Results 181–200 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Aluminium (26 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the energy consumption is per unit of aluminium produced from (a) raw materials and (b) scrap.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Aluminium (26 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the price of scrap aluminium per tonne is; and what the average price was in 1997.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Aluminium (26 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are taken to ensure that scrap aluminium exported from the UK is sent to Integrated Pollution Preventative and Control Directive Approved processing plants.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 10 - Supplemental functions (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I was not going to intervene on the hon. Gentleman, as he appeared to be reaching the end of his contribution, and it is not my job to sell the Government's position, but I put it to him delicately that he makes it sound as if a nuclear company can start up like some cowboy builder and say, ''We will knock up a nuclear power station down the road, and if it all goes bang, someone else can...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 10 - Supplemental functions (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I hesitate to intervene on the Minister. Now that I am on his Christmas card list I do not want to be deleted. The hon. Member for Lewes says that this is a probing amendment, from which one gathers that he will not press it to a vote. He would love to know what relationship the NDA is expected to adopt with the other private companies. To what extent will they be commissioned to do various...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 9 - Designations relating to scotland (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: When I read the amendment, I experienced the puzzlement of trying to get into the mind of the Liberal Democrats, and I have to say that I failed. I came to the conclusion that if it was anything other than a wrecking amendment—in which case all became clear—I was in difficulty. However, the hon. Member for Lewes said that it was a probing amendment, so I feel a warm glow come over me. I...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 9 - Designations relating to scotland (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I have to say to the hon. Gentleman—he was my hon. Friend, but he has gone down a grade—that I was in Scotland last year. I took my dearly beloved, who is my wife as well, on an away day to celebrate one of our many wedding anniversaries. We had a lovely time going through what I have to say is the granite of Scotland. I am unaware of the sandstone of Angus, but if he would like a nuclear...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords] (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I would describe the amendment as a true probing amendment in the traditional sense. It warms the cockles of my heart to see such an old-fashioned amendment; it makes me feel at home in this new age. I shall resist the temptation to discuss the intricacies of the amendment in detail. The amendment is unsound, but interesting. The Under-Secretary must accurately define what the Government...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords] (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Shades of the past, when a colleague would intervene to help an hon. Friend who was drying up by giving him a little line and keeping him running on a new thought. I will not say why I signed the Official Secrets Act, except to say that I am a loyal citizen of this country; I wish it to prosper and would not want information to be used by enemies of the state to its detriment. I hope that...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords] (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My hon. Friend is right in asking that question of the Under-Secretary; it is important that that should be put on the record. The point that I was making was that there is a huge nuclear legacy through the weapons programme and that some people desire to amalgamate that into the civilian situation. It is important to ensure that the civil liabilities are not burdened with the requirements...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords] (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: When the hon. Gentleman talks about the taxpayer paying for the nuclear legacy, he should remember the weapons programme that lasted for many a year. The civilian nuclear industry should not be included with that legacy.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords] (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I must confess that when I read this series of amendments I thought they were probing. I am sure that you, Mr. O'Brien, will remember when probing amendments were discussed in Committee at great length, which enabled us to discourse on matters that were not always relevant. Timetabling means that we are more constrained and have to deal with the case in hand. Having listened to the hon....

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Constitution of NDA (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Can I get this absolutely clear? Is the hon. Gentleman saying that somebody coming from industry, who may have knowledge of procedures that are not up to speed or of radioactive material being stored unsafely, should not take up the job immediately and pass on such information, but should wait six months? I would like him to clarify the point.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 5 - Constitution of NDA (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Unsurprisingly, I support my hon. Friend and, regretfully, I disagree with the hon. Member for Lewes. Along with everyone else, I welcome the setting up of this agency. As my hon. Friend said, that is long overdue. It was unfortunate that, in 1997, a geological survey in Cumbria brought a halt to the idea of having a high-level waste disposal facility. I understand where the hon. Gentleman...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I want to ensure that I have got things clear. The Government are making policy on the hoof. There has been a Government White Paper, the Bill has gone through the Lords and the Government have had discussions with industry, so the CO2 targets and achievable figures should already be known. We should not be consulting industry to decide them now. Will the Minister table an amendment on Report...

Written Answers — Treasury: Scrap Aluminium (25 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to tax export of scrap aluminium to sources outside the EU.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (20 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Does my hon. Friend agree that one purpose of Committees is to draw commitments from Ministers on issues such as what will appear in annual reports? That makes us all clear about what will emerge and there will be no backsliding by the Government of the day. I hope that the hon. Member for Milton Keynes, North-East appreciates and understands that point.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (20 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am listening with great interest to what the hon. Gentleman has to say and I sincerely hope he is successful. He should bear it in mind that the Labour Government had exactly that policy in 1997, but they never got round to implementing it. What makes him think that he will be lucky this time, some seven years later?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (20 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am always delighted to be further down the speakers' list; most of the arguments have already been made, so I do not have to cover the ground at great length. The days of long speeches in Standing Committee have gone, to my regret. I am looking forward to seeing how the Minister will justify the replacement of clauses 2 and 3 with new clause 7. Clause 2 of the Bill as it came from the...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 2 - Annual reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003 (20 May 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am glad to hear that the Government are consistent in their position, from which, I suppose, we can take encouragement. The hon. Member for Milton Keynes, North-East obviously will be disappointed, as that means that he will have no chance of putting CO2 targets into the Bill. He will not have to protest too strongly—[Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman has been deposed from his position...


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