 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should like to speak to Amendment 6, tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, which deals with making, "specific provision for the green deal to address situations of fuel poverty". With this in mind, will householders in fuel poverty be able to afford the cost of the assessor? I believe that this cost, which might be £80, £100 or £120-I do not know-could be a barrier to the...

EU: Budget — Question (10 Jan 2011)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, my noble friend says that we have a treaty obligation to pay our contribution to Brussels. Quite so, but surely there is also a treaty obligation to ensure that all EU money is properly spent. Secondly, if Brussels blames the nation states for these financial irregularities, why do we not put pressure on the Commission to name and shame, and then block future payments to, those...

Energy Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 Dec 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I have received a plethora of briefings from various organisations raising numerous points on this Bill, but I want to concentrate my remarks on a different area altogether. Last summer, Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State, said: "The cheapest way of closing the gap between energy demand and supply is to cut energy use".-[ Official Report, Commons, 27/7/10;...

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