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Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential use of biochar as a means of promoting agricultural production; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what financial support the Government have offered to the construction industry during the current economic downturn; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the construction industry to the economy; and if he will make a statement; (3) what steps the...
Peter Ainsworth: The hon. Gentleman will find that the Conservative party is hardly on the fringe and that the low-carbon economy paper that we published earlier this year is an excellent blueprint, which I commend to him, if we want to move quickly to such an economy.
Peter Ainsworth: I know that my right hon. Friend is not always a huge enthusiast for the workings of the Church of England, but will he take this opportunity to congratulate the Archbishop of Canterbury on his leadership in bringing together representatives of all the main faiths in the United Kingdom to produce a document that calls for tackling climate change as a moral imperative?
Peter Ainsworth: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson), who is absolutely right to draw attention to the way in which climate change threatens soonest and most severely some of the poorest people in the world. This has so far been an extremely interesting debate. Incidentally, I am very happy to tell the House that earlier today, the Green Energy...
Peter Ainsworth: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. Of course, people in his part of the world suffer from invasive species every summer on a grand scale-they are usually towing caravans! He is absolutely right, and Plantlife has done important work in drawing attention to the problem of invasive species.
Peter Ainsworth: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend. The fundamental point is that we need to learn again to live within the limits that nature has given us. If we continue to pretend that nature is limitless, which it clearly is not, particularly bearing in mind global population growth, which has been mentioned, we will continue to put our future and the future of everything else that lives on this...
Peter Ainsworth: My hon. Friend might want to point out to the hon. Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck), who raised that rather silly and trite point, the difficulties that our colleagues in the European Parliament had in dealing with our former allies in the CDU who were intent on and assiduous in looking after their vested industrial interests in Germany.
Peter Ainsworth: The Secretary of State is making an exemplary speech, but is it not the case that more than 18 per cent. of children believe that their future may be affected, and are not children one of our best weapons to persuade grown-ups to get off their backsides and do something about it?
Peter Ainsworth: Was not one of the most telling remarks made by the Minister in her contribution, when criticising the motion, that signing up to the 10:10 deal would cost a huge amount of money? She implied criticism of our Front-Bench team for not having costed that. This is not about cost. Does my hon. Friend agree that we are talking about saving energy, saving CO2 and saving money, not spending it?
Peter Ainsworth: The Minister has failed to answer the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart). While dealing with the issue of energy efficiency, will she tell us what is the energy efficiency rating of her Department's headquarters?
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements there are to ensure that, when a case of E.coli infection is diagnosed, information regarding the diagnosis is passed to the Health Protection Agency.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Health Protection Agency's performance in containing the spread of E.coli from Godstone Farm; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives from each of the financial institutions which are partly or wholly owned by the Government on the Government's objective to encourage investment in low-carbon technologies; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what publicly-funded research has been undertaken by his Department into (a) levels of public interest in and (b) public attitudes towards environmental issues in the last five years.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many qualified (a) lepidopterists, (b) botanists, (c) lichenologists, (d) bryologists and (e) mycologists are employed by Natural England.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he plans to require cabin air quality monitoring systems to be installed on passenger aircraft.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what procedures are used to quantify and investigate instances of air contamination on board commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the responsibilities of (a) his Department, (b) the Civil Aviation Authority and (c) the Health and Safety Executive are in relation to the health of persons on board commercial aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2009, Official Report, column 98W, on motor vehicles: manufacturing industries, whether he plans to assess the effect of the vehicle scrappage scheme on the second-hand car market.