Results 161–180 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Schedule 16 - Applications and proposals for notices under section 96 (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I must confess that I was rather puzzled when I read amendments Nos. 144 and 145 because I could not quite work out their purpose. I thought that they might be intended to tease out an understanding of this situation and to advance the position that they would bring about, rather than to be definitive amendments. I have listened with great interest and I am not certain that I am that much...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Schedule 16 - Applications and proposals for notices under section 96 (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I can go along with what the hon. Gentleman has just said, but if he reads paragraph 4(3)(b) of the schedule, he will see that with his amendment it would say, ''must cause a public inquiry to be held, instead of any other hearing or opportunity of stating objections to the application.'' That is how I read it, but what he has just said seems slightly at variance with that. It is unusual for...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am quite supportive of the proposal, but I cannot see it being included in the Bill. The ingenuity being proposed for wind farms is being exploited in other areas, and I declare an interest. Wind farms are tying up with small gas deposits in the North sea, where they will generate electricity on site and use the expensive cabling to put the power into the system. For once the hon. Gentleman...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I endorse the remark of the hon. Member for Hazel Grove. If the marvellous wording, which will apparently bring sweetness, light and harmony to those clauses, is not satisfactory, we will want the opportunity to table amendments in response.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I shall stay out of that argument. In fact, on the hon. Gentleman's point, I defend the Government. They have had various papers for considering the issue of energy for only a year or so; the Energy Bill has only existed for about a year. They have not had time to think about the problem. The hon. Gentleman must give them more time to work out solutions. We cannot move too quickly because the...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman is right; that would be a wrecking amendment. I delicately suggest that, while the sentiment is in the right direction, the obligation perhaps should be to reduce the chances of a collision. I turn now to the Liberal Democrat amendment No. 186, which substitutes one of our old friends ''may'' and ''shall'' with ''is likely to''. It is a variant on a theme that I can only...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I thank the Minister for his comments. However, he has left a degree of uncertainty because, as much as I trust the Government, we are not clear about how they will change the wording of clauses 100 and 101. I do not wish to cause the Minister offence, but I must ask why those alterations were not introduced much earlier. The clauses are not a huge surprise; they have not suddenly emerged...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: That is the hon. Gentleman's interpretation, but I do not see it in those stark terms. If clauses 100 and 101 were to remain, I doubt if my hon. Friends would press any of the related new clauses or amendments to a vote. However, there must be a requirement in law concerning the impact of offshore energy installations on users of sea lanes essential to international navigation. The...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I see no reason why, when accommodating international shipping, we cannot accommodate recreational sailing and fishing fleets. That does not mean that we would not have zones for wind farms, but they must be established in a way that is safe for maritime shipping lanes. Recreational yachting cannot be allowed to take place anywhere, because, as the hon. Member for Waveney said, that would...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I hope that the hon. Member for Waveney will take comfort from that. The wording of the Government's amendments to clauses 100 and 101 is still a mystery; the amendments are still in the bowels of the Department and will be revealed only at the last moment when it will be impossible to table amendments. That is not satisfactory. I am not sure whether any form of protest can be lodged through...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I must point out, Mr. Sayeed, that I am just slightly slimmer than my hon. Friend.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 94 - Consents for generating stations offshore (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: As far as I am concerned, everyone in the Room is much younger, which is why I shall not continue beyond the next election. [Hon. Members: ''Shame!''] Yes, but Government Members do not agree. I was not intending to comment on this group, but two things have encouraged me to do so: first, the inaccurate and intemperate remarks of the hon. Member for Waveney and, secondly, the comment made by...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 91 - Modification of licence conditions for offshore transmission and distribution (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I will be commendably brief. Having had some responsibility for granting offshore licences, I can say that there is a significant difference between laying cables on land and laying cables at sea. In some seasons, the North sea can be remarkably rough. It can cause an immense amount of trouble, and it takes time for the swell to settle after a storm. Is the Minister absolutely satisfied that...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 88 - Application of civil law to renewable energy installations etc. (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I hesitate to make any contribution to this debate, but if I were writing to the letters pages of some tabloids about the Bill, I would sign my letter, ''Confused from South-West Hertfordshire''. A lot of my colleagues say that I am permanently confused, which does not add much to the debate, but I really do not know where we are on these clauses. I do not know where the responsibility lies...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 88 - Application of civil law to renewable energy installations etc. (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I have almost finished my remarks. It is obvious that I am completely unclear about what the clause does. I am sorry to say that we have not had an adequate explanation, and if someone could tell me exactly what this all means as regards a clean line of law and authority I would be grateful. The people who will build those installations want a clear line of authority and want to know where...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 85 - Exploitation of areas outside the territorial sea for energy production (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am glad that the hon. Member for Lewes has said that this is a probing amendment, because he would run into troubles with the use of the word ''paramount'', as the hon. Member for Angus says. That word hit the political lists in the context of the invasion of the Falklands, when the wishes of the Falkland islanders were said to be paramount, according to the Prime Minister, Baroness...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 84 - Gas and Electricity Markets Authority sustainability duty (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On hearing what the hon. Gentleman says, I think that there is not much difference between us. If there is regulation on the face of the Bill, the regulator will have clear guidance on what to do. The hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown has already made the point that the regulator has had a one-club policy—consumer prices. That policy has been effectively pursued, but at an unsatisfactory...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 84 - Gas and Electricity Markets Authority sustainability duty (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I congratulate the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown on the excellent amendment that he has proposed. I only regret that he did not ask me to add my name to it when he tabled it, so that it could have gone forward with a true concordat from both sides of the House. I hope that that has not damned it in the Minister's eyes, and that he will consider it on its merits rather than on party...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill [Lords]: Clause 84 - Gas and Electricity Markets Authority sustainability duty (8 Jun 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I know that the hon. Gentleman has political ambitions, but it is a little cheap to have a go at the Liberals. He must choose tougher targets and move up the scale if he is to make his mark in the political world in which we live and work. I should be more than prepared to debate Liberal policy but again, Mr. Sayeed, you would be right to drag me back to order. I shall not go through...


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