Results 101–120 of 2305 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Graham Stuart

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion asked where to start. We need to start by getting rid of the most noxious of the current fuels, which is coal. Does my hon. Friend the Minister agree that if other Governments followed our example in replacing coal with gas and then with other technologies as they develop, it would make a bigger contribution than almost anything else?

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: How does my hon. Friend square his argument? He is in favour of maximising returns from the North sea but cannot see the same argument for maximising gas on land, to keep money here and avoid handing it to a foreign regime.

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman said that the saving would be very small, but the number of turbines affected would also be extraordinarily small, would it not? Should we not keep this in perspective?

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I am not saying that there is not a moral responsibility on businesses, but they will usually act in the way that they are incentivised to act, and it is up to us to create frameworks that get them to behave in the right way. The previous Labour Government’s refusal to listen on giving a voice to local communities meant that developers felt there was little point in engaging with and...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I certainly agree with my hon. Friend on the need to give communities the final say on any wind turbines in their area, but does he agree with me that we need to ensure that wind turbines that do have local support are in no way disadvantaged compared with other forms of energy generation, for example if they need to get involved in the CfD mechanism? They must be on a par with other forms of...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband), my right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley) and other colleagues who have spoken today. I do not think any more memorable phrase will come into the debate than the “50 shades of green” used by my right hon. Friend. As so often in this area of debate, people...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend often carries around with him the list of the emissions reductions of European countries since 1990. He points out—

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Indeed Austria is my hon. Friend’s favourite bête noire. He points out that the contribution of many countries that like to talk about this topic but not deliver on it is pretty woeful, which goes back to my earlier point about the need for a joined-up approach to ensure that we genuinely deliver collectively the outcomes that we desire. Thanks in part to the efforts of my right...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My hon. Friend is right, but it is important not to exaggerate that, because it will quite rightly be picked up by colleagues, who will point out that something as all-encompassing, as specific and as road-mapped as our Climate Change Act has probably never been passed in another country in the world, and it is coming up for eight years since that Act was passed into law. It is worth saying a...

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Fifty, not forty, I think.

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: My right hon. Friend is making an entertaining speech. Offshore wind has a price of around £140 per MWh, but the industry expects to bring that down to around £100 by 2020, and by the time we have any nuclear power stations, it is pretty likely that it will be below the cost of nuclear and falling, whereas the cost of nuclear will be fixed for the entire time.

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does the hon. Gentleman agree on these two things: first, that while we are burning oil and gas, it might as well be our own; and, secondly, that saying we are subsidising oil and gas simply because we tax it slightly less is a false narrative?

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my hon. Friend accept that if we are to get the dirtiest of fuels off the grid and clean our atmosphere, we have to state that as an objective, as the Government have rightly done, because only after that signal will the investment come forward to replace it? If it will not definitely be phased out, why will people definitely invest?

Energy Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I am glad that the Labour party has effected a U-turn, because I argued for years under a Labour Government that imposing wind farms on communities against their will would lead to a backlash and to the project being brought to a halt. That is what has happened, so it is a bit late for the hon. Lady to say that she wants to listen to local communities. If we had listened to local communities...

Connaught Income Fund (12 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend on championing this issue. I have been contacted by constituents. They want to know why the FCA is taking so long conducting its inquiry and when they are going to get information about what is going on within it. They want to be confident that the inquiry is being properly conducted and to see a resolution of this unpleasant and long-running saga.

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: Schedule 6 — Financial penalty as alternative to prosecution under Housing Act 2004 (12 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the most important single thing we can do is to get building, because it is only by supply outdoing demand that prices will come down, and that all the programmes we had in the Labour years, from key worker housing to all the rest of it, were band aids on a massive wound? It is building that we need. That is what will make housing more affordable and that...

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: Schedule 6 — Financial penalty as alternative to prosecution under Housing Act 2004 (12 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I think what the House will take from the hon. Gentleman’s animated, passionate and, as ever, fluent speech is the fact that he is furious about a typically British evolution in the system of government that blocks his most devout desire, which is, of course, separation for Scotland. This system makes it fair in England. It deals with that grievance and means that his hope for...

Housing and Planning Bill — [2nd Allocated Day]: Schedule 6 — Financial penalty as alternative to prosecution under Housing Act 2004 (12 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the work that he has done for many years in championing the need for EVEL to be introduced. Does he agree that, given that they completely failed to persuade the Scottish people to end the Union, the greatest hope of the nationalists was that such would be the grievance and resentment in England that Scotland could be pushed out? Does he agree that this...

Local Government Funding: Rural Areas (11 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: This debate has been a breath of fresh air throughout which there have been tremendous contributions from Members across the House. I am delighted that thanks to the Backbench Business Committee we were able to have this discussion. Throughout his career, the Minister has been thoughtful, listening and insightful—[Interruption] And eloquent—I thank the Whip, my hon. Friend the...

Local Government Funding: Rural Areas (11 Jan 2016)

Graham Stuart: I apologise, Mr Speaker. Anyone who introduces more schizophrenia to the Labour party deserves to be told off by you and others. It is a shame that the logic of the argument so brilliantly espoused by the shadow Minister did not lead to a Labour commitment to do the right thing and close the gap. My first ask is that, if we are going to make savings—and we Conservative Members say that...


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