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Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (2 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the level of potential flaring on shale gas sites.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (2 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps are being taken to reduce the risk of seismic activity as a result of shale gas drilling.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (2 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will introduce a more stringent monitoring regime for abandoned shale gas wells.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (2 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will carry out the independent monitoring of proposed shale gas sites.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: May I add my congratulations on the recommendations in the Davies report and the clear indication that a third runway is required at Heathrow? As a north-west MP, may I seek assurances from the Secretary of State that north-west connectivity will only continue to improve as a result of this decision?

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (1 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to ensure that shale gas community benefit funds are distributed to those households closest to potential drilling sites.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (1 July 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to prevent ground water contamination as a result of shale gas drilling.

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Shale Gas (30 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: As the Member of Parliament for Fylde, I am very reassured to hear what the Minister is saying. However, will she assure me that as well as the planned inspections, some will be unannounced?

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Shale Gas (30 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: As a point of correction, the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith) mentioned Preesall in her constituency. For the record, my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) was actually referring to Preese Hall, which is a fracking well in my constituency.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Fracking (30 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps are being taken to mitigate the noise and sound pollution arising from heavy goods vehicles used in shale gas drilling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Reform (9 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: What discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on prospects for reform of the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Reform (9 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the crisis in the eurozone over Greece’s payments to its creditors provides us with yet another opportunity to reform some of the treaties of the EU?

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: I should take this opportunity to welcome the hon. Member for Gordon (Alex Salmond) to his place—

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: I am sorry—he is the right hon. Member for Gordon and a former First Minister. As a former First Minister, he should appreciate that, in this Chamber and this House, we debate and take interventions. It is not like the Scottish Parliament, where Members stand up and speak and nobody is allowed to intervene. That is not how we do things in this House. The point I want to make is a valid...

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: The right hon. Gentleman cannot control his actions from his sedentary position. I served on the Scottish Affairs Committee. We dealt with matters relating both to Scotland and to Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom. The one person who was not there was the SNP Member. He did not take up his seat on the Committee.

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: In the great tradition of the SNP, I will not take the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. The SNP did not take up its seat, so it is bit rich—

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: My point is an important one. SNP Members cannot come to the Chamber and demand a majority. In the last Parliament, when they had a seat on the Committee, they did not exercise that right to speak for Scotland. They cannot have their cake and eat it. If they wanted to be on that Committee in the last Parliament, why did they not exercise their right to take up their seat? Why come to the...

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: No. In the good traditions of the SNP, I will not take the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. As a Scot who represents an English seat, I want to do the right thing by the Scottish Affairs Committee. I say to SNP Members: please do not come here and give us the heavy guilt trip, and say, “If you don’t have a majority of Scots on the Committee, you’re letting Scotland...

Bills Presented: Select Committees (3 June 2015)

Mark Menzies: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 March 2015)

Mark Menzies: May I take this opportunity to welcome the recent announcement that Blackpool airport has been designated a joint enterprise zone with the one at Warton? What steps is the Minister taking to encourage businesses to move to enterprise zones such as the one in my constituency in order to stimulate further regional growth?

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