Results 1–20 of 1670 for speaker:Mr Peter Rost

Finance Bill (13 Mar 1992)

Mr Peter Rost: Even though this will be my last speech in the House after 23 years here—not for the first time, to a Chamber that is nearly empty—I shall not detain the House by adding my praise for an excellent Budget which will help those most in need and boost our economic recovery. I should like merely to express a reservation about clauses 3 and 4 which deal with fuel taxes and car tax. Although I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Imports (24 Feb 1992)

Mr Peter Rost: How is British Coal expected to compete in the privatised electricity market when the duopoly is able to close down coal-fired power stations even though they can produce cheaper electricty than the new gas turbine power stations, because the duopoly is able to pass the extra costs to consumers? Should not the regulator ensure that the extra costs for higher cost plant are not passed to...

Natural Gas (Imports) (30 Jan 1992)

Mr Peter Rost: Does the Minister accept that large energy users who have been handicapped by a monopoly supplier for far too long will welcome his important anouncement? Will he further accept that, if we do not liberalise the market and connect to the European grid, our competitor countries in Europe will, before long, benefit from substantially increased quantities of cheaper Russian gas to which we shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Energy-intensive Ratio (27 Jan 1992)

Mr Peter Rost: My hon. Friend has identified the potential of £10 billion worth of energy saving a year which is cost effective. Can he give any sign of the time scale that he hopes will be achieved and what impact that would have on the energy ratio that he has just quoted?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (15 Jan 1992)

Mr Peter Rost: The hon. Gentleman has spent all his speech writing off the industry in a most depressing and negative way. Is he not aware that, only this morning, the chief executive of National Power, Mr. John Baker, told the Select Committee on Energy that he had no doubt that, in view of the enormous improvements in productivity resulting from the efforts of the work force that the hon. Gentleman is so...

Orders of the Day — Competition and Service (Utilities) Bill (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Is my right hon. Friend aware that clause 32 will be particularly welcome with respect to increasing competition in gas because it allows the threshold of 25,000 therms to be removed or lowered? Is he aware that half a million industrial and commercial customers have been trapped in that domestic tariff, have not been allowed to shop around for contracts and cannot aggregate their multiple...

Orders of the Day — Competition and Service (Utilities) Bill (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: My right hon. Friend referred to smaller firms being given the same opportunities as bigger firms to shop around for contracts. Is he aware that many of the biggest firms are trapped with the 25,000 therms limit? I refer to firms with multiple outlets—large retail organizations—which consume less than 25,000 therms but, on aggregate, are some of the largest gas consumers. Such companies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Benefit (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what will be the total value to a two-child family of the three increases in child benefit which will have taken place in the year to April 1992.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Benefit (18 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Will my hon. Friend confirm that, as a result of the Government's generous increase in child benefit, our provision now compares favourably with that of many other European countries? For example, will he compare our provision with that of socialist France?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (14 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the Rothschild report also recommends a miners' buy-out as one of the privatised options? As the Rothschild investigation considered that to be a reasonable prospect, does the hon. Gentleman support it?

Renewable Energy (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Is my hon. Friend aware that especially welcome in his excellent announcement is the approving of 10 projects for converting municipal waste into energy? The Government must acknowledge that there is involved a fuel that is far too valuable to dump into holes, thereby causing environmental pollution through methane. Even when there is methane extraction from landfill, only about a third of it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Independent Gas Suppliers (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he is satisfied with progress towards the development of a competitive gas market by independent suppliers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Independent Gas Suppliers (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Director General of Gas Supply has expressed the view that there will be no meaningful competition in gas until at least 30 per cent. of the industrial market is offered by the new independent suppliers? Will my right hon. Friend do everything that he can to encourage those efforts?

Electricity and Gas Industries (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Carbon Dioxide Emissions (13 May 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his assessment of the contribution combined heat and power plant could make to reducing the United Kingdom's carbon dioxide emissions by the end of the decade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Carbon Dioxide Emissions (13 May 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Will my hon. Friend acknowledge that combined heat and power can make a bigger contribution to reducing global greenhouse gases at a lower cost than any other solution? Is he aware that the Government memoranda to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that the potential in the United Kingdom was not 4,000 MW but 30,000 MW? Will he now take measures—they are still...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Independent Generators (25 Mar 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Is my hon. Friend aware that many new power generation schemes are seriously at risk because of British Gas's overnight increase in gas prices of 35 per cent? If my hon. Friend wants genuine competition in the electricity market as against a duopoly, will he ensure that there is proper competition in the gas market by encouraging the oil industry to market gas independently of British Gas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Privatisation (25 Feb 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Will my hon. Friend confirm that, as a result of privatisation, the vast overwhelming number of commercial and industrial customers are already getting lower electricity prices than they were a year ago, before privatisation, thanks to competition and the ability to shop around?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Alternative Energy (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Peter Rost: Can my hon. Friend confirm that the best way that he can further help renewables is by increasing the number of power generation projects that he sanctions in the second tranche of the non-fossil fuel obligation, especially waste incineration into energy projects, which will also help the environment?

Teachers' Pay: PowerGen (Hanson plc) (23 Jul 1990)

Mr Peter Rost: In addition to ensuring that the company realised a higher price at a lower cost, would not the sale of PowerGen by competitive tender, rather than by public offer for sale, be likely to increase genuine competition by reducing the risk of a cosy duopoly?


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