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Written Answers — Health: Mentally Ill: Nottinghamshire (7 Apr 2010)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in Nottinghamshire (a) in total and (b) in secure wards; and what the equivalent figures were in 2005.

Amendment of the Law (29 Mar 2010)

Alan Simpson: I came into the House 18 years ago frustrated by a Government who had sold the pass on manufacturing in favour of a dangerous flirtation with speculative and deregulated finance. So, a lot has changed in those 18 years. We are where we are because of the mess that speculative and deregulated finance has taken the UK and global economy into. We currently hover somewhere between recession and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Afghanistan (Poppy Cultivation) (29 Mar 2010)

Alan Simpson: I welcome the proposals to support the growing of pomegranates, wheat, raisins and alternative crops that have been proposed by Afghan farmers over many years, but does the Minister understand that for them the key issue is not what they will be encouraged to grow but who will be a secure buyer of what they grow? Has the Minister any plans to step in and at least recognise that the starting...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: My hon. Friend is right that that might be a problem with new clause 15. However, he should bear in mind what successive Ministers have repeatedly said-that there is nothing to stop the Government from introducing an EPS on their own account now. The new clause could cover the aspects that are omitted in relation to existing plans, but the real question is whether there is the political will...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: No, the truth is that we must accept that we have what we have today; we cannot turn the technology clock back and we will have to work out how we deal with retrofitting and setting performance standards for the running of what we have. A range of low-carbon, hybrid vehicles are on the market and we accept that that is the new standard. We also accept that older vehicles have to have an...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: That was one of my misgivings about the compromise that we reached on new clause 15-I always say to people that I am permanently undone by my excess of reasonableness. It would have been better had we stuck to new clause 6, but in order to get something through that commits us to a statutory framework, I can live with the notion-and so can groups outside this place-that we can work within...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: That is exactly the point. As the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) said earlier, if the Government are making a commitment on such a scale-£9.5 billion-worth of investment support-why are we not placing performance conditions on the sector? It seems to me that if we take one step back and address the performance of the sector to date, what we have is another example of chronic...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: That is quite wrong. We have to say that if someone is going to build a new coal-fired power station they should, in any case, expect to set an emissions performance standard for that station. What is done in CCS should be an enhancement of that. We cannot say that we should build anything that does not have an emissions performance attached to it now. That seems crazy. How can we set...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: Absolutely. That is precisely the point that the Climate Change Committee made to us: we need a step change in our thinking that engages with the transformation of what we have, while making a shift to what we need for a more sustainable future. This is a time to be brave and interventionist. My biggest disappointment in this regard is about the argument that is used against us-that we should...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: I intend to speak primarily about new clauses 6, 15 and 25. I shall seek to press new clause 15 to a vote at the end of the debate. I do not think that the issue is the detail of what is or is not in an emissions performance standard. The question is whether or not we want a regulated energy market. Although my personal preference was for the clarity of new clause 6, I think that new clause...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: Let me finish my little opening rant first. In response to those who say that setting standards would somehow deter investment, I would refer to a fascinating seminar held this morning by the all-party group on social science and policy. It was addressed by the head of Deutsche Bank's global climate change research unit, who said that if we put together transparency, certainty and longevity,...

Public Bodies (Procurement of Seafood): New Clause 8 — Reports on decarbonisation and CCS progress (24 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: Absolutely, and we could broaden that point. The same sort of debate took place in California when the state wanted to introduce tighter controls on emissions from vehicles. At the time, the motor industry said, "This will kill the industry. There will be no new investment," but California had the courage to say, "Get lost. If you want to be a player on our roads, you've got to play by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Complementary Medicine (23 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: I congratulate the officials in the Department on their work on this matter, but does not the Susan Wu case add a sense of urgency to the need for us to grasp the nettle in regard to regulation in a sector in which the practitioners themselves are pushing for a regulatory framework to set standards within which they can operate securely?

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Electricity: Nottingham (22 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity was supplied to the City of Nottingham from the national grid in each of the last 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Feb 2010)

Alan Simpson: Does the Prime Minister accept that the welcome international support for eurozone countries facing economic difficulties is undermined by the $8 billion-worth of speculative transactions that are currently taking place against the value of the euro? Does that not reinforce his case for the urgent introduction of a Tobin tax, which could bring to the international table £400 billion per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Sustainable Communities (26 Jan 2010)

Alan Simpson: One of the specific groups of amendments that has been tabled has come from areas most adversely affected by a prodigious growth in student houses in multiple occupation. In my own city of Nottingham, only 2,000 of a total of 7,000 houses in multiple occupation are covered by the current licensing regime, and many of those seeking to avoid it are in the process of converting sheds and garages...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Energy Security (13 Jan 2010)

Alan Simpson: It is extremely unfortunate that the claim about there being eight days of gas supply left will fall into the same category as people being 45 minutes from extinction by Saddam's nuclear weapons. I say "unfortunate" because there is a crisis in energy security that has to be addressed. However, it needs to be addressed over the next eight years, not the next eight days. The 2008 House of...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Energy Security (13 Jan 2010)

Alan Simpson: That is absolutely right, provided that we set sufficiently ambitious tariffs, which I think need to include a three-year period and a 10 per cent. internal rate of return. That will give us the sort of renewables industry that the UK does not have at the moment. Those who say that a cost will have to be paid should look at the Deutsche Bank report that analysed the effect of that approach in...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Energy Security (13 Jan 2010)

Alan Simpson: Absolutely. It is absurd that we in the UK are restricted to a 5 MW threshold, when we should have a 10 MW threshold-or no ceiling at all, as is the case in the rest of Europe. We need to consider how our towns, cities and regions can deliver their collective energy security on a level that meets their needs and in a way that is collectively owned and accountable. If we can grasp that vision,...


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