UK Hydrogen Economy

Part of Backbench Business – in Westminster Hall at 4:29 pm on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley 4:29 pm, 17th December 2020

Very briefly, I listened carefully to what the Minister said. I noticed his use of the term “the hydrogen strategy in the first half of next year”; I was under the impression that it was in the first quarter of next year. I just wonder whether it has been pushed back. I also remind him about my comment on RTFOs.

I thank all hon. Members who have taken part in this debate—there were great speeches. I completely agree with Dr Cameron, who talked about bringing the public on board with us. We need to explain why hydrogen is better. It is very simple to understand an electric vehicle; I think people get confused by hydrogen cars and engines. We need to explain hydrogen. The Government have a job to do on that.

I thank my hon. Friend Peter Aldous for talking about agriculture. That is a sector that I had not actually thought much about, but he is right—Rother Valley is 75% rural, and we can put hydrogen into our tractors and our processing equipment. It covers everything.

My hon. Friend Andy Carter and Christian Matheson talked about local companies, which I mentioned. It just shows that everyone can benefit.

Motion lapsed, and sitting adjourned without Question put (Standing Order No. 10(14)).

Sitting adjourned.