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Results 101–120 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Taylor of Goss Moor

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I take the Minister's point. It is clear that the Government's position, as suggested in "Future Water", is that Ofwat ought to be taking a positive approach to the water companies engaging with landowners, farmers and others to deliver benefits. Ofwat should not take the narrow view that, because land does not belong to water companies, improving the way in which it is managed is no business...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I completely share the hon. Lady's view on that point, which is why, if we go down the route of the rising block tariff, it is important that information be shared with the water companies so that support can be given as automatically as possible, rather than claimed, as Ofwat says it must be. All the evidence shows that when it must be claimed, the most vulnerable rarely get it.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I am very pleased to have the opportunity to initiate this debate, although I would probably be more pleased if I had not initiated rather a lot of similar debates over the past 20-odd years. In a sense, this feels like a return to old ground, but as I speak I think that it will become clear that I am not looking simply to repeat what has been said before. There are some immediate issues to...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: My hon. Friend is spot on. To give an example, the average bill of a south-west pensioner on a meter suggests that they will spend almost 10 per cent. of their pension on water bills. For those who are unmetered, the average bill implies that they will spend 15 per cent. People in my area have the lowest incomes in the country, so the impact is felt much more broadly. In London, where wages...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: There is a real concern that there has been precious little progress on this subject over 10 years of Labour government. As I say, there is an opportunity for substantial change, and that is what I am looking for. There has been some effort at mitigation, as my hon. Friend knows, and I shall talk about that in a moment. Nevertheless, more fundamental change is needed.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I do not have the figure, but I suspect that it is lower, and there is evidence that people with meters use somewhat less water, for obvious reasons. Irrespective of the introduction of water meters, however, there has been a universal increase in water usage because of the move to dishwashers, washing machines and all those other things that make quite intensive use of water. In the long...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: If the cost were spread across the country the implication for water bills would be extremely small and the benefit for people in the south-west would be extremely large. When the Conservatives privatised water they promised that what I have been talking about would not happen. They said that they had put enough money in the pot from privatisation receipts to pay for the clean-up. That was a...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: The hon. Lady can explain what the Conservative party has to offer in her speech later.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Indeed. It is possible that the hon. Member for Vale of York has done the same.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that comment, although I am not sure that I would use the word "detail" to describe the errors made in privatisation. In my part of the world, that detail is regarded as pretty fundamental. Apart from that, I agree with much of what he said. I do indeed want to turn to the discussion of practical measures, which I think the Minister is open to considering....

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: As it happens, that was exactly where I was about to turn in my remarks, but I wanted to outline the context to some of the targeted measures, because even for a rising block tariff it would probably be necessary for measures to address the needs of the most vulnerable, whether through the benefits system or specific changes in tariffs to affect individuals. Indeed, we know that that would be...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I am keen on rolling out metering; that is the short answer. In the South West Water area, 60 per cent. of people are on meters, twice as many as in the rest of the country. The reason is that people want to mitigate high bills, so the incentives are that much stronger. To be fair, in the early days when it was discretionary, we had a much more flexible approach to the installation of meters...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: I agree. Some years ago, when the Conservatives were in office, I took part in similar debates. Towards the end of those, as South West Water bills rocketed out of control and the Conservatives started losing seats, they moaned about European rules until I pointed out that they had issued a press release when the rules were drawn up claiming that the British Government had led the development...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Water Strategy (18 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: That is the right approach. The policy is supported by Government, but also by non-governmental organisations and, at least in theory, by the industry. The change in approach will mean a move away from expensive, energy-intensive, temporary end-of-pipe treatment measures and towards less intrusive catchment management, in which water companies will develop working relationships with...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: To avoid playing games, will the hon. Gentleman explain something to the Liberal Democrats? If he, as a Labour Member, cannot persuade the Government to deliver the referendum that he wants—or, indeed, an in/out referendum, which he says he also supports—how does he think the Liberal Democrats would persuade a Labour Prime Minister?

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Did my hon. Friend notice that when the shadow Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague), listed changes to the EU that had been set out in manifestos or passed through referendums, he omitted to mention the Single European Act—a surprising omission, given that that was the fundamental change that moved us from the Common Market to a single European Union?...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: rose—

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Commencement (5 Mar 2008)

Matthew Taylor: Given the right hon. Gentleman's passionate commitment on the subject and his concerns about the treaty, which I do not doubt, will he clarify what will happen if, as is likely, the treaty goes through? If the treaty were in place and the Conservatives were in government, what exactly would they put to the British people in a referendum to enable them to vote on the concerns that the right...

Business of the House: Waste Strategy (24 May 2007)

Matthew Taylor: Waste giant SITA is about to put in a large planning application for a giant incinerator in mid-Cornwall. It breaches Government planning guidance on the proximity principle for dealing with waste and assumes that our country will never match the best in Europe for waste recycling and minimisation. Does the Secretary of State agree that, given that he believes that today's announcement will...


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