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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Extension and termination of tariff cap conditions (15 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way and wish her many congratulations from the Government side of the Committee, too. On incumbency and the investment that she mentioned, is it not extremely important that the price cap is set at a level that continues to encourage investment the whole way through the energy chain and into the new infrastructure we need? That is one of the reasons it...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful case about the EEA and EFTA, although it is unfortunate that he described the Canada deal as a chocolate teapot, because it did give free trade in chocolate.

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Quickly—

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The problem with the EEA is that we would have to cut and paste all EU rules, especially on key sectors such as financial services. Would it not be better to fight for a bespoke deal?

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: This is an extremely important debate. The 27 other countries in the EU make up our largest trading partner, which accounts for almost half our trade. Many thousands of jobs on both sides of the channel rely on that trade. This is a sensitive time for the most complex negotiations for a generation. Businesses need clarity, especially about what will happen at our borders. They need to know...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: When the hon. Gentleman says that he wants to stay in a customs union with the EU, will he confirm that he will continue to comply with EU state aid and competition law as a condition of staying in that customs union? I cannot find a single example of a country that can stay in the customs union while disregarding state aid laws.

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: rose—

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, given the incredible depth and complexity of the UK’s trade with Europe, there is no off-the-shelf solution available from any other trade relationship? Does he also agree that, if we are to have as frictionless trade as possible, there clearly needs to be some form of agreement for what will happen at our customs, such as a partnership or another...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Integrated Communities (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, I remember the importance of voluntary societies’ work in helping to reach out across communities. During the Afghanistan war, many brave local people helped to support the British Army, acting as translators, and some needed to be evacuated as they were at risk themselves. Three...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Ever since Russian troops first entered Ukraine, friends from many different countries have told me how false news stories emanating from Russian sources have been used aggressively to influence public opinion and undermine legitimate democracies. They use social media platforms and traditional media; hybrid warfare is a key part of this. Will the Prime Minister call for an international...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Exemptions from the cap (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The hon. Gentleman’s amendment uses the word “wholly”. In my view, “wholly” means that 100% of the energy would be renewable. To me, that is wholly unworkable. I want more consumers to get more choice. If they really wish to buy more renewable energy packages, they can do that. I would also like to see green tariffs that encourage smart consumption—smart...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: The way I read amendment 4, it suggests that all customers on standard variable and default rates will get a £100 reduction, whereas the Prime Minister’s statement was that the millions of consumers who are on unacceptably high default rates would get a reduction. In the statement this morning, there was a suggestion that at least two of the big six do not have unacceptably high...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: In the evidence session this morning, I clearly asked whether Ofgem would be ready for next winter, and Ofgem was not only clear that it would be ready for next winter, but outlined the very robust, transparent and deep process being undertaken to ensure that.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Cap on standard variable and default rates (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: I am sorry, but I read the amendment completely differently. If we have all agreed that Ofgem has made it clear that it will go through the process to come up with the right level of cap—taking the right level of evidence—by next winter, and that the only thing that could delay it would be a legal judgment, why would we even suggest, through the amendment, that it may not be...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q The previous panel spoke about the need for transparency in this process. How do you intend to ensure that, during the consultation, transparency is achieved? Will you be consulting all suppliers equally, for example? Recently, it was pretty cold, so can you assure us that the price cap will be ready by the time next winter comes?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q With the people who come to those stakeholder meetings and attend those consultations, is that public information?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (13 Mar 2018)

Vicky Ford: Q One of the issues that has been raised is making sure that the price cap does not disincentivise investment in infrastructure. During the consultation, will you also be listening to infrastructure investors to take into consideration their views when setting the cap?


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