Results 121–140 of 1518 for speaker:Alan Simpson

Written Answers — Defence: Armed Forces: Health Services (15 May 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military personnel had rehabilitation treatment at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court in each of the last five years; (2) how many service personnel had rehabilitation treatment at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court after their return from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the last...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Hospital Beds ( 6 May 2008)

Alan Simpson: Without getting drawn into the relative merits of various claims for new hospital building, will the Minister look carefully at the arguments in favour of reducing occupancy rates? As I understand it, in France there is a presumption that a 70 per cent. occupancy rate is the tipping point beyond which the gains begin to be overtaken by hospital infections, re-admissions and staff turnover....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I have listened to the concerns and arguments that the Minister has put forward. Let me try to address two of his concerns, and then his arguments. The first concern is about the commitment that he has already made to considering the issue of microgeneration. The great difficulty is that there is a whole series of issues that the Government have agreed to consider. For instance, they agreed...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I am grateful for the Minister's comments on the cost, but does he also accept that we need to take on board, in full, the German Government's report on costs and on economic savings that come out of their commitment to renewables? Their figures show clearly that they can deliver savings of up to €5 billion a year, and the economic benefits of 250,000 new jobs generate spending in the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I have always argued that clause 4 would be back. [ Laughter. ]

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I understand that. The problem is that such companies would lose their entitlements to ROCs if they were to put the gas back into the system and take it out where it is needed, yet that is the most coherent way of doing this. There has to be a change of rules. It is important that the House understands that the potential gains apply far more widely than just to the big energy generators. We...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: That is a legitimate point to address. One of the great virtues of the new clause is that it gives the Minister and the Government a year in which to address the specifics. There is nothing to bind the Minister to a particular scheme or set of thresholds. Indeed, it invites him to explore as widely as possible what are the most appropriate ways of dealing with renewable electricity, heat and...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: Absolutely. It is important to recognise that we should not go down such a damaging path. The displacement of food production from agricultural land for fuel-based production would be disastrous. We can address the issue by managing our waste. For those who have missed that dimension of the issue, it is worth pointing out that when the 2010 EU directive on landfill comes into effect, the UK...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: That is a perfectly valid point, but again I would draw colleagues' attention back to the comparison with Germany, where the farmers are part of this process. Some farmers grow crops and have solar panels; some farmers rear livestock and have solar panels; some have set-aside and solar panels. Huge amounts of renewable energy from the sun are thus coming from the farms and farmers of Germany....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I discussed the matter in last year's Budget debate with my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Mr. Timms) when he was a Treasury Minister, and it was suggested that the scheme was contentious and unpopular in Germany. I asked the German Government whether that was the case and they said that it was not unpopular with the public or the political parties but that there had been some...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I have indeed looked into the problem. The German biogas plants have said that they need over 91 per cent. purity to meet the purity standards for biomethane. However, they are delivering methane into the system at 95 per cent. purity, so purity is just not an issue. Accessing the system is a relatively minor technical problem. The greater problem is a political problem and concerns whether...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: The Minister for Energy just made the point that we want to empower citizens to take a more active lead in addressing the challenge of climate change and the shift to renewable energy systems. In many ways, new clause 4 specifically addresses that challenge. Internationally, it is arguable that the mechanism it deals with is by far the most effective one for engaging citizens and delivering a...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: It is an embarrassment, and those who have read the Lily Allen letter will recall that it is described as a "national disgrace". However, we need to remember that 10 years ago Germany started from a similar position and already, this year, it has exceeded its 2010 targets. It now delivers more than 14 per cent. of its energy from renewable sources, and it has made a step-change transition...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: It has squared the circle. When we address costs, it is important that we recognise the phenomenal savings associated with a shift to a feed-in tariff system, and the economic gains that come with it. Germany is an astonishing exemplar of that. I paid tribute to organisations outside this House for their support for the new clause. I also want to pay tribute to support that I have had from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Financial Stability (21 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: I welcome the Chancellor's statement, although I recognise that it cannot be the place of a Labour Government to bail out a banking sector that has allowed itself to privatise profits and nationalise debt. Will the Chancellor spell out to the House that he intends to bring forward regulations for the banking industry that will, first, make it illegal for banks to conduct the off-balance-sheet...

Written Answers — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Oil ( 2 Apr 2008)

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment the Government has made of the likely year of peak global oil production; what contingency plans the Government has made should global oil supplies peak sooner than International Energy Agency predictions; and what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK economy of the passing of peak...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: Are the Government on course to deliver the Prime Minister's commitment to take all vulnerable households out of fuel poverty by 2010?

Opposition Day — [8th Allotted Day]: Iraq Inquiry (25 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: A number of right hon. and hon. Members were not in the House on 18 March 2003, when we were able to debate an amendment that would have meant resolving that the case for a war on Iraq had not yet been established. In retrospect, I suspect that even more Members wish that they had not been in the House at that time, because many of them were taken in by the arguments with which they were...

Opposition Day — [8th Allotted Day]: Iraq Inquiry (25 Mar 2008)

Alan Simpson: My right hon. Friend makes an important point, but does she regret—as those who shared her concern but still voted against war do—that when the trial of Saddam Hussein finally took place, it was framed in such narrow terms that none of the charges about which she had collected evidence were allowed to be addressed? The British and American Governments felt that evidence of our own...


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