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Business of the House: High Speed Rail (11 Mar 2010)

Gavin Strang: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement about what might well be our most important transport project this century? Does he agree that it is understandable that we will want high speed trains coming into Edinburgh and Glasgow as soon as practicable? In that context, of course we accept that the first line will have to start at London and move north, but will the Minister do...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — Global Security (Non-Proliferation) ( 4 Mar 2010)

Gavin Strang: A day when the papers contain so many well deserved tributes to Michael Foot is surely a good day to be discussing nuclear weapons, and if I may say so, Mr. Williams, it is fine to have a Member who represents a Welsh constituency in the Chair, given the many great years of service that Michael Foot gave his constituents in Wales. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak, and will be brief,...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Fairtrade Fortnight ( 3 Mar 2010)

Gavin Strang: May I agree with my right hon. Friend that it is a tribute to the people of these islands that such a high volume of Fairtrade products are now going through our major retailers, including the supermarkets? Will he take this opportunity to pay tribute to the pioneers, who are still needed in the independent third-sector outlets, who keep the flame burning and who keep pushing forward the case...

Energy and Climate Change: Fuel Poverty (25 Feb 2010)

Gavin Strang: Does my hon. Friend agree that there are three components of fuel poverty: dwelling energy efficiency, fuel prices, and household income? Should not Opposition Members recognise that, although things are harder because of fuel prices, a lot more people would be living in fuel poverty if it were not for the increases in child benefit, the working tax credit and the winter fuel allowance?

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

Gavin Strang: That was not my intention. Obviously, we would have a whole year to work it out and, with all the advice that the Government put in, make a judgment. Let me add in passing that this is essentially about supporting coal, and we should not lose sight of the fact that a coal power station, for every gigawatt hour it produces, emits twice as much CO2 as a gas-fired power station.

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

Gavin Strang: That is an interesting point, but I will not respond directly to the right hon. Gentleman because I do not have time. However, I do not see the logic of the argument that setting a standard will somehow deter investment, because the reality is that companies want a rough idea and framework for the future. He is criticising the new proposals and saying that we should not support them because...

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

Gavin Strang: I am not knocking new clause 25, and I will be interested to hear what the hon. Gentleman and others say about it; I was trying to concentrate my remarks on the principle of the EPS. Finally, the case for publishing the emissions standards within a year has to do with transparency. If we did that, we could have proper dialogue and debate both in Parliament and outside, and real transparency.

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

Gavin Strang: I agree with most of what my hon. Friend says, but the standards will not be set in stone. They will not stay the same for the next 10 years. Individual standards will be the standard for the year or three years to which they apply-

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

Gavin Strang: Well, it is less uncertain than zero standards. We are responding too kindly to the understandable position of the transnational companies which want the money without strings attached.

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

Gavin Strang: It is worth registering that there is an overwhelming consensus in the House that we need to take effective action in response to the threat of climate change. The statistics issued by the Department for Energy and Climate Change are very interesting in that they emphasise the importance of the energy and electricity supply in that context. The figures from 1990 to 2008 are striking because...

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

Gavin Strang: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Government would be capable of setting a level-obviously, no level is specified in any of the new clauses-that will not prevent investment in CCS?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Climate Change (Forestry) (10 Dec 2009)

Gavin Strang: I accept that the report is just out, but does my right hon. Friend agree that forestry has the potential to make a highly significant contribution to our emissions reduction targets? Indeed, with an increase of 4 per cent. in woodland cover over the next 40 years, we could, by the 2050s, achieve a reduction equivalent to 10 per cent. of greenhouse gas emissions.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Afghanistan ( 2 Dec 2009)

Gavin Strang: The House will, of course, welcome my right hon. Friend's assurance that his Department is working with the military. It is right to focus on the military intervention, not least because of the announcements by the President of the United States and the British Prime Minister this week. I think my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State would accept that it is our military personnel who are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (15 Jul 2009)

Gavin Strang: May I particularly congratulate my right hon. Friend on his announcement that the Government, not the regulator, will set the grid access regime? Does he agree that our centralised transmission system means that on microgeneration we are years behind countries such as Germany and Denmark? On the feed-in tariff, which he understands is absolutely vital, will he do all that he can to move...

Nuclear Weapons Proliferation ( 9 Jul 2009)

Gavin Strang: I am very pleased to have the opportunity to bring the important and urgent matter of nuclear weapons proliferation before the House. The nuclear non-proliferation treaty, or NPT, is the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime. The treaty came into force in 1970 and is recognised as having been a real success. It was negotiated at a time when there was a very real danger...

Nuclear Weapons Proliferation ( 9 Jul 2009)

Gavin Strang: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. I agree. There is real concern—certainly among Labour Members—about the September decision. I do not quite see why it has to be made in September and I would like to think that there could be some movement on this point. We know that the Trident replacement bid is a big issue that will not go away—far from it, as it seems to be...

Bill Presented — Sustainable Energy (Local Plans) Bill: National Express East Coast Franchise ( 1 Jul 2009)

Gavin Strang: As an Edinburgh-based regular user of the east coast main line, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he agrees that it is a great asset, which is why National Express signed up to put in £1.4 billion to operate it for 10 years? We should welcome the Government's intervention, but may I put it to him that the key thing is to sustain this service? Will he do all he can to maintain it and go...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

Gavin Strang: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary rightly referred to the fatalities of the war, including the hundreds and thousands of Iraqis who have died. We are now debating the British intervention in the war. I shall not rehearse the figures on British deaths, but we need to take into account all the American deaths, too—3,455 of the American armed forces. That figure rises to 4,318 if we...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

Gavin Strang: We also have to remember that it is not just a matter of the deaths, as so many people have been injured and maimed as well.

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

Gavin Strang: Yes, I think that there is a consensus there. The Government amendment makes explicit reference to the families, where it says "recognises the importance of allowing the families of those who gave their lives in Iraq to express their views about the nature and procedures of the inquiry". That is fine. Families, and the organisations that represent them, are hugely important. Let us not have...


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