Results 1–20 of 1722 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Claire Perry

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Claire Perry: As always, Sir Henry, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Members who are present today on securing an absolutely crucial and timely debate. I also echo the good wishes that have been expressed about the hon. Member for Redcar (Anna Turley), who is an amazing champion for activity in this sector, and we all wish her extremely well. Listening to the...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Claire Perry: I will happily take away the hon. Gentleman’s point. Although we do not want to mandate supply, because we want the sectors to buy the best quality at the best price, we must ensure that, where we can, we pull forward and give certainty to the steel industry. As the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough said, the work we do with other vital sectors, such as auto and...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Claire Perry: I will just try to get through this point and then I will be happy to take an intervention. I have every intention and every expectation of bringing forward an attractive sector deal. We have held many meetings, and when the deal is in a good enough place and we have commitments on both sides to drive the transformation, we will do that. The deals are not, “Give us some money”,...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Claire Perry: We are working very closely with the devolved Administrations. In fact, the Administrations of Scotland and Wales have signed up to the industrial strategy and we are working cross-border with them because the industry is a vital national one. To conclude, it is time to reject some of the tired political arguments we have had on the issue. There are hon. Members on both sides of the House who...

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Claire Perry: I must correct the hon. Gentleman on a factual point: one of my very first acts as Minister was to visit the steelworks in his constituency and close by. I met the council formally to discuss the shape of the sector deal and subsequently three times after the presentation of the sector deal, and I have met and spoken to the companies on numerous occasions. He really must correct the record,...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: Carbon capture usage and storage has huge potential to play a vital future role in reducing emissions across a range of activities, but the technology has to be made more cost-effective to deploy at scale. That is why we have committed up to £100 million of public money in CCUS innovation in our clean growth strategy and why are working with the private sector and other Governments to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: The world has not yet decided to invest in traditional CCUS. There are 21 at-scale plants operating globally, of which 16 rely on enhanced oil recovery as a revenue stream. It is simply not cost-effective enough in its current form for us to commit large-scale investment. We have to get the costs down. We are now in a world where the private sector wants to invest, however, and I am sure we...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: In the world I live in, £100 million is quite a substantial financial investment in CCUS. It is striking that the Scottish Government invested only £100,000 in Project Acorn, as opposed to our £1.3 million. The point remains that the technology is not cost-effective. Only six plants in the world are operating without additional revenue from enhanced oil recovery. We want...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: As the hon. Gentleman will know, Norway is currently a little bit unsure about the level of its own financial commitment. However, it has an excellent Energy Minister, with whom I have had multiple meetings and conversations. It seems strange to me that, having taken the hydrocarbons out of the North sea basin, we should not co-operate to put the carbon dioxide back, so there are frequent...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: Some might say that the Scottish National party is not very good at forecasting oil prices. As I have already said, no Governments have taken a very substantial bet in the past few years—I call it a bet because it is not cost-effective—but, as the hon. Gentleman will know, organisations such as the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative are asking us, “How can we work together in a...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Capture and Storage (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: I can understand why there is not much solar installation in Scotland: it appears that the sun never shines north of the border. I will take no lessons from the hon. Gentleman about support for the North sea, which is a vital industry. I cannot answer his point about the ambassador, but I shall be happy to discuss it with my colleagues.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Paris Climate Change Agreement (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: The UK was a leading negotiator of the extraordinary Paris agreement in which 195 countries agreed to act to keep the global temperature rise well below 2°. In 2016, only two countries in the world cut their carbon emissions intensity in line with that Paris goal: China and the UK. Last month, our clean growth strategy set out how we intend to go further and faster in cutting our UK...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Paris Climate Change Agreement (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: I will be going to Bonn next week for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference with the council of partners, where we will join other leading nations in reaffirming our commitment to the Paris goals and working on a variety of practical initiatives such as the phase-out of power generation from unabated coal. Britain, which started the industrial revolution using coal, now leads the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Paris Climate Change Agreement (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: The hon. Lady will know that the Tees valley has been incredibly assiduous in campaigning in many ways to be a location for the deployment of the new technology. We are working actively with it and we would like to see some investment proposals coming forward.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Paris Climate Change Agreement (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: My hon. Friend makes a good point: we are only as good as the partners that we are working with. Other countries, including India and China, have set progressive goals for their own countries involving very rapid decarbonisation. Paris remains fit for purpose and will not be renegotiated. We would like all countries, particularly the major OECD countries, to change their minds and get behind...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Paris Climate Change Agreement (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: We cannot comment on particular cases. Testing wells are being drilled at the moment, and we need to understand the scientific basis, so that we can prove or disprove these tests. I find it slightly odd that those who argue the loudest that people should accept the scientific basis for climate change refuse to have a conversation about the scientific basis that would prove or disprove the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: I commend my hon. Friend and her local enterprise partnership for their work. We look forward to seeing that report and to having productive conversations. We do not want any barriers that impede economic growth in her constituency and region.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: I am sure that my hon. Friend, like me, celebrates the fact that there has been an unprecedented fall in the price of offshore wind in the most recent auction, proving that the policy making—at least in this case—actually worked. We look forward to further investment in the industry, and are working with the sector on a sector deal that will have to address the issue of skills and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: The hon. Lady is a great advocate for this and we discussed this matter during the recent urgent question. We want to do all we can to support the manufacturing future of that entire company, which is why we are focusing so much on trying to help it to get the overseas orders it needs.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (7 Nov 2017)

Claire Perry: The hon. Gentleman is right to raise this important issue. He will be reassured to know that there are active conversations going on between my Department and the European Commission. He presents the absolute worst-case scenario, which we are confident that we will not reach.


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