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Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target (12 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: I congratulate the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Colin Challen) on securing the debate. I am surprised at the early closure of business, which gives me the opportunity to deliver a few hastily prepared words—as will no doubt become apparent in the course of my speech. I was interested to hear the hon. Gentleman's points, which reflect the thought he has given to the subject....

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target (12 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: I can see the point that the hon. Gentleman is trying to make. However, my concern is that in recent years heavy industry has gone east to countries where emissions standards are not so tight, or not so tightly policed, and where labour is cheaper. We need to claw those industries back to western Europe, where we have clean technologies. The European emissions trading scheme is a good...

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target (12 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: My former colleague in the European Parliament is absolutely right. In recent years, we have been fortunate in that when there is famine somewhere in the world there are stocks of food to send. What would be the reaction in this country if, faced with famine in Africa, we were told, "Sorry, we don't have any wheat to send because we've turned it all into ethanol and we're burning it in our...

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target (12 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Is the hon. Gentleman honestly trying to say that if we do not reduce the number of nuclear power stations, we will not take a massive 20 per cent. step back in emissions from electricity generation? Surely he cannot genuinely maintain his party's position on replacing nuclear capacity and try to make out that reductions will occur? Without more nuclear capacity, there will be increases, not...

Carbon Dioxide Reduction Target (12 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: That is precisely the point that I was going to raise. Does the Minister accept that it was the over-generous allocation of carbon credits to countries such as Spain that undermined the market in carbon and resulted in the low prices in the first tranche of the scheme? Does he agree that we need to tighten that up if the scheme is to be made to work?

EU Migrants (Peterborough and Cambridgeshire) (13 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Will my hon. Friend pay tribute to Catholic schools around the country, which are embracing the Polish community? In my constituency, St. Augustine's Roman Catholic secondary school is taking the initiative in engaging with those communities and helping them to feel at home. It is employing local people who can help with language teaching to enable people to integrate.

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Unoccupied hereditaments: chargeable amount (14 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Will my hon. Friend confirm that although agricultural buildings are not rated under the business rating system—I must declare an interest as an owner of agricultural buildings—one of the recommendations of the Lyons inquiry was to bring them within this tax? In those circumstances, many buildings in the countryside that might be listed or might contribute to the rural environment would...

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Unoccupied hereditaments: chargeable amount (14 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: The provision concerns not just those who become insolvent but their creditors. After the event, the bills that come in will reduce the amount of money available for distribution to those who are already hard hit.

Orders of the Day: Clause 1 — Unoccupied hereditaments: chargeable amount (14 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Will the Minister clarify the position of cemeteries? As someone in that line of business, I know that valuations have been carried out throughout the country that are aimed at rating cemeteries as businesses. At what point does a cemetery become unoccupied? Is it a hereditament? Cemeteries are obviously occupied for a long time after burials. People who run private sector and local authority...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: European Affairs (20 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: European Affairs (20 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: The hon. Gentleman spoke of new European member states putting aside some of their communist and fascist past, but does he not agree that in countries such as Italy, Austria and Poland, proportional representation has allowed political views of that kind to rear their ugly heads again?

Deferred Division: European Affairs (20 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: I am particularly pleased to have an opportunity to participate in the debate, because as a former Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2004 European policy was my life for that period. I am pleased that a number of Tory Members were elected when my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) was leading the party. Dare I say that it was possibly his finest...

Deferred Division: European Affairs (20 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: In a Parliament with no overall majority, the smaller groups often have a disproportionate impact and influence on legislation. Compromises are often struck not in meetings, but in coffee bars. Although it is true that if the Socialist group and the EPP were to get together they would have a majority, in many cases smaller groups such as the Greens or the Liberals have a lot of influence. I...

Burial Law Reform (28 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Burial Law Reform (28 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: I thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and the hon. Lady. She and I serve together on the all-party funerals and bereavement group where she has raised this issue, in which I declare an interest. Does she recognise that many farmers have responded to the demand for green burials by setting up green burial sites in the countryside where there is plenty of land? Does she think that local...

Orders of the Day: Historic Counties, Towns and Villages (Traffic Signs and Mapping) Bill (29 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: On the subject of the plethora of signs in our towns and cities, is the hon. Gentleman aware that my hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton (Alan Duncan) has a private Member's Bill aimed at reducing the number of signs? Given what the hon. Gentleman has said, perhaps he would care to support that Bill.

Orders of the Day: Historic Counties, Towns and Villages (Traffic Signs and Mapping) Bill (29 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: I was going to mention the fact that Middlesbrough was traditionally in the county of Yorkshire. Thank goodness that those born in Middlesbrough were still able to play cricket for the county of Yorkshire, because Chris Old, the amazing fast bowler—

Orders of the Day: Historic Counties, Towns and Villages (Traffic Signs and Mapping) Bill (29 Jun 2007)

Robert Goodwill: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore). I commiserate with him on the fact that he had to emigrate from God's own county down to Hendon. He can rest assured that the Opposition will be working very hard to ensure that following the next election, he will have an opportunity to return to those broad acres. I am pleased that the Bill introduced by my hon....


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