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Results 61–80 of 2245 for speaker:Peter Ainsworth

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: Is that not possibly because 84 per cent. of the people who responded were promoting different technologies?

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: I am grateful to the Minister and apologise for interrupting her again. I vividly recall visiting the hydro project in New Mills, Derbyshire recently. There was a plan to install an Archimedes screw into the river there, which was going to power the local primary school. The plan ran into all sorts of problems with the Environment Agency, which insisted that an abstraction licence was...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: I am most grateful to the Minister for her response to what has been a worthwhile debate. I wholly agree with her analysis that this new clause is potentially a very major driver, putting real weight behind air source heat pump technology and micro wind, and that offers very exciting opportunities for job creation, carbon reduction, and cost reduction as well. So I warmly support the new...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 6 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: No nuggets of hope here, I am afraid. The purpose of clause 6, as originally drafted, was to end the anomalous position whereby people or businesses who improve their properties through the installation of micro power technologies may suffer on revaluation an increase in their tax. It strikes me as logically the case that this acts as a disincentive to people and businesses who want to do the...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 6 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: I do not know who the hon. Lady is referring to. I was very careful to read out a redacted version of what the unseen hand had written.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: I am prepared to take what the hon. Gentleman says at face value, but I know where Mr. Battersby lives.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: It was not intended to be threatening. If you visit him, I am sure he will tell you all about micro-hydropower.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 4 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: This is becoming rather hair-raising. Clause 4 and new clause 3 concern microgeneration on non-domestic land. The original Bill referred specifically to considerations about permitted development orders and permitted development rights in relation to agricultural land. This new clause refers to non-domestic land, which includes every piece of land that is not within the curtilage of what is...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 5 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: Again, it seems to me that new clause 2 does exactly the same job that I set out to do, only it does it rather more elegantly. The Climate Change and  Sustainable Energy Act 2006 enabled permitted development rights to apply to some microgeneration installations, such as solar installations. It did not extend to air source heat pumps or to microwind technology. As was discussed on Second...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 3 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: I am grateful to the Minister. I understand the problem of consultation overload, and I recognise that, for understandable reasons, some people think that consultation is often an excuse for inaction. I particularly asked not only about green NGOs, but organisations concerned with fuel poverty. It is not my experience that either of those groups resent being consulted, and I hope that she...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 3 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: This short debate has been interesting. As for the issues raised by the hon. Member for Southampton, Test, my understanding for what it is worth is that the hon. Member for Cambridge is right. Clearly, there is a degree of uncertainty and it would be enormously helpful if the Minister wrote to all members of the Committee with clarification at the earliest opportunity. As I have already made...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 3 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: It will not help future generations to understand what is going on, not that any of us in the room seem to understand either. It really will not help if the hon. Gentleman silently reads notes passed to him by officials and then does not refer to what they say.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 2 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: It is becoming increasingly clear, to me at least, that one of the many advantages of allowing the Government to make the running with their new clauses is that the Minister has to answer all the really difficult questions.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 2 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: Indeed. I hope that the Minister will, in due course, have answers to the questions that have been posed on the amendments, which I support. Amendment 2 offers a definition of green energy that is clearer than the one in the Bill on Second Reading. The definition of course includes heat, which the Bill originally overlooked. I am delighted about that. It is important progress and a...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 3 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: Clause 3 is yet another victim of the accord, and I very much welcome the Government’s new clause. It covers everything that seems necessary at this stage to update and improve the current microgeneration strategy, and includes in subsection (2) a duty to consult the microgeneration industry before preparing the strategy—a wise move—and to consult “any other persons whom...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: May I begin by saying what an enormous pleasure it is to be serving on a Committee under your chairmanship, Miss Begg? It is quite a pleasure to be serving on a Committee at all; I have not checked the record, but I have a nasty feeling that the last time I served on a Public Bill Committee was in the 1990s. For one reason or another it has passed me by, but I fear the Committee of Selection...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: The hon. Gentleman has made the point before himself, but I must remind him that, as yet, no form of nuclear energy is “small-scale”.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: On my approach to the Bill, I have long been an advocate of a cross-party approach to climate change measures. Is my hon. Friend suggesting that I am taking that to a new extreme of kamikaze politics?

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Landfill (24 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued to the Environment Agency on the account to be taken of consequential environmental impacts that may occur beyond the perimeter of a site which is the subject of an application for a licence for landfill when considering whether or not to grant such a licence; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Public Consultation (19 Jun 2009)

Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a progress report on his consultation on a code of conduct for banks; which organisations and companies (a) have been and (b) will be consulted; and how the terms and details of the consultation are being publicised.


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