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Colin Challen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Colin Challen: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I apologise to the House for intervening, but I have something on my chest. Last week the Climate Change Committee's first annual report to Parliament, containing many recommendations, was published. He does not have to wait until next year to respond to it. Will he say now whether a future Conservative Government will accept all its recommendations?
Colin Challen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the environmental benefits of car clubs.
Colin Challen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what his policy is on the expansion of the car clubs infrastructure in London as promoted by Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.
Colin Challen: I wonder why it would be convenient for politicians to want to invent climate change. Surely climate change is the biggest inconvenience to our normal politics that has ever been conceived of.
Colin Challen: We are told that heat waves of the intensity of 2003 will become a regular occurrence by 2050, yet the French will not say how many of their nuclear power stations were about to be closed in 2003. It is an official secret, but many of them would face closure at precisely the time when the demand for summer cooling will be at its highest.
Colin Challen: It is pleasure to take part in this short debate on climate change. The fact that it is a short debate indicates that more immediate problems tend to come ahead of climate change in our consideration-I do not intend to undermine the importance of the debate on Afghanistan in any way. I look forward to a longer debate on climate change in the autumn. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...
Colin Challen: I could not agree more with that assessment. If my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State goes to Copenhagen and tells his colleagues-or tells the Americans or the Chinese before Copenhagen-that he is under constant pressure in the House to do a better deal, that is of great value. I make no apology for sometimes sounding critical of my Government. The criticism should come from all sides....
Colin Challen: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way again on this subject. In what year would he estimate that a new nuclear power plant would deliver a new additional watt of so-called low-carbon energy, as opposed to what comes from the replacement plants that the Government are talking about first-off?
Colin Challen: I very much welcome the statement, because I think-or at least, I hope, because I have not read the White Paper yet-that it represents a big break from the energy policy of every Government since the time of Gladstone, which has been "Dig it up and burn it." Latterly, of course, that has included uranium. I hope that we are going to shift away from that territory, but I would welcome a...
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the amount of UK greenhouse gas emission reductions against a 1990 baseline attributable to (a) the transition of electricity generation from coal to gas, (b) the sourcing of services and goods as between domestic and overseas production, (c) the use of carbon credits sourced outwith the UK, (d) the...
Colin Challen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will appoint a chief scientist to his Department.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise his Department's document, NHS chaplaincy: meeting the religious and spiritual needs of patients and staff of 2003 to reflect the needs of the secular community; and if he will include in the working party referred to in annex 3 of the document members and representatives of the secular community.
Colin Challen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of rebranding necessitated by the creation of his Department; and under what budgetary heading he expects such expenditure to be incurred.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made against police officers in each police force for not displaying their shoulder number in the last five years.
Colin Challen: This time around, the public ownership option will not be brushed aside. In the period of calm reflection that we will now have, will the Minister undertake an urgent review of all the other franchises? He has said that none of them is about to default, but can we have a review so that we can understand how healthy they are?
Colin Challen: Does the second franchise fiasco on the east coast main line in two years not tell us that the Tory rail privatisation experiment has finally hit the buffers? Now that we are taking the east coast main line back into public ownership, can we keep it that way?
Colin Challen: People have a similar experience in my constituency in Leeds, which has two stations that are the last on the line before Leeds City station. The best way of tackling that problem is to increase capacity—increasing the number of carriages. Surely that is the cheapest way of getting people out of their cars, making the modal shift and reducing the number of those short commuting journeys...
Colin Challen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which organisations have received funding from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; and how much each has received; (2) which organisations have provided funding for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme; and how much each has provided.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the NHS budget has been spent on (a) (i) chaplaincy and (ii) other religious services for each faith and (b) other similar non-faith services.