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Building Safety Bill: New Clause 20 - Regulations under section 131 (19 Jan 2022)

Matthew Pennycook: The Chair of the Select Committee is absolutely right; it would be a travesty if the Government or this Department were forced to raid the affordable homes programme to cover the costs of fixing the building safety crisis. In those circumstances, they would have to look at other options, such as those he has set out. I will finish by using this brief opportunity to put to the Minister four...

Building Safety Bill: New Clause 20 - Regulations under section 131 (19 Jan 2022)

Matthew Pennycook: It will not have escaped your notice, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have taken on this Bill in its final stages, so I must begin by thanking my hon. Friends the Members for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) and for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) for their prodigious efforts during its earlier stages. I also want to thank my hon. Friends the Members for Liverpool, West Derby (Ian Byrne), for...

Transport: TfL Funding: Discussions with Mayor of London (16 Dec 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: If he will hold discussions with the Mayor of London on Transport for London's funding.

Transport: TfL Funding: Discussions with Mayor of London (16 Dec 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: The move to plan B this week has seen bus travel demand in our capital fall by 9% and tube travel demand by a staggering 29%, leaving both still well below pre-pandemic levels. TfL’s financial problems are a direct result of the national effort against coronavirus. The failure to agree a funding settlement will not only decimate services for Londoners, but put at risk the entire country’s...

Covid-19 Update (13 Dec 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: To my frustration, it was only immediately prior to this statement that I was able to obtain a copy of the regulations we are voting on tomorrow, so could the Secretary of State provide me with clarity with regard to mandatory passes, in two respects? First, will an individual no longer be able to demonstrate their covid status on the basis of natural immunity via a positive PCR test as...

Cop26: COP27: Finance for Loss and Damage ( 1 Dec 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: Whether it is progress in relation to a dedicated loss and damage funding facility, efforts to raise ambition when it comes to national climate commitments, or delivering on climate finance and adaptation pledges, implementing the Glasgow agreement will require the work of our COP presidency not only to be sustained but to be enhanced over the next 11 months. Can the President therefore...

Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: The Government’s integrated review has concluded that the Chinese state poses a systemic challenge to our national security, and the Prime Minister has made it clear that when it comes to China, we must remain vigilant about our critical national infrastructure. Can he therefore confirm unequivocally today that plans for China General Nuclear to own and operate its own plant at Bradwell in...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy (16 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: In a speech last month to the Energy UK conference, the Secretary of State made the case for a decisive shift towards clean energy and away from what he termed “volatile fossil fuels”, on which he said “we are still very dependent, perhaps too dependent”. Will he therefore explain how a decision by the Government to permit Cambo, an oilfield whose anticipated lifespan would see it...

Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill ( 3 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: My apologies, Mr Deputy Speaker; I thought that another contributor was waiting to speak before me. It is a pleasure to wind up the Second Reading debate for the Opposition. Notwithstanding the somewhat overly partisan opening from the Minister of State, who came along, as he often does, with a set of pre-scripted remarks that were in danger of being as old as some of the nuclear plants that...

Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill ( 3 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I listened carefully, as I always do, to what the hon. Gentleman said in his speech. I think what he misses is the fact that the demand for electricity will double, so I do not think that his argument about the amount of baseload or firm power that is required necessarily follows.

Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill ( 3 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I will, but then I must make some progress.

Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill ( 3 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I think we will need a range of technologies. Let me return to a point that has been made by several Members. I think we must take a lead from the Committee on Climate Change, which made its view very clear in its balanced pathway scenario for the sixth carbon budget. It estimates that we will need 10 GW of nuclear power by 2035. We will have a predominantly renewable energy system, but we...

Treasury: Net Zero Emissions ( 2 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: What fiscal steps he is taking to contribute towards achieving the Government’s net zero emissions target.

Treasury: Net Zero Emissions ( 2 Nov 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: There is an obvious and pressing need for all fiscal announcements to be fully aligned with our country’s net zero target. To that end, will the Minister commit herself to at least the publication of the estimated emissions impact of decisions in future Budgets and spending reviews?

COP26: Limiting Global Temperature Rises (21 Oct 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate, and I add my congratulations to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) on securing it and her powerful opening remarks. It has, as expected, been a wide-ranging debate with a large number of thoughtful and passionate contributions. Hon. and right hon. Members on both sides, particularly my own, will forgive me if I do not mention...

Cop26: Climate Adaptation and Resilience (20 Oct 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: Success at COP depends in part on developed countries finally honouring that 2009 $100 billion promise, yet with just 12 days left there remains a staggering £14 billion shortfall and the German-Canadian delivery plan still has not materialised. Will the Minister therefore tell the House whether the Government agree that it is essential that the $100 billion commitment be met before...

Point of Order (19 Oct 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. For many months, we have awaited three key climate strategies that were promised before COP26: the heat and building strategy, the net zero strategy, and the final Treasury net zero review. The statement that has just concluded covered two of those strategies but did not, in any way, touch on the third—namely, the Treasury net zero review. Have you...

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: It is an absolute pleasure to respond to this debate on behalf of the Opposition. It has been an interesting and, I must say, surprisingly good-natured debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O’Hara) on securing it. Let me state at the outset, as indeed I have on each of the all too infrequent occasions this place has considered COP26, that I very much hope we...

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: There was no question there, but I take the point. I do not think it is justifiable to hide behind the UK Government or to reference decisions taken in the past. Yes, the leader of the Scottish Government has called for a review. I urge colleagues on the SNP Benches to come out unequivocally in opposition to the Cambo development, as we on the Labour Benches have done. Ultimately, we all must...

Aukus (16 Sep 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I welcome this development in the light of the strategic challenge posed by an increasingly assertive China, but the Prime Minister will be aware of the sensitivities in relation to the timing of the announcement, given the launch of the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy today. What further reassurance can he provide that the new partnership will not come at the expense of defence co-operation...

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