Results 101–120 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

Common Agricultural Policy — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I declare that I farm a few hundred acres in Norfolk and therefore receive the single farm direct payment and environment grants. My first point is that this is a common agricultural policy, but it is not common in the sense that all 27 states are not treated financially equally, as has already been said by the noble Lord, Lord Greaves. The EU 12-that is, the last 12 countries to...

EU: Membership — Question (8 Nov 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as individuals, I do not believe that any of your Lordships would continue paying good money to the bank which looked after their money, their savings, and perhaps their mortgage, pensions, life policies and investments if the auditors refused to sign off the accounts because of fraud, theft, mismanagement and embezzlement, yet Britain continues to pay good money to Europe, although...

Pensions — Question (21 Oct 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I ask this question with a certain amount of self-interest. Is it the Government's intention to remove the requirement to buy an annuity when a person gets to a certain age? If it was made optional for the owner of the pension pot, they could receive the annual income from that pension, albeit probably smaller than the annuity, and then the capital sum would fall into the estate on...

Local Government Bill [HL]: Report (28 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I remind the House that I still live in Norfolk, have been a district councillor for more than 10 years and am chairman of my parish. The audacity of this amendment is breathtaking. It requires this Government to pay 100 per cent of the costs of the impending by-elections arising from the judge declaring that the orders forced through by the previous, Labour Government were illegal....

Local Government Bill [HL]: Report (28 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, two separate Labour Secretaries of State said on three separate occasions that a unitary Norwich would not give value for money. Is the noble Baroness saying that they were wrong?

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I will try to stick to the amendments rather than be tempted into going off at tangents. Amendment 5 says that, "this Act comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint". That is unnecessary, because Clause 3(2) already says: "This Act comes into force on the date on which it is passed". The Secretary of State has already decided that the Act will come...

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: We may be splitting hairs, but he lives in outer Norwich. In any case, I think that there is city council representation on the police authority. The amendment is extraordinary in that no other council is required to report in this way through the Secretary of State. It is also unnecessary, because all the things for which the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, is calling already happen.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness makes a good point, but that is not what the amendment says. It says only that the Secretary of State has to lay before Parliament a report as to the costs. It says nothing about repaying costs or additional costs because this and that has happened. It just says that the Secretary of State has to lay before Parliament a report as to the costs. That is all it is saying and...

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: So far, I have intervened twice without declaring my interests. I live in Norfolk, I have been a district councillor for more than 10 years and I am chairman of my parish. Although I was brought up overlooking the River Dart in Devon, most of what I say will concern Norfolk. I have a letter from the leader of Norwich City Council saying: "It had been our desire to have the Judicial Review...

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I was not intending to speak on this amendment but I think that I have Mr Justice Ouseley's judgment, and I believe that one or two other noble Lords have all 106 paragraphs of it as well.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: The final paragraph, number 106, says: "However, for the reasons which I have given"- those are his words- "the orders are quashed". Therefore, the judgment is available.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: I stand corrected.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Committee (14 Jul 2010)

Earl Cathcart: I thought that it was for Parliament to make the laws and for the judiciary to judge on them. In this instance, the judge said that what the Secretary of State did in coming to his decision was illegal and so he quashed it.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Second Reading (30 Jun 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the noble Lord seems to be arguing so passionately for their cause that I wonder whether he feels that the Merits Committee got it wrong.

Local Government Bill [HL]: Second Reading (30 Jun 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this is the first time that I have spoken on this issue. I must admit that it is difficult to find something to say that has not already been said. Both sides of the argument are polarised-entrenched in their view. No amount of argument, however good, will change those views. I live in Norfolk, have been a district councillor for more than 10 years and am chairman of my parish....

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 — Question (21 Jun 2010)

Earl Cathcart: Is not one of the problems of the Dangerous Dogs Act the unintended consequences of listing four types of dangerous dogs? Thousands of responsible owners have had their pets destroyed not because of how they behave but because of how they look. Surely new legislation should concentrate on irresponsible dog owners rather than on only the breed.

Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill: Second Reading (30 Mar 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I declare that I have interests in property rental. I, too, welcome the Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Best. I shall keep my comments brief, because the Bill is largely uncontroversial and, indeed, passed through the other place with cross-party support. My honourable friend Stewart Jackson MP described the Bill in Committee as, "very much for the public good".-[Official Report,...

Ordnance Survey — Question (24 Mar 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the consultation report said that to cover the cost of providing the products for free and maintain the very high standard of those products, an additional government grant of up to £40 million was needed. As this freebie starts next week, the Minister must have an idea, so can he confirm that £40 million will be provided? If not, how much will be?

Housing: Decent Homes Programme — Question (23 Mar 2010)

Earl Cathcart: Is this not yet another example of the Government cannibalising the plethora of their existing schemes, which is causing confusion and uncertainty for the building industry? Will the Minister confirm that the Government are also cutting from the growth fund, the private sector renewal fund and the Homes and Communities Agency and, if so, will he say by how much?

Gypsies and Travellers — Question (17 Mar 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, in January last year there were a massive 1,276 unauthorised Traveller sites that have to be tolerated due to the special treatment given to them; a further 1,086 sites on Travellers' own land that were not tolerated; and a further 1,315 unauthorised sites on other people's land. Will the Government give councils which have provided authorised sites stronger powers to tackle...


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