Results 121–140 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

Flood and Water Management Bill: Second Reading (24 Feb 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interest. I am a farmer and landowner and I am involved in property and insurance markets, all sectors which will be affected by measures in this Bill. Most of the measures we welcome, as my noble friend Lord Taylor made clear at the outset of this very informed and constructive debate. I share the concern that other noble Lords have expressed for the...

Homes and Communities Agency — Question (2 Feb 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am involved in the property market. We have the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the HCA's design and sustainable development team, the Advisory Team for Large Applications, the National Consultancy Unit and the Urban Design Compendium-five different government organisations all promoting high-quality design, and still we get grotty designs. Surely this is a...

Flood Risk Regulations 2009: Motion to Resolve (25 Jan 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I understand that these regulations were previously intended to be part of the draft Flood and Water Management Bill, but the Government decided to push them separately without debating them in either House, as has been said. I thoroughly agree with my noble friends Lord Selborne and Lady Byford that it would have been much better to have debated them before December. My noble...

Consumer Emissions (Climate Change) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (15 Jan 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, on introducing this Bill and thank him for explaining it. In this parliamentary Session, we are having a flurry of Bills and debates around targets in all sorts of areas and this Bill simply adds to them. While we on these Benches fully agree that reducing carbon emissions is a critical element of meeting our 2050 target, we do not agree...

Building Regulations (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (15 Jan 2010)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare that I am involved in the property and insurance markets. I, too, thank and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, on introducing this Bill. His objective is to reduce death and injury from fires in new-build housing in England and I can assure him that we certainly welcome such a goal. As the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, has already said, regulations already...

Housing: Private Tenants — Question (10 Dec 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the Private Member's Bill is good news. I hope that the Government will not only support it but give it sufficient time to become law. Has the Minister considered encouraging or forcing the lender to appoint a receiver of rent, which would allow rental payments to continue to be made directly to the lender? The receiver of rent would then technically become the agent of the borrower...

Boundary Committee: Suffolk — Question (9 Dec 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, there is no public demand for another bout of expensive, time-consuming and divisive unitary restructuring. It has cost Norfolk councils £2 million so far, and I believe that Cornwall has overspent by about £10 million. So it is the Conservative policy to revoke any such legislation, to ensure that the scarce resources are properly directed to front-line services. Is this not...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment (1 Dec 2009)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government in the latest year for which figures are available, how many farmers in receipt of the single farm payment claimed for (a) less than five hectares, (b) between five and 10 hectares, (c) between 10 and 20 hectares, (d) between 20 and 100 hectares, and (e) over 100 hectares.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment (30 Nov 2009)

Earl Cathcart: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many farmers received the single farm payment in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, and (d) 2009.

Housing: Affordability — Question (19 Oct 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords—

Housing: Affordability — Question (19 Oct 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, given that the official waiting list is now around 2 million—incidentally, the National Housing Federation puts the figure needing homes at 4 million and rising—can the Minister say how many of the 750,000 empty homes are now occupied? Secondly, do the Government intend to build more affordable homes for families rather than concentrating on flats, which currently account for 50...

Non-Domestic Rating (Deferred Payments) (England) Regulations 2009: Motion of Regret (14 Oct 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, sadly, this subject comes before your House yet again, and quite rightly too. The Government have not listened to our previous debates and, from what I can gather, they do not intend to listen tonight. Why do they seem pathologically incapable of saying, as in this case, that they have got it wrong and that they will look at it again? Before I continue, I should declare that I have...

Energy Performance Certificates — Question (2 Jul 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, in the spirit of leading by example—something that, sadly, did not happen with HIPs—can the Minister confirm that 100 per cent of the government-owned commercial property that was sold or let during the past six months, or since October if he would prefer, was properly marketed with an energy performance certificate.

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Commons Amendments (29 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare an interest as an accountant and as a director of businesses paying business rates. I have also been a councillor for 10 years. I was not going to speak to this Motion, but I am afraid that I simply cannot resist. The Government's position seems to defy all logic in three areas. First, when the Climate Change Bill was going through this House, we debated at length...

Climate Projections — Statement (18 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords—

Bovine Tuberculosis — Question (11 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, although, touch wood, I do not have the problem on my farm, surely the best solution is vaccination, rather than the killing of the 40,000 cattle last year and perhaps badgers in the future. If a vaccine for Mexican flu can be produced in months, why will it take another 10 years to produce a TB vaccine for cattle?

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Report (2nd Day) (9 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on moving this amendment and on the arguments that he put. He mentioned that the Government think that they have solved the problem by deferring the rates and allowing them to be paid over an eight-year period. However, as the noble Lord, Lord Tope, suggested, while that might help cash flow in the short term, it does not solve the problem, which is...

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Report (8 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, I am not sure whether he addressed proposed sub-paragraph (d) of Amendment 16A, which refers to, "those paying BRS to be represented upon the governing body of any organisation set up for the purposes of delivering the objectives of the BRS".

Business Rate Supplements Bill: Report (8 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I declare an interest as a chartered accountant and as a director of companies that pay business rates, and I have been a councillor for more than 10 years, so on this amendment, I probably have a foot in each camp. I cannot see the logic of the Government's position in not giving businesses a vote in all instances. That seems to defy all logic. Last night, while listening to the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Third Reading (8 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare my interests. I have been a local councillor for at least 10 years and I am a member of the Game Conservancy Trust, the Countryside Alliance, BASC, and other organisations that I cannot remember as I have only just recalled that I had to declare my interests now, but I can assure the House that they have not changed since last I gave them. I thank the Minister for...


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