Results 1–20 of 83 for speaker:the Earl of Devon

Environment Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 109 (15 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: I thank noble Lords for their thoughtful contributions to this short debate. I reiterate that we are clearly all supportive of conservation covenants. However, in Committee and on Report there has not been a single dissenting voice against the amendments that I have tabled. I had hoped that the Government would listen to this clear message, but it appears that they may not be able to hear it....

Environment Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 110 (15 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I wish to test the opinion of the House. Ayes 162, Noes 144.

Environment Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 109 (15 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, this is a groundbreaking Bill in many ways but, from the perspective of English property law, no provisions are more revolutionary than Part 7 and the introduction of conservation covenants. This is a seismic shift, meaning that, for the first time since the Normans introduced common law, owners of land will be able to bind successors in perpetuity to positive obligations to manage...

Environment Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 15 (8 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I remind the House of my interests and my passion for heritage landscapes. I have spoken already on the gaping hole in this Bill where heritage should sit, and I need not repeat that. However, having read the Committee stage debate afresh, particularly the Minister’s response, I am concerned that the Government are promoting a false and very damaging dichotomy between manmade...

Environment Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: Does the Minister accept that under Clause 1(2) we need to set only a single metric? Is he saying that there is not a single metric that Defra can set that would impact soil? Is that correct?

Environment Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I should note, for the record and for the whole of Report, my interest as a Devon farmer. For many years, we have been adding organic matter to our porous red sandstone soils to increase sequestration, combat run-off, build resilience to drought, decrease the need for chemical fertilisers and provide Teignbridge District Council with somewhere to put all the garden waste. In...

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (16 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the authoritative noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, and to add my support to the excellent Bill. I am not an expert in education and defer to those who are, but I am a passionate environmental land manager and believe that access to and understanding of our natural landscape is key to a sustainable future. Noble Lords will recall the report commissioned by the...

Environment Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 266 (14 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have participated and voiced, in general, considerable support for the amendments that I have proposed. It is particularly pleasing to hear support from the Green Party—despite the aristocratic proposer of these amendments—and from other Benches; it is much appreciated. I am pleased to hear that the Government take these amendments seriously...

Environment Bill - Committee (8th Day): Amendment 266 (14 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I shall also be speaking to my Amendments 267, 268, 269, 274 and 276. These are amendments to Part 7 of the Bill, which introduces into English law for the first time the important and radical concept of conservation covenants. Following in part the Law Commission’s 2014 report on conservation covenants, the provisions of Part 7 are a hugely significant change to long-standing...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 257E (12 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Blencathra. Much of what I was going to say has already been said by more eminent voices than mine, and, given that I have the lead amendment in the final group this evening, I will cut my comments quite short. I support the efforts of the noble Baroness, Lady Young, to introduce a national tree strategy for England. If she does...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 255 (12 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I sought to add my name to the amendments of the noble Duke, the Duke of Montrose, but I did so a little late so it does not appear in the current Marshalled List. However, I echo wholeheartedly the sentiments he so expertly expressed and the vital importance when setting these habitat regulations—and indeed all the various worthy strategies we have been debating in the Bill—of...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 234 (12 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I rise to offer a few words regarding the amendments of the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, particularly Amendments 236 and 248, which seek more specificity around the objectives and methods of consultation for species conservation and protected site strategies. As I have repeatedly noted—maybe I sound a bit like a stuck record—the well-intentioned setting of environmental...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 205B (7 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is always a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb, and to address these amendments, which are focused on the highly valuable local nature recovery strategies. I am very supportive of the addition suggested by the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, of “nature-friendly farming” to new subsection (2A) of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 194C (to Amendment 194B) (7 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: I am sorry for delaying noble Lords a little further. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, for her dollop of reality. In response to her comments, the Minister suggested that, in his understanding, the industry and developers and so on are overwhelmingly supportive of biodiversity net gain. I work for a solicitors’ firm in the south-west called Michelmores, which...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 194C (to Amendment 194B) (7 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is a regret that we have to group so many important amendments together due to the shortness of time and the Government’s self-imposed deadline of November for the passage of this Bill. This group of amendments raises a lot of very interesting issues, particularly the Government’s well-received extension of biodiversity net gain to nationally significant infrastructure...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 176 (7 Jul 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to support the amendments so ably proposed by my noble friend Lord Carrington. I understand from speaking with the Environment Agency locally that these provisions on the removal of water abstraction rights are directed for the most part at large water companies that have for many decades enjoyed the right to extract vast quantities of water from major waterways...

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (23 Jun 2021)

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Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (23 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Devon: I am terribly sorry, my Lords. The Minister says it is not for Defra to handle the funding of heritage restoration, and he directs our attention to DCMS and says that it should handle it instead. But Natural England has long contributed substantial capital grants for existing heritage restoration works. Indeed, this is under the HLS programme. An example would be the award-winning restoration...

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 59 (23 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, the Committee appears to be in complete consensus on these amendments; I too am concerned about the gaping hole where heritage should sit within this Bill. Therefore, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the various amendments from the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, and would have added my name to them were they not so heavily oversubscribed. It is essential for heritage to be in the Bill...

Environment Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 23 (to Amendment 22) (23 Jun 2021)

the Earl of Devon: My Lords, I rise to consider, as a number of other noble Lords have, the definition of species abundance, and to ask what such targets might mean for land management, particularly at a local level. I echo and endorse the excellent earlier comments of the noble Lord, Lord Vaux, and others, on Amendments 36 and 45, noting the unintended consequence of worthy targets. I remind noble Lords of my...


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