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Written Answers — Health: Health Services: Isle of Man (25 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of his recent discussions with a delegation from the Isle of Man Government on reciprocal health arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

[Mr Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Leeds (UK Economy) (20 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: I shall try not to go on too long, Mr. Hancock, or to lower the tone in any way after two powerful contributions to this important debate. I wanted to intervene earlier about the London love affair. I notice that the hon. Member for Solihull (Lorely Burt) is not here now-[Hon. Members: "Croydon."]-I mean the hon. Member for Croydon, Central (Mr. Pelling). It is not too difficult for me,...

[Mr Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Leeds (UK Economy) (20 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: I agree. We tend to think of climate change in terms of renewable energy, but there are many other potential solutions and other things that can improve our energy efficiency. The university of Leeds is one of the country's leading research and development universities, and earns £113 million a year in research grants. Sadly, however, because of the cuts agenda that we seem to be facing, it...

[Mr Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Leeds (UK Economy) (20 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: I agree with all that my right hon. Friend says, but does he agree that back in the early days, Rothwell was a more significant commercial centre than Leeds? It is now enveloped by Leeds, but that is also part of history.

[Mr Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Leeds (UK Economy) (20 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Conservative party's proposal to abolish the regional development agencies would be very damaging? The agencies may need reform and improvement, but the city region of Leeds surely calls for a regional development agency to underpin its development, which is so important, as he said, to the whole country.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Energy Security (13 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: My hon. Friend will have read the press comment that the expansion of our offshore wind generation will create a lot of foreign jobs for well-established companies. Does he agree that if we have a higher feed-in tariff than is currently proposed, we will create a critical mass in our own small and medium-sized enterprise sector, which can get into the market on a smaller scale?

Business of the House (7 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: May I draw the attention of my right hon. and learned Friend to my early-day motion 259 on the east coast main line franchise? [That this House notes with concern the timetable the Government has set for the refranchising of East Coast main line services; and calls on the Government to maintain the East Coast main line in public ownership so that the quality, effectiveness and...

Energy and Climate Change: Copenhagen Conference (7 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement this morning that we should redouble our efforts following Copenhagen and not throw our hands up in despair, even though the result was depressing. Will the Government be pressing to go ahead with the EU's higher than intended carbon emissions savings budget, and will he ask the Committee on Climate Change to review as a matter of urgency the costs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (5 Jan 2010)

Colin Challen: I, too, was in Copenhagen, and it seemed to me that one issue behind the problems that emerged from the conference was the concern about where the relevant finance should come from and go to. The Government have rightly said that not more than 10 per cent. of our official development assistance budgets would be spent on climate change finance, but may I press my right hon. Friend to go...

Points of Order (8 Dec 2009)

Colin Challen: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wrote to you on Friday about this matter. I seek assurances that no decision by the Members Estimate Committee, or subsequent decision by the House reliant on the MEC's recommendations, will prejudice a Member's right to challenge a final decision, relating to so-called paybacks or restitution, in a court of law or an employment tribunal, that no deductions...

Written Answers — Treasury: Government: Assets (7 Dec 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the monetary value is of the equity stake held by the Government in each financial institution recapitalised from the public purse.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Green Ministers Committee (10 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions the Green Ministers Committee has met in 2009; and which Ministers attended each such meeting.

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: That makes a change.

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: It is a great pleasure to follow the distinguished right hon. Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer), who seems to hit more bases in one short speech than the rest of us put together, even if some of those bases are slightly awry. I may return to that point later. It was also a pleasure to hear my right hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson) talk about...

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: That would call for the most radical transformation of our economy. Many people are working on that, but they are still on the fringe, perhaps in the way that people who spoke about climate change were on the fringe 30 years ago. I do not necessarily include Margaret Thatcher, but I bet that some people in her party thought that she was a bit on the fringe when talking about climate change to...

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: I am always fascinated by cast-iron guarantees, so I shall look forward to reading that document as soon as possible. I want now to turn to our plans. The Committee on Climate Change has been bold in the recommendations in its first annual report to Parliament. I hope that, as with the Kelly report, we will adopt the CCC's entire recommendations without equivocation. That would call for a...

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: Most of us present today would agree with everything the hon. Gentleman has just said-perhaps up to the point when he mentioned Hayek-but can we get some focus here? Does he agree that the 100 billion euros or dollars of finance that should be achieved by 2020, which the Prime Minister has mooted and which the EU supports, is the right figure? Should it be more? How will that figure easily be...

Climate Change (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, not least for making that last point. Just lately, a number of those siren voices have been saying that there has been a little bit of cooling in recent years. Does my right hon. Friend agree that that is entirely explicable within the models and the overall trend of global warming?

Business of the House (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: Now that the House looks set to adopt the Kelly review in full, will my right hon. and learned Friend introduce a similar review of all taxpayers' money, whether it is spent by quangocrats, senior civil servants or retired civil servants, or whether it applies to the recipients of Government money through contracts, so that businesses-including newspapers that take Government advertising-can...

Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Mitigation (Developing Countries) (5 Nov 2009)

Colin Challen: Given the difficulties in the Barcelona talks this week, particularly in getting the annexe 1 countries to agree to more ambitious targets, does my right hon. Friend sympathise with the Africa group for walking out of those talks?

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