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Results 1–20 of 197 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') segment:21631323

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Benyon: With the leave of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker, I will address the House again at the conclusion of this superb debate. The last comments made by the hon. Member for Ogmore (Huw Irranca-Davies) amused me greatly. They sounded desperate. They sounded as if he was in complete denial of the 13 years of failure, of which he was part. I, like my DEFRA colleagues, feel that we are in a...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Benyon: No, I will not give way. We welcome the “Nature Check” report. It is very important that the organisations that took part in it have an edgy relationship with government. They frequently come to the Department and we work closely with them, and we will get green lights on the items as we progress. When that report was produced we had been in government for 15 months, dealing with abject...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Will the Minister give way?

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Benyon: I shall not give way because the hon. Gentleman has had his time. [ Interruption. ] When we consider flooding, the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk Coastal is in my head because it has proved that there are other ways—[ Interruption. ]

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Dawn Primarolo: Order. I am sorry to interrupt the Minister, but there is far too much noise in the Chamber, including a large number of private conversations. The Minister must be heard without his having to bellow at the top of his voice.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Benyon: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. There have been some excellent initiatives all around the country, not least in my hon. Friend’s constituency, that have shown how we can unlock more money for flood relief and coastal erosion resilience. I commend the points she made. The total environment concept that we are rolling out around the country is showing that we can work with local government,...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Caroline Lucas: Will the Minister give way?

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Benyon: I do not have time—I apologise. My hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (David Mowat) made an excellent point about the failures of the past that have put us 25th out of 27 in the EU on recycling. We have to improve on that. People ask what our ambition is: it is for a zero-waste economy, which is a high ambition indeed. The hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) talked...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Alan Campbell: claimed to move the closure ( Standing Order No. 36). Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put. Question agreed to.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Question put accordingly ( Standing Order No. 31(2)), That the original words stand part of the Question. The House divided: Ayes 222, Noes 302.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Division number 378 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Huw Irranca-Davies: This has been a very good debate in which Members in all parts of the House have made powerful and passionate points. One powerful point made by the Minister, with which I strongly agreed, concerned the welcome news of the publication of the national ecosystems services. I know that he will want to commend that worthy project, and to recognise that it was inspired and developed by Labour. I...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Kerry McCarthy: I want to start by taking issue with a couple of Members who said that we should not get political about this issue. First, I would say, “Try telling that to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate and the Chancellor of the Exchequer”, who seem to be in open warfare in today’s newspapers. Furthermore, this is one of the most crucial political topics we face, and if we wrap it all...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Dawn Primarolo: Order. The hon. Lady’s time is up.

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

David Mowat: I should like to associate myself with the comment of my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Andrew George) that this should not really be a political subject, but it does tend to become one. I also want to associate myself with the Minister’s comment that the Opposition had shown chutzpah by holding a debate on green leadership and growth. Given that they have decided to do so, however,...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Neil Parish: My hon. Friend is making some excellent points. The green investment bank, to the tune of nearly £3 billion, is a great step forward. I also think that the green deal will enable those who have not got their homes insulated with solid wall insulation to get that done under the new scheme. That will help many more people to insulate their homes, which will be good not only for the environment...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

David Mowat: I agree. I did not mention the carbon floor price. Having sat through the debate, it remains unclear to me whether Labour Members support it or not. All these matters are important, and I am proud that the Government whom I support are trying to get us higher up the league table from 25th or 26th out of 27 within the EU. When the Minister sums up, will he tell us where we hope to get to by...

Opposition Day — [Un-allotted Day]: Environmental Protection and Green Growth (26 Oct 2011)

Caroline Lucas: I am gratified by the extent to which successive Governments have sought to brand themselves as green—after all, imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery. However, I also see it as part of my role to scrutinise the authenticity of any promises made and, most importantly, to inquire whether fine and noble rhetoric is backed by fast and ambitious action. It is important to say...


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