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The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) on securing this debate. I also congratulate Lord Alan Howarth, who was the mover behind the APPG, and his team, many of whom are here today. I speak from a personal perspective; I was a primary school teacher for 15 years before becoming a Member of Parliament. The children in my care loved art, drama, craft, music and sport ahead...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: On longevity, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that someone born today has a 50% chance of living to more than 105 and that a 20-year-old today has a 50% chance of living to more than 100? As the period of old age grows, it is important that we have fulfilling activities for older people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Electoral Registration (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: The integrity of the electoral register suffers while millions of British citizens are unregistered. What specific measures is the Minister taking to register the millions of young people who remain off the register, and what specific funds has he allocated to that worthy cause?

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: In Danish!

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Chris Ruane: Over the past 17 years, Wales has received £9 billion in grants from Europe. During the Brexit debates and the referendum, Tory Ministers said that Wales would not lose out as a result of Brexit. Can the Prime Minister tell us how much funding Wales will get—additional funding—after Brexit is completed?

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: If I did say £14 a month, I apologise. The figure should have been £14 a year; I hope that the Minister will take that in the spirit in which it was meant. Also, can he give us a date when the Government will respond to the Hendry report?

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: It is a pleasure to serve under your esteemed chairmanship, Mr Paisley. May I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing this important debate? He coined the phrase “energy island” to describe his constituency. His dynamism and personal energy are recognised far and wide, in the Chamber and across Wales. In fact, I think if National...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: The big difference between what occurred under Labour and under the Conservatives is that the communities were left high and dry under the Conservatives. It was a political decision to close those mines. It was spite because of the industrial action by the miners. That was the big difference, and those communities are still suffering today. I want to move on to more modern times, but I...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: I will move on now, Mr Paisley. We now live in greener, cleaner times, but the Conservative Government’s attitude to energy, and especially renewable energy, in Wales has not changed. I was privileged to open Wales’s first offshore wind farm—in fact, according to Wikipedia, it was the UK’s first major renewable power project—which was located off the coast of my...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: Gwynt y Môr?

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: I am pleased that the Minister is able to say that, but as has been said, there were Conservative Members in County Conwy who did not support the project.

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: The leadership in Denbighshire was totally different, but again, we move on. The North Hoyle project was an outstanding success, and I pay tribute to npower renewables, which has donated £80,000 a year since 2003 to local charities in the communities of Rhyl and Prestatyn. It was a blueprint for other renewable companies to embed themselves in those communities. Again, the support for...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: No. The Minister has had two bites of the cherry. He will have bags of time at the end as well; he can expand as he sees fit. When the previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, was a candidate for leader of his party, he tried to curry favour in Wales. He visited the Tory party conference in Llandudno, pointed to the turbines outside in the sea and described them as giant bird blenders.

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: The Minister will have a chance to respond. David Cameron then went down to Notting Hill and put a giant bird blender on top of his chimney. [Interruption.]

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: It was an example of the way the Conservative party has crudely used renewable energies to change its image. As well as the wind turbine on the Prime Minister’s house, there was “Hug a Husky”, but we all know that it was superficial. As soon as the Conservatives got into power, the worm turned—the winds of change turned. The Minister will know that many in his party...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: He says I cannot, but I am going to ask it anyway. Will he declare his love for the lagoon? There is a local campaign called “Love the Lagoon”—it involves Conservative councillors, Conservative politicians and Conservative Members who are keen to expand that because they can see the benefit for their community. Does he love the lagoon—if that is not a personal...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: Absolutely, there was cross-party support. I think that there are even Conservatives who support it down there. In the meantime, we have prevarication and procrastination by the UK Government on the matter of lagoons. Welsh Government Ministers wrote to their UK counterparts in April and June of this year, and I believe that the June letters have still not been responded to. Will the Minister...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Chris Ruane: This is the last time.


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