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Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: rose—

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I am grateful to my hon. Welsh Friend for allowing me to intervene. He has rightly mentioned police officers, health workers and others. In his introduction, he mentioned search and rescue and lifeboats, and I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Many of these emergency workers are actually volunteers. They show us how to respect the sea; we must...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I remind the Minister to allow the last word to the mover of the motion.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I want to thank all Back-Bench Members for their co-operation with their interventions and speeches, and for taking such a serious tone on this matter. We will now hear from the Front-Bench spokespersons.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I thank the Chair of the Health Committee.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: Order. I must now impose a time limit of four minutes for each speech.

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: Before I call Emma Hardy to move the motion, I must tell hon. Members that the list of speakers is over-subscribed. I ask those who wish to speak and are on the list not to make long interventions, which eat into other hon. Members’ time. I may also have to impose a time limit of four minutes for other speakers after Emma Hardy.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: My hon. Friend is making an important point about the ONR’s resources. Indeed, it takes about seven years to train the experts to ensure that they are competent enough to do the work. The lack of resources means that we really need a transitional period.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I thank the hon. Gentleman for referring to the debate I led on 12 July. There was consensus in that debate in the Grand Committee Room that we should have associate membership of Euratom. That was the general theme of what was said by Members from both sides of the House, and we need to move towards it. In particular, I do not think that the Bill provides the lifeboat necessary for us to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: My hon. Friend is right that it is debateable whether, legally, we have to leave Euratom. Would it not be helpful if the Secretary of State published the legal advice that he has obtained? As a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, I have heard a number of experts saying a number of things about this very matter.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: In response to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Dr Drew), the Secretary of State said that Ministers regularly meet various industry experts and bodies. Will he go further and say that by the time the Bill is enacted it will contain a clause that says it is necessary to consult the industry as widely as possible? The trade unions and the trade bodies currently feel left out.

Retail Energy (12 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I welcome the Government’s intervention on the road to Marxism. I think that—apart from one—we are all Marxists now. I want to make a serious point, but I have been banging on about this for a long time, and I have been accused of lots of things, which is why I make that statement. Speaking as a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, I think it is...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Albert Owen: I very much welcome a transitional period for businesses to adjust, as will businesses and port authorities in my constituency. The Prime Minister has mentioned on three occasions the Irish border with Welsh, Scottish and English ports. I have read the paper this summer. I have read the House of Lords report and what the EU has said. Will the Prime Minister be clear on whether there will be a...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: I will not take two minutes, because Members who are here for the next debate missed my opening remarks; they would be at a loss if I came to a lengthy conclusion. Welsh Members of Parliament are passionate about energy in Wales. We have a good record; we pioneered many technologies in the past, and we want to do so in the future. I take on board what the Minister said about the continuation...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: The Minister is engaging in the knockabout that he said earlier he did not like. What I was arguing in my contribution was that we must make difficult decisions and investments in first-of-a-kind technology, to get that technology going. We did it in solar and wind, and we are reaping the benefits; I believe that we can do it in tidal as well, and the review says so. We have a competent...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: I am sorry, but I need to establish this. I have been trying to tie this issue into the electricity market reform and the mechanisms set up by this Government. The Hendry review fits into that. We have cost-effective mechanisms and capacity mechanisms. For joined-up thinking, we now need a decision from Government.

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: I hear this argument from the Conservatives about closures under the Wilson and Callaghan Governments. Those mines were exhausted; there was no coal left—that was one reason why they closed them —or they were dangerous and flooding. That was why they closed them down; it was not for political reasons, but for economic reasons.

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: We beat Northern Ireland as well.

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: I beg to move, That this House has considered energy in Wales. It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response, though I am a tad disappointed that it is the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, the hon. Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb) who will respond on behalf of the Government. If the Department for Business,...


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