Results 161–180 of 366 for speaker:Earl Cathcart

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

Earl Cathcart: I thought I was clear on this when the Minister said that interesting points had been raised and that he would take it away for consideration. He then said that the four conditions were flooding, tide, erosion and geomorphological processes. This seemed to suggest that those were the four things. When I spoke earlier I mentioned other things such as alternative paths to avoid nesting sites...

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

Earl Cathcart: This is another set of amendments regarding possible changes in routes and the issues surrounding the problems posed by changes such as erosion. I agree with Amendment A331 of the noble Lord, Lord Greaves; it is important for the sake of clarity and transparency that proposals for changes under subsections (3) and (4) are included in the report. Further amendments make the alternative routes...

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

Earl Cathcart: One of the inherent difficulties with a route of this sort is that we have to provide not only for a proper method for setting up the path but for a way of incorporating changes as the paths are affected by weather, erosion and other physical changes. The Bill allows alternative routes to be proposed that can be used during specified periods, in place of exclusions from Chapter II in Part I...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (10th Day) (Continued) (30 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I fully support the noble Baroness's amendments. She talked about horsed-riding and bicycles, as has the whole Committee. The Minister talked about extending some of these rights, though, and there is a great danger if we call the routes "bridleways". All too often today, bridleways are used by 4x4s, quad bikes and motorbikes. We are trying to ensure that the route is used only by...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (10th Day) (30 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: If I speak first, the Minister can answer both of us at the same time. There are a great many government amendments here. I have waded through to see if I could pick any holes in them. I am afraid I was defeated; they look largely sensible. I was particularly pleased to see the reciprocal nature of the arrangements to enable officers to use their enforcement powers in other areas of the UK...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (10th Day) (30 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Lord's Amendment A254 seems sensible. It would ensure that agencies employed their own staff as enforcement officers, which would ensure that they were properly trained and up to the job. Our amendments in this group relate to the training and experience of the officers, particularly in regard to appropriate training in and experience of animal welfare. Can the Minister confirm that...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL] — Committee (Continued) (Ninth Day) (16 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: This issue is one where the competing interests about which we have spoken so much have come to the fore. I hope that the Minister will be able to clarify what they or the Crown Estate would do following the judgment. On a wider note, the situation is an example of how the inconsistency between different bodies in the same sectors can hinder or be perceived to hinder sustainable development....

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL] — Committee (Continued) (Ninth Day) (16 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness, Lady Miller, was quite right to probe the question of funding, but I am less than enthusiastic about allowing IFCAs to borrow money. Each IFCA will prepare a budget and will receive sufficient funds to discharge its commitments from local authorities and from its share of the £5 million to be given by Defra. If the MMO, the Environment Agency, Natural England or another...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Ninth Day) (16 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I want more clarification about the numbers. I still cannot get into my mind how this will work. If, as the Minister says, the south-west has more than a dozen local authorities and only six local districts—local districts have to be a third of the total of the committee—it will have a committee of 40-odd members. The statutory members from Natural England, the Environment Agency and the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Ninth Day) (16 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: With the first three amendments in this group, the noble Lord seems concerned to ensure that the number of members from relevant councils is not limited, that they will be the majority of members and that each member of the relevant council will be appointed to the IFC authority by the relevant council. The number will not be limited by order. We agree that adequate representation from the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Ninth Day) (16 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, would include in the Bill what the Government are proposing as the suggested composition of the associations in their helpful briefing on this part, at least as regards a statutory seat for a member of the Environment Agency and Natural England. I received a letter from the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, just before I entered the Chamber today, which...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister for that. I will start in reverse order and thank him for explaining the definitions of England and Wales, including the English and Welsh inshore regions. He made them very clear. Like my noble friend Lady Carnegy, I am not completely sure about his explanation of Amendment A214, which refers to someone who has taken, "all reasonable precautions and exercised all due...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: Does that go beyond 12 miles?

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: I thank the Minister. It seems that the notes that he has received from the Box are probably rather better than the notes that I have here. I am rather clearer now about where we stand. I look forward to any further explanation, if the Minister has one, but at this stage I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment A212 withdrawn. Amendment A213 not moved. Clause 137, as amended, agreed....

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: In moving the amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments A213, A214, A223 and A226. They are probing amendments to call into question the status of third-country vessels. As the Bill stands, an offence of damaging protected features of MCZs, under Clause 136, specifically does not apply, under Clause 137, to, "anything done in relation to an MCZ lying beyond the seaward limits of the...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Lord, Lord Greenway, raises an interesting point about which vessels can and should be subject to restrictions within a marine conservation zone. I especially enjoyed hearing about his antics with a bicycle in the south of France. One point has already been touched on by the noble Baroness, Lady Miller. On Monday, we discussed the inability of the Government to impose fishing...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: That is the exact answer I was hoping for. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment A150A withdrawn. Amendments A151 and A152 not moved. Amendment A153 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List. Amendment A154 not moved. Amendment A155 Moved by Lord Taylor of Holbeach A155: Clause 119, page 71, line 27, leave out paragraph (b)

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (Eighth Day) (11 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: We have tabled Amendment A150A to better define the status of the network. Clause 119(2) states that: "The objective is that the MCZs designated", have to "form a network". I think that most, if not all, noble Lords agree that a network of MCZs will be vital in promoting sustainable development and in the protection and improvement of marine flora, fauna and habitats. In establishing MCZs, it...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (7th Day) (9 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: The noble Baroness, Lady Miller, has advanced an excellent amendment here. I am very pleased to be speaking to it, as I did not think that I would be contributing to this Committee. Clause 113 enables the appropriate authority to designate marine conservation zones. The discussions around MCZs have raised many issues during this Committee. We have not always been in agreement about the best...

Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]: Committee (6th Day) (3 Mar 2009)

Earl Cathcart: This has been a useful debate and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for his support on the need for clarity and my noble friend Lord Kingsland for reinforcing my questioning of the word "protecting" rather than "remedying". I thank the Minister for underlining the requirement to remedy the damage caused and for clarifying the steps necessary to bring any damage case to a satisfactory...


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