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

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

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

Alan Simpson: I shall also speak to amendments (b) to (d) and Government amendment (g). Let me begin by taking this opportunity to pay tribute to those involved in bringing us to this point. As in all our debates on feed-in tariffs under this Bill, the amendments are cross-party. I also pay tribute to the coalition of organisations that are the drivers of the renewable energy agenda outside the House for...

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

Alan Simpson: The hon. Gentleman is right, and his comments allow me to come to the final part of my tributes to those who have brought us to our current position, by paying tribute to the new Secretary of State, because it is fair to say that the lead he has given is what has transformed the agenda. We are right to have tabled today's amendments, which require any feed-in tariff scheme to include a...

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

Alan Simpson: I always thought that we could get majority support, and it is great that we are moving collectively towards that position. I want to say more about the shift that has taken place. On the record, many of the big energy suppliers have been fighting tooth and claw to prevent us from doing anything as bold and imaginative as we are doing. The Association of Electricity Producers had lobbied for...

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

Alan Simpson: I share that excitement, but I want to repatriate some of our inventiveness. This country has some of the leading solar photovoltaic suppliers in Europe, but their leading role is primarily based on supplying others, rather than us. A recent high-profile article in The Guardian featured a Scottish company, Pelamis Wave Power Ltd, which has constructed the "serpent", a wave-generating...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change: Public Appointments (17 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the Government have made in appointing a new Chair of the Committee on Climate Change; and when he expects an appointment to be announced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan (11 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: When the Foreign Secretary meets President Karzai, will he take the opportunity to address the issue of the number of people in Afghanistan awaiting the death sentence? I understand that the judges have dramatically increased that number, to 125 or so. Can he make specific approaches to Afghanistan not to go down a route that would bring such international opprobrium?

Orders of the Day: 'Part 6 ( 4 Nov 2008)

Alan Simpson: The Conservative party gave its support to the Climate Change Bill, which spelt out that the direction of change would specifically include the setting of annual carbon budgets, and that at some stage they would have to be translated into sectoral and company targets, so will the hon. Gentleman be kind enough to explain to the House the role that Conservative Members expect trade unions in a...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 16 — Carbon emissions reduction targets (28 Oct 2008)

Alan Simpson: I am sure that the Government could—and I hope that they will. For me, the most exciting point with which all the German political parties connect is that our future will probably be determined not by the building of the 100,000, 200,000 or 250,000 new houses a year that we may need, but by what we do with the 25 million houses that we have today. The scope for retrofitting holds the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 16 — Carbon emissions reduction targets (28 Oct 2008)

Alan Simpson: I believe that absolutely. I have made the case on many occasions that we have possibly a decade in which to transform ourselves into a post-fossil fuel economy. If we have the courage to do that, the great benefit of our time is that we have access to the technologies that allow for such transformation. The reality of the current crisis is not that we cannot afford to go green, but that we...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 16 — Carbon emissions reduction targets (28 Oct 2008)

Alan Simpson: It took me quite a long time to decide to add my name to new clause 11. My reservations about it were exactly the opposite of those expressed by the Minister. I do not think for one moment that it would prevent the development of any sort of new power station working to any sort of standards. My reservations centre on the fact that the new clause is based around the word "may", not "shall"....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Advice on emissions from international aviation and international shipping (28 Oct 2008)

Alan Simpson: There is a real danger of the House misleading itself into debates which, although important, are not the debates that should be taking place on the amendments. There are issues to be addressed concerning the methodology of impact assessments, but at this stage the House is being asked to address the principle of the inclusion of the Government's assessment of carbon impacts in the way in...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Advice on emissions from international aviation and international shipping (28 Oct 2008)

Alan Simpson: I understood that the Minister said that she would produce the assessments for the period of the Parliament, but that there was no point in coming back with annual statements when those would be set out in the overall assessment. In so far as we can predict across the period of a whole Parliament, that is the sensible way for the issue to be incorporated. I want the Liberal Democrats to think...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pollution (London) (17 Jul 2008)

Alan Simpson: Every mile of car travel emits 12 times as much pollution as a mile of rail travel. In his discussions with the Mayor of London, will the Minister consider commissioning a survey of the methods of reducing passenger and freight movements into and out of the capital and shifting them to rail? If we shifted the subsidies to non-road transport rather than the motorist, that would massively...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 3 — Vehicle excise duty: variation of graduated rates for light passenger vehicles ( 2 Jul 2008)

Alan Simpson: Let me try to help the hon. Gentleman and other hon. Members out of the cul-de-sac. Is not the great weakness of the Government's position and the proposals before the House that the issue is not about what happens in relation to progressive VED on new vehicles, but about how we change the performance of existing vehicles and the behaviour of those who own them? In that sense, there is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 2 Jul 2008)

Alan Simpson: Everyone in Britain is affected by rising energy prices, but none more so than those in the 4 million households living in fuel poverty. As a result of the 2 per cent. increase in fuel duty that is scheduled to come into effect this October, the Government will receive in excess of £1 billion in tax revenue. Rather than cancelling the increase as a sweetener for lorry drivers, will the Prime...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Community Resources (18 Jun 2008)

Alan Simpson: Communities are going to have to play an increasingly important part in meeting the Government's renewable energy targets. In Germany and other continental parts of the European Union, communities have priority access to their grid as generators of their own sustainable energy. In the UK, there is no such priority access and communities can wait for 10 years before they are granted access to...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] ( 9 Jun 2008)

Alan Simpson: This, internationally, is a groundbreaking Bill, which if we give it teeth, could also be an Earth-changing one. I am pleased that tonight's debate has not turned into a parliamentary love-in to welcome the Bill, because the purpose of Second Reading must be for us to set out the basis on which to have serious arguments among ourselves about the deficiencies of the Bill. Those arguments may...

Orders of the Day: Climate Change Bill [Lords] ( 9 Jun 2008)

Alan Simpson: Is not the truth that, even if we take the arguments of those who believe that this problem is to do with solar cycles rather than carbon emissions, the reality is that the world faces precisely the same crises? That carbon can act as a surrogate for huge changes in the way we live that will not otherwise address the shortages of water, insecurities of energy and the turbulence of climate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Household Rubbish (Charges) (20 May 2008)

Alan Simpson: In his discussions with his ministerial colleagues on how we manage household waste, will the Minister look at what is already happening in continental Europe, where biodegradable waste is being put back into the waste stream in order to deliver heat and electricity from biogas on a scale that the UK is barely even paddling in? When residents can be the beneficiaries of sustainable energy...


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