Results 1–20 of 1015 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

Delegated Legislation: UK Research Centre for Ceramics (21 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton) on securing this debate. I congratulate other Stoke-on-Trent Members on their carefully crafted interventions, and I paid particular attention to the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on ceramics. Despite various party political comments with which I could take umbrage, it is right that most of this...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. I was trying to attract her attention while she was mid-speech. The type of sales proposal she has mentioned is totally unacceptable. It is not within the regulations, and if she would like to write to me or see me with specific examples, I will take the matter up with the regulators myself.

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: May I say what a pleasure it is to see you in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker, even though it obviously means a higher level of behaviour from all of us, as well as our obeying your edicts on timekeeping and so on? I thank all Members who have contributed to the debate, particularly the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead); the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: As the hon. Gentleman said, I am convinced that consumers will get the benefit from smart meters. In this day and age, it is absurd that people—I include myself—have to read their meters on their hands and knees, with a torch and a duster to remove the cobwebs and everything else. I think that the hon. Gentleman would agree that that is an intolerable situation and that smart...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: I will, but I will make some progress first. New clause 3 concerns the efficient removal and disposal of old meters. My officials have discussed this in detail with those from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as this falls within their remit. This point was brought up very eloquently by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak. I am satisfied that energy suppliers,...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Richard Harrington: I totally give that undertaking to the hon. Gentleman, and I apologise for saying that I would take his intervention and then forgetting to do so. I hope he will forgive me. I said during previous debates that we would update our analysis if there were new and substantive evidence or changes in policy design. As a result of the representations that have been made in Committee and today, I am...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pilot Town Deal (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I am delighted that the industrial strategy White Paper commits to considering a town deal for Grimsby, which I know has been warmly received by my hon. Friend. I welcome the strong public-private approach to driving forward ambitious plans for the regeneration of Grimsby. The Department and the project board are in close contact on the detail of this deal, and I hope that we will have a...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pilot Town Deal (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend and members of the Greater Grimsby—including Cleethorpes—project board either as soon as I am able to leave Westminster or in Westminster. I encourage my hon. Friend to organise a meeting here so as not to lose any time in holding this important engagement—and if he wants to bring some local fish and chips, that would be fine.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pilot Town Deal (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I assure the hon. Lady that I am not a ping-ponger, and this shows the Government working together. We will continue to work together, and I will take responsibility for making sure this happens as soon as is possible.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric Vehicle Charge Points (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: We have a range of grant schemes to support the installation of charging infrastructure—on-street, off-street and at workplaces. At the autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced a £400 million joint public and private charging infrastructure investment fund.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric Vehicle Charge Points (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: It certainly does, and I have had the honour of visiting my hon. Friend’s constituency. On the day we announced the battery facility he mentions, the CEO of Jaguar Land Rover declared: “We also intend to produce battery electric vehicles in the region, bringing the West Midlands to the forefront of modern mobility in the UK.” That is the industrial strategy in action.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electric Vehicle Charge Points (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: We are pressing hard on this. The Government are taking powers under the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill to ensure that the infrastructure is rolled out. Government leadership, along with local authority engagement and a growing private sector, means that the UK now has more than 11,500 publicly accessible charge points. The Government have committed £15 million to ensuring that...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: The sector has huge growth potential. The Government support the industry through the aerospace growth partnership and have committed £3.95 billion for it, which already supports 200 companies, including Safran and GE Aviation in my hon. Friend’s constituency.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: Infrastructure is a major pillar of the Government’s industrial strategy White Paper, and local input is essential. I welcome Transport for the North’s input, and I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport will welcome this, too.

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I very much thank all Members who have spoken, particularly the hon. Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey). I make clear that I was gesticulating to the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson), simply because I wanted the time to be able to go through the points he was raising. His comments,...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I hope she gets better quickly.

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I confirm that I have that portfolio. That has happened only in the last few days, but I am and will be responsible for pubs. I am listening eagerly to what the hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members are saying.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Nuclear safeguards (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: I am afraid that I cannot give the hon. Gentleman that information, not because I do not want to give it to him, but because I do not want inadvertently to mislead him. If I may, I will drop him a line over the next couple of days with the exact information, as I have just done on the number of people recruited to date, as mentioned in the first group of amendments—I think the figure...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Nuclear safeguards (23 Jan 2018)

Richard Harrington: No. I do not accept the hon. Gentleman’s version of what I have said. We want a Rolls-Royce standard, the best possible standard we can have. The negotiations on implementation are due to begin in the spring and, as hon. Members know, we will be reporting to the House regularly on progress. Let me turn to the Henry VIII power. The hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead) has...


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