Results 141–160 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (4th Day) (1 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, my amendment seeks to ensure that the coastal route and margin is properly updated to take account of changes in land use. I know that we have already had an interesting discussion about how the coastal route will affect, and be affected by, any planning decisions, and I was glad to hear the Minister's reassurances that the coastal route and its associated margin will not sterilise...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (4th Day) (1 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reassurance, and with that I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 124LA withdrawn. Amendments 124M and 124N Moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath 124M: Clause 292, page 182, line 45, leave out "and 55E" and insert ", 55E and Schedule 1A and regulations under that Schedule" 124N: Clause 292, page 183, line 30, after "55I" insert ", Schedule 1A"...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (4th Day) (1 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, in Committee the Minister helpfully raised the question of whether publishing the scheme on the internet was sufficient. I have tabled this probing amendment to give him another opportunity to expand his thoughts. I had hoped to table this probing amendment in relation to the report, rather than the scheme, but the extensive government amendments that we will discuss—and, I hope,...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (4th Day) (1 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for reassuring the House that Natural England will do everything in its power, not just through the internet but through all other methods, to try to ensure that those who should know what is happening do know. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 124FAA withdrawn. Clause 291 : River estuaries Amendment 124FB Moved by Lord Davies of Oldham 124FB:...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (4th Day) (1 Jun 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am delighted that we have cleared up the error in the Marshalled List. The amendment as written in the Marshalled List seemed to make little or no sense, so it is good that we are all looking at the correct page in the Bill. The noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, will not be surprised to hear that we do not support the amendment. If there is to be any derogation from the fair balance,...

Climate Change — Debate (21 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, many interesting and valuable points have been raised throughout this debate and I am pleased to see that climate change is getting the full attention it deserves. As others have done, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Dixon-Smith on giving us the opportunity to debate how society needs to change to meet the 2050 CO2 emissions target. His remarks have been thought-provoking and it...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (19 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for tabling these amendments to ensure that smelt are properly covered and for the useful letter explaining the intention behind them. I am pleased that the forensic examination of the detail of this legislation in Committee and the amendments that were tabled, if not debated, on individual species were not wasted. I give my full support to any clarification of...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (3rd Day) (19 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have a great deal of sympathy with the noble Lord's amendment. Given the encouraging reception another RYA amendment received when debated earlier, I hope that we can find a similarly constructive way forward here too. The noble Lord, Lord Greenway, is right to defend recreational vehicles from unfair discrimination. Ensuring that MCZs can, if necessary, be defended from damage by...

Housing: Property Purchase — Question (14 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I agree with my noble friend Lady Gardner that this is an absurd situation and distressing for potential home buyers, especially when there is cash that is unutilised in other housing schemes. For example, the HomeBuy Direct scheme has £300 million available but, amazingly, according to Hansard, as at the end of March no transactions had taken place. It is therefore heartening to...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, once again I thank the Minister for listening to the concerns of this House and bringing back an amendment to ensure that the relevant authorities must carry out an appraisal of sustainability in the MPS, and for setting out the Government's legal obligation to comply with the directives. Amendment 65 agreed. Amendment 66 not moved. Amendments 67 to 69 Moved by Lord Hunt of Kings...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for these amendments, which address the concerns that we raised in Committee. It is always reassuring to see an area of confusion cleared up and I thank him for that.

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I have some sympathy with Amendment 62, proposed by the noble Baroness. If something in the marine policy statement is going to lead to bad decisions, and if that is then recognised, as things stand the mechanism is that there will be a review to try and update it. I think that this amendment is trying to say, "All applications must be suspended until we've got this right. Because...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for setting out the Government's position so clearly. I do not believe that any of us who have contributed to this debate are very far apart. We all want to see the MMO in the Bill as a statutory adviser/consultee. Where the IPC does not take the MMO's advice and recommendations, it should publish the reasons why not. I thank all those who have contributed, and...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this group of amendments looks rather more like those we discussed in Committee, with several versions of much the same point being tabled by various Peers around the House. I hope that the Minister will appreciate that with these amendments, we are all trying to achieve the same thing: the statutory role of the MMO as an adviser to the IPC for decisions that will impact on the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (5 May 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare that I have been a local councillor for more than 10 years and a member of a number of conservation and sporting bodies, including the Game Conservancy Trust, the BASC and the Salmon & Trout Association, as well as the Countryside Alliance. We had a good debate in Committee on the composition of the MMO board. It certainly is not possible to have every interest...

Home Owner Mortgage Support Scheme — Question (28 Apr 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, even the impact assessment of the Department for Communities and Local Government is not as optimistic as the Minister. It says that only 7,000—not tens of thousands—might be helped every year. Is it not the case that, not only are the criteria for qualifying for the scheme too restricted, but even if a home owner can qualify, more than half the mortgage lenders have refused to...

Dog Control Bill [HL]: Second Reading (24 Apr 2009)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, at the outset, I should declare that I am a dog owner and either am or have been a member of the RSPCA and the Countryside Alliance. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, on slipping his leash this morning and bringing the Bill to the House. His intentions must be applauded and I agree with much of what he says. I start with the existing legislation. The Dogs Act 1871...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for clarifying the situation. I started by saying that the amendment was probing, and I thank the Minister for setting out the position so clearly. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment A364 withdrawn. Clause 295 agreed. Clause 296 : Occupiers' liability Amendment A364A had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List. Clause 296 agreed. Clauses 297 and 298 agreed....

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Earl Cathcart: This small group of amendments is intended to probe the question of liability around the coastal route. I am afraid that I might also drag the following Clause 296 into my remarks, and I hope that your Lordships will forgive the lack of an amendment tabled in my name addressing it. As I understand it, Clause 295 means that Natural England is not liable for any injury that a member of the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (21 Apr 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We do not agree with the amendment, which would put on the face of the Planning Act 2008 that Natural England must be a consultee. The Government are averse to lists and to including the names of organisations in primary legislation, as the name of organisations may change. Indeed, not so long ago Natural England was called English Nature. Who knows what it will be called in a few years'...


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