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Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Acid Rain (9 May 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will invite the Central Electricity Generating Board to prepare a report to be laid before the House on the environmental effects of acid rain from coal and oil-fired power stations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Acid Rain (9 May 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: As the Minister may know, I support the balanced development of electricity generation both from coal and nuclear sources. Bearing in mind that the bulk of our electricity will still come from coal-fired power stations well into the year 2000, is it not important that there should now be an authoritative statement from the Government on a matter that is causing increasing concern not only in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Solar Systems (9 May 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Will the Minister say how seriously in these matters the advice of the chief scientist to the Ministry is taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Severn Barrage (28 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will bring in legislation to establish a public corporation charged with the duty of constructing a Severn barrage for the generation of electricity on the lines set out in the Bondi report, with power to raise capital from public and private sources and a duty to conserve the environment and advance the amenity of the area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Severn Barrage (28 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Is it not a fact that the Bondi committee, of which I had the privilege of being a member, reported more than two years ago, that the House has been repeatedly promised a statement, and that the difficulty seems to be finance? Are not my suggestions useful and constructive?

Ports (Reduction of Debt) Bill (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: What the hon. Gentleman is telling the ratepayers of Bristol is that they must just go on paying and paying for ever.

Ports (Reduction of Debt) Bill (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Felixstowe is often talked about in Bristol. The hon. Gentleman argues that Felixstowe's relative prosperity has been based on its own efforts and that there has been no outside assistance. In that case, how does the hon. Gentleman account for the article in Lloyd's List on 1 February this year under the heading: Port seeks EEC funds to expand"? The article says: This month the Transport...

Ports (Reduction of Debt) Bill (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: In that case, perhaps the hon. Gentleman will write to Lloyd's List to explain the situation.

Ports (Reduction of Debt) Bill (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: There have been several Bills of this sort to give financial assistance to the London and Merseyside docks and I have never been opposed to those Bills as a Bristol Member. Indeed, such action by the Government was inescapable. The ports' structure and organisation 'would have collapsed without Government intervention. Whenever we have discussed these Bills I have spoken up on behalf of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Free Ports (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Will the Minister say something about the claims of the port of Bristol in these matters, which is at present a heavy burden on Bristol ratepayers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Engineering Council (Grant in Aid) (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much of the grant in aid made to the Engineering Council of £150,000 under section 6 of the Industry Act 1981 had been spent up to 31 December 1982; and if, in view of the transfer of 30 staff from the Council of Engineering Institutions to the Engineering Council, he will make additional finance available to the council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Engineering Council (Grant in Aid) (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Engineering Council, which was set up under the recommendations of the Finiston report, has made slow progress during the past two years? Does that not vindicate the view of many of us that there should have been legislation in the first place?

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Electricity: Amendments Relating to Meters (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: The Secretary of State is proud of his child, but there are few apart from him who take that view. In my humble judgment, it is a poor little waif of a Bill. Who really wants it?—certainly not the electricity supply industry. For a time, Ministers tried to pretend that the Electricity Council was not actively opposed to the Bill. In fact, both the council and the boards detest it. The...

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Parliamentary Reports Under Section 3 of the Act (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: If I remember correctly, the Social Democratic party, small though it is, did not vote against the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Parliamentary Reports Under Section 3 of the Act (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: I gather that the Minister was saying that the nuclear inspectorate would look at the site licence and make an assessment of the proposal before the local planning inquiry started. Is he aware that the nuclear inspectorate is not ready with its assessment on Sizewell?

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Operational Control (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: I shall be brief, as the Government have made an extremely important concession which goes to the heart of the Bill. I am glad that the Secretary of State for Energy is here for a while. He said from a sedentary position that there had been private electricity generation for a very long time. That is perfectly true. The original nationalisation Act of 1947 did not attempt to interfere with...

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Operational Control (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: Surely the boards will have some say about the time within the 24 hours that the private generator comes on to the system. The board will not be obliged to take high-cost units when it can get cheaper units from its own sources of generation.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: General Plans and Arrangements (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. When the Bill was in Committee a useful new clause was tabled. It dealt with consumers' councils. There have always been statutory area consultative councils, but the Electricity Consumers Council is voluntary. The amendment was agreed in Committee. The proposal is that the Electricity Consumers Council should have statutory force. I...

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: General Plans and Arrangements (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: We cannot withdraw this new clause.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: General Plans and Arrangements (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Arthur Palmer: In reply to my argument, the Minister said that this provision does not exist in the other statutes. That is not much of an argument. Time has passed. The new clause represents an advance. It can be argued that it means an additional instalment of consultations with employees in the electricity supply industry. That could well be extended to other industries. So the Minister's argument is as...


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