Results 1–20 of 2285 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tim Yeo

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2015)

Tim Yeo: It is a particular pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne East (Mr Brown). I remember a happy period at the end of the previous century when I debated with him—he was Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for three years—probably more often than I have ever debated with anyone. The right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), who led for the...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 Mar 2015)

Tim Yeo: I am indeed coming to the end of my speech. I am afraid that I had missed that detail in the Budget, so I am glad that my right hon. Friend mentioned it. We must be mindful of the costs of low-carbon technologies. Some of them, such as solar, are within sight of needing no subsidy at all. Let us facilitate their expansion, and not obstruct it through the planning system. Onshore wind...

Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy (19 Mar 2015)

Tim Yeo: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one very effective way to address the issues raised by intermittency from renewable generation is greater use of demand-side management, which is both cost-effective and environmentally attractive? As we get more sophisticated in our use of demand response, the balance can be maintained even with intermittent peaks and troughs in generation.

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2015)

Tim Yeo: A few minutes ago, my right hon. Friend the Minister of State gave a very helpful answer to a question about demand-side response. In support of the Government’s fully justified claim to be the “greenest Government ever”, which I congratulate them on achieving, may I press him a little further? Is he aware that some people in the demand-side management industry are worried...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I am sure I carry everyone here with me when I say what an excellent debate this was, with exceptionally high-quality contributions—I do not expect to be challenged on that verdict. The numbers taking part may have been small, but the quality could not have been higher, as one would expect, given that I have debated all these issues with exactly the same hon. Members on more than one...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I omitted to say something: the hon. Gentleman is right to draw attention to the importance of long-term predictability and support. I and my Committee believe it would help if the next Government committed to an annual rolling update of the levy control framework totals, so that it is always set for seven years ahead. That would facilitate investment decisions, and would therefore tend...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: Welcome to the Chair, Mr Brady. It is a pleasure, indeed it is an honour, to serve under the chairmanship of such a distinguished colleague—and this may be my last opportunity to say that in public. I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests and my interests in the energy sector in particular. I am delighted to have secured this debate and I am...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I apologise. I made the same mistake last time my hon. Friend was responding to such a debate, but I am delighted to see him and I know that he will give us a robust response to any points raised. I stress that my commitment to low carbon energy goes back more than 20 years. When I served in John Major’s Government as a Minister in what was then the Department for the Environment, among...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I am sure he will enlarge on that point when he speaks in the debate, should he catch your eye, Mr Brady—there does not appear to be overwhelming competition for that. However, it is an important point that we need to bring out in the debate about nuclear. I welcome the fact that there are competing technologies that want to get started in the UK,...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I accept the hon. Gentleman’s point. I am not suggesting that we should rule out offshore wind, but I am suggesting that we should be mindful of the fact that at the moment it requires a much bigger subsidy than some of the other renewable technologies, and we need to be hard-headed about what proportion of our available resource we devote to it. Britain is of course the leader on...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: I agree, and I am glad that Britain is at least a world leader in research on some of the marine technologies. It is welcome that we are also, I believe, going to go ahead with experimental tidal lagoons in the west country. The potential from those is enormous, but it would be greatly facilitated if we embraced more demand-side response. It would also, of course, be greatly enhanced if our...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: The hon. Gentleman is right. Storage generally, quite apart from new technologies for storage, has been under-emphasised by successive Governments. One of the problems is the mindset. There is a 20th-century mindset, dating back to the old days of the Central Electricity Generating Board. The overriding aim then was to ensure that people never had a power cut, so vast amounts of surplus...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 11 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: Does my right hon. Friend recall the general election of 1983? It resulted in a Conservative landslide win in which I and 100 other Conservatives were elected for the first time. At that time, unemployment stood at 3 million; today it is 2 million. The rate of inflation was 8%; it is now under 2%. The work force numbered 24 million; today it is 30 million. There were 9 million women in the...

Energy and Climate Change: Household Energy Bills (5 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: Does the Secretary of State agree that transmission and distribution charges account for more than a fifth of many household bills? Will he press Ofgem to bear down more toughly on the charges made by the monopoly transmission company, National Grid, and by near-monopoly distribution companies all over the country?

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2015)

Tim Yeo: Does my right hon. Friend agree that maintaining high levels of generating capacity to meet peak demand, which may be for very short periods, imposes a cost on all consumers? Will he therefore undertake to look carefully at the capacity market mechanism next year to see whether a greater contribution can be made by demand-side response—the system under which consumers are incentivised...

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2015)

Tim Yeo: Britain’s economic success is making it possible for the northern powerhouse to transform the fortunes of an important part of our country. Does my right hon. Friend agree that investment in science, such as in the new institute for advanced materials—the Henry Royce institute—supports our top universities and will promote innovation, which will bring back high quality...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Jan 2015)

Tim Yeo: I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, and in particular to my interests in the energy industry. I want to contribute briefly on the subject of shale gas and fracking, on which my Committee has reported twice, in 2011 and 2013. Those were two detailed reports involving seven oral evidence sessions, two with Ministers, and visits to Lancashire to...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Jan 2015)

Tim Yeo: No, I will not support that. A moratorium would not serve Britain’s national interests. Far from attacking the Government for rushing on this issue, our concern is that they have been going rather slowly. We could speed up the process of encouraging fracking, so that we can establish whether it is indeed a valuable natural resource whose exploitation would be generally for the benefit...

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Jan 2015)

Tim Yeo: We should proceed as fast as possible, consistent with environmental safeguards, which the Government recognise to be essential. Let me deal with this rather curious idea that allowing fracking somehow increases greenhouse gas emissions. It does nothing of the sort. It is common ground between supporters and opponents of fracking that the UK will use a lot of gas in the next 15 to 20 years....


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