Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Whitehead

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30 October.

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I fully associate myself with the Prime Minister’s comments about your outstanding service, Mr Speaker, and wish you a long and successful life after your speakership comes to an end. Labour will produce a strong offer at the forthcoming election on the climate emergency and net zero, including a full ban on the extraction of fossil fuel by fracking. What chance does the Prime Minister...

Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: In the summer, Parliament declared a climate emergency and required the Government to bring forward a cross-departmental plan of action. In July, Parliament agreed to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 target for greenhouse gas emissions from 80% by 2050 to net zero. The Minister at the time emphasised the importance of crafting new policies to address the change. One might have thought that...

Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I congratulate the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton) on obtaining today’s debate. It is truly important, but should not have been obtained by a Back-Bencher. It should have been scheduled in Government time, on one day, as I called for a few months ago when we passed the Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019, amending the Climate Change Act 2008 to move...

Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: My hon. Friend has read my mind, because I was just about to come on to that. She is absolutely right, and it is one element of the difference between the ambition we should have for the extent of the changes we need to make, and what we see before us in terms of the existing clean growth plan, which, as I have emphasised, is not meeting its own targets even on the old emissions levels, and...

Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: Very briefly. The 2019 spending review came out with the fabulous figure for decarbonisation of £30 million. To get some scale on that—

Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Alan Whitehead: Indeed; I am about to wind up, Mr Gray. For scale, “Paddington 2”, the movie, had a budget of £32 million.

Science and Technology Committee (5 Sep 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I warmly welcome this report and congratulate the Chair of the Committee and its members on the assiduity with which they have gone about their business and on the comprehensive and compelling report that they have produced as a result. Following the House’s decision to change the target for greenhouse gas removal from 80% by 2050 to net zero by 2050, it is clear that several of the actions...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Onshore Wind: Scotland (16 Jul 2019)

Alan Whitehead: If the Minister had an opportunity to look at today’s report from RenewableUK on onshore wind, he would see that there has been a complete collapse in planning applications for onshore wind, in Scotland and in the UK as a whole, yet the report indicates that customers could have substantially saved on their future energy bills if that collapse had not happened. Does the Minister agree that...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Climate Change (24 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I rise to emphasise just how strongly we support this order. As you have said, Madam Deputy Speaker, we have 90 minutes to debate it, but I for one think that that is miserably insufficient time for what we need to talk about. I hope that the parliamentary authorities will arrange a whole day’s debate as soon as possible on the order and its implications. I of course accept that this is how...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Climate Change (24 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: If one is trying to get a zero-emissions outcome, trying to get a lot more high carbon fuel out of the ground using some of the most difficult ways possible does not exactly seem to be in line with that target.

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Climate Change (24 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: That is one of many things we will have to do in the very near future as we address how properly to sort out the new target. As I will come on to say, there is a big list of challenging things we need to do, and that is just one of them. There are many, many new policy guidelines that we need to get into place to get us to that target. The Committee on Climate Change, established under the...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Climate Change (24 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: Indeed, Madam Deputy Speaker. I assure you that I have about half a page to go, so I hope that that will keep the timetable intact. What plans do the Government have to proceed urgently with negative carbon policies? We will be on hand to help them if they want to bring in those policies at an early stage. Finally, the Minister will no doubt have been copied into the recent letter from the...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (10 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: We have had a tremendous debate, which has combined passion, eloquence and reasonableness. Most importantly, not a single Member has put forward an iota of defence for the situation in which we currently find ourselves; indeed, support for the idea that that there must be justice has come from some of the most unlikely sources in the House. However, the subject of the debate saddens me...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (10 Jun 2019)

Alan Whitehead: The hon. Gentleman makes a powerful point—possibly with the aid of his calculator—that I had not put forward this evening, and it shows the scale of this injustice. He is right to state that on the Floor of the House for us all to hear. The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth stated that she had “asked BEIS officials to work with the Trustees to explore options for revising the scheme...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Sir Edward Davey) on securing this debate. I think he slightly understated the carbon bubble in his opening remarks. The carbon bubble—basically the evaluation of assets that we know will never be realised—is not something that might burst in the not too distant future. It will inevitably burst because energy companies have...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Alan Whitehead: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that some pension funds are beginning to take a different view. Indeed, that different view is becoming more possible, but the general consideration of the fiduciary duty remains a short-term gain for pensioners in the funds. Of course, the people setting out on their working lives will not get the benefit of those pension funds for 30 or 40 years. During that...

Pension Funds: Financial and Ethical Investments — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Alan Whitehead: My understanding of the 2018 regulations is that it is mandatory for people to look at such things, but not mandatory for people to do things. That is the difference. In fact, I welcomed the regulations. Pension funds should in future have a duty to protect the long-term value of the funds as well as consider the short-term issues of making money for their pensioners. We therefore need to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy Sources (30 Apr 2019)

Alan Whitehead: The truth of the matter right now is that, far from expanding the source of renewables, the Government have narrowed the use of renewable energy in recent years. Of course we should strongly support the development of offshore wind, but the Minister must acknowledge that marine and tidal power has been almost strangled at birth by the Government’s indifference and even active hostility, and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Mix (19 Mar 2019)

Alan Whitehead: There will now be a 9 GW cut in future installed capacity by 2030 as a result of Toshiba and Hitachi ending their plans to build three new nuclear power stations. The Secretary of State has also cancelled plans to build tidal lagoons possibly providing about that amount of additional capacity, has banned onshore wind and has run down new solar installations. He has severely limited the...


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