Results 61–80 of 951 for speaker:Colin Challen

Written Answers — Defence: RAF Fylingdales (29 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the agreement of 5 November 2007 between the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to amend the boundaries of the land in the Register of Titles concerning RAF Fylingdales.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 6 (24 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: It is a slight matter of regret that that little speech had to be made, but I will go along with the proposer of the Bill in his conclusion on that. I do hope that we will get a very positive reply from the Minister, because we are considering—at the same time as we are looking at this Bill—other possibilities for changing council tax to recognise energy efficiency measures, and...

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 6 (24 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: If somebody were to consider purchasing a house that may fall into a higher property band, then that would act as a disincentive—a perverse disincentive, in fact—because they might choose another property which may not fall into that category. This needs careful re-examination.

Public Bill Committee: Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill: Clause 3 (24 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: Will the Minister explain what “reasonable steps to secure the implementation of the strategy” means as set out in subsection (6)? Every Government have lots of strategies, but they are not always implemented as fully as the people who legislate for them would like. Will she elucidate “reasonable steps”?

Written Answers — Defence: Korean War: Anniversaries (22 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Personal Carbon Trading (18 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: I wonder whether my hon. Friend has a fix on the extra amount that everybody has to pay on their energy bills to cover the cost of the ETS and the raft of other upstream schemes. There is a cost to poor people there. How are we addressing that?

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Personal Carbon Trading (18 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: I am a little perturbed by the hon. Gentleman's interpretation of my words, some of which I never actually said. I did say that it was possible for people to plan their life better so that they can still maintain their quality of life by having a smaller carbon footprint. It is not about wearing a hair shirt.

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Personal Carbon Trading (18 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: Like others, I want to express my best wishes to you for Monday, Mr. Bercow. I certainly hope—I will be quite blunt—that you are successful. I congratulate our Chairman, the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo), on his comprehensive analysis of our report and the Government's response. I will do my best not to repeat any of the points that he made, although they are eminently...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Personal Carbon Trading (18 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: When the hon. Gentleman makes statements like that I can see that he is preparing for government. Yes, it is good if one person does something that they would not have done before, but those 250,000 might well have been people who were already prepared to do something. Preaching to the converted is not the answer; going well beyond that is the answer. The adult population is 60 million. If...

Business of the House: UK Climate Projections (18 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: I really do welcome today's statement, given that its timing quite deliberately coincides with my presentation afterwards of a Bill to introduce climate change health warnings in all car adverts. I would like to ask my right hon. Friend about the central role that water companies will have to play in our future. Is he happy with the regulatory regime, which obviously places the supply of...

Business of the House (4 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: I am sure that my right hon. and learned Friend—who is one of the calmer voices in the House—will be aware of calls from outside and within the House for a shorter summer recess this year. I hope that she will not mind my adding my voice to those calls. I would like to suggest that we come back here in September to hear an early Queen's Speech proposing the Government's next legislative...

Energy and Climate Change: Global Population (4 Jun 2009)

Colin Challen: Quite right too. My hon. Friend will know that the Waxman-Markey Bill on tackling climate change is working its way through the US Congress, but it has already been watered down somewhat—and it has not yet reached the Senate. That suggests that the Bill could be watered down more. Considering that background, if we are to have higher ambitions in the EU based on a deal, should we not have...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power Stations: Safety (20 May 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on the safety control systems for the design of the generic European Pressurised Water Reactor; and what the timetable is for the assessment of generic design candidate reactors for new nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom.

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Colin Challen: I agree with the hon. Gentleman's general intent, but the increase in duty on beer imposed in the Budget is 1p. In my local, which I attend regularly—I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman attends his—the price of a pint has gone up by 10p. Who does the hon. Gentleman blame for the severe problems that drinkers face in their locals? They always increase prices at the time of the Budget,...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Colin Challen: How does the price of whisky, with which I must admit I have a certain affinity, compare with the RPI? Sometimes, the question of duty is not accurately portrayed in terms of the general increase in prices. Sometimes, the prices of certain things do not keep pace with the RPI, even after the duty increases. Is whisky—

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Environmental Transformation Fund (23 Apr 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which projects for which his Department is responsible are receiving funding from the Environmental Transformation Fund; how much each has received from the Fund since its inception; and what new projects are planned.

Written Answers — Health: Air Pollution (21 Apr 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effects of levels of particulate pollution on the mortality rate; (2) if he will publish the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants' draft paper entitled, Long-term exposure to air pollution: effect on mortality, produced in 2007.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Fuels: RAF Fairford (2 Apr 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken in relation to the fuel spillage at RAF Fairford on 25 February 2009; and what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the spillage on (a) water supply and (b) plant and animal life.

Written Answers — Defence: RAF Fairford (2 Apr 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards have been put in place to prevent future fuel spillages by US base authorities at RAF Fairford.

Written Answers — Defence: USA: Military Bases (2 Apr 2009)

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 21 June 2004, Official Report, column 1078, on RAF Menwith Hill, for which military bases on British soil hon. Members seeking to visit would require the permission of the US Administration; and if he will issue guidance to hon. Members on procedures for gaining approval for such visits.


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