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Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (11 Jul 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I rise to present the petition of Polly Smith and 25 of my constituents. The petition states: The petition of residents of Southampton Test Constituency, Declare that the “Home Education - Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance” has been written following significant consultation with local authorities and no consultation whatsoever with the home education community; further...

Nuclear Sector Deal — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (11 Jul 2018)

Alan Whitehead: This morning I will concentrate on the debate initiated by the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) which is on the nuclear sector deal, following the publication of the industrial strategy, before making a few other remarks. I congratulate her on securing this debate. She provides an example of one of the pillars of the industrial strategy, which is about place, and during her time in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 20 June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I concur with the Prime Minister’s remarks concerning the terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park mosque. One year on, it is right that we remember it. Following the agreements to which the UK signed up at the Paris climate change summit, will the Prime Minister now commit to a new UK climate change target of zero net emissions before 2050?

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) on securing this important debate and on putting her case with such clarity and precision. After what she found out about geothermal during her research for this debate, I am sure she will agree with me that it is indeed Britain’s forgotten renewable. It is not forgotten because it is not feasible or because...

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: No, it is a very factual debate—that is the difference. The geothermal potential of the country is enormous, and the hon. Member for Falkirk (John Mc Nally) set out what the potential would be, in electricity and heat, for the UK were we to proceed seriously with geothermal energy. Perhaps a limiting factor is the fact that geothermal energy is not available everywhere in the country....

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I have to tell the hon. Gentleman that he is the only Member present for the debate who does not have a geothermal resource under his constituency. I have mentioned the different types of geothermal resource, and the large Mesozoic basins are in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, around the whole Wessex area, in Southampton and Worcester, and in Cheshire. The radiothermal batholiths are in the...

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I think that the hon. Gentleman is referring to vertical hole shallow geothermal ground source heat installations. They are perfect for rural homes, as he described. They will provide sufficient heat, from a relatively shallow penetration into the earth, for heat exchangers to heat a home to a regular temperature of 60°-plus. Although I do not think that that is an essential part of this...

Backbench Business: Geothermal Energy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Whitehead: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point—that might be her seventh recommendation for the Minister this afternoon. In conclusion, all hon. Members who have contributed to this debate have made clear their support for the potential of this form of renewable energy, and they have given examples from various parts of the UK. I particularly applaud the Scottish Government’s...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I think the hon. Gentleman has slightly anticipated what I was about to say. It is indeed good news that progress is being made in that regard, but there is not much time left between now and March 2019, and there are still a number of treaties to go. Lords amendment 3 addresses what is perhaps the most central point of the whole exercise. If those treaties are not securely in place before...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Alan Whitehead: The hon. Lady makes the important point that to have the full protection of staying in Euratom would be the best thing to do, not just on nuclear safeguarding but on a range of other civil nuclear activities, until we are absolutely certain that we have ticked every box and ensured that we have alternatives that are as good as what we have under Euratom. That, very largely, is what Lords...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I am not sure that the term “inflexible decision” can be accurately addressed to this set of circumstances, because we have a very inflexible date by which these decisions will have to be made. If we have a provision that is based on the Secretary of State deciding whether things are going better or worse, and if the House then does not have time to apply to the European...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Alan Whitehead: This is, I trust, the last occasion on which we will deal with the Bill in the House of Commons. I thank the Minister for the careful, courteous and inclusive way in which he has handled it, which I have found very helpful. We all want the Bill to be enacted, and I think that our discussions about how it should proceed have benefited from the way in which he has conducted himself and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (1 May 2018)

Alan Whitehead: The Minister mentions that the Welsh Government have committed, in January, to provide substantial equity and loan investment to get the Swansea tidal lagoon project off the ground. Indeed, they are anxious to explore with the UK Government how this might be incorporated into an overall support package for the lagoon. Over and above contacts between officials of the two Governments, what...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: Will the Minister be clear with us tonight that the safeguard tariff and the absolute cap do not contradict each other and that they can be introduced together, so that the protections can continue? Is she convinced that that is the way forward?

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: On the basis of the explanations that have been put forward, we will be happy not to move our amendments, but we will wish to press new clause 1, which has not been properly understood or responded to this evening. Question put, That the clause be read a Second time. The House divided: Ayes 125, Noes 288.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: I am afraid that I cannot give the hon. Gentleman that assessment, because I think that both have equal merit in dealing with very similar issues.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: Indeed, but both have equal merit, and I would not want to distinguish between them in what they would add to the Bill. They both have the central concern that vulnerable customers should not be treated adversely as a result of the overall tariff cap coming in. That is the point that I wish to pay attention to. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) will also...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: Yes, there is certainly merit in that idea. It is true that some of the amendments take some of the specific actions that may be taken a little further than is suggested in amendment 7. However, whichever of the amendments one wishes to pin the first-place rosette on to, as it were, the key point is that vulnerable customers need to have proper protection as the tariff cap comes forward. It...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Alan Whitehead: The hon. Lady is, I think, under the impression that the new clause seeks to introduce a relative price cap. It does not seek to do that at all, or indeed during the period when an absolute price cap is in place. When the absolute price cap has come to an end, which could happen on various dates, there should be a mechanism in place to ensure that tariff differentiation is within certain...


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