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Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: I shall vote for the motion, which was originally tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan). I do not care who is in the Lobby with me or what contradictions they bring with them. Given that the House is not allowed to vote specifically on the Heathrow third runway, the vote this evening will be seen as a surrogate for that. I say to all those who wriggle about and pretend...

Women and Equality: Automotive Industry (27 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: General support schemes for industry can do a range of things, but they do not green industry by one jot. Will the Minister reconsider the German scrappage scheme? My understanding is that the €2,500 subsidy is offered specifically to those who are the owners of older high-carbon vehicles when they trade in those vehicles in exchange for new low-carbon vehicles. Will he consider using...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Midland Main Line (27 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: In anticipation of the decision on full electrification of the midland main line, will the Secretary of State look at ways in which Network Rail could be persuaded to reverse its current catastrophic decision to cut back on track maintenance? In the face of decisions announced by Corus, will he look at ways of bringing forward the replacement of track, to give us the basis for a genuine rail...

Written Answers — Olympics: Olympic Games 2012: Construction (27 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of materials delivered to the Olympic park have adhered to the Olympic Delivery Authority's target of 95 per cent. to be transported by sustainable methods.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Sabbatical Leave (27 Jan 2009)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employees on extended periods of sabbatical leave on part pay are deemed to be available for work during the sabbatical period.

Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Vote on Account, 2009-10 — Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Energy Prices, Fuel Poverty and Ofgem (16 Dec 2008)

Alan Simpson: From the discussions that the Minister is having with the energy company chief executives, he will be aware that their profits in the last year have doubled from £2.1 billion to £4.6 billion, while their contributions to fuel poverty have reduced from 2.1 per cent. to 1.2 per cent. The energy company executives whom I have spoken to about fuel poverty targets and obligations on social...

Estimates Day — [1st Allotted Day] — Vote on Account, 2009-10 — Office of Gas and Electricity Markets: Energy Prices, Fuel Poverty and Ofgem (16 Dec 2008)

Alan Simpson: I, too, am grateful for the work of the hon. Gentleman and his Committee. Were they able to look rigorously at the weakness of Ofgem's claims about switching and the fuel-poor? The reality is that 1,000 households a week have been forced, as a result of fuel debt, to come off standard tariffs and on to prepayment meters, which is the only choice that they are offered. Even the argument that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2008)

Alan Simpson: Actually, it is quite nice to have a Prime Minister who would save the world when we are faced with an Opposition who can barely save face. May I ask the Prime Minister specifically to address the initiatives that he has been taking in respect of the need for a new architecture to underpin the international financial institutions? Will he take the lead in looking at the opportunities to...

Women and Equality: Employment (25 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: It seems perverse that at a time when there has been a severe contraction in the construction industry, Eaga, which is responsible for implementing the Government's warm homes programme, just last week said that any household in fuel poverty which applies for assistance will not be able to get it until the end of this winter because it does not have enough qualified people to deliver the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 51 — Nuclear decommissioning: regulations and guidance (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: I welcome the Minister's declaration of his intention to come back with an outline of a scheme in the early part of the new year. I accept the good will and good faith of his commitments, and I simply ask him to bear in mind two time deadlines. Simply because this issue is new for his Department does not mean that it is new per se. Germany has already committed that by 2020 it will have...

Orders of the Day: Clause 51 — Nuclear decommissioning: regulations and guidance (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: I beg to move amendment (a) to the Lords amendment.

Orders of the Day: Clause 51 — Nuclear decommissioning: regulations and guidance (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: Lords amendment No. 65 is decidedly good news and amendment (a) simply seeks to put a time frame around its implementation. The reason I say that it is decidedly good news is that there has been a very important shift in the thinking about how we deal with the heat part of the energy agenda. For a long time whenever Members approached Ministers on the issue, we were given the rather...

Orders of the Day: Clause 51 — Nuclear decommissioning: regulations and guidance (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: I am grateful for the Minister's clarification, because the implications of the words added to Ofgem's primary duty are quite far reaching. Is the Minister confident that Ofgem understands that this is not simply a bolt-on phrase that is being added to the primary duty, but a sea change in thinking? I ask that because whenever we have asked Ofgem to address specific commitments either to a...

Orders of the Day: Clause 20 — Terms and conditions (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: I speak with some trepidation, but I thank the Minister for the way in which he has responded to the debate. I do not think that the House could have expected him to go into such detail in his assurances about the specifics of what will be incorporated into the Government scheme. Anyone who takes stock of those will understand that they will put the UK scheme at the forefront of European...

Orders of the Day: Clause 20 — Terms and conditions (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: I wholeheartedly agree with the Minister that it is more important to get the scheme right than just to get it in place quickly, but will he consider the following two things in the process of trying to combine those two goals? First, it is clear from today's amendments that a considerable amount of expertise in the House could be harnessed towards coming up with a scheme that we get right in...

Orders of the Day: Clause 20 — Terms and conditions (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point, but I hope he will accept that how we tackle the grid does not need to be addressed in this legislation. The EU directive on renewables gave all EU countries the right to decide for themselves whether renewables were to have priority access to the grid, or whether it would be left to the market. The UK took a decision not to make that a binding...

Orders of the Day: Clause 20 — Terms and conditions (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of one way in which other EU partners have begun to address this issue? The certainty of the tariff system has allowed local authorities to cushion the installation costs in social housing, so that rather than being a barrier to addressing fuel poverty, the system turns out to be an additional resource. However, that is possible only by doing what the Secretary of...

Orders of the Day: Clause 20 — Terms and conditions (18 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: Will my hon. Friend reflect on his own knowledge of how feed-in tariff schemes operate in other parts of Europe, particularly Germany? Is not the right way to set the interface in running two schemes in parallel—feed-in tariffs and the renewables obligation—to be found in setting tariffs for higher levels of energy generation? After we have done that, is it not sensible to let the market...


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