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Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Oliver Letwin: rose—

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way, but I was going to ask him the same question and he has given exactly the answer I hoped he would give.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: My hon. Friend and I have had an engaging conversation about this for many months, but given all the things he reports Ofgem as planning, surely that means we will have not a single point tariff that rapidly becomes outdated, but rather a tariff that will respond—for example to input costs?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I just want to be clear, because I have got very confused about these propositions on a relative cap. On the face of it, the words of new clause 1 are strikingly similar to those of amendment 2. Is the hon. Gentleman proposing that after the absolute cap, there should be a relative cap?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: If we put together the hon. Gentleman’s remarks about amendments 5 and 6—the general gist of which I have no quarrel with—and if Ofgem were subject to legal challenge as a result of trying to impose a cap of this size on that timetable, what does he suggest would be the effect of his amendments if they had entered law? How would Ofgem deal with the conflict between the...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I completely accept that it is advantageous to give Ofgem a push to do this on the timescale that the hon. Gentleman is describing. However, clause 1(1) says that “the Authority…must modify the standard supply licence conditions”, and under his amendments, it would have to have done that by a given date, yet the court may be preventing it from doing so. I still do not...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: The right hon. Gentleman is making an extraordinarily central point. Does he agree that the whole structure of the P5 essentially depends on the assumption that all permanent members of the Security Council have it in mind to enforce the international rules-based order? When that breaks down, we have a fundamental problem.

Business of the House (16 Apr 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I very much welcome the Leader of the House’s statement, but I welcome even more her reference to the three and a quarter hours that we have just been through. Does she agree that in the course of that extraordinary sequence, we not only had the opportunity to hear my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) make important points about international law and...

Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Mar 2018)

Oliver Letwin: What the hon. Lady describes is a quality of life. Does she agree that, at root, what we are dealing with here is the problem that NICE measures the quality of life-adjusted years and does not measure improvements in quality of life of the kind she describes?

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

Oliver Letwin: I am listening with increasing admiration to the right hon. Lady’s speech, which reminds me of why there was once a Labour party with which I had a great deal more sympathy than I do at present. I strongly agree with what she says about green tariffs. We want to promote green energy, but to do so on a basis that is economically rational.

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

Oliver Letwin: In the interests of brevity, I want to make one point about the rationale for the cap that I do not think has yet been stated in this debate, and two points to reassure my hon. Friends about issues that have arisen. On the rationale, it is true that Ramsey pricing—the gouging of so-called loyal or, in other words, inertial customers—is a major issue, but predatory pricing on the...

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

Oliver Letwin: Who knows? The point I was just about to make is that the Bill will hand the whole thing over to Ofgem. This is basically an “Ofgem—you get to decide it” Bill, so we will only know when we see what it produces. However, I would bet my bottom dollar—not that I have very many bottom dollars—that Ofgem will actually produce a formula, not a number, so the cap will...

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

Oliver Letwin: As my hon. Friend knows, I have some sympathy with his arguments. Does he recognise that, as drafted, the Bill enables Ofgem to set the cap by formula, which could be related to wholesale prices and have the flexibility required to overcome the problem he describes?

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

Oliver Letwin: Looking at clause 2(1)(b), as drafted, it seems perfectly clear to me that Ofgem will have to set out how the cap is to be calculated, which positively points in the direction of a formulaic rather than an absolute position.

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

Oliver Letwin: rose—

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

Oliver Letwin: I certainly will not press the point beyond this. Does my hon. Friend not need to distinguish between absolute, which means not relative—to offer tariffs—and formulaic and flexible, which the drafting certainly does allow, as opposed to a point that is set by a Committee for six months?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I remind the House of my interest in the Faraday Institution. Given that the whole House agrees, roughly speaking, with what the hon. Gentleman said, and that the Minister has announced that he is going to produce the strategy that the Opposition Front Bench team very sensibly want, may I beg the hon. Gentleman not to press his new clause to a vote? Were he to do so, it would have the sad...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: I am grateful to the Government for bringing forward this new clause, for which I argued in Committee, and I think the drafting is appropriate. The answer to the question asked by the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) is that the data transmitted will be highly aggregated and will be used by the grid and DNOs to manage the system better. It is important that the Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: After the sifting committee has received an explanatory statement and before it makes a sift, will the committee also have access to Ministers to question them if it cannot understand what the affirmative or negative instrument is about?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Oliver Letwin: No doubt the hon. Lady will develop her argument, but will she just clarify something? It is not the case, is it, that anything is being removed from the devolved authorities? It is a question of whether things that currently reside in Brussels should be devolved rather than returned to Westminster.


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