Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use his Department makes of data obtained from earth observation satellites; and what payment is made for such data, where applicable.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private prosecutions have been brought against members of the United States visiting forces in each year since 2000; and how many were successful in each year.
Colin Challen: In these difficult financial times, I know that we have to extract value for money wherever we can and that difficult decisions will have to be made. We also face the threat of climate change, which puts extra demands on the economy and what the Government have to finance. May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to my early-day motion 2351—"Climate change and the UK's contribution to...
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what agencies or units for which his Department is responsible require the public to make telephone calls to them on numbers that charge more than the national call rate; and how much income each such agency has derived from such charges in each of the last three years.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential for development of solar photovoltaic energy in the UK.
Colin Challen: I would like to add my welcome to the Bill. It will have an enormous impact on the way in which we order our economy and how the Government work. I am not sure that many people have assimilated that yet. In this place, we are often accused of short-termism; perhaps we are considering the first Bill about long-termism, and that is a good thing. However, if our constituents experience floods...
Colin Challen: Why is it important to set these achievable targets, and to put them into statutory form? We need to inform ourselves about what is happening today. The investment being made in insulation and other aspects of energy efficiency is struggling to cope with our stated objectives, and many manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and insulation materials are having problems. For example, Knauf...
Colin Challen: Yes, that is true to a great extent, except that new clause 11 provides a power for the Secretary of State to set what might be described as a kind of licensing condition. That is a suitable power for a Secretary of State to have. Of course, a future Secretary of State in a different Government could say, "We'll help Poland out by buying some of their old coal-powered power stations and...
Colin Challen: I, too, welcome this Bill. It is a major step forward, and certainly a world first, so it is a great privilege to take part in this debate this evening. I rise to speak in support of new clause 10, and I also want to say a few words about new clause 11. New clause 10 deals with what lies at the heart of a great part of our carbon emissions, 40 per cent. of which come from the building stock...
Colin Challen: On new clause 11, what level of kilograms of CO2 per megawatt-hour does the hon. Gentleman have in mind? If I recall, Lord Turner said last week that the UK's current performance level is about 450 kg of CO2 per megawatt-hour and by 2030 that should have reduced to 50 kg of CO2 per megawatt-hour.
Colin Challen: That is an increase.
Colin Challen: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Will we be able to return to the question of aviation and shipping shortly?
Colin Challen: Would the hon. Gentleman therefore argue that people such as Richard Branson should not try to reinvest all Virgin Atlantic's profits in exploring the possibilities of biofuels? If it were a bit more expensive to develop that new technology, would not some sort of statutory framework, which encouraged people, help those who wanted to do that?
Colin Challen: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Colin Challen: Does the right hon. Gentleman also oppose the expansion of our ports and docks? I do not know whether Felixstowe has any plans to expand, but should that expansion also be stopped? We are choosing just one target, aviation, which is fair enough, but perhaps the right hon. Gentleman should extend his argument to those other areas as well.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use is made of RAF Molesworth in the US Africom programme.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an operational certificate has been issued by the US Administration for the space-based infra-red system at RAF Menwith Hill.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what direct running costs the UK has incurred to date in the use of RAF Menwith Hill and RAF Fylingdales in the US Missile Defence System.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role RAF Croughton plays in the US missile defence system.
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which bases in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales US visiting forces are based.