Results 1–20 of 692 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Harrington

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: My apprehension before this debate was not about the content of it, which has been first class and very constructive, but about having to pronounce in front of you, Mr Gray, the constituency of the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen), who introduced it. I thank him and other right hon. and hon. Members from both sides of the House for their constructive comments. The hon. Gentleman...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I will, but it will cut my comments down.

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I have never refused a meeting with anybody on any subject that I have ever been involved in, and I certainly have no intention of doing so to the hon. Lady. I really must make progress, but I am happy to arrange that meeting as soon as I possibly can. The Government are determined that the nuclear industry in this country should continue to flourish in trade, regulation and innovative...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I really cannot, but only because of time; I normally would. Instead, let me say a little about what my Department has been doing to advance the UK’s interests. We are pleased that engagement with the EU is about to begin in earnest. EU directives note that a suitable agreement will need to be reached in relation to the ownership of special fissile materials and safeguards equipment in...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: Imminently means imminently. [Interruption.] That was quite a good line, actually. We are ready and confident that we can find common ground as officials enter the first phase of negotiations, because there is a clear mutual interest in maintaining close and effective co-operation. We are also keen to ensure minimal disruption to civil nuclear trade and co-operation with non-European...

Renewable Energy Generation: Island Communities — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: Sir David, it is as ever a great pleasure to serve under your constituency—under your chairmanship; I am sure your constituents feel the same about your activities on constituency days. In my first Westminster Hall debate, you were a mere Mr Amess. I am delighted you are here. The right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael)—I remember when he was my right hon....

Renewable Energy Generation: Island Communities — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. Time does not permit me to answer in full, but I would be happy to meet and discuss this subject with him on behalf of his constituents. Thirdly, we have to define what is meant by “island wind projects” in a legal context, and that is being done; we are working through the issues. The right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland is very...

Renewable Energy Generation: Island Communities — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are aware of that issue and we are fully on it. I am happy to meet him if he would like to discuss it separately, but I have only five minutes left now and I do not want to break into the time for the key points that I need to raise. There is a range of options for overcoming the issues that I have outlined, and I hope that by taking a pragmatic...

Renewable Energy Generation: Island Communities — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Richard Harrington: I am very prepared to consider that point as the right hon. Gentleman has asked me to do. I hope that hon. Members will bear with us as I and my officials tackle the issues that I have outlined. I hope to come back very shortly with a decision. I say “very shortly” because I want that on the record and because of the respect in which I hold the right hon. Member for Orkney and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: North Sea Oil and Gas (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: My Department is in regular contact with the oil and gas industry. As hon. Members will be aware, my predecessor, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), met industry representatives regularly, both in London and in Aberdeen. On 23 March the Oil and Gas Authority awarded licences for 111 blocks to enable exploration and production across frontier...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: North Sea Oil and Gas (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: I thank the hon. Lady for that question. She and I have worked together in previous roles, and I look forward to visiting Aberdeen, where hopefully she will be able to explain this further. As far as late-life assets are concerned, we realise how important it is to get this right, and not just for the jobs and tax revenue, but for generating further investment. The discussion paper and the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: North Sea Oil and Gas (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: As my right hon. Friend will be aware, the Government are monitoring the situation very carefully, and we do not believe that it will make any difference whatsoever to liquefied gas supplies.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: North Sea Oil and Gas (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, the Government have been very actively involved in funding seismic surveys and the 3D visualisation centre at Heriot-Watt University. I am looking forward to the next licensing round and to dealing with the strategy he mentioned. I should mention the Kraken development, which the Government have supported, because the first barrels of oil were produced...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: North Sea Oil and Gas (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: I am afraid that I must completely disagree with the hon. Gentleman’s view of things. We are committed to supporting the development of a decommissioning industry. I think that there are significant opportunities. We are currently considering options for the delivery of a port and yard, and we will continue to engage closely with all relevant stakeholders as we develop our options.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gas Storage Facilities (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: There has been significant investment in the UK’s natural gas supply infrastructure over the past decade. It is highly complex, because we benefit from highly diverse and flexible sources of natural gas. They include: indigenous production from the North sea; six international gas pipelines with Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands; three liquefied natural gas terminals that can bring...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gas Storage Facilities (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: As I explained in my answer to the hon. Gentleman’s first question, we have a very diverse range of sources. Analysis conducted by the National Grid and others confirms that the closure of Rough will not cause a problem with security. I give the hon. Gentleman an undertaking to monitor this, with my Department, on a weekly basis.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: If ever you decided not to be Mr Speaker, a career as chairman of the BBC Radio 4 programme “Just a Minute” would be appropriate. In answering the hon. Lady’s question, I will try to keep to your one sentence rule. The Hinkley Point contract is entirely designed so as not to get the Government involved in expensive capital expenditure, and the nuclear power produced by...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2017)

Richard Harrington: The Hendry review also said that there are significant questions as to whether tidal lagoons can be cost-effective, and very complex issues are involved. We are fully aware that a Government decision is needed in order for anything to proceed, but it is absolutely right that we take the necessary time to consider this carefully.

State Pensions: Uk Expatriates (20 Apr 2017)

Richard Harrington: I will have a go at responding to the hon. Gentleman’s question. I do not know the answer to it, but I will find out straight away and communicate it to him. I suspect that this is a matter that is decided by the civil service based on previous protocols about purdah and so on, but I do not feel experienced enough to give him the answer that he wants and deserves.

State Pensions: Uk Expatriates (20 Apr 2017)

Richard Harrington: I have taken on board the hon. Lady’s point.


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