Results 41–60 of 1518 for speaker:Alan Simpson

Written Answers — Treasury: Energy: Low Carbon (16 Jul 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 248 on the 2009 Budget, if he will allocate a proportion of the £405 million in support of low-carbon energy production and advanced green manufacturing to phase 2 of the low-carbon buildings programme.

Written Answers — Treasury: Nuclear Power: Costs (16 Jul 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost to households of Exchequer funding and allowances schemes provided for the nuclear industry in respect of (a) the production of nuclear energy and (b) nuclear waste disposal in each of the last three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: UK Low Carbon Transition Plan (15 Jul 2009)

Alan Simpson: I hope that the Secretary of State will take the opportunity to remind the press, as well as the House, that the one comprehensive study on the costs of introducing an ambitious framework of feed-in tariffs has shown that, by 2020, the UK energy account would be £12.5 billion better off as a result of our being able to produce our energy rather than importing it. That, however, depends on...

Energy and Climate Change: Domestic Energy Tariffs ( 9 Jul 2009)

Alan Simpson: The Secretary of State will recall that earlier in the year the Prime Minister met a group of MPs who were concerned about the complete mess the energy companies are making of social tariffs. Only 600,000 households of the 5.1 million in fuel poverty are included in the tariffs, many of which are so obscure and inaccessible that they are just a really bad joke. At the time, the Prime Minister...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Simpson: I welcome the fact that there is going to be an inquiry, but I share the feeling expressed by other hon. Members that in reality, it is not the Prime Minister who is on trial in this debate but this House. I am quite happy to acknowledge that the terms of reference that the Prime Minister has set are unnecessarily and unhelpfully restrictive, both on the membership and make-up of the inquiry...

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Simpson: I think that is the case, and it will confirm to the public that everything this House did not want to know in 2003, it does not want to know now. If we set the terms of the inquiry so narrowly that it cannot carry out the rigorous forensic investigation that is required, it will be subject to the ridicule that it deserves. I remind the House of some of the inconvenient elements that were...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (15 Jun 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect on the average annual household energy bill of the operation of (a) the climate change levy and climate change agreements, (b) the renewables obligation, (c) the energy efficiency commitment/carbon emissions reduction target, (d) the EU emissions trading scheme and (e) other environmental...

Appointment of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Planning: National Policy Statements (20 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: My hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) is right that there could not be a better time for the House to debate the amendment to the proposals for national policy statements. There is a call for a root-and-branch rethink of what Parliament is about—not only how we manage our expenses, but how we accept responsibility for the big issues that affect people's lives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Carbon Reduction (19 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: In pursuing an agenda that will reach out to the developing nations, will the Foreign Secretary pay particular attention to the need to draw in and draw upon current experiences in China? As he will know, China is responsible for 20 per cent. of the world's production of photovoltaic panels, and is currently increasing its production by 50 per cent. a year to deliver full electrification of...

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Building Schools for the Future Programme (19 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average rate of interest is being paid on the 30 Building Schools for the Future contracts which had been signed with the private sector by the end of March 2009.

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Building Schools for the Future Programme (19 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rate of interest is being charged by the Government on the £2.4 billion set aside as the additional HM Treasury contribution to private finance initiative schemes in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Building Schools for the Future Programme (18 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the schools built or refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme incorporate (a) forms of renewable energy generation and (b) rainwater harvesting and recycling.

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill ( 8 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: That is a terribly important point and it is worth hanging a point of reference on it, which is the experience in Germany. Last year, the German Government evaluated the cost of introducing feed-in tariffs and how they need to be incorporated in domestic bills, set alongside the savings that Germany has made by transferring other, much less efficient subsidy systems. Feed-in tariffs have...

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill ( 8 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: The hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) generously thanked a whole list of people for their help in preparing the Bill and supporting its presentation before the House, but the one person he failed to mention was himself. It is important that there is, across the House, a recognition of the role that he has played not only in bringing this Bill before us but in keeping climate change...

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill ( 8 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: That is absolutely right, and in some ways it is almost a no-brainer.

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill ( 8 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: That was not in any way meant as an insult; I just wished to question why we cannot occupy the space that the hon. Gentleman describes. I brought across representatives of a couple of German biogas companies to talk to people in my constituency who were very keen on moving into biodigestion of domestic waste. One thing that staggered not the community but the local authority representatives...

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill ( 8 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: That is important, but it is also important that the House consider other possibilities that may arise in how we can approach the decentralisation of energy generation. One lesson that struck me in my work on examining arrangements in Germany was that, across continental Europe, there is a much stronger tradition of decentralising not only energy generation but ownership and accountability....

Written Answers — Home Department: Iona School: Demonstrations ( 6 May 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost to the public purse was of the recent police operation at the Iona School, Sneinton; and whether there is to be a charge to the public purse for the school's repair and refurbishment required as a consequence of the demonstration; (2) whether charges have been brought in relation to the recent demonstration at the Iona...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: I am standing down at the next election, so it would be very easy for me to say, "A plague on everyone's houses" and let the House get on with it, but my comments will be about the defence of Parliament more than that of parliamentarians. That is why it is important for me to say that we need to hand the matter over to the Kelly committee and sign up to applying whatever Kelly comes back...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Afghanistan and Pakistan (29 Apr 2009)

Alan Simpson: I welcome the list of initiatives that the Prime Minister mentioned in relation to development, democracy and diplomacy in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Does he accept, however, that the line that cannot be crossed would be one that saw any involvement of UK troops, either conventional or special forces, in Pakistan? Does he agree that that would inevitably lead to a civil war in Pakistan,...


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