Results 1–20 of 7976 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Norman Baker

International Endangered Species (3 Mar 2015)

Norman Baker: Just before the Minister concludes, will he say something about the issue of online trading and what steps the Government can take to alert buyers to the potential illegality of their purchases?

International Endangered Species (3 Mar 2015)

Norman Baker: I welcome the opportunity to discuss this important matter. I note that the debate falls on world animal day, which is a fortuitous coincidence. If the mysteries of your office had anything to do with it, Mr Speaker, I am very grateful. This is the second debate on endangered species that I have introduced since becoming a Member of Parliament, the first having taken place on 1 May 2002. On...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: Does the hon. Lady not accept that the inquiry could have begun and taken evidence while troops were still committed but not published until after the troops had come home?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for facilitating this debate in my name and those of my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) and my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Greg Mulholland), who for personal reasons is not here today. I regret that we are debating the non-publication of the report rather than the report itself—a report that,...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: I had better not. I am sorry. Normal processes were abandoned. We need to know what happened so that we can stop it happening again.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: Does the Minister accept that 18% of the UK’s sites of special scientific interest, 13% of the special areas of conservation and 14% of the special protection areas are covered by the 14th licensing round?

Health Services (Lewes) (9 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: I welcome the opportunity to discuss local health issues affecting my constituency. Of course, the debate comes at an opportune time given the attention that has been given to the NHS locally. I welcome the funding the coalition has given to the NHS, which is of course more than the Labour party gave or would have given had it been elected to office. I also welcome the £1 billion...

Coastal Towns — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (6 Jan 2015)

Norman Baker: As my hon. Friend is talking about Sussex, perhaps he will allow me to intervene on that point. The figure is probably even smaller for Newhaven. Does he also recognise that one of the strengths of coastal communities around the country these days is how they are taking advantage of the investment being made in renewable energy off the coast? There has been a particular renaissance in jobs in...

Women’s Refuges (Provision and Eligibility) (17 Dec 2014)

Norman Baker: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require provision of women’s refuges in certain areas; to set out requirements of local councils relating to women’s refuges; and for connected purposes. It is a sad fact of our society that violence against women is all too common—far too common. Women’s Aid estimates that one in four women experiences domestic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: I am sure that the Prime Minister will share my enthusiasm for E.ON’s confirmation this week that 300 jobs are to be created for the construction and maintenance of a new offshore wind farm, many of which will be in Newhaven in my constituency. Does that not prove that doing the right thing for the environment is also doing the right thing for the economy, and will he condemn those...

NHS (Ttip): Cannabis (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: What recent assessment he has made of the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis.

NHS (Ttip): Cannabis (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: Over the last year or so, I have met a number of credible people from all walks of life and with a range of medical conditions who have told me that the only substance that helps their medical condition is cannabis. However, they cannot secure it through the NHS and they risk getting a criminal record if they try to obtain it for themselves. Will the Minister look at the much wider...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: I am pleased to be able to introduce this debate on behalf of my constituents and, indeed, those nationally who are interested in the issue. The aims of energy policy are probably uncontroversial. They are to secure security of supply, and ideally indigenous supply, in order not to be held hostage by other countries in due course; to help to meet our climate change targets; and to use the...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. We have to look at the global use of fossil fuels, which is the point that I am coming on to. It would be completely irresponsible for the world to use the fossil fuels that exist in total. Therefore, we have to move towards alternatives, rather than simply switching one fossil fuel for another. Some shale gas advocates have argued that it will...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: I entirely accept that the geological conditions are different in different countries. There may be a stronger argument elsewhere for shale gas, for the very reasons that the hon. Gentleman has given, but I suggest to him that in the UK context, that argument does not stack up, for the reasons that we have given. Also, this UK Government and the previous Government have given a strong lead...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: If we end up with a massive shale gas industry, which is what some parts of the Government have suggested may be the case, we are building in reliance on fossil fuels to a large degree for an indefinite period. If, however, the shale gas reserves are not realisable, as I believe they may not be, we will spend a lot of money and time on something that does not produce much at all. Either way,...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: Undoubtedly, we are largely dependent on gas. I would argue that natural gas is preferable to coal. However, I am not sure that that is the case with shale gas, for the reasons that I will come to, one of which is methane leakage. US studies have shown that up to 9% of methane can escape into the atmosphere, and over a 20-year timeline, methane can be 86 times more powerful, greenhouse...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: I agree that any energy policy needs to take into account all relevant factors. Taking all relevant factors into account, however, I would not pursue the Government’s current fracking policy. I was referring to a number of downsides that need to be addressed. The Countryside Alliance has produced a brief in the past couple of days, which states that “the development of a shale gas...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 Nov 2014)

Norman Baker: That is certainly true. The geology is different, and land use management is different in this country. We do not have the vast open spaces that exist in the US—I believe that Lord Howell referred to the “desolate” north-east, which I do not think is an appropriate description of our country—so of course the situation is entirely different. As we found with genetically...


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