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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Reservoirs Bill: Consideration Stage (28 April 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Michelle O'Neill: ...resulting from dam failure. The preliminary flood risk assessment identified that thousands of people are at potential risk from dam failure in the North from reservoirs capable of holding 10,000 cubic metres or more. Anecdotal evidence also suggested that many reservoir managers were not aware of their responsibility to arrange for regular inspections and maintenance of these ageing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Reservoirs Bill: Consideration Stage (28 April 2015) See 13 other results from this debate

Paul Girvan: ...provision made if this goes through and work needs to be undertaken on some of the reservoirs, dams or ponds, whatever you want to call them. The rationale for an increase in the volume from 10,000 cubic metres, as proposed by the officials, to 25,000 is helpful, maybe not to everybody but to those whom it removes from what I believe is a draconian system that would give them an awful lot...

Commercial Waste Recycling (Eccles) (11 February 2015)

Dan Rogerson: ...this financial year. It stopped 116 of the 225 new illegal waste sites found since 1 April in under 90 days, and agency action has resulted in 86 illegal waste sites being cleared, with waste totalling 133,310 cubic metres diverted into the legitimate industry. We want to do more, however. We will consult shortly on strengthening further Environment Agency enforcement powers, including...

Infrastructure Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (9 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...Lord Truscott has lots of experience, but I must admit that I was surprised by his analysis. Even if we are sceptical, it was a British geological survey, after all, which identified 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. If we take only 10% of that as capable of being extracted, which is a reasonably modest assessment, that is something like 40 years’ supply of the gas that we...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (28 January 2015)

Claire Perry: ...for an extra 20 West Coast Main Line freight paths per day. Furthermore, the construction itself will provide significant business opportunities, as preliminary analysis suggests that five million cubic metres of excavated material will need to be moved by rail. The Department understands that there may be concerns about the impact of construction on the existing rail freight network....

Natural Environment — Motion to Take Note (15 January 2015)

Lord Borwick: ...PM2.5 in London this morning is 67. Yesterday it peaked at 85. London’s Marylebone Road had the highest concentration of PM2.5 in the whole of Europe in 2012, with a concentration of almost 94 micrograms per cubic metre of air. Furthermore, the UK has failed to meet its recent EU air quality target for NO2—and the annual average for NO2 was exceeded in 38 out of 43 air quality...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 38 - Petroleum and geothermal energy: right to use deep-level land (13 January 2015)

Alan Whitehead: ...on it would be multiple vehicle movements over time. The Institute of Directors has suggested that there would be tens of thousands of vehicle movements during the period of operation of one pad and multiple thousands of cubic metres of water —and, indeed, fracking fluid—used in production in just one pad. When it comes to the cumulative impact over a period of time, the...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria) (17 December 2014)

Andrew George: ...use of a scarce public resource—social housing. Those two objectives, however, contradict each other. If the second objective—the effective use of public resource—were achieved and every last cubic centimetre of every council house was fully occupied, it would fail to meet their first objective of saving money. I have a problem with the Labour party’s motion, partly...

Backbench Business: Ukraine (UK Relations with Russia) (11 December 2014)

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: ...of difficult talks. This will be a substantial help to Ukraine during the winter. The annexe to the House of Commons Library briefing shows just how important this is to Ukraine, as it imports 25.1 billion cubic metres of Russian gas. I know that the Ukrainian Prime Minister will welcome this development, as getting through the winter was precisely what he was concerned about when we spoke...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Water (2 December 2014)

Robert Buckland: ...restrictors to reduce usage in washrooms. Reductions in the size of the estate and in staff numbers have also contributed to the decline in water consumption. Against the 2009/10 benchmark of 69,068 cubic metres, consumption was reduced by 40% to 41,164 cubic metres by the end of reporting year 2012/13. Projections for reporting year 2013/14 indicate further improvement. Specific...

Consumer Rights Bill: Report (2nd Day) (24 November 2014)

Lord Taverne: ...it is advertised in square feet. The other example that I gave in Committee was that a retailer may offer in his showroom two comparable fridges—one whose capacity is described in litres and the other in cubic feet. It appeared that the present Government’s view is that descriptions and advertisements are covered by the Weights and Measures Act, but David Willetts, the previous...

Shale Gas and Oil (EAC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Verma: ...of shale gas will have on the UK. The Government look forward to reading its report. My noble friend Lord Shipley referred to the Bowland basin. The probable amount of gas in there is estimated at around 1,300 trillion cubic feet, so there is huge potential. We are at the exploratory stages. Noble Lords asked when we would see first drilling. We hope to see something happening in the new...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: A8:  Belfast to Larne (7 October 2014)

Danny Kennedy: ...million,14-kilometre long A8 dualling scheme is 25 months through its 34-month programme.  Construction is progressing very well and is approximately 75% complete.  To date, approximately two million cubic metres of earthworks material has been excavated, including over 500,000 cubic metres of rock.  The road-paving operation is continuing, with around 180,000 tons of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Written Ministerial Statement: Environment (23 September 2014)

Mark Durkan: ...; ·     Strengthening of the presumption against the artificial modification of watercourses, for example through culverting. In addition, a new policy is now introduced that will carefully manage new or replacement development in proximity to reservoirs. This will apply to the potential flood inundation areas of reservoirs above a threshold size of 10000 cubic...

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

Andrew George: ...be no savings for the Government in any case. If the purpose of Government policy is to ensure the proper, efficient and effective use of the social housing resource with no under-occupation, so that every cubic centimetre of every social property is fully occupied, there will be no saving in housing benefit. My point is that the policy is putting pressure on vulnerable people and they are...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Fracking (21 July 2014)

Edward Davey: ...Strategic Environmental Assessment for further onshore oil and gas licensing, carried out by AMEC on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, estimated that between 10,000 and 25,000 cubic metres of water would be required for hydraulic fracturing of each well and it is predicted that each well might be re-fractured once during its lifetime. In this context, Water UK, which...

Flooding (Somerset) (2 July 2014)

Dan Rogerson: ..., in other areas a much larger number flooded—as with the volume of the water and its duration, producing the longer term economic impacts on the communities affected. There was in excess of 65 million cubic metres of floodwater, covering an area of 65 sq km. Exceptionally, that floodwater stayed on the levels for more than 12 weeks. The Environment Agency did an excellent job in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Artefacts: Local Storage (17 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Carál Ní Chuilín: ...Agency, which is responsible for the licensing of all excavations in the North, estimates that over 1,800 archives are held by commercial archaeologists on behalf of developers.  Those have a volume of 704 cubic metres, which is the equivalent of 10 40-foot shipping containers, stored at a range of locations across Ireland.  I understand that Minister Durkan is being advised on...

G7: Jobs and Work (11 June 2014)

Eric Ollerenshaw: ...and cheaper energy sources to exploit the available markets. While on potential, which my hon. Friend the Member for Tamworth (Christopher Pincher) also mentioned, we must consider the business potential of 1,300 trillion cubic feet of potential shale gas reserves in the Bowland shale in Lancashire. May I say that the constant trumpeting of possibly thousands of new jobs does not totally...

Bills Presented — Finance Bill: Cost of Living: Energy and Housing (5 June 2014)

Dominic Raab: ...and for decarbonisation. We must also bear in mind our unique national comparative advantage in relation to shale gas. In 2013, the British Geological Survey—hardly a Thatcherite body by disposition—estimated that there were 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in the Bowland-Hodder basin alone. The reserves equate to 47 years of total UK gas consumption or 90 years of the...

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