Results 141–160 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:John Penrose

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Open Championship 2019 (10 Apr 2019)

John Penrose: I am happy to meet Invest Northern Ireland and anyone else who wants to bring more investment into Northern Ireland.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Legacy Cases (26 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: It is good to be under your capable hand, Mr Owen, because it ensures that we stay just on the right side of any court case rules and do not prejudice anything. You have been carefully doing that and steering us aright. I start, as others have, by congratulating the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson) not only on securing the debate but on setting out such a...

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Legacy Cases (26 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: That brings me neatly on to a point that I think everyone agrees on: it is essential that we all mark our support for the principle behind the office of the police ombudsman. If there is to be confidence in the operation of the police on all sides of the community in Northern Ireland, it is essential to have an ombudsman with the powers necessary to investigate current concerns and cases...

Rating and Valuation: Exiting the European Union (Armorial Bearings, Ensigns and Flags) (20 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I am delighted that both sides of the House are willing to support this motion, which is very helpful. It is always better for things that tread on contentious ground to be broadly and widely supported, so I thank everyone for that. I join the shadow Minister, and I am sure everyone, in expressing sympathy for the victims in Cookstown—he is right to raise it. I welcome him back to the...

Rating and Valuation: Exiting the European Union (Armorial Bearings, Ensigns and Flags) (20 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I beg to move, That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which were laid before this House on 25 February, be approved. I am delighted to move the motion, which deals with a narrow but important issue surrounding the flag-flying regulations in Northern Ireland. For most of the rest of the UK, vexillology—a new word I have learned today—which is the...

Rating and Valuation: Exiting the European Union (Armorial Bearings, Ensigns and Flags) (20 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: May I ask the hon. Gentleman to hold fire for a second? I will deal with his question and endeavour to ensure that I have answered it, but I am sure that if I do not, he will come back and pin me down. Let me briefly explain what the statutory instrument will do. In most of the rest of the United Kingdom, the decision on what flags should fly on Government buildings is based on a relatively...

Rating and Valuation: Exiting the European Union (Armorial Bearings, Ensigns and Flags) (20 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: The hon. Gentleman is right that it causes concerns and I doubt that many people will automatically and instinctively know or understand the various different lists of regulations that I have just explained to the House, and therefore why should anybody have anything like the level of expertise of the hon. Gentleman, who served as mayor of Belfast during a time when a very contentious issue...

Rating and Valuation: Exiting the European Union (Armorial Bearings, Ensigns and Flags) (20 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: Yes I do, and we are only able to do this without going through that process because it is just a change to the Europe Day regulations. It is a change that is consequent on us leaving the EU and therefore there is a different power in a different Act that allows us to change this in this way for this one purpose, but it does not, I am afraid, go any wider or allow us to make any other changes...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I will try to address a series of specific points that various Members have made during the course of this debate. I will also try to address some of the broader questions, some of them quite fundamental, about the RHI scheme and its many and manifest problems and shortcomings. That is partly because those issues were raised in the debate, but also because we are going on to consider an...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: The right hon. Gentleman said that he was not quite sure why burning wood was any better than burning other things, because the emissions are similar. If my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) were here, he would make the point that we have to be extremely careful about how we calculate the carbon footprint of some supposedly renewable fuels, because if we cut down...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I am very happy to address that point. There is one thing that I know a number of people have found shocking. In fact, the right hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson)—I am probably slightly misquoting him, but this is broadly speaking what he said—was right to say that the RHI scheme as originally conceived has turned out, in spite of everyone’s best efforts, to be both a failure...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I will come to the hon. Gentleman in a minute, if I may. I remind Members that although the scheme as it was originally conceived was supposed to have an average return of 12%, the actual rate of return on average for people has been 50%—a 50% return on their money. That is extraordinary, particularly when we consider that that money comes out of taxpayers’ pockets. Quite legitimately,...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I will take interventions in a moment, but I want to finish this point. The costs are paid for by taxpayers, and by rate payers in Northern Ireland as much as by anybody else. It is important for us all to remember the fundamental injustice that this unintentional, but none the less very serious, miscalculation has caused. I will go on to talk about what the miscalculation was in a minute,...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: Some people will have done very well out of this scheme, but I think the House will have a great deal more sympathy with those who have received below the average. I think that is the point the hon. Gentleman is making. The average may be extremely high and some people have done extremely well, even including those who have not run their boilers all their time, lived with the windows open...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I am delighted to be able to set the record straight. I think that I have already mentioned this, but perhaps I can expand on it: the point about the buy-out scheme is that it will be a 20% return—sorry, it is minus payments already made; I misspoke. It is a 12% return on the capital costs of the boiler and the other eligible installation and running costs that I mentioned in my reply to...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: We will have to come back to the question of how to get more evidence into the room, as it were, but I will try at least to answer some of the questions that have been raised today. I appreciate that I will not be able to answer every one—the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about that—but I will try to cover as many as I can. The averages that I am describing are average rates of...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: There is an old saying that if you want something to be kept secret, you announce it on the Floor of the House of Commons and nobody will pay a blind bit of attention. I am trying to put some of the facts in, but I take the hon. Lady’s point. I will see if inspiration strikes me later on in my remarks as to whether that can be done, or whether my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State can...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: I think the answer to the hon. Lady’s question is yes. I have not actually seen the figures—the ones published in May—but we will endeavour to clarify that and get them out there for her as soon as we can. Let me finish by saying that there is a link between the decisions that have been taken by the Executive and where we are today. A number of colleagues asked whether the sunset clause...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Community (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: The Secretary of State and I have frequent discussions and meetings with Northern Ireland businesses; in the last few weeks I have met Newry chamber of commerce and trade, Thales, and Willowbrook Foods, and tomorrow I will meet Bombardier. The Government have provided £3.5 million for Queen’s Belfast precision medicine centre, £700,000 for Randox diagnostics, and £1 million for Northern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Community (6 Mar 2019)

John Penrose: The numbers speak for themselves: over 900 international companies have already invested in Northern Ireland, supported by Government investments such as the ones I have mentioned in global sectors such as biomedicine and defence. Political stability has been a key foundation of this success, which is why restoring devolved government at Stormont is critical.


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