Results 21–40 of 2112 for speaker:Paddy Tipping

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Business Rate Revaluation (26 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: Will the Secretary of State consider the position of the composting industry? Higher environmental standards have meant more indoor composting and therefore more buildings. Is there not a case for switching the valuation to one that is similar to the system for landfill sites, whereby valuation is based on tonnage rather than property?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: New Clause 3 (21 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: In the unlikely event that the hon. Gentleman finds himself in the same position as my colleagues the Ministers, will he guarantee to meet the existing fuel poverty targets?

Petition — Badman Report (Sherwood) (20 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: I wish to present a petition on behalf of 20 of my constituents in support of home educators and against the proposals of the Badman report. The petition follows in a long line of similar petitions. I do not intend to read it out, but I hope that Ministers will look at it and consider its content very carefully. Following is the full text of the petition: [The Petition of persons resident...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: Clause 8 (14 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: I am conscious that the Committee has spent a long time—most of the day—discussing the clause, so I shall be brief. I want to raise an issue that was discussed on Second Reading and that my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Derbyshire raised during our evidence sessions. I have been very impressed with research done by Macmillan, which suggests that 16 per cent. of people with...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: Clause 8 (14 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: That is not the most compelling point the Minister has ever made in his time as an Energy Minister. We have not been afraid of piling costs on customers’ bills and I ask him to be careful with that argument.

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: Clause 8 (14 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: I have listened carefully to the Minister, and I know that he has lived with and worked on the issue for a long time. He has first-hand experience of it. He asks us to not press the amendments. In return, I ask him to think carefully and listen carefully to the debate. May I say bluntly that the issue will not go away? The Bill will go through its various stages of consideration; I do not...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill: Clause 8 (14 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: The hon. Gentleman has interpreted my intentions correctly. I agree entirely with all his positive points about my colleagues the Minister and the Minister of State. They will respond appropriately, because they are both well aware that this is a tough issue to resolve, particularly in relation to those who are not on the gas grid. Amendments 26 to 29 are tabled in my name and that of my hon....

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: There has been a lot of discussion on social tariffs over a long period. Jenny—you and I have talked about that. We are moving from a voluntary approach to a mandatory approach in the Bill. Does that really prove that the voluntary approach has failed?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: I shall ask Jonathan about that as well, but let me add a bit more. Some companies have been pretty good—British Gas, for example. Others, such as EDF, have not performed as well as some of the others. Will a mandatory approach sort that out?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: In fairness to the companies, the amount they have been spending on social tariffs has increased quite significantly over recent years. Isn’t that the case? Looking into the future, how much should we be spending on social tariffs?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: Jonathan, you said in your evidence that at the moment energy companies spend about 0.5 per cent. of their turnover on social tariffs. Is that the correct figure? Is that the figure we ought to be shooting at into the future? Picking up on Jenny’s point, why should customers pay for social tariffs? Why can’t companies pay it out of their profits?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: Yes. A little while ago, you used the words “Treasury coffers”. Is it not the case that winter fuel payments last year cost £2.7 billion, and that only 12 per cent. of people who receive them are in fuel poverty? Is that a sensible way of going forward? Should we not use that money to support new mandatory social tariffs?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: Joan, you just mentioned the competition. It seems a long time since the Chancellor announced the competition. The intention is to have a plant up and running by 2014. Is that realistic? Is that time scale going to be achieved?

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: It is not much of a competition if there is only one competitor who can reach the finishing line at the appropriate date. Can I reinforce a point I made in questions this morning? There are real consequences for the indigenous coal industry in the UK. It can now compete against the economic test, but the environmental tests are very difficult. Unless we can burn coal cleanly, the UK coal...

Public Bill Committee: Energy Bill (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: I was wondering whether you could describe your thinking about the arrangement for the kernel group, as you described it, and for winter fuel payments. All pensioners get winter fuel payments but, as I understand it, only 12 per cent. of them are in fuel poverty. What is the relationship between winter fuel payments and social tariffs into the future?

Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: The Secretary of State will know that burning coal cleanly is important both in his constituency and in mine. He will also know that there are plans to extend that process at Harworth colliery, but a loan from the European Investment Bank cannot be made until a guarantee of clean coal technology is available for that coal. What can he do to help the men at Harworth?

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (7 Jan 2010)

Paddy Tipping: Will the Secretary of State reassure domestic gas consumers that, even in extreme cold weather, good management of the grid, the use of North sea reserves and the interconnector mean that there is no prospect of their supplies being cut off?

Bill Presented — Video recordings bill: Flood and Water Management Bill (15 Dec 2009)

Paddy Tipping: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack), the Chairman of the Select Committee. In view of your strictures, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I shall be relatively brief. The Government have been criticised tonight, first for not acting quickly enough on the Pitt recommendations, and secondly for not having a broad enough Bill. I think the Government have brought forward a...

Bill Presented — Video recordings bill: Flood and Water Management Bill (15 Dec 2009)

Paddy Tipping: That would not be a simple amendment, and social tariffs are not an easy issue. Those of us who will be involved in the Energy Bill know how difficult it is. Such issues will be dealt with not in Committee, but by secondary legislation. The EU flood regulation measure is before the House by way of a statutory instrument. It includes maps and assessments of flood risk, and it is disappointing...

Bill Presented — Video recordings bill: Flood and Water Management Bill (15 Dec 2009)

Paddy Tipping: My hon. Friend has heard it all before. I do not want rhetoric; I want reality. I want action on the issue, and the Secretary of State promised action. We need it, because all over the country, including in my constituency in Nottinghamshire, householders are affected by private sewers. When their houses and gardens are flooded by foul sewers, it is a dreadful experience. We need to ensure...


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