Steve McCabe: Order.
Steve McCabe: I said 5.43 pm.
Steve McCabe: I am very sorry, but the clock has beaten you on this occasion. Motion lapsed, and sitting adjourned without Question put ( Standing Order No. 10(14)).
Steve McCabe: Order. There is a Division in the main Chamber, so we will have to suspend the sitting and you will all have to come back to conclude. We will suspend for 15 minutes. Sitting suspended for a Division in the House. On resuming—
Steve McCabe: I should say at the outset that I might have to leave before the end of the debate as I have to take the Chair in Westminster Hall. As the Minister would not do so, let me begin by acknowledging that the cash freeze in this settlement is, when we take inflation into account, actually a real-terms cut for West Midlands police. That is what the Government are doing to policing in the west...
Steve McCabe: Does my hon. Friend agree that, contrary to what the Minister has alleged, what Labour Members are doing today is standing up for their constituents and voting against cuts that are unsafe and putting our constituents at risk?
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the downward trend in UK solar development on the solar industry's supply chain in the UK.
Steve McCabe: Will the Secretary of State give an assurance that any accountable care organisations that he establishes will not be able to use commercial confidentiality excuses to evade scrutiny under freedom of information legislation?
Steve McCabe: What plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to establish Accountable Care Organisations in the NHS.
Steve McCabe: I recognise that that is the Minister’s genuine view, but how much should consumers pay for the privilege, and at what point will he feel that they are not getting the benefits they have been promised?
Steve McCabe: Both the Government’s and Ofgem’s justification for the smart meter programme is that it is meant to save customers money. If we reach the stage where it is actually costing customers rather than saving them money, will the hon. Gentleman regard that as a failure of the programme?
Steve McCabe: rose—
Steve McCabe: As they say, Mr Deputy Speaker, I will try that again. Amendments 2 and 3 would give the Secretary of State the power to license and regulate meter asset providers—or MAPs, as they are more commonly known. They are independent companies that secure funding and provide asset management and meter disposal on behalf of the energy companies. They are the middlemen who have come to play a...
Steve McCabe: As I recall, that figure of 250 was given to the Committee by the DCC’s chief executive. My hon. Friend will be aware that the Department initially announced last week that it did not know the figure, but then admitted that it was 80, and that most of those meters actually belonged to company officers, not members of the public. Does that not suggest that this programme is woefully off...
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to reduce the high deemed rental costs associated with contracts between meter asset providers and energy suppliers, particularly when a customer switches energy supplier.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) SMETS1 and (b) SMETS2 gas meters have been installed under the smart meters roll-out programme.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether smart meter installation costs have increased from the time when the 2016 cost-benefit analysis was conducted.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate has he made of the number of smart meters that will be installed under the smart meter roll-out programme by 2020.
Steve McCabe: What assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the level of universal credit work allowance on the number of people entering work.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for introducing a deposit return scheme for all PET plastic drinks bottles.