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Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)

Alex Sobel: ...wind in England? Why is the new solar smart export not guaranteeing surety of income or contracts? Why are we seeing solar projects being cancelled right across the country? Why are we not seeing a fracking ban? The flipside of that is demand. Why are we not seeing a big roll-out of super insulation across the country? Why are so many homes still leaky? That is just in one sector, but in...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 Oct 2019)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: ...am aware I am being looked at with some trepidation, arising from the knowledge that I am bringing into this House an unfamiliar kind of politics: the politics of Extinction Rebellion, of the anti-fracking stalwarts at Preston New Road and Misson Springs, and of the tree protection groups in my home city. I have been reminded of the words of a senior councillor in Sheffield who, when I...

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Valerie Vaz: ....] We have the Environment Bill next week. We have had earthquakes, and Cuadrilla has begun removing equipment from its site. Will the Leader of the House confirm that there will be an end to fracking? Misleading statements: saying Brexit can get done by 31 October, when the Leader of the House and this minority Government know it will take years to unravel 40 years of partnership and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking (17 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of physical damage caused by hydraulic fracking on the (a) cost and (b) availability of home insurance for residents near that damage.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking: Earthquakes (17 Oct 2019)

Thelma Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether her Department has plans to review the traffic light system limits on seismic disturbance.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fracking (17 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for the publication of the Government response to its consultation on Permitted development for shale gas exploration.

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Clive Betts: ...for Housing, Communities and Local Government will come before the Select Committee in the next couple of weeks. I am sure that we will push him further on that point. There is no reference to fracking in the Queen’s Speech. Perhaps that is a good thing. One constituent asked me the other day, “Does that mean that the Government have given up on fracking because they are not referring...

Debate on the Address: Public Services (16 Oct 2019)

Clive Betts: ...for Housing, Communities and Local Government will come before the Select Committee in the next couple of weeks. I am sure that we will push him further on that point. There is no reference to fracking in the Queen’s Speech. Perhaps that is a good thing. One constituent asked me the other day, “Does that mean that the Government have given up on fracking because they are not referring...

Britain’S Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Mike Amesbury: What are the Government doing to stop fracking on a global scale?

Britain’S Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Mike Amesbury: What are the Government doing to stop fracking on a global scale?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Geraint Davies: ...is too inexpensive. If it cost more to buy a plastic bottle than to get a reusable one, people would obviously not buy plastic ones. On climate change itself, it is imperative that we move against fracking. The reality is that any extraction that emits more than 2% methane is worse than coal. Methane is about 85 times worse than carbon dioxide for global warming, and satellite imagery...

Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Geraint Davies: ...achievement, when it is not. The latest prediction, given by Nature last year, was 1.5° change by 2030, not 2040. That is why we need to up our game to 2030 ourselves. The Government go ahead with fracking, which generates 5% of methane emissions. Methane is 83 times worse than CO2 for global warming, making it worse than coal. We should stop fracking now. The Government stopped onshore...

Review of Investigative and Scrutiny Committees (Liaison Committee Report) - Motion to Agree (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Lipsey: ...in getting the monopoly of the big four accountants looked at and dealt with, in a way which I do not believe would have happened without that report. Other reports—I think of the one on fracking—put forward an absolutely unassailable position on the desirability of controlled fracking, which has of course been completely ignored by the ideologues who are opposed to any such thing....

Review of Investigative and Scrutiny Committees (Liaison Committee Report) - Motion to Agree (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Lipsey: ...in getting the monopoly of the big four accountants looked at and dealt with, in a way which I do not believe would have happened without that report. Other reports—I think of the one on fracking—put forward an absolutely unassailable position on the desirability of controlled fracking, which has of course been completely ignored by the ideologues who are opposed to any such thing....

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Onshore Unconventional Oil and Gas Policy (3 Oct 2019)

Paul Wheelhouse: ..., our cautious evidence-led approach to the future of unconventional oil and gas development, including coal-bed methane extraction and hydraulic fracturing—the latter being commonly known as fracking—has ensured that we have reached a policy decision that is fit for purpose. We have considered evidence that has been gathered from a range of independent experts, we have undertaken the...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection (1 Oct 2019)

...arrests, involving six individuals. Those are some of the Quakers who have been arrested this year throughout the United Kingdom, mostly as part of extinction rebellion, or demonstrating against fracking. There were around 40 more arrests last month at a series of demonstrations against Defence & Security Equipment International’s arms fair in London. The practice of recording arrests in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Methane (30 Sep 2019)

Sue Hayman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of fracking on trends in the level of methane emissions.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Sep 2019)

Mr Mark Ruskell: ...on its policies for fossil fuel extraction including unconventional oil and gas. There has been a welcome change in tone from the First Minister, but while we still wait for a legally watertight fracking ban to be delivered, the Government’s policies on fossil fuels cannot exist in a silo away from the climate plans. The need for transition has to be addressed in the heart of those...

Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications) (9 Sep 2019)

Stephen Doughty: ...debates on the battle of Arnhem, in which my grandfather served and was taken prisoner of war; the pension age of our police; sanctions; refugees; climate change; EU citizens; the middle east; fracking; Northern Ireland; chemicals; sexual violence; and children. Proroguing Parliament will prevent the discussion and agreement of the Agriculture Bill, the Immigration and Social Security...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking: Lancashire (9 Sep 2019)

Gordon Marsden: ...for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what independent input the Oil and Gas Authority has sought to inform their investigations concerning the pumping of liquids by Cuadrilla into their fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.


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