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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: Does not the notion of “topping up” benefits suggest that in and of themselves they are deficient?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) for her welcome and expert maiden speech. It is not a place that I have been to, but I feel almost as though I have lived through the wonders of Swansea. It is a great pleasure to take part in this debate and to give my maiden speech. It seems that the force of argument from the SNP Benches has cleared the ranks of the...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I, too, would like to congratulate the Secretary of State on her promotion. I look forward to working with her in this role, and I hope that the majority of our discussions will take place in a constructive manner, although that might not always be the case. I also want to thank Labour colleagues for securing the debate. Climate change is clearly a matter of great importance to those in the...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: That is a disappointing scenario and I share my hon. Friend’s frustration. Onshore wind has the potential to provide a win-win situation for communities to see investment that they might not otherwise have dreamed of—though that might not be the case in Glasgow—as well as a reduction in our carbon emissions. Scotland is doing well with carbon reduction. Given the nature of our geography...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: It is not something I would advocate in that regard, and I do not believe it is cheaper. The strike price for the new power station at Hinkley is £10 higher per megawatt-hour than the one for onshore wind.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: The figures I have seen are £82.50 as opposed to £92.50, but if I am wrong about that—I will check it—I will be more than happy to withdraw that statement. I do not believe that nuclear is safe or that it is an appropriate part of the energy mix.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Climate Change (10 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I am not entirely sure where to go with that, Madam Deputy Speaker, in case I get into trouble. I do not know whether to say that the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead) is correct, but I agree with him on this: my understanding is that the deal for the new nuclear power station is over twice as long a period as that on offer to anything in the renewables sector. I do not...

Business of the House (18 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I shall be incredibly brief, Mr Speaker. We have touched on the ending of the subsidy for renewable onshore wind. With a stroke of the pen, a written statement and a press release, £3 billion-worth of investment in Scotland is at risk. When will the Secretary of State come to this House to explain that disastrous decision?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Local Government: Aberdeen (23 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will make an assessment of the potential economic benefit of a city region deal to Aberdeen.

Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy (25 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: The announcement that the renewables obligation for onshore wind will be closed early has caused huge uncertainty and anxiety in the renewables sector in Scotland and throughout the United Kingdom. With that in mind, will the Minister tell us when the timetable for the next contracts for difference allocation round will be published?

Energy and Climate Change: Renewable Energy (25 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: The Minister’s response suggests that uncertainty still reigns. The Green Investment Bank, whose headquarters are in Edinburgh, is to be privatised by the Government. How will the Minister ensure that the original purpose of the bank, which was to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, will be maintained when it is in private hands?

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Urban Areas (29 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on City Deals.

Bills Presented — Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields): Clause 15 — Assignment of VAT (29 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: Will the hon. Gentleman enlighten this Chamber as to whether the situation we have here is what the Labour party has in mind when it talks about the pooling and sharing of resources?

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Shale Gas (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I thank the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) and congratulate him on obtaining the debate, and on his impeccable timing, given the news on the decision in Lancashire. Time is clearly of the essence, so I shall crack on.‘ Five themes have been brought out in the debate, and alignment between them is needed if fracking is to be a viable part of the energy mix: safety,...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Shale Gas (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: Perhaps the hon. Lady will be brief.

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Shale Gas (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I certainly do, but it has been pointed out that other technologies could be better. In the context of carbon, when we extract more resources we need to make sure that we get the best ones and the biggest bang for our buck. As I represent Aberdeen, and given the continuing potential of the North sea, I wonder what effect investigating new onshore gas will have on the well established offshore...

City Deal Funding (Aberdeen) (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman) for securing this debate and echo her words of gratitude to the Minister for generously allowing me to contribute. This is a hugely important matter for Aberdeen and north-east Scotland. Following the collapse in the oil price, Aberdeen City Council hosted a summit of key industry and Government figures attended by local...

City Deal Funding (Aberdeen) (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: I welcome that intervention. It may not have been heard by those in the Chamber, but while my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen North was talking my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) pointed out that her constituency is perhaps unique for a mainland constituency in not having a single mile of railtrack. That is quite remarkable, and I know that Aberdeenshire City...

City Deal Funding (Aberdeen) (30 Jun 2015)

Callum McCaig: Aberdeen stands to lose out to a degree when it comes to HS2, but as part of team Scotland, I would say that there is a requirement to bring it to the central belt of Scotland. If that is to happen, there needs to be protection for Aberdeen— and, I am sure, for Inverness—given the potential for them to lose out. That would come in the form of landing slots and access to hub airports. It...

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Offshore Industry: Aberdeen (2 Jul 2015)

Callum McCaig: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she is taking to support employment in the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.


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