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Peter Atkinson: That is not a matter for the Chair. If the hon. Lady says that she will not give way, she will not give way.
Peter Atkinson: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Peter Atkinson: rose—
Peter Atkinson: On the rising price of oil, a claim is being made in the US that some of this increase is due to speculation in the oil futures market, and the Fed lays considerable blame for this on the London oil futures market, which it claims is under-regulated and wants greater regulation of. Will the right hon. Lady comply with that?
Peter Atkinson: Order. Perhaps I can clarify the situation. The Committee has had an extensive debate about clause 2(1), but not about subsection (2), so if there were to be a clause stand part debate, it would, in my view, have to concentrate on the second half of the clause, not the first. I hope that that is helpful to the Minister.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I apologise for interrupting the hon. Gentleman. I allowed a certain amount latitude to the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border during his contribution, but we are not debating biodiversity in this clause. If the hon. Gentleman refers to clause 11, he will see that that debate is more appropriate to that clause. I would be grateful if the Committee did not enter into a long...
Peter Atkinson: No. That is the next group of amendments.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 70, in clause 55, page 26, line 2, at end insert— ‘( ) In preparing reports under this section the Secretary of State must have regard to whether the net UK carbon account is within the indicative annual range for the relevant periods and the effect of any differences on the risks for the United Kingdom of the predicted impact of...
Peter Atkinson: It may be opportune to point out that we are about a third of the way through the Committee stage and have just finished clause 4. There are another 89 clauses and six schedules to deal with.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment No. 40, in clause 14, page 7, line 29, at end insert— ‘(3A) The report must explain how the proposals and policies set out in the report will affect— (a) global average temperature, (b) loss of world biodiversity, and (c) loss of world rainforests.’. New clause 9—Duty to report on impact of climate change on...
Peter Atkinson: The pesticides directive would make it difficult to grow many vegetables, including potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables, quite apart from cereals. Indeed, they would be made virtually uneconomic in this country.
Peter Atkinson: On the destroyed potato trial plot, it would help if the Secretary of State changed the Government's policy and did not publicise the addresses of those trial plots.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research into the reasons why costs for kerosene have risen more rapidly than those for gas and electricity over the last 12 months.
Peter Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in fuel oil prices on the domestic heating bills of those with no access to mains gas supplies.
Peter Atkinson: May I give the House a practical illustration of the unfairness of the proposal? Many of my constituents drive second-hand cars, and the value of those vehicles has now been reduced by several thousand pounds because of this retrospective taxation. Those living in rural areas depend on their cars and have already been hit by higher fuel prices. They have also been hit at home by the...
Peter Atkinson: Over the years that I have been in the House, I have always known that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, South (Nigel Griffiths) will leap up at the last minute to defend the indefensible if he needs to do that to defend his party. That is what he tried to do tonight. I wonder where he has been. His argument about the views of individual Conservative Members is irrelevant to the anger that the...
Peter Atkinson: Absolutely. I agree entirely. It is not only regressive, but like all regressive taxation, it particularly hurts those who can least afford it. My constituency is one of the most sparsely populated in England, and is on the Scottish border. Many of my constituents are not highly paid by any means, and they need their cars because there is virtually no public transport available. They have to...
Peter Atkinson: Before we start, I should say that we anticipate three or four Divisions in the House at about 3.15 pm, in which case I will obviously suspend the Committee for 15 minutes for each Division. If, at the end of the series of votes, we are all back a bit earlier than that, we will endeavour to start proceedings immediately.
Peter Atkinson: I remind the Committee that with this we are discussing the following: Government amendments Nos. 19 and 20. Government new clause 3—Advice of Committee on Climate Change on impact report.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government amendment No. 21 Government new clause 4—Reporting on progress in connection with adaptation.