Results 1–20 of 6266 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

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: The evidence that the Prime Minister has provided today makes it absolutely clear that the onus is on the Russian state to explain how this nerve agent entered our country. I thank her for her answer to my colleague, the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee. It is absolutely essential that we can, where possible, ensure that the public are aware of the Russian threat. Does she...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: I accept that we are talking about decades—I do not think that the market we ended up with was one that Margaret Thatcher thought that she was creating. The truth is that it was only after 2010 that we had any transparency and could access the data to tell us what was going on with these prices and why the mark-ups were so high. That is an important lesson from all this: transparency in...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: The hon. Lady is making an important point. Does she agree that it worth looking at how we could regulate independent brokers who could switch customers—on the customers’ behalf and under their authorisation—to the best deals? That might help these customers, and it could apply not only to energy, but to broadband, mobiles and insurance.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: Would the hon. Gentleman be surprised to learn that it was only in 1998 that people were first able to change their electricity supplier?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: Today is a political lesson in never giving up. Despite all the lobbying noise of vested interests, constant denials of market failure and numerous attempts to persuade energy bill payers to shop around, the Government could no longer ignore the fact that the majority of energy bill payers were—and are—being ripped off. The Bill has a virtuous purpose: to protect customers from...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: Absolutely, and I am going to come on to renewables. Ministers should beware of any proposal to exempt green tariffs or low-carbon tariffs from the price cap, and let me be clear why. In 75% of days in 2017, wind power supplied more energy than coal power in the UK. Nuclear and renewables are central to our power output in the UK energy market and the generators are well rewarded for that....

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: I welcome the cross-party support that continues to blossom on this issue. I urge Ministers to ensure that Ofgem is equipped with all the powers it needs to act as a consumer champion, and to deliver both a price cap and penalties for corporate misbehaviour. I have not been uncritical of Ofgem. For too long the regulator did not hold the big six to account for poor customer service. Where...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: Some 5 million people are already benefiting from the price cap for those on pre-payment meters or on the warm home discount, and Ofgem is in charge of that. Why cannot it be trusted to extend its skill to a wider group of customers?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: Do the Government not already have powers, under section 26 of the Energy Act 2010, to introduce a price cap if one group of customers is treated less favourably than others by an energy supplier? Ofgem fears that if it used its powers, there would be a ruling against it and it would end up in the courts. Our purpose today, and my purpose in supporting the Bill, is to lay out once and for all...

National Planning Policy Framework (5 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State’s proposals allow councils to require a development to start within two years. I welcome that, but a start is not a completed home. Will he consider giving councils the power to set annual house completion deadlines when they grant planning consent? Will he reassure me that councils will be able to require fibre-to-home broadband on all developments to replace the...

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (23 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his campaign. There are 90,000 residents in Doncaster who are on the organ donation register, and I am proud to be one of them. However, 54 patients in Doncaster are waiting for transplants. Unfortunately, Andrew Lake, the brother of my constituent, Amie Knott, died waiting for a double lung transplant. Is it not the case that we need to secure more people who...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: Where did the Minister get the figure of 93%—perhaps he can furnish us with the information after the debate—because I do not think that bears any relationship to the reality for many of our constituents?

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: Right hon.

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: I worked hard for that.

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: My hon. Friend makes a superb point about access to broadband. In my constituency, some 30% of people either have very slow access or no access at all, and I can vouch for the fact that in Bawtry, where the last bank is in danger of closing, it is a nightmare either making mobile phone calls or getting on to the internet. Could not the Government say to the banks that until those areas have...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: I am sure that we all heed your words, Madam Deputy Speaker, and thank you for your consideration this afternoon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) on securing the debate. I listened very carefully to the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert), but I am afraid that he seemed...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. One would think that banks did not really want to foster demand for real branches, so the case for closure is made for them. They are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Parliament needs to demand more from Government and more from the big five banks, beginning with support for local communities. While branches cluster in large cities in lavish...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: My hon. Friend makes such an important point. There are so many assumptions about the way that people live their lives today that bear no relation to our own experience, let alone that of our constituents. In my constituency, people are 10 to 20 or more miles away from their nearest branch. We do not hear about the 10% to 20% of people across the UK who are in that situation. Customers in...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Caroline Flint: This is an amazing day for all of us women who have been elected to Parliament. I am the 201st woman to be elected. I think today reminds us that so often when we study history, women’s participation in it, and contribution to it, is not celebrated or talked about. This is about ordinary people, ordinary women, doing extraordinary things. Does the Home Secretary agree that it would be a...

Committees: RBS Rural Branch Closures (18 Dec 2017)

Caroline Flint: I think all of us want to make sure that small branches in our rural and semi-rural areas are kept open. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree not only that, when these branches close, funds for small businesses shut down, but that, when the last bank in a community closes, as in Bawtry in my constituency, it is a major blow to the community the bank serves?

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