Results 1–20 of 483 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Metcalfe

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (12 Dec 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: What recent steps his Department has taken to support the development of electric and autonomous vehicles.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles (12 Dec 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: When it comes to autonomous and electric vehicles, public trust in the exciting technology involved is key to making the most of the opportunities that it presents. What discussions has my right hon. Friend had with industry to combat the Luddites and dispel the mythical fears of that exciting technology that are currently being promoted?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: As my right hon. Friend will be aware, 2018 is the year of the engineer, with one of the aims being to change the perception of engineering, particularly among young women. Will she meet me, in my role as the Government’s envoy for this campaign, to discuss how her Department can work with the Department for Transport to further these aims?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Mobile Telephones (5 Dec 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: What steps he is taking to prevent the use of mobile telephones in prisons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Mobile Telephones (5 Dec 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Does my hon. Friend agree that we must be constantly alert to the potential for new technology to deter, detect and disrupt the illicit use of mobile phones in prisons? Does he therefore welcome the potential offered by the private Member’s Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield), which received its Second Reading last week and which will help to block...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: My right hon. Friend is right to put safety at the heart of his speech. Even with autonomous vehicles there will, unfortunately, still be the occasional accident, but one advantage is that if the circumstances of such accidents are known, they will be shared across the entire network. We will not all have to learn individually from our mistakes; we will be able to learn collectively, and that...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: While the Minister is talking about the Government’s commitment to this area, will he remind the House about the £246 million they are investing in battery research through the Faraday challenge? That is a serious investment towards solving some of the challenges, and should reassure people that we are serious about this matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (23 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Growing the supply of engineers is one way in which the Government can support both the armed forces and the defence industry. Will my right hon. Friend tell the House what action his Department is taking to support next year’s Year of Engineering to ensure that we inspire the next generation of engineers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: In the same vein, I recently met Basildon community transport, which expressed grave concerns and is already pointing at a neighbouring community transport operator closing because of the uncertainty. Will my hon. Friend agree to meet me, Basildon community transport and the Community Transport Association to clarify the situation?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Not surprisingly, the calling of this debate has stimulated considerable interest in my constituency, from constituents, the local councils, the police and the media. As we heard from my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), this is a hot topic in south Essex. Indeed, in the run-up to the general election, I wrote to the Prime Minister’s policy adviser,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Will my right hon. Friend, for the benefit of the House, confirm the cost to the economy of cancelling student debt, say whether that is affordable and explain what effect it would have on the work we have done to reduce the deficit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Mar 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: On Monday, I chaired a seminar at the Royal Society looking at the priorities for the science community as we start our Brexit negotiations, and a report of the meeting will be launched here in Parliament on 21 March. While I of course understand that the Prime Minister may be too busy to attend, will she meet me once the report is published so that I can present to her in person the...

Smart Metering: Electricity and Gas — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (9 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Welcome to the Chair, Mr Flello. I thank the Minister for his words and for some of his assurances. Forgive me if I failed to recognise the scale of the challenge. I do not; I get that it is a huge undertaking. However, he will agree that the role of the Science and Technology Committee is to provide challenge where possible. We all recognise that there are huge potential benefits to be found...

Smart Metering: Electricity and Gas — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (9 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Sixth Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Evidence Check: Smart metering of electricity and gas, HC 161, and the Government response, HC 846. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. It is good to see some fellow Committee members here for what I am sure will be an interesting debate for us, and hopefully for...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: Following the focus provided by the recently launched industrial strategy, will my right hon. Friend tell the House what steps the Government are taking to ensure that every child gets the kind of STEM—science, technology, engineering and maths—education that they will need in the future to access the undoubted opportunities that will exist?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (31 Jan 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: May I again welcome the first two pillars of the proposed industrial strategy: investment in science and developing skills? Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State meet me to discuss how the work of the Science and Technology Committee can act as a road map in delivering the Government’s aims?

Industrial Strategy Consultation (23 Jan 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: There is obviously much to be welcomed in the strategy, but may I express my particular support for the importance being placed on science investment and developing skills? To that end, will my right hon. Friend, first, seize the moment and make the case across Government for increasing spending on science and technology to 3% of GDP, which many of our competitor nations have done and which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2017)

Stephen Metcalfe: While it may be true that Ministers have been in touch with councils directly hosting proposed new garden villages, they have not necessarily been in touch with neighbouring councils, which may be more affected by the proposals than those hosting the development. May I suggest that Ministers spread their nets a little wider when deciding which schemes to promote and, in my case, contact...


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