Results 1–20 of 6280 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Caroline Flint

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Flint: Much of what I am hearing is music to my ears, and I welcome the fantastic cross-party support. The draft Bill, however, is a vindication of Labour’s warnings since the data became available in 2011 that customers were being ripped off by the big six energy companies. The Secretary of State has finally accepted that customers were overcharged by £1.4 billion between 2012 and 2015,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Caroline Flint: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State knows that the concern for Ofgem, even though it has the power, is that energy companies would appeal to the CMA and frustrate the process. What he has not acknowledged today is that, under section 26 of the Energy Act 2010, he already has the power to introduce a price cap if one group of customers is treated less favourably than other customers by an energy supplier....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Caroline Flint: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) and his constructive and positive contribution. There is no doubt that Brexit poses a great number of challenges to the Government and to MPs of all parties, not least the challenge of replacing European Union laws and jurisdiction with equivalent UK laws and regulations under UK jurisdiction. That is the purpose...

Prison and Youth Custody Centre Safety (19 Jul 2017)

Caroline Flint: The Minister referred to the advent of drugs such as Spice as an unknown quantity for the Prison Service to have to deal with, but the fact that there are a quarter fewer prison officers than in 2010 hardly helps to address new challenges. Assaults on staff are up by 70% since 2009, and in 2016 alone one in five justice staff members left the sector. Will the Minister confirm that there is a...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (12 Jul 2017)

Caroline Flint: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 12 July 2017.

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (12 Jul 2017)

Caroline Flint: Is today’s report that in 2015-16 National Grid made £3 billion of profit at the expense of households not further evidence that the Government are not delivering fair energy prices? Will the Government agree to an immediate rebate for overcharging, and will they now commit to an energy price cap for the 17 million households on the most expensive tariffs?

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

Caroline Flint: A year ago, the then Financial Secretary, the right hon. Member for South West Hertfordshire (Mr Gauke), told the House that the Government supported a multilateral deal on public country-by-country reporting. He said that “if we have not made progress by this time next year on reaching a multilateral agreement, we will need to look carefully at the issue once...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Caroline Flint: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan). Our economy is still too imbalanced and London-centric—too reliant on the services sector and still not adequately skilling up the next generation for not only the economic challenges ahead but the technological advances that will affect a huge number of jobs. It is also hampered by failing markets such...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Caroline Flint: I certainly want the dilemma that EU nationals working and living here are facing to be put to bed so that they can plan for their future, but I also know that my constituents who voted leave wanted the reform of free movement. Will the Prime Minister pledge today to ensure that more of my constituents will be trained to fill any vacancies in both the public and private sectors created by the...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: Regardless of how people voted in the referendum, I suspect there is an even bigger majority today for all of us to get on with trying to get the best deal we possibly can. Many businesses are worried. With the triggering of article 50, they feel the clock is ticking and that everything might need to be resolved within two years. Can the Prime Minister reassure businesses? At the end of the...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Overseas Trade (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: Is the Minister looking at the trade differences between the English regions? One of the reasons that lots of people in the English regions outside London voted to leave was that they did not feel they were getting the benefits of the European Union. What is he going to do to help those areas improve their trading links?

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: It is important to encourage women and girls into non-traditional careers, but will the hon. Lady ask the Ministers responsible for expanding apprenticeships why there are no targets for increasing the number of girls on apprenticeships in traditionally male areas? There has been a lost opportunity to challenge that.

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: The Lord Chancellor has mentioned how important staffing is. The roll-out of a 1:6 ratio in public sector prisons is welcome, but I do not understand why it would not apply to private prisons, because they have to deal with the same sorts of challenges as those in our public sector.

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: It is important that we have a candid, open and honest discussion. The Minister makes a good point about prices versus bills, because the amount of energy that we use has gone down significantly over the past 10 years. Is he as concerned as I am that the big six might be keeping their tariffs unwelcomely high because they are having to compensate for the fact that we are using less energy?

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: I listened positively to what the Minister said about the Government being prepared to intervene when a market is not working. I remind him that the Confederation of British Industry refers to the energy market as a managed market, because energy is an essential-to-life product; it really is set apart from the products that we discussed earlier, such as toothpaste, that we buy every day. I...

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: My hon. Friend makes an important point about the vertically integrated nature of these companies. In this dark, dark world of electricity generation and supply, is it not the case that the big six generate energy, sell it to themselves and then sell it on to us? That not only impacts on the fairness of pricing but excludes others, including independent generators and retailers, from coming...

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler). I congratulate her on the work she has done serving communities and families that are over-reliant on prepayment meters, and it is a welcome change that they will get some help in the months ahead. I would also say that I have a number of people living in the private rented sector in my constituency—I...

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: Exactly. We have the historical evidence that month by month people are still paying far too much for their energy bills. It is absolutely astonishing that this is happening in what is meant to be a competitive market. The overcharging and the excessive profit margin made from standard variable tariff customers clearly provides no encouragement to move those customers on to a better deal. I...

Energy Prices (16 Mar 2017)

Caroline Flint: The regulator already has powers in its back pocket. It can intervene if it thinks that the market is uncompetitive. It can, if necessary, take customers off a company that is failing and allow them to get a better deal elsewhere from other suppliers. However, we do need Government to take responsibility. Whether we have the relative price cap that the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare...

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