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Smart Meters - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, how many people who had first- generation smart meters came up against problems when they tried to change their supplier? It was anticipated that people would make savings when they had smart meters. Have those savings reached the Government’s anticipated level?

Renewable Energy - Question for Short Debate (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cameron of Dillington, on securing this debate. I feel somewhat intimidated by the two previous speakers, who have a lot of expertise in the area we are discussing, but this is a very important and timely debate about technology that we hope will reduce the UK’s carbon footprint and therefore contribute towards the sustainability of our...

Business Rate Appeals - Question (25 Feb 2019)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, the Minister dismissed the idea of land value taxation. Is he aware that it operates in many countries entirely successfully, so it is not something that does not work?

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018 - Motions to Approve (23 May 2018)

Baroness Maddock: Does the noble Lord have any comment on the idea that one way out of this would have been to allow Christchurch to look at going into Hampshire? The Government were less than helpful when Christchurch wanted to do that.

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018 - Motions to Approve (23 May 2018)

Baroness Maddock: In speaking to these instruments, I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. However, I have another interest in that, from 1993 to 1997, I was the Member of Parliament for Christchurch. I had lived in the area for a long time. I had been to school in Brockenhurst—indeed, that was when Christchurch was in Hampshire and I had friends who came to the school...

Breast Cancer Screening - Statement (3 May 2018)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, I am sure that all of us in this House are considerably concerned about those older women who at the moment are suffering acute anxiety because of what happened, and not only them but their families. It would appear that this was a software error. As I understand it, the same situation has not occurred in Wales, although the health service there appears to be on the same system. Can...

Growth Deals: North of Tyne and Borderlands - Question (17 Apr 2018)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, has the Minister read reports in recent days that the A1 from London to Edinburgh is the most dangerous road in the country? Does he agree that, if we are serious about growth in north Northumberland, we need to get on and dual the A1 north of Alnwick and across the border in Scotland?

Smart Meters Bill - Second Reading (13 Mar 2018)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, the Minister said in his opening comments that this is a small technical Bill and, as is his wont, painted a very rosy picture. As we have heard, some of it is rosy but some of it is not quite so rosy. It is difficult not to be too repetitive because noble Lords around the House agree that the Bill contains some positive measures and some negative measures. I think that very few...

Small Business Commissioner - Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2018)

Baroness Maddock: The noble Lord, Lord Mendelsohn, has introduced a timely debate, not only with the appointment of the Small Business Commissioner but in the week after Carillion went down. Also, I have read in the past few days a number of pieces in newspapers about how the Royal Bank of Scotland has treated small businesses in the past. In my remarks I will dwell on the plight of small builders in...

Housebuilders - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2018)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Best, for enabling us to debate this very important issue today. I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association, a president of the National Home Improvement Council and a vice-president of National Energy Action, which is a fuel poverty charity. I am also grateful for briefings from the Federation of Master...

Energy: Home Battery Storage - Question (4 Dec 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, the more smart meters are installed in our homes, the more potential there will be for battery storage. Will the Minister assure us that the promise the Government made of 26,000 smart meters in our homes before 2020 will really happen?

Electricity Supplier Obligations (Amendment and Excluded Electricity) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (25 Oct 2017)

Baroness Maddock: I am grateful to the Minister for ranging a little wider than the regulation before us. I was going to ask him about how some of this fitted in with the Government’s wider policy aims, particularly on decarbonisation. I recognise that industries that are intensive users of energy find some of the decarbonising regulations quite difficult. I recognise that there is a balance to be struck,...

Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (25 Oct 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for reminding us of the long hours we spent on the primary legislation with the noble Lord, Lord Grantchester, who is in his place on the Labour Front Bench. We are sadly missing a previous Member of this House, Lord Jenkin of Roding, who understood absolutely all this very complicated legislation. Because it is so complicated it is not surprising that...

District Councils - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, I am very grateful to my noble friend for introducing this timely debate on district councils. I begin by declaring my interests. I am a vice-president of the Local Government Association, the vice-president of a fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action, and I am president of the National Home Improvement Council. I shall confine my remarks to just a few of the areas that...

Fuel Poverty - Question (19 Oct 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, can the Minister tell us why the Government have extended from 12 months to 18 months the period in which the energy company obligation will operate, and why they have put a cap on boilers in that transition period? Could the Government use the upcoming Budget to make sure that emergency funding is available to the most vulnerable for boiler repairs and replacement?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, the gracious Speech commits the Government to bringing forward measures to help tackle unfair practices in the energy market and reduce energy bills. In my brief contribution this evening I will concentrate on fuel poverty. Can the Minister explain exactly what the Government are proposing on energy prices? How does this interact with the Fuel Poverty (England) Regulations 2014 and...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (28 Feb 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, having listened to the debate, I will intervene briefly because this issue goes back a long way. I declare my interest as a vice-president of the LGA and many years ago I was a councillor. One thing that happens is that, if people get away with this once, they go on doing it again and again. I was once successful in persuading the planning committee to say to this man, “You must...

Immigration: Housing - Question (19 Jan 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, people will recognise that many immigrants and refugees end up living in some of the poorest parts of our country. Can the Government tell us what steps they are taking to make sure that local councils have sufficient resources to support infrastructure in their communities, and also the special resources that people need when they are trying to acclimatise to a very different...

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Baroness Maddock: It is 20.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Second Reading (17 Jan 2017)

Baroness Maddock: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I declare my interests in the register. I draw particular attention to the fact that I am also a vice-president of the Local Government Association, which will become apparent in my remarks today. I realise that in November I will have been in this House for 20 years. In that time there have been many planning Bills, and all have been claimed by various...


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